It’s 6:00 AM. You just opened your eyes and you begin to stretch and wake up. Suddenly, a thought comes to your mind, out of nowhere, and “reality” hits you. Your pleasant, carefree, morning has just evaporated because you are reminded of that horrible faith-based challenge that you are facing.
The thoughts keep coming. You attempt to cast them down, using the Word, but the relief only seems temporary. You begin to feel the weight of the world on your shoulders and it seems as if the mental torment will never stop.
With all these negative emotions welling up inside you, it seems as though you can even feel your victory slipping away. As water slowly drains from a cupped hand, so your faith also seems to be draining. No matter how tightly you hold on, it seems inevitable. “If these thoughts weren’t bothering me, I could stay in faith and I would have my victory”, you say to yourself.
Do these feelings and emotions that you are experiencing indicate whether you will have victory in Christ? Is that why we are fighting so hard against them? Do we believe that “if I can just feel positive, then I’m in faith”?
This is a trick of the enemy. Just because we may be bombarded with negative thoughts, or negative scenarios that play out in our mind, doesn’t mean we aren’t in faith.
The enemy tries to put thoughts, feelings, and emotions on us, to change what we believe. If we believe that we must feel a certain way (with happy thoughts, etc.) to be in faith, to be victorious in Christ, then the enemy’s ploy will work.
If we believe this lie, then all the devil has to do is supply the wrong thoughts, emotions, or scenarios in our mind. Then, even though emotions do not have any bearing on whether we believe something in our hearts, we can be tricked into letting go of our victory, due to negative thoughts and emotions.
If we believe that positive emotions are required for us to be in faith, then we have lost. Yes, joy can be indicative of us being in faith. But the presence of negative thoughts and emotions does not mean we are not in faith. Isn’t that good news?
Once we know, and understand, the enemy’s ploy, the thoughts and feelings he tries to put on us carry such little weight and melt away. In essence, having light in this area will free us from the emotional burdens he tries to put on us. With this newfound freedom, we can sit in God’s promises and rest in His Word, with joy and thanksgiving.
When we know that negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions are a deception, to trick us into actually getting out of faith, we can avoid that trap from the enemy. Faith is built on the Word. Faith is not built on emotions and how we feel. Once we gain light on this ploy, the enemy’s tactics fall apart!
When we can see what the enemy is trying to accomplish, and how our emotions have no bearing on our victory, then suddenly it seems as though the “torture” that we’ve been going through, or this “battle” that we’ve been fighting, is pointless.
Keep your eyes on Jesus.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
John 10:10 ESV “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Psalm 27:14 ESV “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”