Senior Pastor’s Devotional
Day 57 Movement Control Order – “Strategic Psalm 91 Watch”
“My righteous one will live by faith.”
Often feelings and emotions are mistakenly substituted for faith. Good emotions and satisfying experiences are part of the Christian life, but they are not the essence of faith.
Trials, conflicts, battles and testing lie along the way and are not to be counted as ‘misfortunes’ but rather as part of our necessary disciplines in a fallen world and these may be the platforms for our faith to be exercised.
In all of these various experiences, we are to rely on the indwelling of Christ in our hearts, regardless of our feelings, as we walk obediently before Him. And this is where many Christians get into trouble. They try to walk by feelings rather than by faith.
Be sure to distinguish between the fact of God’s presence and the feeling of the fact. Learn to trust God’s Word and His power more than you trust your own feelings and experiences. Do not allow your life and emotions to be tossed back and forth and don’t throw your faith completely out of the window when fear strikes.
The Christian life is not one of listless brooding over our emotions. Let us learn to launch into the deep waters at times so that our faith will truly be raised.
“When I cannot feel the faith of assurance, I live by the fact of God’s faithfulness.” Matthew Henry.