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Fact Vs. Feelings-How To Stay on Course
11/4/2008

Fact Verses FeelingsHow to Stay on Course
    
    However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13 (NKJV)
    
    When I used to go racing down the peninsula in Baja Mexico, I always liked to pre-run the course to make sure that I was familiar with it. It helped when race time came because It would be safer, and I could go much faster as I felt as though I knew what lied ahead. Another benefit of knowing the surroundings was that I had a good sense of direction with respects of where I was going.
    
    The course was marked every mile or so, and it was always a relief to see a ribbon along the way. It brought about some strange comfort that I was in fact, on course. There were times when I didnt feel good about the direction I was going, but then I would see a marker and it would reassure me that I was okay.
    
    As I walk with the Lord, I find these same situations from time to time. I can be challenged in my mind about whether something is right or wrong with regards to my beliefs. The various cultures of the world and our environment can have an impact on our thoughts, so I start to look for Gods course markers in His Word to give me guidance.
    
    The Holy Spirit is a good indicator when I am going in the wrong direction, but ultimately, that just steers me back to Gods Word. This information is irrefutable, and it ultimately makes up the markings that I choose to follow.
    
    This verse above in John 16 confirms what I am saying, because it is Gods Word, and it says that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. But notice that He doesnt speak on His own authority, but on what He hears. God is perfect in guiding us through His Holy Spirit, and He does that through His Word.
    
    I have seen many people solely follow their feelings, and say that it was the Spirit that led them, but they dont cross check that with the facts in the Word. This is where we, as Christians, can get off course in our walk. And this can lead to all sorts of problems.
    
    Think of 3-people walking on fence the width of a gymnasts balancing beam that is only 4-inches wide. Will name the first person fact and he is in front, You are the second person and we will call you faith, and the person behind you is feeling. If you were walking and looking ahead at fact, and you kept focused on fact, you would walk straight. But if you looked over your shoulder to check out feeling, you would most likely lose your balance and fall off the fence.
    
    This is exactly what happens when we place our faith strictly in our feelings and emotions when making decisions. Dont get me wrong; our feelings can be good indicators that something is wrong. But they should just lead us to take a look at the facts, to keep going in the right direction, especially when it comes to Gods Word, and how we should implement it into our lives. Our faith must always be predicated on the fact of Gods Word, His promises, and His truths.
    
    Many people have been led astray by their feelings by listening to a very crafty speaker telling them how the Word of God should be interpreted, understood, or applied. These people are misleading many thousands of people by their written propaganda and opinions with which they say is a valid as the Bible. Beware of anyone telling you this for it is of the devil. John speaks of these types of people.
    
    You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. John 8:44 (NKJV)
    
    And the Holy Spirit will guide us into all understanding as we prayerfully read Gods Word. Jesus came and set Himself apart by His teachings, and for all of us who have embraced Him, and them, we, too, have been sanctified, set apart by the truth of His Word.
    
    And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. John 17:19 (NKJV)
    
    Good counsel, and Godly advice are great to have. But lets always base them off of fact, not just feelings. Thats why Jesus has told us to stay in the Word. So we will not be deceived.
    
    
    STUDY QUESTION: What does John 8:44 tell us about people speaking from their own resources when they oppose Gods teachings contained within the Bible?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow Gods Word to be the determining factor for all of your beliefs and are you willing to live according to these beliefs?
    
    APPLICATION: Keep reading the Word of God daily, you will soon have a solid belief system with which you can make wise decisions with.
    
    Father, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for leading me and teaching me as I read and meditate upon it. Show me Your ways today Lord, and help me to see things as You do. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    

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