Emotions and City Walls
"He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls." Proverbs 25:28
Ancient cities were protected from their enemies by fortified walls. One of the most important jobs was to inspect the city walls and make repairs of any area that showed signs of weakness. If the walls were to fail, the city was open to attack and plunder; there were no defenses left. In the same way, it is important to inspect the walls of our emotions as well. Without self-control of our emotions, we are in danger of allowing our emotions to control us rather than we controlling our emotions.
Emotions are God-given; they are a central part of being human, enabling us to be fully alive. The capacity to feel and express emotions is a wonderful gift, allowing us to respond to the truths found in God’s Word (John 8:32). Imagine living in a world without emotions; it would be like living in a world without color. Life would be dull and boring.
Emotions are powerful and real for the one feeling them. They are feelings on the inside that are ever changing and are not to be trusted when making life’s decisions. Emotions are capable of giving us right information, or inaccurate information. No matter how doubtful we may feel, we can decide to go forward in faith and choose to do the right thing. Rather than trying to escape from emotions, ask the Holy Spirit for revelation; it could be God’s call for change.
Satan uses emotions to deceive and lead astray. He works on our minds and in our emotions to try to discourage us from believing God’s Word. If we believe the lies of Satan, the lies affect our emotions. They get stirred up in the wrong direction, forgetting our faith and moving away from the will of God. That’s why unbelief is so destructive to the Christian faith.
Being a person of faith does not mean we will never have negative or ungodly emotions. We can exercise our faith and ask God to help us to have a good attitude, be thankful and not allow our emotions to control us so we can do what is right. How we respond emotionally determines the peace and joy we experience. God can make our emotions work for us, giving us peace and joy as we learn to respond to His Word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to trust Him because He has plans to bless us, bring us into increase and lead us into a better situation.
While Jesus walked the earth, there was a woman who suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. The spirit within her called for healing, keeping her in a seeking attitude. The woman heard of Jesus and pressed through the crowd to touch His garment, she was immediately healed (Mark 5:25-34). The woman is an example for us today. She teaches us how to walk in faith and not to give up.
God’s Word continually reminds us that the Christian life is a life of faith. The danger of building our lives on emotions is that we may not feel the same way about a situation tomorrow as we feel about it today. We have a free will to choose to believe God’s Word more than we believe how we feel at the time. God’s Word has the power to change our emotions. When we live by the Word of God and what we know through Him instead of how we feel, our feelings line up with the Word. Heavenly Father, I speak by Jesus Christ’s name saying thank you for my provision of victory over my emotions. You are the mighty God that lives in me as my helper for all things. I release You to reveal greater power through me to overcome all human limitations. Thank you. By Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.
God’s Word warns us to be aware of being weighed down with the cares of this world (Luke 21:34). What do we do about it? Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me…” the word concern is the same as cares. Both words are used as an attitude that can cause worry, fear, stress, frustration, anxiety, tension and anger. They are destructive emotions, tormenters, they zap our strength, they can make us sick and can slowly undermine our faith, keeping us from God’s peace. Negative emotions are a result of not trusting God. The battle is not the circumstance of our lives. The battleground of the enemy is in our mind, thought and emotions.
As believers in Christ, we should rejoice in knowing we can get out from under the burden of negative emotions by faith, prayer, a positive attitude and by obeying God’s Word. Decide not to be emotionally controlled, give it to God and live in His grace and peace. Give yourself, your worries and your fears to God and begin to enjoy the abundant life He has planned for you.