Emotions and God

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All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out (John 6:37).

Emotions ate tricky things: they tend to skew how we look at the world. If you are in a glass half full sort of mood, all looks rosy. If you’re feeling down, the same things look grey. The problem with jumping to conclusions is that sometimes you miss.

Your mood can also affect your spiritual life. At times you might feel that God has abandoned you, or at least has let you go. You still believe in the existence of God, still believe that Jesus came to bring salvation, but it is just that you are no longer so sure that he came to save you. You look back to happier times, and can only conclude that God has changed his mind about you.

The verse above should give you comfort when you feel abandoned. If you have come to Christ, that is a sign that God the Father has given you to Jesus. And if you have come to Jesus, he will never cast you out. Your emotions may tell you otherwise, but even the fact that you are bothered that God might let you go is a sign that you have come to Christ!

There are times, many times, when we feel spiritually low but we mustn’t ever believe that is a result of God changing his relationship to us. Rather, like the sun on a cloudy day, we just can’t feel his warmth at the moment. Keep praying, keep following and the cloud will dissipate

Can you Flee God’s Presence?

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! (Psalm 139:7–8) - As we face the prospect of church services once again being stopped, we should take comfort from Psalm 139. It is not possible to be absent from God. Or, to put it another way, it is not possible for God to be absent from you!

The Dangers of Promiscuous Singing

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16) - Do we sing hymns without paying much attention to the words? Do we accept the words, but not ask ourselves if they a right? Oh! Dear reader! Beware “promiscuous singing”!

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