Feeling Filter

John 8:32

and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Inflated Feelings Face Filter | wadeandleta.com

Some people, if not many, operate from a base of feelings. They use their feelings to measure and evaluate the circumstances they are in. They believe their feelings are accurate and reflect reality at the moment. Yet scientists recognize feelings in many cases are deceitful.

We may incorrectly witness a situation which causes us to misread the event and fling our mind and body into unnecessary fear mode. Or we may likewise see something which we interpret as pleasant and smile at the situation not realizing that a most horrific event just occurred. If we evaluate and discern reality solely through the filter of feelings, we of most people will be walking in a state of mental confusion.

I recall once consulting with the President of a national company asking questions to determine his style of leadership and management. His answers initially shocked me but gave us the direction of the type of facts we needed to gather to either confirm or deny his statements. After collecting data, facts, and survey results, our hypothesis proved correct. His fear-mongering leadership style and managing operations based on feelings has led the company into a destructive position which required an outsider to provide solutions to help the Company survive. We did.

When you are ruled by your feelings, you may be correct fifty percent of the time simply from a probability perspective. However, if you want to be correct most of the time, then you need to filter your feelings with logic and reasoning built on evidential facts. And that requires a proven value system, a strong understanding of human history and its behavior, along with analysis of the situation. All these skills are available to be developed if one chooses.  

In addition, God has also given each of us a conscience to discern moral implications. But it needs to be exercised under HIS domain or over time will become harden into a destructive, blind, and ineffective instrument. Our conscience is God’s gift to us. When followed along with HIS words of Truth enlighten our decision-making abilities.

As we gather facts of the matter and weigh the facts against the event, we slowly develop the real picture of the situation. This is why it is dangerous to make quick decisions on a matter when it is not necessary. One needs to gather facts from all sides to properly determine what actually happen.

Our feelings may play a part of the equation, but most often they are only the warning bell. And like the story of the boy hollering “wolf” so often, basing one’s conclusion simply on feeling has led many of us down the wrong path. We need to filter those feelings against solid evidence. Otherwise, we will get into an ugly habit of being thrown from one wall against another based on our emotional roller coaster ride.

Feelings require facts and facts need emotional feeling. Both are necessary to properly evaluate reality and generate a proper response. When you study the life of Jesus as displayed throughout the gospel accounts, one finds a person who balanced facts with feelings and feelings with facts. He demonstrated the healthy and effective way of managing the human relationship. Let’s use HIM as our role model to learn the best way of filtering our feelings. When you learn from the best, you gain the most.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books

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Help, Hope, Hallelujah (H3)

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

For to this end, we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:10

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Revelation 19:6

Raise a Hallelujah – Bethel Lyrics

In reflection today, after taking time to pray, I found myself repeating these words – Help, Hope, and Hallelujah – several times crying for help from our Lord and simultaneously praising HIM for everything happening in my life.

I didn’t plan on repeating these words, and don’t recall when I may have combined the three together in one prayer, but today was one of those days.

When you need help from someone because the issue you are facing is larger than you; when your situation has turned bleak and the options don’t look favorable; or when you realize you haven’t celebrated anything about life for a long while, your heart simply cries emotionally the words you feel at the moment, and these three hung out there for the Lord to hear.

Now my problems aren’t anything compared to the many trials my brothers and sisters face each and every day, but today was one of those days where my world felt over loaded.  Without getting into details, today was one of those days where my little portion of the Kingdom was being overran by invisible, mental gremlins. For the moment, I had taken my eyes off the central core of my being, Jesus Christ. When I do, all the problems, trials, and tests of life seem overwhelming. All I want to do is quit the race, enter a monastery, and reflect on life rather than live it out.

I think most of you know what I mean.

Yet, as a Christ-follower, blessed with the experience of continual answered prayers, the knowledge and awareness of HIS presence on a regular basis, and the assurance given me through HIS Word and the heavenly fruit produced in me, I do have those days where one gets tired of hanging in there to finish the race.

One of my favorite Scriptures is Mark 13:13 – one who endures to the end will be saved. And Romans 5:4 where Paul writes endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

Yes, I am thankful when those overwhelming days come upon us, we have a Savior and Helper who provides us with Hope, and we can thank HIM with multiple Hallelujahs for hearing us and providing the resources to whither the storms in our lives.

So, if you are having one of those H3 days, and haven’t yet learned the joy of turning to HIM in prayer, why not put HIM to the test. You have the privilege to speak with the Creator of Heaven and Earth and ask HIM for assistance with your issues. He waits at the door and knocks (Rev. 3:20). You only have to open the door and HE will gladly join you in your corner of the world as you join HIM in HIS. Help, Hope, Hallelujah are all found in HIM.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books

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Character Faults

Psalm 19:12-14 (ESV)

Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer.

Yep, I’m not perfect. Always knew. But today, I realize how far from perfect I truly am.

When you compare yourself with others, you may consider yourself better than the average person. When you compare yourself today with the you of yesterday, you may also consider yourself a better person. But when you compare yourself with Life’s reference point, Jesus Christ, you walk away realizing how far short you are to true maturity.

King David penned the 19th Psalm while meditating upon the vastness of the heavens above. When one compares oneself with the Master Designer of creation, one realizes how tiny and insignificant one truly is in comparison.

David in addition to comparing himself with the created order also compared the beauty and significance of God’s moral order with his ability to live up to the standard of God’s character. The insight makes him respond with the above passage in a repentive and earnest heart for those hidden faults which we are not even aware but realize they are there.

Yes, today, like David, I saw something in my character for the first time. When I told my wife, she laughed. She recognized the same weakness in me over thirty years ago. I just came to the realization today.

One wonders what else will we discover about ourselves going forward that God already knows. And yes, HE still loves us weakness and all. HE not only loves us, but like David’s last line of Psalm 19, HE is our ROCK we stand on and HE is our REDEEMER who saves us. This is our reassurance that in weakness and failure HE is always there for us.

Like I have said so often, life is a learning process preparing you and I for eternity. Each day we discover our need for Jesus Christ, HIS spirit, and HIS domain. As the Holy Spirit works in us transforming our attributes into HIS Godly character, the old man continues to die as the new man becomes more alive. The process isn’t for the fainthearted. But neither are the rewards of walking with HIM.

So, when we gather together in an assembly to praise HIM and thank HIM and glorify HIM, you can add this one to the list.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books

 *  Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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