So I admit, it’s 11 pm, I have had a long day, I am tired and want to do nothing more than to relax and watch Youtube while I slowly fall asleep… don’t judge me, you do the same. And yet, here I stand, writing a blog post. You see, I don’t always want to do what I have to do. Whether that means going to work, writing, reading, studying, serving, forgiving, loving, and even praying. I don’t always feel like being righteous and holy…there I said it. I don’t always want to pursue the things that God has asked me to do.But I choose to serve, write, love, study, forgive and work past my emotions.
I have learned that my emotions will not always line up with the ways of the Lord. I have to work past my emotions.My heart and feelings cannot be trusted to make final decisions. Emotions may be good guidelines at times, but it certainly is not a good foundation.
“ The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “ Jeremiah 17:9.
Call To Action
We cannot wait for a mood change before changing our actions.
We must act according to the Lord and allow our emotions to follow because eventually, they will.
There is an idea in popular culture that it is best to trust your feelings, that your feelings are true, that it is best to follow your feelings and that we are not authentic when we don’t do this. This is a, dare I say, an absurd notion that elevates our fleshly desires. Unless you are a perfect human being, you have had the desire to do something that you shouldn’t do, but you might have stopped yourself from doing it. As much as you wanted to react to your feelings, you instead decided to follow what you knew to be right, you worked past your emotions.
Following the heart sounds great until you realize that feelings are from the flesh and the flesh is nothing but deceitful. Paul says in the word that
“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” Romans 7:15.
Now, I don’t know about you but if I did whatever I felt like doing, I would probably eat a lot more junk food, be petty, watch Netflix, play a lot more than I work… I would basically become a mess. I want to please God and live righteously, I choose to deny my flesh and to listen to the Holy Spirit before I allow my emotions to speak.
As a follower of Christ, I choose to please Him and live righteously. I choose to deny my flesh and listen to the Holy Spirit before I allow my emotions to speak.
It is so vital to work past your emotions if you want to run this race of life and succeed.
How To Work Past Your Emotions
The truth is, life gets hard, and you won’t always want to do the things that must be done. You won’t always want to wake up bright and early to study the word before going to work…but you absolutely must. What happens when you choose to not do what God has called you to do because you are lazy and emotional? There are people waiting for you to obey, so obey and react the way you should.
It’s not always easy to work past emotions so you have to cling unto God. Next time you don’t feel like it, first ask yourself why? Is it your flesh talking? are you tired or annoyed? Go into your word and remind yourself of God’s truths. Ask the Holy Spirit to uplift you and give you strength to perform in spite of your feelings. Then, get up and do what you got to do sis, we are waiting for you to take that next step!
I am rooting for you!