Faith Over Feelings

“By faith we see things that are invisible to others and by faith we believe in advance those things that right now make no sense but one day will make perfect sense because we will view them in reverse. Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse” (from Keep Believing Ministries).

As the old movie said, faith is believing even when common sense tells you not to. I think that’s somewhat accurate, but I really like the quote that says that sometimes seeing isn’t believing; believing is seeing.

Faith is putting what you know above what you feel. You know deep in your soul that all of God’s promises are true and that God is faithful even when your feelings tell you otherwise. You know that God sees the entire picture and you see only a small part even when your feelings tell you that God doesn’t see at all.

Sometimes, we’re like the man who’s begging Jesus to heal his son. He says to Jesus, “If you can . . .” Jesus responds, “If? Don’t you know that with Me, all things are possible?” The man’s reply might echo our own — “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”

That’s where most of us are most of the time. We want to believe and have a willing spirit, but the flesh is weak. We have too many distractions and too many conflicting voices that contradict what we know to be true about God. Faith is going to a quiet place away from all the noise and clamor and claiming God’s promises as true, even when they don’t feel true. You keep saying it until you finally start to feel it deep down in your core. Even if the feelings don’t come, you know that while feelings may lie, God never does.

Trust in the heart of God. Believe what you know to be true over what you feel. Be still and know that He is God.

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