I want to continue to life out some nuggets of wisdom from the book entitled: "Harnessing Your Emotion"s by Andrew Womack.
Sometimes people who are living very moral lives and loving God with all their hearts become discouraged and depressed because they are seeking something God never intended them to have. Most of us are usually looking for that emotional high that comes from being in the presence of God. We have come to expect the roof to be raised on Sunday mornings during worship. We look forward to feeling chills, goosebumps running up and down our arms, the burning fire of the Holy Ghost that reaches way down into our toes. It is those high times in the Lord that are truly a blessing to us, but it is unrealistic for us to expect that these highs can be sustained twenty-four seven 365. What are you saying Pastor Ford and Andrew Womack? We are saying that in our relationship with the Lord, we have to learn to walk by faith and not by sight or appearance-that is, not by emotion.
We have to learn to trust God, believe God even when we can't find, hear, feel, or trace Him. We have to make that transition from emotion to faith. Our whole entire salvation is based upon knowing and loving a God that we have literally never seen before. Jesus told Thomas, "Blessed are those who haven't seen me, yet believe in me." Faith is a product of the heart. God wants us to live by this faith and not be ruled by our emotions. Emotions tend to be dependent on our circumstances and what is currently happening. A part of the root word of happiness is happy. So if someone asked you are you happy? Most of us rely on one emotion or the other in making our reply. That is basically because the reality of our happiness is based on "What is Happening" in our lives right now.
But faith is rooted in the heart, which is the spiritual realm. Emotions can be touched by the devil. when negative things happen to us, we are going to be affected emotionally. There will be a fluctuation in our emotional state. But whenever spiritual truths abound they have an eternal effect. when we start walking in faith instead of by our emotions, we will be much more mature and stable.
Christians must know that God loves them. They must spend time educating themselves in God's Word, which teaches us that God is love and that He loves us! When we do that, we will experience a superior walk with God, rather than the one who is always looking for a spiritual high, based solely on emotion. Many people make their way to the altar on Sunday morning looking for the prophet, man or woman of God to prophesy over their lives. They wait for some supernatural manifestation which often includes shouting, singing, prophesying, speaking in tongues, words of knowledge etc. People can get their high off of these events and spend lots of time and money chasing after one emotional high after another.
But what do you do when God aint saying nothing to you!!! A lot of us go straight into depression. We start whining and complaining because we think God has forgotten us. Pastor Andrew says: "Sometimes I see more stability in denominational people who have not received the baptism of the Holy Ghost than I do in some "Spirit-filled people. The reason is because they are basing their lives on God's changing Word and not on their fluctuating emotions. Pastor Womack says, "There is a danger of emotional attachment to any experience in life, no matter how good or godly it may be. When person receives the baptism of the Holy Ghost, there is a tremendous emotional experience that goes along with it, and that can become a problem if it is not properly understood.
I spent a couple of months ministering and teaching from 1 Corinthians. That was the church that Paul established in Corinth, which was a very paganistic region. However, because of Paul's ministry, many of the Corinthians, gentile people got saved. They were the most gifted of he churches mentioned in the New Testament, but they were also the most jacked up of all the new Testament Churches. They were gifted and I'm sure their services were off the hook with lots of emotion, speaking in tongues, prophesying, words of knowledge, miracles etc. But the problem was the people were causing division in the church. Some followed Peter's teaching, others thought Apollos was a better preacher, and some sided with Paul. The people let their emotions run wild, causing havoc and confusion in the church. The were arguing about whose gift was the best and all of that kind of nonsense.
An outsider might think that the people of the Corinthian church were quite spiritual from the outside looking in. But if they chanced to venture inside of the church, they would have discovered schisms, divisions, anger bitterness, idolatry, a lot of babbling, but no real spirituality or faith! etc. I believe there are many people who have had a miraculous encounter with the Lord and who have allowed themselves to become addicted to the emotion that often accompanies that experience. They reject the negative emotions of depression and other such feelings that arise from carnal things, but when it comes to their relationship with God, they feel that something is wrong unless they are on a continual emotional high. There are many saints that are depressed and discouraged, not because of sin in their lives, but because they are always seeking the next supernatural high experience or emotional fix.
Times of refreshing and emotion do come, I've experienced them myself. I praise God for when those in between moments occur, but you and I cannot live on that level all the time. I do not believe God wants us to be on a constant search for emotional highs. That is what drug addicts do. When one drug doesn't give him or her that next level of high, they go seeking for something stronger. But God would much rather have us walk by faith, whether there is any emotion attached to it or not. that is what is called emotional stability y'all.
I hope this has helped you because it is helping me to remain grounded and rooted in my faith. until next time:
"Don't Forget To Say Your prayers"