Are Your Emotions in Charge of You?
“And take heed to yourselves (be aware), lest at any time your hearts be overcharged (weighed down) with surfeiting (excessiveness), and drunkedness (attempt to be at peace with yourself), and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unaware.” Luke 21:34
There is so much going on in this world; it seems as if the pressures around us keep increasing. We can’t turn on the news without hearing about disaster. What do we do about it? Psalms 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 - these are opposite of faith. 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, thoughts and emotions.
Satan likes get us emotionally controlled with the cares of this world because that will destroy our peace. Our responsibility is to trust and obey God, confident that His grace will carry us (Philippians 1:6). Nothing happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority; God has no limitations.
When we are emotionally preoccupied with problems, we can become anxious and upset. But, when we concentrate on God and His extravagant love for us, we find peace. True peace comes from knowing God is in control. Let God’s peace guard our heart against worry, fear, stress, anxiety, tension, frustration and strife. When we surrender control over the concerns of life to God, there is power. Trusting in God wholeheartedly is the kind of faith that leads us into lives of peace (Philippians 4:7).
It takes faith to praise God when things look impossible. God has a plan for our deliverance in every situation. Faith released through praise and thanksgiving opens the windows of heaven to overcome difficulty. Joyful praise and thanksgiving unleashes the power of the Holy Spirit to work on our behalf; He is our helper every moment and for every occasion. If we are asleep to the power given to us, we will spend our life emotionally controlled by life’s situations and circumstances.
As believers in Christ, we should rejoice in knowing we can get out from under the burden of those negative emotions by faith, prayer, a positive attitude and by obeying what God says in His Word. Stop allowing yourself to be emotionally controlled, give it to God and live in His grace (divine favor, blessings, power). Give yourself, your worries and your fears to God and begin to enjoy the abundant life He has planned for you.
God’s ‘rest’ is peaceful, quiet and still; it is free from guilt, condemnation, frustration and self-effort. We enter God’s rest by faith, complete obedience to God’s Word and absolute trust. God would not offer His rest if it wasn’t possible to enter it. Entering God’s rest doesn’t mean a life free of stressful situations, fear, unexpected surprises or negative circumstances, but God’s rest gives peace in the midst of them.
God’s purpose for us is to have calmness and soul-quietness in the midst of tribulation (John 14:27). Since all things are possible with God, it is possible for us to enter His rest and live free from being emotionally controlled. God tells us He will be with us through water and through fire (test and trials). All situations serve a purpose; God is on our side, guiding, directing and keeping us safe. We will face obstacles and difficulties (flood and fire) as God continues to strengthen us and prepare us for greater good. When we get a revelation of who we are in Christ, we know that with Christ on the inside of us, there is nothing that can happen that is out of His control (John 4:4).