Monday, December 22, 2014

When you don't FEEL Jesus

Have you ever questioned your walk with God? Is it even real or did you simply make it up? Besides how could God use "sinful" you? What about when everything around frustrates you or you are tired of life? Where is God? Why can't you FEEL Him?

Do you ever wish that you could simply text God and He would text you right back? Better yet you could call Him and He would audibly speak with you? Or best of all He could hold your hand, walk with you, and carry you when you are broken? I wonder if God ever wishes He could be there for us in that "present" way.

My question lies: What do you do when you don't feel God? When you don't see the point or have any desire to read your Bible, to pray, to be kind, to love?

What are some things that could make you feel far away from Jesus and how can you be prepared to fight Satan's feelings of doubt, inadequacy, sinful lust and longings away from your life? How should we respond to un-Godly feelings?

I think some things that could make the God we know seem to fade from our hearts are forgetting to spend our quiet time with God, being with other sinful people, being in Satan's territory, Satan's temptations and lies in weak parts of our lives, dealing with difficult relationships, or uncontrolled longings for relationships, foods, drugs ect. As we trifle with the Devil's tools it becomes more and more difficult to desire God's word because we feel we are inadequate to read it. It's a deadly cycle that we must be cautious to avoid and prepared to fight off when we succumb to negative feelings, habits, or addictions.

Now the harder part of the question- how do we fight off Satan's tactics to deceive us?
First we must realize, this is war. He is prowling around like a roaring lion seeking for those of us whom He may devour. Thus we must be prepared and alert. The Bible says we must put on special proactive equipment to prepare for this battle. If we are not ready and not equipped, we may lose the war against our souls.

Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. (Know that feelings do not dictate your relationship with Christ nor do they change the God you serve)11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Spend time with God making sure that you are following His instructions in all areas of your life not lacking one)12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Be aware that you must love and be gentle with all your family, friends, and enemies. They are not the problem- the Devil is)13 Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (Do not let small sins creep up into your life. If they have ask Satan to destroy them.)15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. 

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:18 with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints,

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