The Truth About Your Feelings: You are not Supposed to Follow Your Feelings they are to Follow You
Have you ever felt like you have been on an emotional roller coaster, either by your emotions or someone else’s? Our feelings are fickle, and they can not lead us or we will lead a life of chaos. Many say they are spirit led when actually they are following their feelings. Chuck Pierce, with Glory of Zion International Ministries, gives a prophetic word that we are entering a time of war, which is a spiritual war. “I say to you this is a time of impartation for war. I say I am imparting war into My people. And one generation will teach another generation to war. I say to you; you must shift now to understand and to know your place for days ahead.” Jesus went through this war as well; His emotions were under assault. He was fully God and fully man and chose to not give into His feelings. We can make the same choice and not follow our feelings!
Joyce Meyer, with Joyce Meyer Ministries, continues the conversation about feelings and how they are fickle. “Emotions are so fickle. Did you ever say to somebody ‘you are so fickle’? And when you say that to them what you are actually saying is, ‘I cannot depend on you, you are one way one day, and another way the next day.’ And we have to understand emotions are fickle; they change without any notice at all.” We are spirits that have a body and our bodies possess a soul. Our soul is what we think, what we want, and what we feel. Our flesh is not born again; our spirit is born again. Romans urges us to offer our flesh as a living sacrifice, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” We renew our soul by feeding our spirit! There may be times where you don’t feel like listening to an anointed song or a teaching from the Word of God, like VFNtv. But you must choose to feed your spirit and when you do that your soul will line up, and your feelings will start acting as it should because it will feel the goodness of God. The times that you feel like “vegging” out, allowing darkness to speak into your ear or come into your eyes, turn to the light instead! Even though you don’t feel like it, your soul will be encouraged and act like it wanted to all along.
Feelings can betray our faith, destiny, and integrity. Integrity is the courage to meet the demands of reality. When we follow our feelings, it leads us to not be a person of integrity, a person of no faith. Faith is described in Hebrews as, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” If you think of a time, you followed your feelings it is not a feeling of confidence. Watchman Nee said, “He who lives by emotions, will live without principles.” This means he would live without integrity. This is why vision is so important! “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” We need this because the days, hours, and minutes when we are not “feeling like it” our vision will remind us what we need to do next. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” We must keep our vision before us and put our feelings on the shelf.
We must stop allowing our feelings to vote! Sometimes we feel like doing something, and then the next day we don’t feel like it, the solution to that is to stop allowing your feelings decide what you are going to do. Our feelings can make a fool out of us. We need to recognize feelings, and we can have someone we are accountable to that will help us to not follow our emotions. When we have our vision written down, then we know what the next thing is to do.
Finally, maybe you are feeling burned out. Things may not be making sense anymore, like why you are doing what you are called to do. Don’t make any big decisions during this time. Take time to rest and get back in line with the vision God gave you. Isaiah 28:12-13 says, “This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose”; yet they would not hear. And the word of the Lord will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.” When you don’t take time to rest your feelings will betray you, when you wanted to say something good, something bad is said. It is important to spend time with God because then you will hear His voice to know when you need time to rest! If you need help with this, you can get a free plan on abiding, spending time with God, at iAbide. Make sure to watch or listen to the full segment to hear more encouragement. Also shared in this segment, Impact, Decision, Battle, Goals, Hope. Greg and John shared in this segment.