Feeling or Faith?
I was on the verge of making one of the largest decisions in my life. My wife and I prayed and then prayed some more. We had never been more certain of a single decision together. We were in 100 percent agreement with what we were hearing from God. We knew the Lord was directing us in this way.
That was the sound of our hearts dropping once we received seemingly unfavorable news. We began to question ourselves: Did we accurately hear from God? Did we miss the mark? We began letting fear formulate our feelings instead of focusing on faith and direction from God.
Often, we think of the difference between faith and feelings in the terms of positive and negative. Our perspective is commonly one which would say faith is the absence of the feeling of fear. However, in reality, faith can be driven by fear, the fear of God: “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household” (Hebrews 11:7, ESV).
Faith is responding to God and trusting in Him regardless of our feelings of fear. In contrast to feeling being a descriptive word; faith is much more of an action word. While mental activity is an action in itself; faith is marked by taking physical action on the word of God and moving according to God’s leading through His Holy Spirit in our individual lives: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26, NIV).
Furthermore, we have a tendency to construct complacent faith when our feelings are great. When we are on top, when we are living victoriously, when we are content, we have a danger to slip away from faith-driven living.
But regardless of our positive or negative feelings and in spite of our circumstances, we must remember this: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV).
Since we want to please God, we need to understand the differences between mere feelings and faith. Here are five steps to help you discern the difference between your feelings and your faith.
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