Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Truth Versus Feelings

By: Jenifer Metzger

Then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.
John 8:32

Worry, doubt, fear, anxiety, and depression, are all feelings. Very real feelings. Feelings that sometimes consume your life. Feelings that sometimes control you. Yet, they are still just feelings.

Truth versus feelings

Several years ago, I was helping someone move. As I carried a rather large box, someone came up to me and said they would take the box and I could go get something smaller. The box wasn’t heavy, only awkward due to the size and shape. Worry set in and made me think that they were putting me down. That they thought I wasn’t capable. I spent years with this running in the back of my mind, that the person thought I wasn’t enough. Now that I know the person quite well, I know they were just trying to be helpful. They didn’t mean to offend, they meant to help.

Often worry, and the cousins -doubt, fear, anxiety, and depression, set in because of a situation you are facing. The feelings continue to grow without ever being measured against truth. It is helpful to measure situations against the truth. Someone looks at you angrily. Maybe they aren’t mad at you, they are just having a bad day or not feeling well. Someone asks to speak with you. Maybe it isn’t bad, but they just want to talk. The enemy tells you that you aren’t good enough. The Bible tells you that you are enough in Christ. The enemy tells you that you are unloved. The Bible tells you that you are loved so much that Jesus died for you.

Knowing the truth can set you free, that is what the Bible tells you, and the Bible is truth. Memorizing Scripture helps you to not only know the truth but to hide it in your heart. Today, work on memorizing John 8:32. Whenever worry, doubt, and fear threaten your peace of mind, say the verse out loud.

1. What helps you memorize? Writing the Scripture out? Reading it over and over? However you memorize the easiest, use that method for John 8:32. 
2. What other verses can you go to when lies threaten to cloud truth?

Today's blog post was taken from my devotional, 5-Minute Devotions for Worry: Ease Doubt and Find Peace with Prayer. To check it out, click HERE.

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