Emotions are squishy things, hard to wrap your thoughts around sometimes, yet very real and very powerful.
Confusion… Anger… Fear… Sadness… Joy… Faith… Love…
Feelings like these have shaped the flow of human history. Armies have marched, kingdoms have fallen, and continents have been explored all because of ideas...and because of feelings.
Important decisions sometimes provoke intense emotions. Those feelings are real and they are not wrong. As I have contemplated the prospect of selling our church campus over the past several weeks, I have often felt like I was riding an emotional roller coaster!
Through it all, here is what I have come to realize in a new way,
As people of the Spirit, God does not want us to deny our feelings. Neither does He want our lives to be governed by them. He calls us to be Spirit-filled and Spirit-controlled so we can make decisions that are Spirit-led.
The Apostle Paul put it this way,
“…those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. ” (Romans 8:14, NIV)
When you receive this email, please pause for a moment and join me in praying these words,
“Heavenly Father, I thank you for the precious gift of your Holy Spirit. May He come and settle my heart by filling me today with His thoughts, His wisdom, His power, and His strength. Lead us your people as we make this decision. Help us to know your will. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, for yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever! Amen!”