Posts Tagged ‘emotions’

  

…For the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah‬ ‭8‬:‭10‬ NKJV)

“Susan” was an incredible woman. She had already outlived two husbands and one of her children. She had every reason to give up in her late season of life. Yet, every Sunday, she was in my church, worshipping with a smile and participating in what activities she could.  The joy she found in Christ gave her daily strength. 

In Nehemiah’s day, he was having to teach Israel the very lesson we need to achieve today: Move beyond fleeting happiness to a grounded joy! Israel had been on an emotional rollercoaster of emotions, up one minute and down the next. The high of returning from captivity to the low of tedious rebuilding; the up from having a Deliverer come to rebuild to the down of being threatened with terroristic violence. As they hit another low by hearing how they had failed God through sin, Nehemiah had to help them get past unstable emotions to a place of stability found only through a consistent walk with God. 

If you are living to find happiness, then you’ll find life to be one continual frustration after another. Susan got it when she found her joy in God and not in emotion. And as God blessed her with another loving man, she found an unexpected 11th hour blessing from the God of her joy! You are loved today! Live on it! 

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Who are you, lord?” (Acts 26‬:‭15‬ NLT)

My Mom was my 1st grade teacher. In our class that year was a poor kid named “Jimmy”. Jimmy’s Dad did not want his son to grow up to be a smoker. So, at the ripe old age of 6, he taught Jimmy how to dip snuff. As you can imagine, the nicotine wreaked havoc on his little system, causing him to have the scours and be sick everyday. It was a sad case of parenting gone wrong.

In this text, Saul is doing it wrong. He grew up around God, was trained to serve God, but was committing harm and atrocities in God’s name, never realizing that the God he was serving was the very God he was attacking! You can imagine the sense of ironic failure Saul felt, having to be introduced to “his boss”, whom he should have known all along.

As you live the Christ Life daily, do it right. What we do and how we live should reflect the God we serve, not the opinions or emotions we harbor. We should be the best advertising Heaven has! Live like you know the God you serve! You are loved today!

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As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.” (Proverbs‬ ‭27‬:‭19‬ NLT)

In the state of Washington rises Mount Ranier– nearly three miles high– the greatest extinct volcano in America, outside of Alaska. It’s majesty is second to none! Not far away is the picturesque Reflection Lake, made famous in photos for capturing the twin beauty of Mt. Rainier. No matter what the conditions are on the mountain, you can see it clearly reflected upon the pristine waters.

Our life and actions serve as our personal Reflection Lake. If we are happy or sad, content or jealous, it is reflected for the world to see, except for the person themselves. We are usually the last to comprehend how our tone and posture telegraphs to others what’s going on inside. While we think we have our personal issues covered, the world sees our true reflection.

As you get your mind ready for church tomorrow, consider gazing into your own Reflection Lake. What do you see? How do you feel? If you notice that things aren’t just quite right, which we all come to, bring it to God. He waits everyday to make your heart free again! You are loved today!

They said to each other, ‘Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?'” (Luke 24:32 NLT)

The beauty I have found in living for God is that He blends worship and life to engage all of your senses and emotions. God Himself is seen in scripture as a Lord with emotions. While not fickle or petty, He does display anger as well as joy, sadness and jealousy. If God is described by emotion, then how could we think to live for Him without it?!

In this scripture, the disciples saw Jesus for the first time after his death, not recognizing him. Yet, when they felt the same stirring emotions that came while he was alive among them, understanding also came, which led to recognition. Amazing how just the presence of God can stir the emotions in creation!

Today, you need to be in the Lord’s presence. Come to church, knowing He’s there. Find time wherever you find yourself and let God be with you. His presence brings the emotional healing that we all need! You are made to feel loved today!

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