Something You Should Know

I am on pretty much all the social network sites and I try to stay pretty active on them too, though sometimes it’s hard. I love following a wide variety of people on Twitter and Facebook (not so much on Google+ at the moment), mostly other Christians. I love hearing other perspectives and opinions other than my own and those whom I have come to respect as leaders in the Body of Christ.

The more variety in my social network, the more variety in aspects of our Lord. However, another effect of following such a wide variety is that it’s virtually impossible not to notice trends in behavior in people across a wide scope of doctrinal backgrounds. You could do case studies using Twitter and Facebook if you wanted to and the data would be surprisingly accurate.

One trend I’ve noticed above all the others is that most Christians when they are failing in life in general, not “feeling” very spiritual, having a difficult time with a specific flaw or sin, or having a tough time sensing the presence of God, is that they (I’m included here) tend to give in to the ridiculous thought that they are no longer within the love of God. That somehow, when they feel it or sense it, they are in Christ, but when things aren’t looking so “Christian” and bright and pretty, they then think they are outside of Christ. Like somehow feelings and emotions are a gauge to decide their spiritual status. 

Let me make myself quite clear here: If you’re a believer in Christ Jesus (a real, genuine follower of Him), then no matter how you feel, what things around you look like, you are in Christ. You are just as united to Him today as you were a week ago when you could “feel” it. There is absolutely no reason to ever believe you aren’t–no matter what your emotions tell you.

There are two basic facts to our daily walk in Jesus as children of the Most High God: 1) That you are in Christ because of His blood, because He rose again, and because He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within you. 2) That your emotions simply can’t be trusted at all times. Now, don’t get me wrong, please, He created emotions and they are good. He made us to feel certain things like joy, sadness, happiness, pain, sorrow, exhilaration, and many, many more. But the truth is, especially for those who are like me, very young in their faith, though God created them, they too, like our flesh, can’t always be something that can be depended on–especially when it comes to gauging our spiritual status.

Why? Because our emotions on some days will tell us that we are losers, that we are terrible Christians and don’t deserve to be called sons and daughters of God; on others they will say that we are super-spiritual, crazy-holy, and seemingly perfect. Then on other days we won’t feel either of those. On those days we feel neutral, stale, on auto-pilot. In fact, we can feel all of these different emotions within the course of one day, even one hour!

Scripture is quite clear that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39), yet our emotions seem to question that daily. Which can be trusted more, the very word of God, or our feelings and emotions? I think the answer is quite clear.

So, what am I saying? I’m saying that no matter how you feel, dear child of God, no matter what your co-workers, your family, your friends, your situation, your anything tells you, you are in Christ Jesus–even when you don’t feel it. Remember that next time you’re not feeling so spiritual, when you feel as though God isn’t there. Rely not on your feelings but rely on the truth, the fact that you are in Christ, now and forevermore, no matter what.

Amen.

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  1. Michael, what an encouraging, life-filled post. So true about emotions. Though God gave us emotions, and Jesus exhibited them freely, including joy, compassion, sadness and anger; we cannot trust them to lead us in life. Learning this is one of the keys to walking in peace, freedom, and joy. Thank you!

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    1. Yeah, I see emotions as an enhancer or a side-note of what’s really going on. I have, in the past, taken the emotions as the meal instead of the reality–which is Christ.

      Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Thanks for this, Mike.

    In his letter, John said “It is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before the Lord—even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”

    He truly is greater than our hearts. It’s a relief to know that our salvation is in Christ, not in what we feel.

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  3. Michael,

    I’m enjoying reading some of your blog. You are a very articulate young man and I appreciate you sharing these thoughts. Most folks function in the natural (or soul) life and not by the life of Christ in them. Wow! Do we need to hear this message today!

    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Yes Milt, indeed many do. Thank God He now dwells in our spirits so that our souls are healed and made more stable!

      Thanks for commenting, brother!

      (Hope to see you, Mary, Jamal, and the group in Nashville soon!)

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  4. Wonderful article, Michael. So many Christians have been conditioned to equate feeling something emotional to being in the Lord’s presence. Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not. We can’t measure things by our emotional response. God’s presence is an absolute reality; His presence in the believer is eternal. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Even when we don’t feel all gooey inside, He is still there.

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  5. Great post, as I know that most Christians have struggled with this at one time or another. A wonderful book that addresses this issue is Wayne Jacobsen’s He Loves Me: Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection.

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  6. Another great article brother! I needed to read this today. I would like to second what Milt shared. Most people do not know the difference between soul life, and Spirit life. When we confuse soul life (mind, emotions) with Spirit life, we can run into trouble. Our soul life (emotions) can be a roller coaster, but His life in us is consistently present with us and in us at all times. His life is a rock! May we learn the difference between the two. Thx for writing:)

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    1. Yes, I need to read my own post every day! It’s when we begin to walk in the Spirit that we realize how shallow and fleeting our emotions are…and sometimes how unreliable they are. Not always, of course.

      Thanks for sharing, brother 🙂

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  7. Your words touched my heart and my spirit and gave me a comfort on this day as I can totally relate to what your saying. Thanks for the confirmation of who I am in Christ. 🙂

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