There has never been a more critical time to understand this truth – that you are NOT your emotions.
I love emotions. God is an emotional God. Just read the Bible. And, He made us in His image, which is why we have emotions. Emotions make life colorful. But sometimes those colors can grow dark. THAT is when we must realize that we are not our emotions.
Our emotions tell us what is going on and cause us to engage at a deeper level. Whether that is anger – somethings not right (think red oil light on the dashboard), or sadness – I am dealing with loss or disappointment, or joy – something great just happened… Our emotions are expressions of what is happening in our soul – BUT, you are NOT your emotions.
Once you realize this, they will not be able to whip you around without your consent. In other words, you can go the opposite direction of your emotions if you want to. How?
Well, as a follower of Jesus, you are filled with His Spirit (The Comforter), you have the Word of God available to you, you are in a relationship with the God who hears and answers prayer, and you have the body of Christ. That is how.
Look at Philippians 4:10-13
“But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now, at last, your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Isn’t that astounding? I mean, when you read about Paul’s life throughout the New Testament, he had it hard! And yet, in his distresses He learned to rely on Jesus. Because of this he came to a place where he experienced, Jesus’ power to sustain him in EVERY situation he found himself in.
Are you depending on Jesus? Are you staying close to Him in this time? If not, allow this time to deepen your walk with Christ. His power is available to you every second of every day!
Just think about where Paul was writing this letter from – prison. Yup, he was writing a letter to the Philippian church and the theme of the letter was, wait for it… joy! (And believe me, the prisons of his day were not like the ones in our day!)
Maybe you feel like you are in a prison – physically (with illness), financially, relationally… and you are drowning in negative emotions. Know this, if you draw on Jesus, He WILL strengthen you and pull you UP out of the miry clay onto solid ground. He does it to me all the time.
Remember, you are NOT your emotions, they are just signaling about what is going on inside of you. Take your emotions to Jesus and let Him lift you up.
“I waited patiently for the LORD and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God. Many will see it and fear and will trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:1-3