I will walk by faith not feelings

What does feeling like doing something have to do with faith? If we wait till we feel like it we may say "we walk by faith", but what we actually mean is "we walk by feelings".

I love feelings, I believe the Lord made me extra feely, I love to feel all the things, deeply! I am highly sensitive, perceptive and have the gift of discernment, but the Lord has challenged me about trying to live by my feelings.

If I feel overwhelmed than I conclude God has abandoned me, leaving me to deal with the stress alone. If I feel left behind and no doors are opening for me than God must love others more. If I feel sad and down, I begin to fear that I will never conquer or overcome and God hasn't healed me like I had thought. I may not admit these things out loud but I live out of these beliefs.

But the truth is God isn't as fickle as our feelings, nothing about Him has changed simply because my feelings or mood has. Just because I'm seeing my life through a filter of my circumstances doesn't mean God's word has ceased to be true or I have the option to quit believing because it feels hard.

If we claim Jesus as our Lord than we need to fire our feelings. We have to stop letting them pull and push us around like a rag doll and instead say, "no matter how I feel, I know my God is good and He is for me and He will be faithful!" That is faith my friends! #myfeelingsarenotthebossofme #walkingreflections

Ashley JacksonComment
Tell your mountain to move

Your overcoming of the challenge you're facing, your fighting for victory, it isn't just about you but for everyone who is watching you struggle. For everyone who will ever walk behind you with that same struggle, it's also for them. Keep fighting.

It's easy to talk about what we believe, but when the rubber meets the road in our lives and our own faith is tested, this is where it becomes more than mere words. Will we live and move and breathe out of everything we say we believe? Will we stand on the very Words we've sang and quoted all the years before or will we let our feelings dictate our actions?

It is not easy, it's a fight. It's a climbing back onto our feet one fall after another. Learning how to fight back through God's Spirit and His Word and believe before anything is happening, before anything has changed. Saying to that mountain in our lives, "move!", until it does.

They wonder if it's real, if He's worth it, is it true? What is the testimony we will answer them with? Let's not only talk and sing about being more than over comers, let's live like them!

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:35-3

Ashley JacksonComment
Love for Jesus over approval of man

I have always struggled with wanting people to be happy with me, agree with me, approve of who I am and how I do things. That is why I really love the story of Mary and Martha.

What Martha was doing was good and right and needed. She was caring for and serving Jesus and the other men who had come for dinner. But what Mary was doing was radical. Probably rarely before had she been allowed to sit and listen at the teachers feet like that before.

If I were Mary watching Martha go to Jesus complaining about her and telling Jesus he should make her help, I would have felt great guilt. "She's right, but I just want to be here and listen so bad!" Surely Martha was surprised Jesus didn't correct Mary, because culturally she was not doing what she was supposed to be. But being with Jesus, is never doing nothing.

I listened to a talk by Ginny Smith yesterday where she pointed out that what Martha was saying was "fix my sister, she has issues" but what Martha didn't realize was that where Mary was, Mary was also saying "fix me, and all my issues".

Let our love to be with the Lord always outweigh our desire for people to applaud us. Sometimes just because it's what our culture says is required, Jesus says, "where you are is just fine" #walkingreflections

Ashley JacksonComment