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One of the advantages we have as believers is that we have the Word of God as a resource to bring emotional stability to our lives. Mastering our emotions is impossible without His Word, and the world cannot do this because it does not have this resource. Without the wisdom gained from God, all we can do is simply cope with our feelings, and not let them dominate us. Living life by our emotions is bound to cause us to struggle. We must not base our feelings on our physical senses, because our emotions can change according to transitory appearances. True wisdom is letting our faith in God’s Word, instead of our feelings, govern our lives. Confidently knowing what He says to us in this area, instead of having to rely on our emotions at the moment, puts us in emotional control.
Historically, the church has devoted plenty of attention to spiritual things, but very little attention to emotions. Realistically, we must admit that we all have feelings; therefore, it makes sense to talk about them and learn how to deal with them. It is okay to have emotions, as long as they do not dominate us. God wants us to achieve emotional stability. This means asserting authority over our feelings and learning to fall “out of love” with our emotions. Real power and success comes from the ability to control our emotions, which is where the devil focuses his attacks. When we are aware of the enemy’s tactics, we can be on guard against all his efforts.
Mastering our emotions is critical, because our entire lives are based on whether we control our feelings or they control us. Our feelings and thoughts spring from our souls; therefore, success or failure in life is based on what happens in our souls. When we study the Bible and let the Word renew our minds, we learn a strong sense of self-control,that will help us to master our emotions, and take charge in this area. This enables us to avoid the trap of getting stuck in something that happened in the past, unable to move forward. God’s will for us is to prosper and be successful in every arena of life. When we refuse to let our emotions rule us, He can move us in the direction He wants us to go. Exerting our God-given authority over our emotions, empowers us to succeed the way He wants us to.
We all experience emotions every day, but we do not need to allow them to move us away from God’s will for our lives. We have been given authority over our feelings; they do not have authority over us. The enemy is always plotting against us. One of his strategies is to attack our emotions. His goal is to get us away from being ruled by the Holy Spirit and move us toward being governed by our emotions. God wants us to master life, not for life to master us. We master life by refusing to allow our circumstances to dictate the way we feel. The battle we fight is in our minds, and we either win or lose, based on how well we exercise self-control over our emotions.
As believers, we have authority in many different areas, including our emotions. Our entire lives are based on whether we can control our emotions, or whether our emotions control us. We all have feelings, but letting them get the upper hand can cause problems. God designed us to master life, not to be mastered by it. We were made in God’s image, not just to reflect His love, but also to reflect His power and authority. God has a call on our lives, but we will not end up in the place He wants us to be, if we let our emotions dominate us. To fulfill His mission for us, we must take charge in this area.
In our spiritual warfare with the devil, using the Word of God as a weapon and standing on our believers’ authority helps us “get our fight back.” This battle is all about maintaining the victory that Jesus has already won for us. When He went to the cross, He obtained healing, deliverance, prosperity, soundness, answered prayer, and every other victory we will ever need in life. Fighting the good fight requires that we recognize the victories that have already been made available to us, and maintain them through our stance of faith. The enemy tries to deceive us into thinking we must work to get what God has already given us, the same way he deceived Adam and Eve. We must be on guard against this. As long as we stand firm on God’s promises, regardless of what is going on around us, we win.