Feelings Series 2 of 6: How to rule over our feelings!

Feelings Series 2 of 6: How to rule over our feelings!

Feelings Series 1 of 6: My Testimony Of Overcoming My Soul
Feelings Series 2 of 6: How to rule over our feelings
Feelings Series 3 of 6: Weapons of Our Warfare
Feelings Series 4 of 6: Overcoming Fear
Feelings Series 5 of 6: How to live a life of contentment
Feelings Series 6 of 6: The truth about Identity & Authority

In today's teaching we are going to speak about feelings. The enemies desire is to get us to believe something, and or to get us to believe an exaggeration. Our enemy does this by whispering thoughts into our minds. For example, if someone says your name, the enemy will put thoughts in your mind that that person is speaking negatively about you, especially if you've had a situation in which this happened before. If you watch a sermon on tv, and a pastor says something that goes against what you've said, the enemy will get you to think that out of all the ministries in the world that this specific pastor said what s/he said in response to what you've said.

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What, Why, When, Where, How
What is the definition of feelings?
Feelings are an emotional state or reaction; a belief, especially a vague or irrational one. Emotion is defined as a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others; instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge. Irrational is defined as not logical or reasonable.

Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden (carrying a load or burden), and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." 

Why did God give us feelings? 
According to Genesis 1:26-27 God made mankind into 'our' image; 'Our' meaning the image of the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. God is a Spirit and his Spirit has a soul (emotions, and feelings). Before sin entered the world in Genesis 3, we didn't have to rule over our feelings.

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Genesis 1:26-27
"Then God said, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

When our feelings rule over us.
We will be in bondage to our feelings, and the feelings of other people if they rule over us. We also will never experience the life that Jesus Christ has given us, a life of liberty in him (John 10:10). According to the definition of feelings, feelings can be irrational. We also know that feelings are based upon circumstances, moods, and or relationships with others. What this means is that feelings are fleeting, they change frequently. BTW, this is why love and faith are not feelings.

By the leading of the Holy Spirit, I created a series titled Growing Spiritually, it consist of 6 teachings. The Holy Spirit let me know how many teachings would be in the series, the titles, the orders, and when to record the teachings and upload them to YouTube, as he did with this series and other teaching series. One of the teaching is titled Growing Spiritually: The Truth About Anger. Naturally, when looking at the title, you may think that I added this teaching because of what God showed me during the refiners fire, but it wasn't the reason. I tried to add the teaching envy, the silent killer to the Growing Spiritually teaching series, and the Holy Spirit told asked me "did I tell you to do that?" I recently realized why he had me to add the teaching about anger, in the growing spiritually series. It is because anger is something that is rampant in the church. When we think about anger we often only think about it leading to hostility. However, anger is defined as a strong feeling of annoyance or displeasure or hostility.

Genesis 4:6-7 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

How do we rule over our feelings?
What we think about a matter, will eventually tell us how to feel about that situation. For example, if I think that most dogs are mean, I may feel angry (anger is defined as a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility) whenever dogs are around me. If I feel like my brother's wife talks negatively about me and think that she is better than me, then when I see her I may feel resentment (bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly) whenever I am around her. The thought always comes first, the feeling is second, and the belief is third. While we cannot get rid of our feelings, we can rule over them. It's easier for us to rule over our feelings before they get to the point of feelings by adjusting our thoughts. Adjusting our thoughts will improve the more we do it. We adjust our thoughts by using the spiritual weapons (a means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest) of our warfare, so that we can have the result that Paul speaks about in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6. If we start to meditate on the situation or offense (annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself or one's standards or principles) then we have moved passed thinking about it, to accepting the thoughts from our flesh, or from the enemy and now instead of thinking those thoughts, we also feel a way about the situation or offense.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4-6: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
  • Ephesians 6:10-18 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist , with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
When someone offends us whether it's justifiable or not, the best way to get the feelings and thoughts to make sure we have all the spiritual weapons, and understand how to use them. We will continue to answer the question, how do we rule over our feelings in part 3 of these series; Weapons of our warfare..

Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:38-42 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

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