September 16 Freedom from Feelings

scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:18–23
key verse: John 17:17

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

A formidable enemy of the truth of Christ is feelings. You feel unworthy—even though God says you are made in His image (Gen. 1:26–27) and called by His name (Acts 2:21).

You feel insignificant—even though everything you do can be done to the glory of God and used by Him to accomplish His sovereign purposes (Col. 3:17).

You feel unloved—even though God says He cares for you as a shepherd cares for his sheep (John 10:11).

You must learn sooner or later to move past your feelings and instead lean on the indisputable fact of God’s Word. How can you do that?

The best way is to compile a list of Scriptures dealing with the troubling emotions that beset you. If you are depressed, you should take a week or so to find Scripture passages dealing with God’s joy and His comfort. Then you should write them down so that you can carry them with you.

When these feelings assault you, you should turn to the Scriptures and read them aloud. You should tell the Lord Jesus Christ that you choose to believe His truth rather than your emotions. Then you should praise Him for His answer.

Refuse to budge. Your feelings may linger, but they eventually will crumble under the weight of God’s mighty truth.

Father, sometimes I feel unloved, unworthy, and insignificant. But these are only feelings—not facts. I choose to believe Your truth rather than my emotions.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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