Monday, October 10, 2016

Taking Back Your Emotions

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Have you ever had one of those days where  your emotions seem to be like a spinning top going in circles all day long? Don't worry you're not going crazy. I've dealt with a lot of those days myself. Praise God, we have the precious promise, that even though our emotions may go crazy at times they don't have to run us ragged.

    “For from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man from his good treasury brings forth good, and the evil man from his evil treasury brings forth evil.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭12:34-35‬ ‭TLV‬‬

As a man thinks so is he (Prov. 23:7)

What we think on is the game changer

What we think on dictates which way our emotions will go. Think about it. What happens if you listen to a sad song? Aren't you often even sadder after the song is over then you were before you started listening to it? What happens if you listen to a bright, happy song? Don't you find your spirits lifted?

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 
(Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭NLT‬)‬. 
            God's peace is that state of untroubled, undisturbed, well being, a state of total health
  This scripture makes it fairly plain, if our eyes are on God and his word, then peace in the midst of all the chaos and emotion can be where we live.  The most effective way to keep our eyes on God is to meditate on his word. No matter what our circumstances may be our emotions don't have to drive us crazy because we can stay in that place of peace if our eyes stay on God. Take the time to find scriptures even before the situations show up so you will have God's truth hidden in your heart. I will even list a few scriptures at the bottom of this post to get you started. Let me encourage you to start meditating on God and his word right now. So when your emotions do start to go crazy what will flow out of you, will be God and his word. We truly have no need to fear emotions. We just have to learn to keep our eyes on God so we can harness them.  

  • When you need peace:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • When you battle fear:
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power and love and self-discipline.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭TLV‬‬

  • When you battle anger:
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:1‬ ‭TLV‬‬

“Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger—”
‭‭Jacob (James)‬ ‭1:19‬ ‭TLV‬‬

  • When you battle confusion:
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all without hesitation and without reproach; and it will be given to him.”
‭‭Jacob (James)‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭TLV‬‬

  • When you need healing:
“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:4-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • When you're walking through depression and heartbreak:
“I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. 
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. 
He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:1-3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If you want a more in depth article on harnessing your emotions check out this one by Andrew Wommack.
Have a blessed day,

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