FACT, FAITH, FEELING
Everyone has good days and bad days. Sometimes our feelings and pain tear us down and our faith weakens.
Jesus cares about our feelings. However, sometimes our feelings betray us. Our feelings are not always trustworthy, but God is ALWAYS trustworthy!
Our faith in God must be greater than how we feel from one day to the next. There is a great principle called Fact, Faith, Feeling that teaches us that God is MUCH greater than our feelings.
ACTS 2:32 , NIV
32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.
HEBREWS 11:1-3, NIV
1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2 CORINTHIANS 1:3, NIV
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
Fact, Faith, Feeling
Another Great principle to practice on a daily basis is illustrated by
the fact, faith, feeling train pictured below.
When God makes us a new person we can be pulled by the first
car, the facts.
FACT: GOD LOVES US AND CARES FOR US.
The second car on the train is faith, our belief and action, led by the
facts being driven in a new direction.
The third car is our feelings, sometimes our feelings perfectly align
with the truth but sometimes they don’t. your feelings are very
important to God, but do not let them become the front car in your
train. Unlike facts, feelings can veer off course from time to time.
Are there days when you don’t feel like showing up to work or school? Do you ever feel like you don’t like some one but you know that you really love them? Can you think of a time that your feelings betrayed you?
When you started your relationship with God it may have been a rational decision, an emotional response or somewhere in between. If it was an emotional response, those emotions won’t always last, but you have some great reasons to believe in God and His Word even when you don’t feel like it!
Take a minute and go back to the diagram of the train and draw it yourself on a piece of paper. As you draw the train put the reasons that you believe inside the engine. Write down the feelings you are having in the caboose and you decide if the facts outweigh the feelings when you have faith as your power-source.
“God, thank you for giving your Word, your history, and faith to believe. Help us to believe in times of doubt even when we don’t always feel it.”