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How do you feel?

Scriptural Readings: John 3:16; Hebrews 11:1; II Corinthians 5:7; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 12:2

What are feelings? What about emotions? Our feelings as well as emotions are entwined to each other. Both of these are always attached in all that we do.Tagged along with these two, we experience success and failure as well.

The question now is, did we trust our feelings or our emotions in our success or failure? One thing for sure is that we both have these two. Confusing as it is, they both play a big part in our lives.

According to one dictionary, feelings is defined as the following:

  • an emotional state or reaction.
  • a belief, especially a vague or irrational one.
  • the capacity to experience the sense of touch.
  • a sensitivity to or intuitive understanding of.

Emotion on the other is defined as the following:

  • a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.
  • instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.

We hide from our feelings. We are dictated with our emotions. These are some of our responses when we are in a certain situation. What ever would be the case, sometimes we take advantage on these two or otherwise we are being fooled as well.

Intuition is a word both present in emotions or feelings definition.

According to one dictionary, intuition means:

  • The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
  • A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The word believe in Greek is “pisteuo” coming from the word “pistis” from this passage, meaning to have faith.

Now faith comes to the picture. How is important is faith? What is the part of faith in our lives? In our feelings? In our emotions?

Now let us see first what the bible tells about faith.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

We are assured of the things that we know and hoped for. Faith tells us it is going to come true. It is our evidence. In the court of law, evidence is the basis if one would be one is telling the truth or lying, guilty or innocent. In the same manner faith sealed the assurance that we have hoped for will come into fruition.

II Corinthians 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

When we do our daily tasks(we walk)of our work dedicated to our Lord Jesus(by faith)not by just earning money(by sight). We practice our faith. The time that we execute our daily undertakings, we put faith entirely on this 24 hour cycle only to Jesus Christ.

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

We are confident because our faith tells us that for God nothing is impossible.

Now, God communicates with us in many ways and intuition is just only one of the many. Our faith tell us with out doubt to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

It is of utmost importance that we should hold on to our faith in Jesus Christ. We have the confidence that our prayers are heard by our Father and for Him nothing is impossible.

Heavenly Father, our feelings and emotions can easily cheat us. Strengthen our faith as we put our trust and faith in your Son Jesus our Lord and savior as we walk in our spiritual lives for all things are possible with You. In the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

IT IS FINISHED

Scriptural Readings: John 19:30; Hebrews 4:16

Living in a fast paced world, we have to synchronize with it. What we have in our mind is how to get things done at once. Right? As a matter of fact a lot of us would like our work done the whole entire week earlier. If we ran into unexpected things(usually problems)we want to get rid of this as soon as possible.

We are exhausted because we put extra time and efforts in order that we can accomplish our daily activities as soon as possible. The result, most probably and a lot of people would agree is that we forget things.This is where the problems sneak in.

John 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

When work starts to file up, we get stressed. In addition of course the problems that would welcome us as soon as we enter our houses. When things like stress, worries and many more that causes our lives miserable make their way and we start to feel their presence, this is the time that we make resolutions or solutions that we think will work(most of the time it does not work!).

The problem with us Christians today is that we become very forgetful. Instead of putting Jesus Christ in front of everything, we tend to remember Him only during the time when we needed Him the most.

“It is finished”. These words are very, very powerful words! The Greek word of finish is “Teleo” which came from the word “Telos”. The word origin of telos is from a primary tello (to set out for a definite point or goal); properly, the point aimed at as a limit, i.e. (by implication) the conclusion of an act or state (termination (literally, figuratively or indefinitely), result (immediate, ultimate or prophetic), purpose).

Let’s admit it. There are times that we have to consult and believe more what the doctors say when something goes wrong with our health. When domestic problems arise, we consult first all the people we know around us. People, principles and things coming from humans are always unreliable. We should not even trust ourselves. When we are bogged by problems we cannot think well.

Hebrews 4:16 (New International Version)

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 (King James Version)

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

When He shouted“It is finished”, He terminated all the things that will make our lives difficult, miserable and we can make a list of all those things that cause us misery. Making living in this world a lot easier. All we have to do is to put our faith and trust in Him.

Heavenly Father, we live in an imperfect world and our lives are conformed and fashioned to the norms of this world. It is impossible for us to please you. We come boldly unto the throne of your grace. We claim the promise of your son Jesus that it is indeed finished that we may obtain mercy and grant us grace as we are always in time of need. We come boldly unto your throne in Jesus name. Amen!