Recovery’s Light

I’m not sure why I write this post, I do not feel prepared, but here goes. I have had this feeling about feelings lately. Faith says, “don’t trust your feelings.” I get that, faith believes in the unseen. Feelings, however, tell me that I need solid evidence before I respond. I may, by faith, jump right into a bad situation knowing that God’s Spirit is guiding, He will help me fix it, figure it, or flee it.

Feelings
It is a grave mistake to look at my feelings as faith killers. God made me, feelings and all. Feelings can be a “spiritual thermometer” that notifies me when I have the sense of separation from God’s presence in my life. I know that feelings warn me of complacency in my recovery from addictive behaviors. It is as though a light is shined on past pain that drove me to ask God’s help. In other words, feelings light up memories of events that were painful enough not to desire the repeat performance.

“I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Gal.5:16 

Faith
Faith moves mountains, slays giants, laughs in the face of impossibilities. Faith is my surrendering fear of failure, or being rejected by others so I can do the next “right thing.” Without faith, I have no need to attend recovery meetings, work the steps, or pray…they will not work. With faith, a light shines so intensely I see through deceptions and thoughts of “I cannot,” to “with God, all things are possible!” As faith arrives, recovery goes from, “this may really work,” to “this works, and I am working it!”

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Rom.10:17

The Big Difference
How do you know the difference? Feelings and faith come with you as you arrive on the planet, a special value package from the manufacturer, so to speak. Both grow and develop as we mature. The importance of feelings is recognizing them and rejecting the false ones, embracing the good.

Faith can make us overly zealous and reacting instead of acting, like answering a matter before we hear the whole story. That can be disastrous, and I appear as a prideful know-it-all.

“If anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Gal.6:3

The light of understanding I receive in recovery from addictions, and in my journey with Christ Jesus, is that I accept faith and feelings as gifts. They are gifts that need balance, and much attention. If I ignore those feelings of God being distant or aloof, and just allow things to “happen,” the growth of faith will be “stunted,” complacency arrives, and every little unimportant matter takes preeminence over recovery and spirituality.

Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all!

8 thoughts on “Recovery’s Light

  1. So True Keith, feelings are God given, even anger, Thank you for sharing God’s Truth about what many reject, I like you give Thanks for my emotions.

    I was once told by a young Minister in a very dark time in my life because I had shared that I was hurting that I should have the Joy of The Lord but Jesus was known as a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief yet He had great inner Joy in knowing who He was and that He was greatly Loved by The Father , He knew His destiny. and this is the same with me, even with tears in my eyes, I have His, Love, Joy, Hope and Peace and because I asked for it His wisdom, He leads me into all understanding as He tells us He will… How good is that!.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

    • Thanks so much Anne! You are so right. If not for those God-given feelings, I am sure growing spiritually would be impossible. Blessings to you both!
      Sorry I haven’t answered that last question, I haven’t forgotten, been working on some ebooks…and a few dozen other things, lol.

  2. Please don’t worry Keith about not responding to all my questions, although I do appreciate your apology I’m visiting your Blog to share, and with you being a man means I’m under your Authority and it is your choice when you do, or if you answer them.

    I’m also grateful Keith that you always treat me with respect, I feel your a very kind Christian man and I’m thankful our paths crossed.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

      • Hi Keith, Thank you for your desire that we have God’s wisdom, there is a lot of detail but I hope you don’t mind my sharing how I received it, of course I know some doubt that I have but sadly they are also doubting they can and that God does not mean what He says to us.

        Wisdom as we know is thing principle thing and found in Jesus Christ, we ask and receive (see link below)

        God’s Wisdom – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-gaining-of-wisdom/

        Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

        James 1:5-8 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

        I found myself very confused after coming to real heart repentance because of so much conflicting teaching in the Churches and by Theologians and Evangelists, even those who had a high profile and yes Cults too and they all claimed what they believed was True but what some taught was different which means some of them were trusting in their own worldly understanding or what they had been taught instead of God’s Truth and not just the Cults.

        I knew this to be True because The Holy Spirit does not say one thing to one person and something different to someone else when it contradicts. So this is why I felt very unsure about what was Truth and had doubts and fears. I knew also we are not to agree to disagree but to take our difference to God and He will show us who is in error because we are to have the same focus and to be of one mind and purpose, it confused me greatly because how could they all have the mind of Christ and also be in conflict which was shown by their division, our God is a God of Truth and Unity .

        I prayed to God earnestly for His help and He gave two Rhema Scriptures ( a Greek word meaning it touches the heart ) Mark 9:24, it said… that a man’s son was in need of healing and Jesus asked him do you believe, the man answered yes I believe but please help my unbelief and so I also asked Jesus to help my unbelief with great heart conviction I needed it.

        The other Rhema Scripture was James1:5-8 I asked in Trust and Faith knowing I also needed God’s wisdom 100% we are not Born with it, even King Solomon asked for wisdom, which pleased God and Paul said what He shared came from God (1Corinthins2)

        I have no doubts that I have received His wisdom and thank Him often for it and by the empowering of The Holy Spirit, who I received after also asking in Faith, Jesus is now leading me into all understanding. My heart is growing in knowledge and insight and will continue to do so as God perfects me in His Love to conform me to the image of Jesus and as I put my flesh to death by The Holy Spirit no Temptation is greater then I can bear.

        What God has shared with me He has confirmed in His written word by His Living Word, yes I’m still learning but I know without a doubt what He has already shown me is His Truth, what He says He will do He does, and this is for everyone not just me.

        Thanks for letting me share and listening, Blessings – Anne

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