We’ve all faced seasons where we don’t feel like doing what we know we should. Our convictions may be clear, but our desire to stick to them may fluctuate on any given day.
Here are some scenarios to help you identify with this common tendency:
- You said you want to be diligent in your quiet times with the Lord, but you wake up extra tired and end up hitting the snooze button more times than you can remember.
- You know the importance of planning a date night with your wife, but by the end of the day all you want is to put your feet up and watch TV.
- Raising your children to be responsible and respectful is at the top of your list of priorities, but today the attitudes are easier to ignore than to expend the time and energy needed to correct them.
- You want to share sexual intimacy with your spouse, but after the things he/she said last night, you really don’t feel like it anymore.
- You know money is tight and you need to stick to your budget, but you’re craving some french fries right now, and after a day like today you deserve a treat.
Can you relate?
We are more prone to do the things we feel like doing than we are to do the things we say are important to us.
Our feelings are fickle.
They cannot be trusted.
And our feelings are what scream the loudest when it is time to do the thing we said we would do.
The good news for us today is the fact that God’s mercies are new every morning. He is aware we need a fresh dose everyday to fight the good fight of faith and choose what Christ told Mary was “the good part.”
Following Christ and His ways are counter-culture to following our feelings and it’s ways. We live in a world where “if it feels good–do it,” is the standard of living. To say no to our feelings is hard, but Christ will help us in our weakness. We only have to admit our need and ask for help.
All the great temptations appear first in the region of the mind and can be fought and conquered there. We have been given the power to close the door of the mind. We can lose this power through disuse or increase it by use, by the daily discipline of the inner man in things which seem small and by reliance upon the word of the Spirit of truth. It is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is as though He said, ‘Learn to live in your will, not in your feelings.’
In what ways are your feelings trying to conquer your convictions?