May 30, 2017

Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

In my personal opinion, much of the chaos and unrest in the world today is because people are making decisions based on their feelings/emotions rather than what they know to be truth.  Holley Gerth says "...our emotions are good messengers but bad bosses".  When they control our decisions, the choices are not always the best.

Our verse today tells us we can know God as God and to follow Him.  That word is an "experiential" kind of knowing...meaning we can experience Him as God.  The 'be still' and 'know' are connected (please don't ask me to explain!) can't do one without the other.  When our focus is on surrendering our control ('going limp' as one commentator put it), then we can experience who God is and what He says.  When our focus is on what we are feeling, it will lead us down the wrong path.  It led Eve down the wrong path when she felt like she needed more than God provided.

Listen to Joanna Weaver in HAVING A MARY SPIRIT:

Careless thinking is a dangerous habit.  For as our
thoughts go, so go our emotions.  And as our emotions go,
so often goes our faith.  If the enemy can get me confused,
he can get me discouraged.  If he can get me discouraged,
he can cause me to doubt.  If he can make me doubt,
he can distract my mind -- and that's just a step away
from dividing my heart.

Do you see the danger of letting our emotions lead us...not letting the truth of God's word lead us?  We can know God...see the verses below for proof.  Truth is given in His word - His word is truth! (John 17:17).  Don't let the enemy confuse your mind with lies...he wants nothing more than to divert you from obeying God.

We have lovely FaceTime calls with our granddaughter.  As we were saying our goodbyes last week, she called out to us "Make good choices!"  I love that!  Choose today to believe what God tells you...what you can KNOW to be true!  Let your emotions send you messages but don't allow them to be your boss!

For further study:  Proverbs 1:7, Ecclesiastes 2:26, Jeremiah 24:7, John 10:4, John 17:3, Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Philippians 4:8-9, Colossians 2:2-4, 1 John 5:20.

Be blessed in your understanding of God's word.


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