Devotion

 Who Is In Control? You or Your Emotions?

  (I Corinthians 6:12) “Everything is permissible—but I will not be mastered by anything.”

  

Do you control your emotions or do they control you?  (II Peter 2:19) “For a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”    We will get angry, sad, tired, overwhelmed etc, but it is up to us what we do when our emotions overwhelm us.  (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.  For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”  Life and blessings are found in obeying God.  We can use the emotions that overcome us to teach us how to be more self-disciplined or we can let them rule us and in doing so, we become enslaved and in bondage again.  The very thing that Christ died to set us free from; bondage to sin.  (Galatians 5:1) “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

 

Do you want to be used by God?  How much time do you give Him?  Do you give Him just enough time to get by and get done whatever it is you are doing for Him?  Or, do you truly spend quality time with Him in honor of who He is and what He has done for you?  Do you let your emotional laziness take over when it comes to reading the Word and make excuses?  Or, do you take control giving God the time He deserves and adhere to His command to read the Word?  (John 14:15-17) “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth.  The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.”   The Bible is His STORY, His book of love to us, it is our guide in how to live according to His will and it is filled with His promises!  (I Timothy 4:13) “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.”  He says He will remind you those things He has told you.  In a time of need, how can He remind you of something He has never told you because you have never read His Word?  (John 14:25-26) “All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

What priority does spending time with God have in your daily life?  Does He hold a place honor, devotion and first place?  Or, are you putting Him on the same earthly level that you place other things in your life that you know you have to do but do not really want to do?  If you are allowing the way you feel or other things in your life to take priority over time with God then you are ruled by your emotions.  (Luke 9:23-26) “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?  If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”  If we make the choice to die to self daily, then it will not be us that shines, it will be Jesus Christ shining through us.

(II Thessalonians 2:14-15) “God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.”  You are a saved, born again child of God and your destiny is coming alive in you, but you are still flesh.  Satan will try to use the same things on you that kept you away from God to start with.  (Galatians 5:16-17) “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.”

 

This is the only way for us to control our emotions instead of letting our emotions control us.  If you want to grow spiritually and you truly have a desire to serve God and be used by Him to make a difference in the world then you must develop self-discipline and spend quality time with your Heavenly Father.  The reward will far outweigh the time and effort spent in reading the Word, talking and worshiping God.  We will have continued peace in all circumstances when we stay in His presence.  (Isaiah 26:3-4) “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.”    That peace will tell us that our Father will keep us, protect and provide for us which also gives us great joy.  (Acts 14:17) “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your heart with joy.”   Our hearts will be filled with an inexpressible joy when we spend time with God on a daily basis and the world will wonder how we stay so joyful!   (Psalm 19:8) “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.”  But the greatest joy of all is when we look into our Savior’s face.  For that is the day that we will have a peace and joy everlasting for all eternity.

 

(Isaiah 51:11) “The ransomed of the Lord will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.  Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

 

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