Often the facts of a situation are clouded.
Because of our attachments and emotions, facts can sometimes be hard to grasp.
If a situation stirs up our emotions, making us upset and offended, then evaluating the facts can be frustrating.
Facts can seem like hard, cold things. But many times, it is simply the FACTS we desperately need to rely on, instead of our emotions.
In order to clearly resolve a difficult situation, and come out of a foggy condition, we simply need The Facts.
This is the way it is in our walk with Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].
Our Emotional Feelings
If we base our walk with Father God on our feelings, then our feelings are ruling, and we are letting our senses determine our behaviour. But feelings go up and down. They are inconsistent.
If we are absorbed by our senses and by our ‘own’ understanding [that is, what I think, what I see, what I hear, what I feel], then we are not really walking by faith.
What the written Word of Yahuwah actually says [not our emotions, not our imaginations] is our authority, our standard of behaviour.
The Bible is The Standard for what is right, true, and relevant! The Bible is where we find The Facts for what we need for determining our attitudes and behaviour. The Bible contains God’s instructions, insights, and wisdom, given to us for our good, for our benefit, and for our entire lifetime! The Bible gives us the guidance we need for every decision we face, whether it be major or minor decisions
Yahuwah has told us many facts in His written Word regarding His love for us, and His desires for us! The Facts we find in His Word are His promises of His commitment to us. These are The Facts we can trust to help us choose the best direction of conduct.
When we learn The Facts of Father’s love for us, then our understanding of His ways increases. Learning The Facts of God’s written Word, and then behaving according to those facts, helps us mature and grow in Father’s grace.
I am not saying we must deny our emotions.
Father God created us with emotions. Emotions can be very helpful at times. As we mature, we begin to recognize the strength of our emotions to help us fulfill The Facts of Father’s Word, the Bible.
But if our emotions and feelings determine much of our behaviour, and cause us to doubt Yahuwah’s Word, then we are still a ‘babe’ spiritually.
As we begin to mature spiritually, we begin to act more according to The Facts of the Bible, rather than relying on emotions or feelings. A sign of spiritual maturity is to use our emotions as a positive means for obedience to Father’s written Word.
We are growing in maturity, when we become sensitive to utilize Father’s grace [His enablement] to obey Him, in order to be able to walk by faith, and serve Father in an acceptable manner:
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. (1Peter 2:2; 2Peter 3:18)
. . .we have received grace . . . for obedience to the faith… (Romans 1:5)
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear (Hebrews 12:28).
Yahuwah’s grace is given to us to enable us to serve Him acceptably. By His grace we are enabled to obey Him, to mature in our understanding of Him and His Word, and to know His will for our behaviour.
Five Simple Facts from God’s Word
Let’s consider only five, very basic, Facts from Yahuwah’s written Word [the Bible].
Fact #1: Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you (James 4:8a). When we humbly and honestly pray [talking to Yahuwah], it is a Fact that Yahuwah will draw near to us. If we want a closer, more intimate walk with Father God, then we will adjust our lifestyle, and make time for His Word, and for talking to Him.
Fact #2: For the eyes of Yahuwah [the LORD] run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect [complete and sincere] toward Him (2Chronicles 16:9a). When we sincerely give our heart to Yahuwah, and commit our life to Him, then it is a Fact that Yahuwah will bless us, support us, and supply what we need in order to honour Him in all we do.
Fact #3: In all your ways acknowledge Him [Yahuwah], and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6). Acknowledging Yahuwah in everything we do, helps us to be of a humble heart, and helps us maintain sober-mindedness regarding our activities. When we acknowledge Him, our relationship with Father is strengthened, and it is a Fact that as a result, He will guide our steps and direct our path.
Fact #4: If we confess our sins, He [Yahuwah] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9). If we have sinned against Yahuwah by disobeying His written Word (1John 3:4), then it is a Fact that when we sincerely confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!
Fact #5: Yahushua [the Hebrew name for Jesus] said to him, “…Whoever has seen me [Yahushua], has seen the Father” (John 14:9). As we pointed out in a previous posting, if we want to know what the heavenly Father is like, then all we need to do is study the characteristics of His Son, Yahushua Messiah. Many times, Yahushua was moved with compassion among the people! It is a Fact that Father will be moved with compassion toward His own children (Matthew 14:14 and Mark 6:34).
Feelings: Leading or Following?
Yahuwah [the LORD] desires that we would mature, and begin to recognize our emotions, and then not allow our senses [emotions or feelings] and imaginations to determine our behaviour. Instead, He wants us to learn The Facts of the faith — and then walk by faith, not by sight.
If we want to mature, then we need to make a conscious, determined decision to seek Father’s help, so that we can recognize the difference between what our emotions are shouting at us, and what The Facts of God’s written Word are.
Yes, there are times when our thoughts and emotions will conflict with Yahuwah’s written Word. The conflicts can be difficult, and are very personal battles!
But those are moments when we must ask Father’s help to overcome the battles. Those battles are moments when we must use our faith.
In the heat of these battles, we may not fully understand Father’s purpose. But that is when we must trust in Father’s good and loving character, and trust The Facts of His written Word!
Moments of conflict are times of testing.
Who will we trust? Will we rely on our loving heavenly Father, and trust His Word? Or will our feelings dominate and cause us to doubt The Facts of God’s Word?
When we grow in our knowledge of God’s written Word; when we learn The Facts of His Word, and stay close to Him by telling Him our fears and struggles, then little by little, we will begin to trust Father and The Facts of His written Word (Matthew 13:12). In this way, we become more faithful and strong, by His grace, to walk by faith!
But our commitment to study, and to know and obey the Word of Yahuwah, is key to our maturity. Our commitment helps us endure the testings. And with Father’s help, we will come forth from the testings as gold (Job 23:10)!
So let us determine to walk with Father by His grace, through our faith in Him, according to The Facts in His written Word! It is The Facts of our faith, not our feelings or emotions, that must be relied upon for fulfilling the Word of Yahuwah.
We need to let our feelings follow, not lead!
Our emotions are good things whenever they confirm Yahuwah’s Word. Our love and passion for Yahuwah and His written Word are especially helpful in walking by faith with courage and boldness!
Let us seek to line-up our emotions with Father’s Word, and not depend so much on how we feel, to determine our obedience to Him.
The more we follow [obey] The Facts of His written Word, the more we will grow in our relationship with Him, and the more we will grow in His grace!
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