Many people are not aware that what you think will lead you to what you feel, and then again what you do.
It is important that we know how to handle the feelings right so they don’t lead us down the wrong path. And it all starts with our thoughts.
If you know you have thoughts and feelings that can lead you away from God and fellowship with Him, it is important that you do something with them, so that you can control them, before they will control you. If I can control my thoughts, I will be able to control my emotions. If my thoughts are in line with God’s words, my feelings will follow.
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God gave you emotions. Part 12
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2Cor. 10:4-5: (AMP)
4. “For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,”
5. “[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasoning’s and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ [the Messiah, the Anointed One]”
If I manage to take my thoughts captive in obedience to God, I will also be able to control my emotions! If you think negative thoughts, what will your emotional response be? Negative! The feeling will follow a negative thought.
If you think positive thoughts we get positive feelings, if you think negatively, negative emotions come up. If I think that I will not succeed every time I try something, I will have a sense of failure and despair.
If I fear much, my feelings will follow after what I fear. If I am worried, I have feelings that are in the same direction.
My thoughts will dictate the feelings that I have. If you have negative emotions, think over what you have thought of in the past. And you will find the reason for your negative feelings. Jesus had feelings, but His feelings never controlled him.
If your thoughts are in line with God’s word, will your emotions follow your thoughts?
Prov. 16:32: (KJV)
“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.”
Mind/spirit here refers to our feelings in our soul. So what he says is: He who can control his emotions is more powerful a man who takes a city!
If you can control your emotions, you are more powerful than an army that takes a city.
The opposite will happen if there is a person that is controlled by his emotions. He is like a city that is consumed by an army.
Emotions and circumstances
Many people are depressed and frustrated, and they are always waiting for their circumstances to change for them before they can feel and be happy. They think: If I only get married, find a better job, a better place to live, if I could only get a new car, or win a million dollar in a lottery and so on, I will be happy.
Or they may think: I would be happy if I wasn’t married, or had children.
Many blame the circumstances and say that they are the reason why they are not glad or happy. The truth is if you think that, you will never be happy, for there will always be some problems and bad circumstances that will try to come your way.
If you are struggling with a lot of depression and negative feelings, you need to do something with the way you think and speak, not your circumstances. The truth is that circumstances will change if you’re thinking and speaking changes.
If you think and say all the time: Nothing good will ever happen to me, I will always be a failure, I will never succeed in this, or I will never make it, you won’t. Think about what these words are doing with your emotions and trust in God. You have to change your thoughts and words, to change how you feel.
Instead of speaking negatively start by saying: Something good will happen to me, for God is on my side. I lost this time, but God has something better for me. If you don’t feel it, say it anyway and you will see a change in the way you feel.
As you think about yourself
Let me also say that when you speak bad about yourself, like: I am unsuccessful, I’ll never make it, I’m hopeless, I don’t want to live any longer, I hate myself etc. you are saying curses over yourself and you are reaping the negative feelings that can lead you to what you think and say. For as you think (and say) about yourself, so are you.
Prov. 23:7: (Amp) “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (GNB) “
What he thinks is what he really is.” The same happens if you say negative things about others, for example, if you say that I hate him and I wish he was dead, or I want to kill him. In the beginning you might not mean it, but because you say it and think it, your feelings start to move you to hate him even more, and in the worst scenario it can lead you to actually kill the person.
By saying this you are also feeding the spirit of fear.
Here I work in Thailand there are a lot of spirit houses. Spirit houses are small houses in front of the main house where they believe bad spirits live, and if you feed them (sacrifice to them), they will not make anything bad for you and protect you, but if you should forget, they can attack you and harm you.
They are literally feeding the spirit of fear.
You might be a Christian, but if you say about someone that I wish he was dead or that I could kill him, you are also feeding and giving power to the spirit of fear, not only the spirit of fear, but also the spirit of murder and anger that will try to use your emotion to do what you say.
The Bible says that life and death is in the power of the tongue.
Prov. 18:21; (NIV)
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruits.”
Look at this order of how words, feelings and actions are intertwined.
- Words produce thoughtsThoughts produces emotions
- Emotions produce decisions
- Decisions produce an action
- Actions produce habits
- Habits produce a character
- A character produces your destiny