As humans we are blessed with two capabilities that cause us to bear a resemblance with our creator.  As humans though, left to ourselves, these can also be a curse when taken outside the context of Jesus and His life and purpose in us.  As a matter of fact, there are shelves and shelves of books in stores dealing with these unique features of us humans.  What are they?

We can feel, and we have the ability to reason (think).  Together they can be an enormous blessing or a tragic curse; depending on whose “hands” they’re in.

Some of us are simply bundles and bundles of feelings, and some of us are like stone walls appearing to not have any feelings at all.  Human feelings are wide ranging.  We feel lonely, fear, grief, rejection, sorrow, abandonment, jealousy, hurt, weighted down, etc.  We can also feel joy, loved, elation, happiness, fulfillment, peaceful, accepted, understood, united in heart, goofy, playful, etc.

The fact is we do have them, but why do we have them, and what do we do with them?  This is the issue at hand!

To cut to the chase, feelings (ANY feelings) are a gift from God to allow us to experience life and subsequently HIM in so many unique ways, and thereby experience life to the fullest!  Jesus even said He came “that you might have life and have it to the fullest.” Fullness of life comes when we experience our Savior in the midst of our feelings; whether they are negative or positive (to our understanding).  They are also sweet reminders of our absolute need for dependency on Him.

Feelings are not right or wrong; bad or good.  They simply…..are!  We feel what we feel because we think what we think.  Case in point: if you are at a horror movie, why do you have feelings of terror?   You KNOW that guy can’t torture YOU.  It is because your feelings don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy. “As a man thinks within himself, so is he.” So, we can’t really trust them.

If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.  For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.  (Col.3:1-3 Amplified)

PLEASE……chew on these verses awhile.

Here’s an example from my life.  If I’m feeling lonely or feeling really depressed, I acknowledge conversationally to the Lord (because I’m “alone”……with Him J), “Wow….I’m really feeling depressed/lonely.  Lord, what have I been thinking all day?”  I will quickly discover that I’ve been thinking/dwelling on subjects/circumstances, etc that are….well……..depressing/lonely.  I then substitute those thoughts with TRUTH!!!  This usually begins by thanking and thanking Him for all I have in Him, all He’s done for me, etc.  This is where our ability to reason can be a source of victory or a source of horrible bondage.

You have a choice:  Stand on the truth of who you ARE (identity) in Jesus and who HE IS in you (life) and His complete sufficiency for you OR trust and embrace and meditate on the feelings letting THEM become your identity.  If you choose to walk in truth you are now in a place to see God more clearly and maybe disclose what needs to be revealed to you about you!

It is in the midst of some of my strongest, deepest feelings of loneliness, pain, sorrow, helplessness, regret, self-hatred (I can truly go on) where God drew me to Himself and where He revealed Himself (His heart) the most AND He continues to, as I continue experiencing feelings.  His desire is for us to know and understand Jesus and thus become a display of HIS life!

“For in Him we live and move and have our being;” (Acts 17:28)

So my dear friend…….it’s ALL about Him and NOT about us!!!  What is amazing though is that WE are still the beneficiaries of His grace, His life, His love, His blessings, etc. in the midst of our feelings.

“Knowing Christ IS Eternal Life. And knowing him profoundly, deeply, and in reality, as well as experiencing his unsearchable riches, is the chief pursuit of our lives, as it was for the first Christians. God is not so much about fixing things that have gone wrong in our lives as finding us in our brokenness and giving us Christ.” – from Jesus Manifesto, by Sweet & Viola