Faith Versus Feelings

Many times, in Christian circles I have heard it said that believers are to walk by faith and not by feelings. But I have noticed that when Christians feel bad or are experiencing depression, they often do follow their feelings – straight to the doctor’s office. They want meds to balance their nerves and bring peace to their souls.

“I know I’m supposed to walk by faith, Doctor, not by feelings. So please, you have to fix my feelings so I can walk by faith.”

The question is, what does Jesus think of this idea? Can you imagine Him sending his disciples to a doctor when they were upset?

“I’m afraid you’ve got a little problem with manic-depression, Peter, jumping out the boat one moment, confident that you can walk on water. The next moment, you’re in a panic, crying out for me to save you as you sink beneath the waves. You need some meds to even out your mood swings!”

Feelings change. They’re like waves of the sea – up one moment, down the next. That’s why Christians shouldn’t live by their feelings. But does that mean we shouldn’t have them?

Many of us have felt God’s presence. We have experienced His touch. Our emotions have been stirred through worship. When we read His Word, it stirs our hearts to action. If you know you should step out in faith but your heart’s not in it, should you look to natural means to fix your feelings?

Or should you seek the LORD with all your heart and believe the promise in Jeremiah 29:13?

Author: wingandprayer

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound... To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness... Isaiah 61:1-3 This the work of Jesus Christ in which I have been invited to participate, and in which I have been involved for the past twenty-three years. As Jesus said in John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

2 thoughts on “Faith Versus Feelings”

  1. “I know I’m supposed to walk by faith, Doctor, not by feelings. So please, you have to fix my feelings so I can walk by faith.” — I really like your quote. The concept of simple faith is so foreign to most Christians today that it is much easier to fall back on what is familiar and comforting. It’s because, over the years, the church has left behind many of the beliefs and practices of the 1st century church and conformed itself to the world. If a person is willing to read and study God’s Word with an open mind, prayer, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they can begin to see and understand some of these simple truths that Jesus taught.

    1. Yes, how true. Sometimes I don’t think we even realize to what extent we have conformed ourselves to the world because some habits are so ingrained. Like you said, we need to be willing to read and study God’s word with an open mind and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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