When I was on staff with Cru years ago, Ney Bailey wrote a book called Faith is Not a Feeling. I still apply truths from that book some 30 years later. She taught us to identify what we’re feeling, but then write out the truth from God’s Word. For instance, “God, I feel _____________, but Your Word says _____________.” It requires walking by faith to be able to move forward believing God’s Word over our feelings. The enemy wants us to believe our feelings over what God’s Word is telling us.
For instance, there are days I feel …
God, You don’t love me. If You did, why didn’t you answer my prayer the way I wanted? Why did You let this happen? Why won’t You give me relief in this difficult situation? Why don’t You heal me?
God, I can’t do what You’re asking me to do. I’m not adequate or qualified. You’ve got the wrong person. I’m going to fail.
God, You can’t forgive me for this. What I’ve done is unforgivable.
God, I feel like a failure. You can never use me.
You get the idea. Our feelings shout at us and sometimes drown out God’s truth. What are your feeling today? What does God Word say about it? Take some time to write out what you’re feeling, and then list Scriptures that remind you of what God’s truth is. Here are some examples:
God, I feel all alone, but Your Word says, “I will never leave You or forsake You.” (Hebrews 13:5)
God, I don’t feel like You love me. But Your Word says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
God, I can’t do this. But Your Word says, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
God’s Word is true. We can count on it. I’d love to hear what verses God has used in your life to help push away the lies of Satan and the world.