The Emotional Roller-coaster – How To Get Off!

How to get off the emotional roller coasterEvery day of our life brings opportunities for our emotions to lead us on a roller coaster. Our emotions are truly one of the major struggles in our lives. We can however choose to be stable, steadfast, and determined instead of buying a ticket for this emotional roller coaster. If we allow our emotions to rule over us and to tell us how to act, then there is no way you and I will ever be the person God has intended us to be. We are not going to be able to let go of all of our emotions, however we can learn to control them instead of letting them determine how we feel!

As I said before opportunities will arise for us to allow our feelings to charter the course of our actions. We must begin to realize our feelings change from day to day, hour to hour, and like most people even from minute to minute. Not only do our feelings change they can even be giving us a shaded story or uncompleted truth. Have you ever entered a room and felt everybody was talking about you? Just because we feel everyone is talking about us does not mean they are! Satan loves to get us on how we feel. He wants us to feel that nobody understands us or appreciates us. He wants us to feel we are misunderstood or even mistreated. No matter how we feel we must realize that feeling this way does not mean it is true. If we want to be mature Christians and be all God intends us to be then we must be determined not to walk according to what we feel.

Our decisions must be based on what we know rather than on what we feel. We know what the Word of God instructs us to do in every situation of our life. If we don’t-then we must search it out and put our situation on the altar before God. I know it is hard not to let our feelings get in the way when we have been hurt or when we are upset. But this is the time we really need to seek the Lord and His Word to be led on how we act – not act on how we feel. I teach all the time, from Bible College Students to congregations, that we are to never be led by how we feel. Our emotions will lead us into the wrong direction 99% of the time. When we are hurt we must look to make sure we are not allowing offense to come in. Offense is the leading cause of our hurt emotions and it is a ploy of the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy us and our lives!

Look at what Jeremiah 17:9 says in the amplified “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick!” Now we may not like this particular verse because it tells us exactly how our heart acts. Think about it – the last time you were in a real hard situation with someone else – was it not over feelings? Were you affected by something they did or said? Then I promise you the enemy took hold and turned your mind or heart to your feelings which according to the scripture we just read – deceived you and the other person. What was Satan’s goal in that situation between you and the other person? Well it is his number one goal for your life- John 10:10 –“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy…” He wants to steal relationships and friendships from you by using your feelings, he wants to destroy these relationships so he can get you from them and get you by yourself so you can keep going over in your head how you feel and what they did! The ultimate goal is to kill you, little by little, step by step he uses your feelings to bring you closer to his goal. And before you know it friendships are gone, relationships are destroyed, and you have even left the church who was helping you to grow.

Emotions are wonderful, but we must not allow them to take precedence over wisdom and knowledge. We can control our emotions instead of letting them control us. We must seek the Lord and forgive whomever has hurt us and watch how God will restore us!

{Know someone who is facing hard times? The Drying Pot; And The Refining Fires Necessary To Become A Vessel Used By God}

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