Does that exasperation you are feeling have any “legs to stand on.”
You will probably answer, “Umm yes. Just live my life, right now, for one day and you won’t be asking that stupid question.”
Jangled emotions are facts of life. We all deal with them for a myriad reasons. But, the good news is this:
Contrary to popular belief, we can control our emotions.
“Oh, yea, Mr. Spiritual Smarty Pants. HOW?”
I’m glad you asked 🙂
We can put a bit in the mouth of our emotions by deciding what we are going to believe TRUTH is all about.
“Oh, yea, Holier Than Thou! Well it’s the truth that I am waaay behind on everything I have to accomplish. There isn’t enough time in the day.”
Let me clarify, then. You’ve just defined the accuracy of your personal perception of circumstances. Not truth.
What Is Truth?
Truth can be explained in two ways from God’s mind.
“Why are you bringing God into this? I don’t need “feeling bad about myself” on top of everything else. I already do a great job of that without your help”
I am not being patronizing. I am sympathetic to your feelings. I’m human and go through the same things everyone does.
I know how you feel. I’ve felt the same way myself. But, I’ve found that God has a better answer.
Truth, as used in Scripture = 1. The uncovering of God’s plan and purpose. 2. Jesus, the Truth, as the embodiment of God’s plan and purpose.
You see, true Truth (a weird way to put it) is NOT accuracy of circumstantial evidence.
“Yea, yea…I know all that.”
Okay, good. But knowing the information isn’t the same as embracing the reality.
Your Inner Critic Isn’t The Voice Of God
Boy, I wish we could get this one down pat. But, although they might know better, many Christians misinterpret the voice of their “Inner Critic” as the Voice of God within. And, it just ain’t so.
What Does God’s Voice Sound Or “Feel” Like?
Anything thought that glistens with hope. Even when the Holy Spirit is correcting you, it still feels like there’s hope in the responding.
If your thoughts are accompanied by a sense of peace….even in the middle of a circumstantial storm….that is a telltale sign that God is speaking.
If your thoughts are accompanied by depression, confusion, and the like, that’s a sure sign that “Mr. or Ms. Inner Critic” is speaking.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer to NOT listen to the voice of The Father of Lies. It isn’t worth the time. It only brings death.
My hope is this. From reading this article, you will consider it, “The Voice of God” to you in leading you to reconsider your frustration, fear, and depression at this time of year (or any time).
Jesus said, “My Peace I Give You.”
Choose Determine, Demand…practicing the art of only paying attention to His voice.
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