Never Been A Moment

This week I’ve been thinking about the line between feelings and faith, and how this influences who we are and how we are.

During our Spiritual Depression Miniseries we said that we ought to interpret our lives based on the Bible, not interpret the Bible based on our lives. The problem with the latter is that our lives then become the ultimate test and truth of reality, rather than the Word of God. When this is the case, our lives can change, our feelings can change, and we end up being blown here and there by every wind of change, often multiple times a day. This then has the potential to change who we are, and how we are. 

Think of the person interpreting their life independently, all alone, not in relation to something that never changes.

What happens when they feel abandoned and their circumstances seem to support that feeling?

What happens when they feel lost and their circumstances seem to support that feeling?

What happens when they deal with loss?

What happens when they deal with tragedy?

If we rely on feelings over faith, it’s only a matter of time before we end up in a dark place.

There’s a part of this song that speaks to this so well,

There’s never been a moment
I was not held inside Your arms
There’s never been a day when You were not who You say You are

Despite what is going on around us, God never changes (Malachi 3.6, Hebrews 13.8). Because God never changes, His Word to us is solid, true, and lasting (Luke 21.33). So, when we might feel abandoned, lost, alone, or down, we can turn to the Word of God and know, for sure, that He is always there, always true, and always ready with an all consuming, heart pursuing, grace extending, never ending love.

This should define who we are, and how we are. 

07.03.19 – Fall – Thursday Music

This week for Thursday music Fall by The Belonging Co.

Today’s song starts like this,

My eyes above what it looks like

My eyes above what it looks like

I will only see

All You promised me

Are we looking at the world around us for direction and guidance, or are we looking to Jesus, captain and perfecter of our faith?

Let the weight of Heaven

Fall, Fall, Fall

Have your way, Have your way

Sometimes it can feel like the weight of the world is falling on us; busy, stressed, angry, empty, lost, mourning, lonely, aimless, wandering, alone…The weight of the world, the flesh, and the devil can get us down, but it must not get us down. The weight of heaven is, paradoxically, easy and light (Matthew 11.29-30), and when we submit and commit to living with the yoke and burden of Jesus on us, the weight of the world is no longer on our shoulders. 

My faith beyond what it feels like

My faith beyond what it feels like

All the way to You

Often nowadays lots of modern worship songs are too focused on us; I will do this…I feel like this…

The only I will…in worship should be us lifting up God’s name in praise, regardless of the external circumstances we find ourselves in.

Often nowadays faith and feeling are too closely linked, so when we don’t feel like X/Y/Z then therefore our faith is low. Ours is a faith that goes beyond feeling, ours is a faith that is based on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, ours is a faith that is perfectly platformed on the Word of God.

Feelings are good, feel your feelings! But the Bible is quick to tell us that they can’t be trusted (Proverbs 3.5, 28.26, Jeremiah 17.9).

As a believer in Jesus, we are called to live by faith, and walk with Him despite what we may feel, see, or hear (2 Corinthians 5.7).

Something’s changing in the spirit

Something’s breaking I can feel it

Heaven come down

The feeling we will most certainly get is that Jesus is changing us from the inside out, that the indwelling Holy Spirit give us new desires, new priorities, new goals, a new life, that we are now in right relationship with God the Father; that is the feeling we will get, and it is unshakeable, unbreakable, and inescapable.