Check Your Emotions {& Worship Anyway!}


LLFC LogoJust like you, I am on a journey. An amazing adventure, written by God long before I was a thought in my mother’s mind. I have two options. I can either stand on the sidelines and watch, or I can show up and play the role assigned to me.

I’m showing up! How about you?

Oh yeah, I just forgot to mention one thing– You’re going to have to check your emotions at the door.

Emotions have a way of playing tricks on us. They have a way of blurring truth, and usually at the most inopportune times.

Emotions have a way of enticing us to swoon over things of little value, while simultaneously luring us away from those we love; from those who love us.

If we’re not careful, emotions leave us feeling seasick, swaying up and down to the waves of life. Failure to check our emotions at the door can leave us shipwrecked, causing us to arrive late to our place of destination (or altogether miss our arrival).

Got Truth?

So as women, how do we counter our emotional side? How do we navigate through the disappointments, pain, the setbacks, the fears, the insecurities, and the monthly hormonal changes?

How do we navigate through years of misconceptions, past hurts, betrayals, self-sins, and the like?

How do we get past the jealousy, the bitterness, the envy, and the strife?

Here’s the simple answer. Get Truth.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

God’s Truth has a way of setting us free. When we begin to grow, and learn, and study the word of God, lies cannot penetrate our minds and hearts so easily. We’re no longer led by our emotions. Rather, we become firmly rooted in God’s word. He becomes our immovable Foundation. We are no longer being swayed back and forth. We’re stable, rooted in God’s Truth.

 

Job Did What?

Take the story of Job, for example. Job was not just anybody. He was blameless and upright. He feared God and he shunned evil. Job was a very wealthy and influential man, there was no one like him in all the East. He was a devoted father, an intercessor, a man who proactively brought sacrifices before the Lord for His children. He was a man trusted by God.

In one moment’s notice, four different messengers came in (one after the other) and gave Job the catastrophic news, ‘your servants were attacked, fire from heaven fell down and burned all your sheep, the camels were taken, oh-and-just-in-case-that’s-not-enough, the house collapse in on your children while they were feasting. They’re all dead (Job1).

If that’s not a reason for an emotional collapse, I don’t know what is!

Here’s the thing- We read this story with the benefit of knowing the end… It’s so easy to minimize what we see in the opening of this book because ‘oh, that’s alright, Job is getting a double blessing!

My friend, I don’t think the book of Job is so much about Job’s double blessing.

If we look closer… Job faced a ‘life-changing-earth-giving-way-mountains-falling-into-the-heart-of-the-sea experience’. In that moment, when emotions swell up inside and everything hits so hard you can barely catch your breath, in that moment Job’s disposition was to worship.

Job did what? Yes my friend. Job chose worship.

 

Today’s Challenge?

What is the disposition of your heart? Is your heart bent towards worship? Or will you drop your bags, jump out of the boat and swim back to seclusion when things get tough?

What’s the disposition of your heart? Is your heart bent towards the One who is faithful and trustworthy? Or are you still not so sure you can count on God?

What’s your heart’s disposition?

Check your emotions, and worship anyway!

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Posted on February 13, 2013, in 2013 {Live Life Fully Committed} Challenge, DEVOTIONALS, LIFE, Our Christian Walk, SPIRITUAL GROWTH and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great reminder, Darlene, and Job and his wife are great examples of the way different people handle adversity. Unfortunately Job’s wife didn’t stay in the game (understandably…she lost everything, too) But it’s really hard to know how we will react until we’re in the situation. But it’s good to have a plan before we get there.

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  2. This is good… its hard to worship in the midst of the storm because not only are you being hit by waves that want to drawn you but also you are on the lookout making sure you see the next one so there is no room to worship you are too busy. This is the important decision to make… do I get on the boat with Jesus or do I keep holding on and ride the storm all on my own. Do I pick up that word while im hurting because of what is happening and search God’s promises or do I let my mind go crazy and let my emotions take me in to a deep level of discouragement/depression? It’s hard to choose to trust God when everything is going south but its a choice only you can make. Im not gonna lie, there are times I have to pray and rebuke those thoughts that want to take control that i know are not from God and they are sneaky because they creep in without you even noticing it. That’s why is soooo important to read the word daily. It is impossible to perform a job without the tools necessary so how can we speak the word into out lives if we don’t know it?

  3. Idelette Aguirre

    Thank you i need it that no doubt God is speaking into my life in different way. God bless you

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