Danger… Feelings at Work
If you let feelings run your life, you will have an elevator existence of “ups and downs.”
There’s nothing more fickle than human emotions. They are as changeable as the wind, and just as dangerous if they get out of bounds.
Do not misunderstand. We need emotion to season the food of everyday living. We all have feelings. And they’re all right, in their place, but let’s keep them there. Feelings make good firemen, but poor engineers on the train of life.
In regard to what matters most - the destiny of your immortal soul - you must get your eyes off your feelings and focus them on God’s facts. Otherwise, you will have “blue Mondays” when you won’t feel saved, or “timid Thursdays” when you feel “I’m not a good Christian.”
But thank God, salvation doesn’t hinge on human emotion. Salvation, pure, simple, and satisfying, depends on the revelation of Jesus Christ as found in the Holy Bible. Jesus Himself spoke of the unchanging quality of God’s Word when He said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” Matthew 24:35.
Here then is the place to rest your faith - God’s Holy Word. Feelings change, but God’s facts remain.
Decide now to fill your mind and heart with God’s Word. If you will, your insecurity will go out and divine assurance will come in. You will not think so, guess so, hope so. You will “know so” that you are pardoned, cleansed, and a child of God. Then you can sing with Fanny Crosby:
“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
Oh what a foretaste of glory divine;
Heir of salvation, purchase of God;
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood."
The Apostle Paul expressed his assurance in Jesus Christ by writing these words: “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” 2 Timothy 1: 12.
Paul did not say: “I know that I’ve repented enough ... I know that I’m the kind of a Christian I should be ... I know that I feel saved.” He didn’t rest his case on what he had done or how he felt. Paul’s faith stood squarely on what Christ had done for him. “I know WHOM I have believed.”
Will you also put your trust in this wonderful Saviour, Jesus Christ? If you will, pray these words from your heart: “Dear Lord, I am believing in Thee for my salvation. Not in my feelings or my good deeds. Not in my church membership. Not in any church rites. In Thee alone do I put my confidence for time and eternity. Give me the witness of Thy Holy Spirit that I am now a child of God. I know that Thou will grant me the peace, the joy, the satisfaction my heart longs for. However, I’m not depending on these emotions to save me. My hope is in Thee and Thee alone. Amen.”
Did you mean every word you said? You did? Good! Now feed your soul on God’s facts - the Bible - and soon you will discover that you have exchanged fickle feelings for lasting faith.