MESSAGE NOTES: Soul Food #5

3 John 2 (NKJV) – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

  • God’s desire is for us to prosper and be in health in this season… this is directly connected to our ’soul prosperity’
  • 1 Thess 5:23 (ESV) – …and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We are a spirit, we have a soul, we live in a body
  • Our soul = our mind, will, and emotions
  • God wants to prosper our souls in this season

So far in this series, we have focused on prospering in our minds, and prospering in our will, in this teaching I want to focus on prospering in our emotions

Prospering in Our Emotions

There are two sides to this topic that I want to make sure we touch on. The first is the danger to be led by our emotions rather than being led by the Spirit. The second is the danger to be disconnected not be ‘emotionally healthy’ We need to make sure that we address both sides of this spectrum – in this lesson I want to focus on the first.

  • The Scriptures teach us that God has emotions – we see the in scripture that He loves (John 3:16), He has compassion (Exodus 33:19), He has joy (Zeph 3:17), He rejoices (Isaiah 62:5), He gets angry (Psalm 106:40), He grieves (Isaiah 63:10), He hates (Psalm 11:5), and more.
  • We also see the Jesus had emotions – he had joy (John 15:10-11), compassion (Matthew 9:20-22), love (Mark 10:21), sadness (John 11:35), frustration (Mark 8:12), anger (Mark 3:5) and more.
  • God created us in His image – part of that is that He has created us with emotions (Gen. 1:27)
  • God’s saw all that He had made and that it was good – this means emotions are good (Genesis 1:31)

God has emotions. God created us with emotions. They are good. They are just not meant to lead us.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV) – 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight

  • As a follower of Christ, we are called to walk by faith in God and His Word, and not by what we see in this natural world.
  • This doesn’t mean that we are supposed to completely disconnect from the natural world we live in. It just means that our values and our choices go through a ‘filter of faith’
  • We don’t disconnect from this reality, there is just a higher reality that we connect into
  • 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT) – 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever

In light of this it would be theologically correct to say “we walk by faith and not by feelings” or “we are to be led by faith and not by our feelings”

  • Again, feelings are not bad or wrong, they are good and created by God – they are just not meant to lead us. Many Christians are led by our feelings and not by our faith 
  • God has called us to walk by faith and not by our feelings!

Four Commitments We Need to Make:

1) The word of God is my foundation, not what I feel

  • Matthew 8:8 (NLT) – But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.
  • Jesus was willing to come and heal him, but the Centurion said “all I need is your Word”
  • Jesus was amazed by his faith… going with him would have “felt better”.

 2) When my feelings contradict the Word, I will go with the Word of God

  • There are times when your feelings are not going to line up with the Word of God – in this moment you will have a choice. Choose the Word!
  • Luke 8:49-50 (NLT) – While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”
  • Jairus was faced with a life-defining choice here. Imagine the emotions he must have been feeling. He chose to believe and saw his daughter raised up.

 3) This does not mean I deny my feelings, but I deny their right to dominate me

  • 1 Samuel 30:6 (ESV) – 6 And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God
  • David was having a ‘bad day’ but he chose to strengthen himself in the Lord.

4) I will be open with the Lord and process my feelings with him and with key brothers/sisters in my life

  • Psalms 62:8 (ESV) – Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us.
  • Galatians 6:2 (ESV) – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
  • We need to be open with God and others. We do not have to do this on our own.

In closing: we are all going to have “defining moments” where we need to make a decision to walk by faith or walk by feelings – make the decision to walk by faith!

There are no Connexions this week. Join us at ALTAR’D Prayer this coming Friday at 7:14 p.m.

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