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Walk By Faith and Not By Your Emotions

Unfortunately, there are many today who live more by their feelings or emotions and they base their decisions on what they can see with their natural eyes rather than live their lives based on faith.

The truth is, we cannot live by emotions or how we feel on a daily basis. A lot of mistakes can be made that way and a lot of false assumptions can come as a result.

I have heard people say things like , “I don’t feel like doing anything right now.” “I don’t feel like working today.” “I don’t feel the presence of God.” “I feel like God has turned His back on me.” “I feel like so and so don’t like me.”

On a more personal note of my own confession – while I do enjoy writing, I don’t always feel like blogging or bringing new posts to encourage and inspire people and give others hope. I don’t always feel like being nice to people or being in the same place where there is a crowd.

I hate to admit that I don’t always feel like giving people a ride in my car who I meet along the roadway. That’s because I don’t always feel like being kind and generous.

Most days I don’t feel like getting up out of my bed to go to work.

I don’t always feel like reading the Bible and praying especially when things are going well in my life. I don’t always feel like going to church and to assemble myself among other believers.

At times I feel like being left alone and would occasionally grumble under my breath at others when I can’t have it my way.

The thing is though, I have to constantly fight my feelings and to remind myself with God’s word that as a Christian and Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, my life is not about feelings or emotions but one of faith.

I have to remind myself that in order for me to be obedient to God I cannot go based on my emotions or what I see with my natural eyes but instead, I have to first listen to what He has to say to me by whatever method He choose to speak at the time.

The same way you cannot let your emotions dictate your faith. According to Sarah Hahn, “Feelings are inconsistent. They’re unreliable.” She further said, “We can’t base our relationship with God on some wavering feeling or connection.” And she is absolutely correct about that.

The scripture that resonated with me that would further support and strengthen the point of us not living by feelings or emotions can be found in 2 Corinthians 5:7 New Life Version (NLV) that says “Our life is lived by faith. We do not live by what we see in front of us.”

Walk By Faith and Not By Your-Emotions

In order to please God, it has to be about living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in His promises. For as the scripture says,

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe he exists and rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV)

Now what if a farmer was to go to his farm to work based only by the way he was feeling on any given day? Do you believe that he would get anything done?

To begin with, a farmer’s work is hard! Not to mention the fact that he has to get up very early in the morning out of the comforts of his warm and comfortable bed. So if he was to go by his feelings, then no, he won’t get anything accomplished. So he goes to work, he plant his seeds, he diligently attend to his crops right through to the day of harvest.

Whatever the circumstances may be, life threatening or not, the Bible teaches us that we are saved and we are justified by our faith, not our emotions. “This is what we have come to know. A man is made right with God by putting his trust in Christ. It is not by doing what the Law says.” (Romans 8:28 NLV)

The moment we decide to walk by faith, it is a resolute affirmation to our entire trust and confidence being in the Almighty God. As Christians and believers in Christ Jesus, we are on a journey. We have a final destination. When we live by faith, it is also a way to help us to remain hopeful and to stay focused on the end of the journey.

Basing decisions on emotions and feelings hinders us from running the Christian race in a way that is pleasing to God or consistent with His word. As a result of the sin we also become entangled thus making our journey through life even more difficult.

Therefore, regardless of how you feel on any given day, “let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

Like Jesus, your reward is in your obedience to God. Sow seeds in faith. It could be praying for someone or expressing God’s love to others even when they display feelings of hatred. It could be helping, motivating, encouraging and giving others hope through some kind deed or spoken word.

It may also mean making a monetary contribution to the church, a cause, a not for profit organisation or to individual/s who are in great need of such.

God rewards faith, not emotions. So walk by faith and not by your feelings.

YOUR TURN, LET’S TALK IT OVER: 
  • Do you live your life by your feelings or your emotions?
  • Why do you think it is so easy to make your decisions that way?
  • What do you think your life would be like if you were to start walking by faith instead of your emotions?
  • What do you have on your to-do list that you think requires a step of faith to get it done?

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About Yvonne I. Wilson (758 Articles)
Yvonne is a positive thinker, a catalyst for change, and a conduit through which holistic healing takes place and destiny is fulfilled. Her ministry through her blog, Empowerment Moments, came at a very low point in her life and was born out of much adversity, persecution, physical abuses, and rejection to the point of her being suicidal. She was left feeling defeated and shrunk back by fear. But through some miraculous means, God has given her pain purpose and a unique voice through which He speaks to touch the untouchable, to reach the unreachable and to empower, inspire, motivate, encourage and uplift the hurting and spiritually wounded to bring about healing and wholeness - mind, body, soul and spirit, one person at a time.

8 Comments on Walk By Faith and Not By Your Emotions

  1. Greetings to all. Today I was looking for a scripture and verse I heard on Joel Osteen. Joel said, ” God had not brought me this far to abandon me” and see exactly where it came from.
    I did a search and the EMB website was at the top of the page. I have been having ‘visions’ of what God wants me to do for the Kingdom and His spirit has been giving me ideas on how to put my into action! -see Phil. 1:6 ” Being confident of this very thing…. So I began reading ’19 Affirmation of Faith’. Reminded of how important faith is over flesh, I was inspired and encouraged to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7); believe GOD only; follow His Spirit’s guidance ALWAYS! Carolyn J

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    • Hi Carolyn

      Welcome to my blog. Glory to God for how He has led you in this way. I am glad that you received a blessing by visiting and you were encouraged and inspired. Yes the Father who has begun a good work in you and all of His children will bring it to completion. There is no telling what He can and will do when you mix faith with His word.

      Do stop by again to receive more inspiration. Have a blessed day. 🙂

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  2. Hi Yvonne

    Living your life based on your feeling is so stressful and besides it is not really healthy.

    A Life of faith is a wonderful life because you are not under any pressure. You see things in the world just like Jesus perceived of our world. You are peace no matter the situation.

    I am taking on big projects this year and I have had to start even though my thoughts are shouting No.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

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    • Hi Ikechi

      So good to see you again. You made a very important point and I believe it is one that we should pay careful attention to – “living life based on feelings is so stressful and besides it is not really healthy.” You are absolutely right about that. And who wants to live their life like that? I hope that everyone who read this question will give a resounding, “Not me” We need to trust God completely with the understanding that walking by faith means, He already has foresight and the knowledge of the outcome which is all good for us.

      On behalf of all of us at EMB we pray your success in all of your new projects. God bless you! 🙂

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  3. Hi Yvonne,

    This is a thought provoking post on a very sensitive, but such an important topic.

    With regards to your first question – I think we all face some serious challenges when it comes to live by our feeling or emotions rather than by faith. It is so much easier to respond to what we see and feel physically. It can become a challenge when you have to put your faith in action and your actions have to contradict your feelings and emotions. Dr. Creflo Dollar puts it very well when he says that the saying goes “seeing is believing”, but when it comes to faith it should be “believing is seeing”. It is to have enough faith to see it in your spirit first, and to act on that faith until it manifests in the physical.

    Your second question – why is it so easy to make decisions that way? We are physical beings and we tend to respond much easier in a physical manner to what we physically see and feel. Yet, I can personally testify to the fact that irrespective of physical appearances, God WILL come through for you and provide in your needs and your protection.

    Thirdly, I think the quality of my life would improve beyond expectation if I can master walking by faith instead of my emotions. This happens to fit perfectly with my main goal for this year which is a challenge I have set for myself – to win over negative stress. I believe it can only be done by having faith in God. In an article I’ve read recently – written by Kenneth Copeland – he refers to the way Jesus summed it up in four simple words: “Have faith in God”. That is not to say it is easy. If it was to be easy, everybody would have been a “faith giant”, but it is clear what we should be striving for and what we should be doing.

    Finally, as I’ve mentioned in the previous point what my main goal is for this year, there are many things on my to-do list that will require faith – to many to mention here though. But it will form a theme in the articles I plan to write (especially on my own blog) this year.

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    • Hi Jaco

      Nice to see you and hope you had a great time away.

      I am won over by your comment. 🙂 It’s only the grace of God that can help us and keep us from operating in the flesh (emotions) and doing crazy stuff that don’t measure up with His word. We all need His grace now more than ever, especially these days when we are surrounded so much negativity.

      I believe though that love will win in the end. Love covers a multitude of faults (sins) If we walk in love, thereby will all men know that we are Christ’s disciples. I love your goal for 2016 and I believe that is something that we should all strive to master. And absolutely, God will come through for us.

      Have a great day/week. Cheers my brother. 🙂

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  4. Hi, Yvonne

    “Live or walk by faith and not by your emotions” is a huge statement for us all. It is ease say than done. Even for us, Christians, can only keep this lifestyle with strong commitment by exerting big resist to the devils.

    It is particular hard for people (Christians or non Christians) who are in the valleys of their life Sometimes, the pressure of life may be too much to carry on. I personally witnessed some seasoned Christians comforted the people, who were their biggest challenges, with the statement. The results were bad. I won’t use this statement too lightly.

    I believe that the reward from the Lord will be huge for anyone who keeps walking by faith without ceasing.

    Thanks for sharing!

    – Stella Chiu

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    • Hi Stella

      So happy to see you here weighing in on this topic of discussion. I totally agree with you that “live or walk by faith and not by your emotions” is easier said than done. It is reason why I mentioned so much of the struggles that I have personally. Flesh often times want to take over from the Spirit of God who lives inside of us. Hence, as you mentioned the commitment of the individual has to be strong to resist and overcome the devil.

      No doubt [from our personal experience] that life can be filled with many challenges and when we are down in the valley with pain, affliction, hardship and discomfort it can be even harder to live out the word or what the Bible says.

      The race is really not for the swift and neither is the battle for the strong but for those who will endure to the end will be rewarded with a great crown. So yes in total agreement that whoever keeps walking by faith without ceasing will have a great reward in the end.

      Cheers! Have a great day/week ahead

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