We Live by Faith, Not by Feelings

What are you led by? What directs your decisions, your actions, your words, and your thoughts?

As believers, we are called to live by faith. And yet, so many of us choose to live by something else—our feelings. Have you ever made a decision because it simply “felt right”? Have you ever said something because it “felt like the perfect moment”? I know I have. Before I became a believer, I lived fully by feeling. My feelings informed my reactions to life, and my feelings directed my every step. If a pathway wasn’t accompanied by a nice feeling, it wasn’t the pathway I took.

Shortly after I became a believer, I still lived by my feelings rather than my faith. I doubted my salvation because it didn’t feel real. I struggled to believe that God still loved me when I sinned because I couldn’t feel his love. I often gave into my sins because it felt better than obedience. My worship time was completely regulated by my feelings as well—if I felt near to God, then I had worshipped effectively and rightly.

Do you live by your feelings? Do you live in a similar way that I did? If so, we need to consider what God’s Word has to say about our feelings, and what living by faith actually looks like.

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