Our Maker tells us in his word that our volition can and should take charge of our emotions. God has so designed our minds and now insists that we not be tyrannized by our feelings. It may not be easy. At times it will be a fierce battle, but our decision-making must not be conscripted by our fickle moods and emotions. Consider the Psalmist who taught God’s people to marshal their inmost being: “Praise the Lord, O my soul; and all my inmost being, praise his holy name” (Ps.103:1). Even when fears grip the psalmist’s heart his response is, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid” (Ps.56:11). Circumstances will obviously ignite our feelings, but God has designed us and called us to take charge and lead with our volition and not our emotions. If we let our feelings lead we will inevitably be driven and tossed by the tide of our circumstances. May God’s Spirit embolden our minds to lead and allow our feelings to fall inline.
-- Pastor Mike
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