Emotions vs. Immanuel

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,

and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Matthew 1:23

 

How often do we find ourselves saying, “I feel…” or “I don’t feel…”  We often make quick assumptions or decisions based on these feelings.

Emotions:

1.  A natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.

2.  A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes.

Although emotions are God-given and can often keep us safe, alert, and productive, we must be careful not to let our feelings control us.

Emotions are a see-saw of unpredictable feelings, teetering on the fulcrum of circumstance, which often result in rash and chaotic reactions.

If only we could pause for a moment, and consider the absolute truth, which has the power to set us free.

Truth:

That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.

Immanuel… 

What wonderful truth in that precious name.  Our God is with us!  That truth alone should put our fickle feelings to rest.  We have a Heavenly Father who is ever-present, who loves us unconditionally, and who desires the best for us.  When you are tempted to react, based upon your present emotions, take a moment to remind yourself who God is.

“Don’t tell your God how big your storm is. 

Tell your storm how big your God is.”

 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 

Hebrews 4:16

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2012.  May not be used or re-printed without permission.  bp009p9-03-12
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