Will I be ruled by my emotions? Will I give my life over to whatever I want to do…according to my feelings? Will I allow emotions to sabotage my destiny? No…I have determined in my life to align my desires and decisions with God’s will and Word. I hope to have the courage to live what I believe. “Help me stay true to what I believe Lord!”
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” …Luke 10:19
Now by sharing this, I am not saying I totally understand the above scripture. Bad things do happen to Godly people; BUT, I do know that the enemy’s purpose in EMOTIONAL hurt is to rob you and me of the blessings of God…to injure us enough in our feelings or emotions to move us away from the Word and purposes God has for our lives. I write concerning the soul or the inner man so for today, we will be addressing emotions. This is where I hope to encourage you and perhaps help you glimpse a truth that you may not have realized yet.
Remember Luke 10:19 and say to yourself…“I am emotionally invincible and I will not be ruled by emotional hurt. I have authority over my emotions.” Complaining and murmuring show that we are being ruled by our emotions and that we have not taken authority over them. Anyone ever do that? Whoo! “Oh Lord, help me stay true to what I believe!”
“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” …Prov. 12:18
Don’t give place to the enemy! Walk in love! Walk in the blessing that is on you as a believer! Claim it. The enemy is trying to rob us of everything God has promised and already given us! Are we allowing ourselves to be dragged by emotional hurt out of the position we need to be in to receive God’s full blessings on our lives?
Perhaps we have tolerated emotional hurt because we have been taught that it is OK to keep it. We often find ourselves wallowing in our negative emotions and sometimes hear ourselves saying to others “I can’t help it. They make me feel so ______ (fill in the blank)”. How has that worked out for you in the past or even in the present? For me, emotional hurt has at times been like a poison…making me physically sick and even paralyzing me through depression.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” …Gal. 5:1
Say it again… “I am emotionally invincible and I will not be ruled by emotional hurt. I have authority over my emotions.”
The enemy’s strongest weapon is suggestion…that hissy little lying voice that can so quickly sway us. We must learn to recognize His tactics and take heed…rebuke Him! If you have indeed been bought with the blood of Christ, you are empowered from on high by the Holy Spirit! Our goal should be to keep ourselves on the offense mentally. Do not let yourself become entangled in a battle that is already won!
“Jesus said, if you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” …John 8:31-32
Emotional pain can be so intense that it can bring about actual manifestations in our lives…bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, sickness, disease, and death. Avoid the tendency to allow ourselves to live out defensive reactions. This is where we too often empower the enemy.
Ask these questions:
- What is hurt trying to get me to do?
- Who will it affect?
- What will the outcome be if I react?
- How can I “act” to give God glory and show His power…in other words, what do you think Jesus would do?
It’s true, we are not perfect like Jesus, but if we have trusted in Him then we have His spirit living within us. As we walk out our faith and rely on Him, He can help us do great things for His glory!
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” …John 14:12
Yes…we must deal with hurt. We must not stuff it down and try to deny that it is there. Confess it to God. Lament to Him. Do not allow hurt to cause you to sin. If you are not sure where the real source of the problem is, ask God to reveal it to you. Sometimes our emotional sensitivities are due to root causes that need to be healed. God will heal you of anything that is keeping you from having an intimately blessed relationship with Him…if you will believe by faith and ask Him.
Forgive…those who knowingly or unknowingly hurt you. Do not wait for their apology. It may never come but you do not have to be subject to the power of their hurtful actions.
“Great peace have they which love thy law and nothing shall offend them.” …Psalm 119:165
Examine yourself. If you were partly responsible for the problem, ask God for His mercy and forgiveness. By all means when necessary forgive yourself and when possible, ask the other person(s) involved for their forgiveness.
Move forward in grace! Pray for the other person involved and ask God to give you His heart for them. This is where miraculous healing takes place by the power, healing and authority applied to our lives through the blood of Jesus, by our adoption, through salvation and by the grace of God given to us…His beloved…His children.
Do you want to build your life on a strong foundation that is not shaken by emotional reactions?
Do you want to move forward into God’s purpose and destiny for your life?
With God’s help you too can align your desires and decisions with God’s Word and refuse to be ruled by hurtful emotions. Will you join me and “Choose to Shine” today?
Keep your eyes on Christ and remember…
You Are Loved!
PS…I would love to hear from you!