From The Pastor's Desk

FEELINGS, FACTS, AND FAITH

Where is my focus? Have you ever sat down and thought about that question? Obviously, our focus is often pulled in many different directions due to the many different roles and responsibilities that we are obligated to fulfill. Also, our own, unique genetic makeup (our personality) may cause our focus to be disposed in one direction over others.

For many, the focus is upon feelings. Feelings have a captivating effect, because, well, they are felt. There are a variety of feelings (emotions) that we all feel on a regular basis. How I feel is the way that many experience their world.

For others, the focus is upon facts. This, I suppose, is the extreme opposite of feelings. Here, there is a captivation with cold, hard reality. Intellect is the standard. Reasoning is the approach. What I think is the way that many experience their world.

In the midst of this, I am inclined to ask about faith. Where does it come in? Last? Not at all?

The point is that far too often we are focused on feelings (how we feel) or facts (what we think). Those feelings and facts tend to dictate our level of faith (or whether we have any at all). It needs to be the other way around! FAITH NEEDS TO BE THE DICTATOR!

My feelings (no matter how strong) must be subject to my faith! The facts (regardless of how cold and hard) must be subject to my faith!

Think about how Paul must have felt aboard that doomed vessel that was on the verge of shipwreck. Yet, he declared I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me (Acts 27:25). *An angel had appeared to him reassuring him that all would be spared aboard the ship (see verse 24). You can believe God even when you feel that all is lost!

Consider the message Paul wrote to the Corinthians: For we walk by faith (II Cor. 5:7). Our faith, (not the facts that are clearly seen), should determine our walk!

How have things been for you lately? What have you been focused on? Have you been pummeled by your feelings? Are you pre-occupied by the facts? Try faith. Believe God in spite of your feelings, in spite of the facts.

Feelings, facts, or faith? The choice is yours.

Micah Perry

Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Apr.18, 2015