We are learning to do the right thing, whether we "Feel" like it or not—faith before feelings.
1. Faith is not the same as feelings: The Bible teaches that faith comes from hearing and believing (Romans 10:17). Feelings can be easily influenced by our experiences, leading us to have doubts or uncertainty about God’s promises. However, we exercise true faith when we believe in God’s Word despite what we feel.
2. Faith is based on a relationship with God: The Bible tells us that faith is more than just believing in a set of doctrines; it’s about having a personal relationship with Jesus (John 15:7). Our faith will only grow and be strengthened as we spend time praying, reading and studying the Bible, and fellowshipping with other believers.
3. Faith requires action: The Bible teaches that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). We should actively follow God’s commands, obey His Word and practice what we believe. This isn't just something we do when it's convenient; it should be an intentional action that helps us grow in our faith.
4. Faith is trusting God's promises: The Bible tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). We must believe that God will keep His promises regardless of what we see or feel. We can have confidence that He will be faithful to His word and bring us through our trials.
5. Faith is a lifestyle: The Bible tells us that we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). As believers, living according to the Word of God should be our everyday lifestyle. We should strive to be in a constant state of prayer and surrender.
By applying these Biblical principles, we can learn to differentiate between faith and feelings, understanding that our confidence comes from our relationship with God and is demonstrated through action. As we trust Him, He will faithfully help us reach the goals He has set before us.