worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34 (NLT)
who struggle with fear, worry and anxiety react rather than thinking. Emotional reactivity becomes the habitual response of being a “worrywart.” They have trained themselves
to respond with the feelings of worry and anxiety and have done it for so long they do not know how to
control our lives.
are actually indicators of what is going on inside in the heart (inner-man). Read this next sentence slowly and
believe and what you feel is critical because your attitudes reflect your inner
beliefs about self and your problems.
package and part of our cognitive processes (which are our ability to think,
reason, and communicate). Disturbed feelings
may be the first indication that there is a problem (Matt. 6:34). When we experience distressing feelings it may
be the result of sin we have committed (Ps. 38:3-10; Gen. 4:6-7).
with Bathsheba. In Psalm 38 we learn of David’s distress because of his sin. There is a cause (adultery)-effect (distress) on his emotions.
cause of the rejection.
feel happy and be involved with unrighteous deeds (Ex. 32). Do you recall the story of the golden
calf? While Moses was receiving
the Ten Commandments the newly freed Hebrew people had Aaron fashion an idol of
gold to worship. Once it was done they had
a wild party full of debauchery. Apparently their feelings of happiness were
connected with their sin!
illicit relationship. This illustrates
how emotions cannot be trusted as truth. Emotions and feelings result from what goes on in the heart.
yourself obeying or living by your feelings? If so, then I suspect that your
life is unstable, and that you often find yourself living in a see-saw
emotional upheaval, never knowing how you are going to feel next. This is a difficult way to live and not at
all glorifying to God.
mastered by anything, including feelings and emotions. You are to be ruled by
the Holy Spirit of God. Allow Him to be your guide rather than those feelings
of worry, fear, and anxiety. Trust that God is completely aware of all that
encompasses your life and that He is working in and through your circumstances.