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I Feel you.

Chilly —  January 31, 2013 — 4 Comments

It seems that often, far too often, we “Christians” find ourselves over-our-heads in pity, condemnation, discouragement or doubt because of this little thing called: “feelings.”  We don’t feel like reading our Bibles, sharing our faith, going to church, etc.  – we long for those times when we felt God in such a real way we thought we were going to explode!!

nomorefeelingsFeelings by their very nature are weird and misleading. Surely you’ve felt something one day, only to feel nearly the opposite the next. I believe feelings and emotions are part of being a Christian and in being human in general, but God calls us to much more than that. God calls us to work. We certainly aren’t saved by works – as Ephesians 2:8 tells us – but we sure aren’t saved by feelings either. We’re saved by God, and therefore we should take Him seriously when he says, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). That means it’s possible for us to feel as though we have faith to move mountains – yet, in reality, it could be that we have the “dead” faith just mentioned in James 2:17. God calls us to “be” and “do” rather than to simply feel. He calls us to have real faith instead of sporatic emotional highs. Continue Reading…

Beyond the Feel

Chilly —  May 27, 2012 — 3 Comments

 It seems that often, far too often, we “Christians” find ourselves over-our-heads in pity, condemnation, discouragement or doubt because of this little thing called: “feelings.” We don’t feel like reading our Bibles, sharing our faith, going to church, etc.  – we long for those times when we felt God in such a real way we thought we were going to explode!!

Feelings by their very nature are misleading. Surely you’ve felt something one day, only to feel nearly the opposite the next. I believe feelings and emotions are part of being a Christian and in being human in general, but God calls us to much more than that. God calls us to work. We certainly aren’t saved by works – as Ephesians 2:8 tells us – but we sure aren’t saved by feelings, either. We’re saved by God, and therefore should take Him seriously when he says, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). That means it’s possible for us to feel as though we have faith to move mountains, yet in reality it could be that we have the dead faith spoken of in James 2:17. God calls us to be and do rather than to simply feel. He calls us to have real faith instead of only emotional highs.

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