DON’T LET YOUR EMOTIONS OVERCOME YOUR FAITH

Andy Hollifield 5-10-18
Joy , sorrow, fear, hate, love, doubt, excitement, dread, worry, anger, disgust, happiness, sadness, surprise, shock, confidence, regret, pleasure, guilt, gratitude, frustration, envy, jealousy, hope, humility, embarrassment, contentment, boredom, anticipation, resentment, lust, and remorse. These are just a few common emotions that we all deal with at some point in our lives and many of them on a daily basis. The bible gives a lot of examples of emotions both good and bad.
David displayed anger that Goliath was being allowed to make a mockery out of God and shortly thereafter displayed great courage and confidence in going to meet him in battle armed only with a sling and 5 smooth stones. This same man was later overcome with emotion when he saw Bathsheba and lusted after her and sent and brought her to himself causing his life to become a wreck in a lot of ways. Even though God still used him greatly, David had to suffer things in his family for the rest of his life because of those few moments of emotion that he didn’t control. He later showed great compassion to the son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth.
There were others too whose lives didn’t turn out as well as David’s did. Samson is another example of a man who was controlled by his emotions. Upon seeing Delilah for the first time, he was overcome with lust and desired to have her for himself. That wasn’t the worst part. He was so overcome with emotion that he didn’t think rationally and was deceived by his wife into giving up the secret of his incredible strength. After his capture, following Delilah secretly cutting his hair while he was asleep, the Philistines gouged out his eyes. Having lost his power, his wife, and his eyesight, all that was left was his very life. On a day when they led him forth out of the prison to make fun of him, he asked the young man guiding him to place his hands on the pillars of the temple. Judges 16:30 tells us that he prayed only 6 words and the Lord blessed him to get his strength back for just one more time. Samson then bowed himself and tore out the posts of the temple making it collapse, killing more at his death than in all of his life.
Moses was another one that let his emotions get the better of him. In Numbers 20:11-12, due to him being angry with the Israelites, he smote the rock twice as opposed to speaking to it like the Lord had said. Because of his disobedience, the Lord told Moses that he would get to view the promised land but would not get to enter it with the children of Israel. One moment of uncontrolled anger cost him what he had been working for since the Lord had sent him to Egypt. His anger also wound up causing him to throw the tablets of stone and break them when he saw Israel worshipping the golden calf.
Because of Ruth’s love and devotion to her mother in law, she wound up getting a new husband and wealth and also got to be in the lineage of Christ and was a great-grandmother a few times removed. Noah is another one. Because of his persistence in the face of discouragement and ridicule, he and his family were preserved through the flood. Because of their dogged determination not to deny God, the three Hebrew children were able to walk back out of the fiery furnace. Because of fear, Rahab the harlot hid the spies and then put a scarlet cord in her window thus preserving the life of her dad’s household. Cain, because of his jealousy, killed Abel thus committing the first human murder in the bible.
There have been many people ruined and/or preserved because of their emotions. Also, there have been those that excelled in the work God gave them to do. The apostle Paul was one of these. In spite of shipwrecks, beatings, snakebite, and hunger, Paul never wavered in his devotion to the Lord. Joshua went from fear and uncertainty to being a strong leader to the Jewish people as did Gideon.  Abraham, because of his faith in and devotion to the Lord, left his homeland and became the father of many nations.  Peter, because of his quick temper, became the most prominent disciple and was the first one that carried the gospel to the Gentiles.
My point is simply this: Don’t let your emotions get the best of you.  According to Romans 8:28, God has a plan and a purpose that he is working in your life according to his will.  Fear is a really hard emotion to overcome.  It has driven a lot of people to do things they wouldn’t have ordinarily done, both good and bad. Don’t let jealousy provoke you into doing something that God doesn’t have for you to do. Anger may defeat the purpose of what you are trying to do for him. Peter accomplished only 1 thing by getting angry and excited in the garden of Gethsemane and cutting off the servant’s ear. That was the fact that there were a lot of people there that got to see Jesus power displayed. Psalms says “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord.” Your emotions can be an asset and a driving force to help you. He shall strengthen thine heart. Don’t let your emotions overcome your faith. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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