MAKING YOUR FEELINGS WORK FOR YOU
In Proverbs 25:28, we read that: “He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” In the amplified version, it says: “Any person that has no self-control is like a house with the doors and windows out.”
There are many things that distract us from attaining our goals in life. There are different things the devil uses to take us off the path of righteousness and thereby rob us of our glorious destiny in Christ Jesus. But despite the tricks of the evil one, God has given us the power to overcome the evil one. And that is why Jesus said: “He that overcomes, I will grant to sit with me on the throne even as I overcame and sat with my Father on his throne.” Rev. 3:21.
My desire in this teaching is to expose you to the tricks of the enemy and empower you with the wisdom to overcome them. I want us to understand how to make our feelings work positively for our enthronement. If you can gain control over your emotions, then you can gain control over your life. One of the things we are learning today is one of the reasons why those who were close to Jesus Christ never benefitted from His ministry.
The only reason why some people are living blissful lives full of joy and happiness is because they have gained control over their feelings. Many people have been robbed of peace, joy and destiny because they have not taken control of their spirit.
A great man like Moses who defeated Pharaoh and the Egyptian magicians hands down, the one who divided the red sea with his rod; did all the miracles in the land of Egypt could not enter the land flowing with milk and honey because of self-control.
Until you gain control over yourself, the Bible says you are like a city without walls and broken down. You are like a house whose windows and doors are knocked out; anything can gain access. But I pray that God will use this teaching to put together all windows and doors that have been knocked out of your life.
If you want to allow your feelings to work for you, you must realize that you are a feeling being. You were created by God with the power to feel your environment. Your ability to feel is a sign that you are still alive. That you are feeling something whether negatively or positively is a sign of life. I want to let you know that it is feeling that controls your life whether positively or negatively.
You were a feeling being when God created you. He wrapped you up with a blanket called skin which is a feeling mechanism. When rain falls, the sun shines, hot objects falls on you, sharp objects pinch you, and your skin feels pain. You have eyes, nose, tongues and ears, all of which are sensitive to your surrounding; perceiving one thing or the other for the entire body. The feelings you have are the reason you feel the way you feel. And your feelings have a way of controlling or influencing your countenance or behavior. That is why your feelings can be your greatest asset or a tool of terror to your detriment. This teaching is necessary because you need to gain absolute control over your feelings and let them work for you and not against you.
I have discovered that your feeling can be used by the enemy against you. When you are sad and moody there is the tendency that you may murmur against God in the heat of the frustration. But that feeling would have been controlled by the same positive thoughts and medication on the word of God.
You are a feeling being and that is why you can be offended. Your feeling can arouse a sense of disappointment in you. It is also able to make you the happiest man on earth. It all depends on what you choose to give consideration. And the enemy knows the influence of your feelings and that is why he will always mastermind events to make you continue in negative feelings.
Remember that the Bible warned us that the devil comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. Many times he comes through feelings – the feeling of hunger, thirst, desire of the heart, craving for attention and recognition and even the feeling of rejection. These elements of emotional manifestation have been great weapons of destruction in the hand of the wicked one.
When your wife offends you, the enemy will help you magnify the offence so that you can be angry and lose your temper. Fighting in the house will definitely chase away peace, and where there is no peace how do you pray or reason together? The devil makes you annoyed so that he can get hold of you. If you refuse to arrest such negative feeling you might die before your time.
Watch the many tales of people suffering heart attack, cardiac arrest, heart failure, high blood pressure. These are all as a result of one negative feeling allowed to dwell in the soul for too long.