I have been struggling with my emotions, anxiety, and stress a lot lately that it has been really hard for me to get on here and create, even making YouTube videos has been difficult, and that is all because of the devils attacks on my life.
However, tonight I was reading through a couple of bible plans I am going through on the bible app called “Emotions” and “Foundations of Faith.” And I honestly learned a lot from both! The 2nd one taught me how God is love! and how He is involved in Creation and how he cares so much for Humanity. God is our Creator and He does not regret that!
The ‘Emotions’ Bible plan taught me something different though, and it honestly relates to more of what I have struggled with recently. First off it tells me how my feelings and faith in God are not at war with each other, feelings can actually fuel our Faith! This is something that I have struggled a lot to believe the past years yet it is so true! it just depends on how we choose to respond to our feelings and that is when Jesus comes into all of this. He was there at the beginning and will never leave.
Jesus came into this world as one of us. Fully man, fully God. There was one difference though, He knew NO sin! Yet He freed us from our sins to save us when He sacrificed Himself on the cross.
Since Jesus came into this world human that means He knew and lived every emotion we face in our day-to-day lives (Sadness, anger, frustration, etc.) Yet He didn’t respond to His emotions the same way most of us do. We may find ourselves trying to hide, forget, or even distract ourselves from the emotions that seem to overtake us daily. Yet Jesus responded with prayer, when He felt anger, sadness, or frustration rise in Him he would go to God and say “Let your will be done” even in the pain He went straight to God and gave Him His trust. He made sure that through His emotions He connected closely with His Father.
In Matthew 26:37-39 we see Jesus become distressed and in anguish about His coming crucifixion. and yet, in the middle of all this He went to His father in prayer and once again said “Let your with be done”
-Matthew 26:37-39- "He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and He became in anguished and distressed. He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." He went on a little farther and bowed with His face to the ground, praying. "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."
Jesus NEVER ignored His own pain, He acknowledged it in the moment, and He does not ignore our pain, in fact when we are hurting, God promises to always be with us, no matter what!
Our feelings can fuel our faith, but only when they send us running to the Father
In the verses below Jesus is telling His disciples whats going to happen to Him:
John 16:20 (ESV) "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep, and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but the sorrow will turn into joy." John 16:20 (NLT) "I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but the grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy."
Jesus knew the purpose of His pain, yet He didn’t diminish the disciples’ grief in the process. Jesus acknowledged that they would weep, mourn, and be sad about what all was coming. He didn’t tell them to “get over it” or “ignore it.”
He actually told them that the grief would turn into JOY!
Feelings are a reminder that you need to go to the Father
So, as an encouragement today. Spend some time with God in both the happy, and the hurting moment. You will not regret it, trust me!
and ask God to reveal to you how it is He is wanting you to deal with your current emotions, I may not know what you are facing right now but the Lord knows and He is with you right now and forever.
Praying for you all, and I hope you have a blessed day/night. Talk to you next time!