Faith is Not a Feeling

This is one of the first concepts I heard when I became a Christian 13 years ago. And I have been thinking about it again a lot lately. For those of you that don’t know it, and to refresh those that do (as taken from The 4 Spiritual Laws):

faith train

The promise of God’s Word, the Bible – not our feelings – is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word. This train diagram illustrates the relationship among fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience) (John 14:21). The train will run with or without a caboose. However, it would be useless to attempt to pull the train by the caboose. In the same way, as Christians we do not depend on feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.

SO, why is my train trying to let it’s caboose drive the train?!



Filed under In my Brain

4 responses to “Faith is Not a Feeling

  1. Because you’re human like everyone else in the world. Even though we’re not supposed to let our feeling rule our world, they are very important.

    I trust God but I also recognize that emotions and feelings are also very important. I don’t think we’re meant to forget our feelings.

    You’re human. It’s okay.

  2. rob

    I agree with Patricia!

    Many, if not most people base decisions based on emotion. Those that seem to not do this actually are because they have decided to take emotion out.

    The walk of faith, however, tells us that our emotions aren’t what leads us. What leads us is the fact that God has the best for us despite how we feel about it.

  3. Hana

    I see this idea so clearly in marriage as well…sometimes we think we’ve lost that high that we once had about our “soulmate” and get discouraged with our spouse…in these times we need to trust in the truth of our relationship and continue in the commitment of marriage to see that joy and love return.
    The truth is that our feelings often deceive us, and if we lived according to them, we would be very, very, lost.

  4. Jen

    I had a friend once that said feelings are neither right or wrong, good or bad…they are just how you feel. It is our response to them that makes the difference. We must CHOOSE to trust in God’s sovereignty rather than rely on our feelings.

    It is so much easier said than done!

    Over the years I have come to appreciate that it is good to “feel”. Even the bad! It is just learning to control them and not let them control me 🙂

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