Sunday, October 27, 2013

Weekend Worship—The Headless Horseman

The heart is more deceitful than anything else,
and incurable—who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

Faith is based on facts NOT feelings.

As I write that sentence I have to stop and—even though I know it’s true—I stare at it and consider it yet again. I have to admit I struggle with the truth of that statement. I truly am a product of my generation.

  • Do what feels good.
  • Follow your heart.
  • Get in touch with your feelings.

All of those statements have a certain validity—for specific situations. But they are NOT things on which to base your life. Because, ultimately, they are in direct conflict with Scripture.

God is a God of concrete facts
God is a God of concrete facts. And THAT’S the strong foundation I'm choosing to build my life on.

Fact One
God is ALWAYS true to His word.

Myth
I don’t always feel the assurance that it’s true. Some days I stumble, I make wrong choices. I’m overwhelmed with guilt. I don’t feel like I’m part of the family.

Truth
God’s promise of salvation doesn’t rest in me. It’s predicated by HIS goodness and mercy.

Fact Two
God loves me . . . no matter what.

At times I'm unloveable and prickly.
Myth
I’m often unlovable. Don’t believe me? Just ask my family. I’m not perfect and I seem intent in proving that on a daily—sometimes hourly—basis.

Truth
God’s love isn’t dependent on my actions. He loves me for reasons I can’t quite comprehend. Because He created me, because He knows my potential, because He has named me, because He loves me.

Fact Three
God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called to His purpose.

Myth
Just look around. The world is in a mess. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people.

Truth
Narrow your focus. Taken case by case we can see hints of this truth. But the ultimate truth is that the end isn’t here yet. We can’t know how God ties up all the threads and finishes off the tapestry.


Faith is based on fact, not feelings.
So again I say, Faith is based on fact not feelings. This time the words come with confidence and with gratitude. I am a woman swayed by emotion—often lured down the wrong path by following my deceitful heart.

I can end up like the headless horseman, cutting down people on all sides as I flounder through life blinded by following my heart without the knowledge of Christ.

God is solid beyond the momentary whims of feelings. His truth is certain, enduring for eternity.


What feelings are leading you astray? Join me as I return to the facts of faith.

4 comments:

  1. Dear Edie,
    I can relate to your sentiments. We say one thing, but when it comes to really believing the Bible, our actions often betray us. Thank you for sharing this.
    Megan

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  2. We are surrounded by so much that is based on feelings every day. It is good to be reminded faith doesn't change like feelings do because faith is based on God's Word.

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  3. This is exactly what our pastor's sermon was about today. Guess I needed to hear it again :0) Thank you, Edie!

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  4. Dearest Edie, it's true. I struggle with self image, and I always feel like I'm not good enough anymore. God doesn't want me to live that way, I have a value beyond what I can see from rejection right now. Thanks for reminding me Edie! Blessings

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