“Do Not Have a Feeling Based Faith.”

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Feelings are one of the most powerful, shifting aspects of our minds. Feelings can make us want to dance in the puddles after a afternoon shower. Or they can make us curl up under the covers, while watching the heavy rain drops clash against our windows. Feelings are overall dangerous. Especially when it comes to walking with Jesus. If we base our faith with only feelings, we never experience the Truth and will always submit to our flesh. Here's a chart I found that adequately describes feelings/faith.

Look at the left side for a brief moment. Do any of those things match to what is going on in your personal life right now? I have had to examine my heart on a few of them. When we have a feeling based faith, we are not living up to God's standards. We pray, do acts of goodness, and follow God. But in most cases it's for our gain. For example, I went through a season of "forgiveness" last year. I did all the things I was expected to do. I seeked God, I read His word. I still felt impatient. I examined my heart just now on that Melodie last year and I realized that I was doing those things in order to gain what I wanted. That's not what our season with God are supposed to be like! Every season is like a steeping stone towards our true identity, and being closer to Christ.

When Jesus walked the earth, he was selfless. He performed miracles, taught his disciples, and what I love most, drew to lonely places to be with Christ. Jesus led by example of a spiritual based faith. Jesus knew all along that He would be betrayed by the same hands who praised Him. Yet, he still chose to love them and now love us. When we decide to forgive someone, we can't just take it back because we don't like how they're treating us! When we attend fellowship, we can't single someone else out because they don't have that "church attire" look. Let's love on them and embrace them into the kingdom! After all, we are all going out the world the same way as dry bones.

My prayer for you and me today is to stop living a feeling based faith. We cannot just praise God when things are great. We need to seek God even though there are blockages in our path. We need to love other people, despite how they treat us. Because one who loves knows God, because God is love (1 John 4:7-8). Start today by creating a list of things that's keeping you from having a spiritual based faith and begin to ask Jesus to remove the flesh feelings out of your spirit and replace them with His love, kindness, patience, hope.

“Everything In Its’ Time.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan.

 There is a special time for everything. There is a time for everything that happens under heaven. There is a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pick what is planted. There is a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up. There is a time to cry, and a time to laugh; a time to have sorrow, and a time to dance. There is a time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to kiss, and a time to turn from kissing. There is a time to try to find, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away. There is a time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; a time to be quiet, and a time to speak. There is a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

I remember one July afternoon, my mom just came home from shopping around at yard sales she use to do every Saturday morning, as early as the sun rose up. I was sitting in my room, painting my nails with some bright pink nail polish, when she excitedly entered my room with a cute little pillow. There was a scripture verse sown right in the middle, along with some purple buttons and butterflies that said: “God makes ALL things beautiful.” Around that time, I was suffering severely with in-confidence, so I took the pillow politely and did not think much of it. I mean, it went along with my bed set, but the words did not settle into my heart the way it should have. 

Besides looks, my personal life was not an example of beauty either. I got my heart broken, people at school were bullying me, and I acted in a way young girls should not. Now that I am older, I look back at that pillow and wished secretly that my young teenage self would have gotten smacked in the head! I was behaving so selfishly and did not take the time to go to God about why I did not heed His wise counsel. 

What season are you in today? Are you in a fruitful season? Have you been bearing your fruit so heavily that others are feeding off your peace and goodness? Or are you in a drought season? Shuffling around to plant your “spiritual seeds” while looking up at the sky asking, “Okay God, are you going to pour down some heavenly waters soon?!” Let me tell you something friend, good season or bad, every season is a gift. You may have read this with a puzzled look. Let’s continue reading a little more of Ecclesiastes 3:  What does the worker get for his work? I have seen the work which God has given the sons of men to do. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has put thoughts of the forever in man’s mind, yet man cannot understand the work God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:9-11.

There is your answer, my dear friend! The hard work we put into our “Season” God makes it beautiful. The dry, dirt soil you see in your life garden may not look like anything now, but after being obedient to God and trusting in His name, He will pour down His rain and make sure your life garden is full of many fulfilling fruits that will sustain you and help you to grow. Today, if you are struggling to keep working out in your own garden, seek out Him. Pray for wisdom and strength to fill your heart and to rekindle your desire to want to work for God again. Not only will you be benefited, but others who are struggling with the same problem will also.

“Being Alone Can Be a Good Thing.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

I already knew this season for me was going to be rather rough. This holiday time is where commercial ads and stores really promote “relational love” and “meet me under the mistletoe” themes. I know that through this time I have to endure couples every where buying each others presents, getting engaged, and holding hands. I knew I would be feeling that stinging pain in my chest and yearning for that as well. It’s been a constant battle of reminding myself that I am a single woman right now for a reason and this season that I am alone is my time to be only with God. It’s important not just for me, but for any of you who just lost someone you care about that this is the time to be intimate with God.” I read a quote a few weeks ago that stated this: “Love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.” It’s crucial to understand that even though I would love to be drinking a warm cup of coffee right now with someone special, I have to understand that God’s love is so much more. He is going to bring to me my Boaz one day, just in His perfect timing. I know that if I give into my own selfish desires, I am going to see right past the best opportunity God has already planned for me. I know that if I only dwell on the fact that I’m going to be alone relational wise this season, I’m going to miss growing in Jesus and becoming like Him. There is no point in worrying about things I cannot change. Being a single woman that I am should be a good thing. I am free to be fully surrendered and vulnerable to Jesus. This is the time I have for Him to completley change me and help me to love like He does. I am now fully attentive to be a vital part to build His kingdom. He brings us out of places we once desired to enter into His place. Here are some scripture to uplift you if you feel this way as well. Just know that God knows this season for many people, and now me, is so difficult. Remember that you are not alone and there is such a glorious Someone who loves every piece of you. ❤️

“I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. John 14:18.

“Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe in me also. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you. I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:16-17‬