Today I’d like to jump right into a concept that comes with a multitude of principles that I believe are so important to learn and understand (in order to) remain free—free to experience Him and His Word to the fullest.
Much of what we rely on has been our “feelings” —and as we women know our feelings are what drives most of us.
The way we are each created was perfect as it says in Psalm 139:14—“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”
With this in mind, the more we understand how we tick, how we were made, the more, I believe, we will be able to benefit from our often unpredictable emotions. He wants us to understand ourselves as women, in order to minister to other women in an "understand way", and also learn to not just give in to or give way to or deal with our emotions ourselves. Instead, our deep feelings are yet another reason why we need Him so desperately.
Let’s begin with the feelings we have when we mess up. Very often when we mess up, we come under either conviction or guilt. The difference between these two emotions is that usual or normal emotion, guilt, does not feel good.
Guilt falls under negative emotions, and condemnation is often the companion or aftermath of guilt. So since these are negative feelings that come over us, where or who do you think they come from?
Right, the enemy.
Negative feelings of guilt and condemnation are NOT from God.
Feelings of guilt and condemnation and whatever thoughts that follow are not what the Lord is telling you at all. So by simply asking yourself HOW you feel and determining if those feelings are negative, you can instantly know where those feelings and thoughts are from, NOT from Him! Instead, these negative feelings are lies and something that you need to shake off like a viper. (Read Acts 28:5 and bookmark your favorite version.)
These are the same feelings that I sense Adam and Eve probably felt, which is why they hid from God. Because another companion of guilt and condemnation is shame and shame pushes you to hide. Hide from others, hide from God, and hide your (accused of) sin.
Yet, this is exactly when we need to go to our Father or snuggle close to our Heavenly Husband. Each and every time we are in trouble due to something we sense we did wrong, we need to run to, rather than away from the Comfort and truth we need.
And, this is when we need to identify where the feelings came from: are they good or negative? That's when we run TO rather than away from the One who can set us straight and give us the truth. And when we do, that’s when we will experience His love that “casts out all fear” and also covers a “multitude” of sins and what He died for “while we were yet sinners.”
Be forewarned, the enemy is always waiting to destroy anything good you give birth to. And if he doesn’t have permission to steal it, he’ll do something clever— simply dump negative emotions on you, which make you feel you want to hide, so that he can then follow through with more of his clever schemes.
Thankfully, once we have experienced the Lord's love fully and we really experience Him as our Husband, and we cling to Him, we won’t allow ourselves to be separated from Him or allow these negative feelings to remain with us. That’s why as His bride, we need to practice and then share with women who don’t know to simply go to Him, talk to Him about everything, allowing Him to love us, to feel His forgiveness, and so that He can help us get things right with whomever.
TODAY, rather than struggling or suffering or trying to control your feelings, take each of your feelings to your HH today. He is sitting right there beside you just waiting to speak His truth of love, forgiveness, and tell you all the wonderful plans He has for your future—if you will only take everything you need to Him.