Unshakeable Devotional - I'm Feeling It

I'm Feeling It

By: Pastor Brian Bowden, Ministries Pastor
“I’m fwustrated at you dad, you making me so mad.” These were the words my 3 year old shouted at me as I told him it was time to put up his remote control car for the night. Shortly after, he went to get his lightsaber and attack me with it. Hey, I’ve got to give him props on the weapon choice. I couldn't help but laugh thinking about how much Judah is like his mom. Okay, really it’s both of us!

We all have emotions. Ya know, those things we feel. It’s what makes us human. But if we’re not careful, it’ll also cause us to act in a way we’ll later regret. I believe one of the main goals of every believer should be emotional stability. We should seek God to learn how to manage our emotions and not allow them to manage us. Easier said than done right? I’m an emotional guy and I’ve experienced ups and downs in my feelings and actions and I almost always wear them on my face (I’m working on this and probably always will). Not only was this hard on me, but it was hard on the people around me. I always feel bad about that after.

God created us to operate with a free will. We get to choose what we will do and what we won't do. I believe there is a God-given desire inside of every believer to do the right thing. When we allow our flesh and emotions to rule, it can create instability in our lives and we know we’re out of control. We need the stability and self-control that only God can bring. Stability creates freedom. We’re free to use wisdom, free to obey God, and free to follow the leading of the Spirit. We don’t have to be pushed around by our feelings. We don't have to do what we feel like doing. We’re free to do what we know is wise.

Jesus is referred to as "The Rock."  You can depend on Him to be stable. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that “He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.” He’s the same Jesus all the time, always faithful, loyal, true to His Word, and mature. He’s not one way one time and another way the next time.

Jeremiah 17:8 and Psalm 1:3 both instruct us to be like trees firmly planted. 1st Peter 5:8-9 teaches us to be well-balanced and temperate (self-controlled) to keep the enemy from devouring us. To withstand him, it says to be rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined. All of these scriptures refer to being stable.

Here are a few confessions I make everyday:

1. I will live by principle, not emotion.

2. My emotions may not go away, but I can choose self-control.

3. My emotions can be a good thing, but I can't always rely on them.

Make emotional stability a primary goal in your life!

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