Finding Freedom From The Focus On Feelings-Part 3

We were disconnected! The human race was disconnected! Disconnected from God! When? Let's look back. Adam and Eve were created perfect but with a free will. When God said something to them, they obeyed. I suspect that they didn't experience any motivation to obey, coming from their feelings. On the other hand I imagine that they felt good when they obeyed. One day God told them they could eat the fruit of every tree in the garden but one. "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die!" (Genesis 2:17) They ate. They died. They (and through them, we) died. The human race was disconnected from God. That is spiritual death! The only way the connection can be restored is something that takes place as part and parcel of genuine Spiritual conversion. This is stated in a phrase found in Titus 3:5. "(..the) renewing of (by) the Holy Ghost (Spirit)." In conversion, He restores the connection. However, we have, all of our lives up until we are regenerated, gone mostly by our feelings. Now, we "have the mind of Christ." (From I Corinthians 2:16). In us? No! In His Word! We are instructed, in Philippians 2:5, to "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.." Key word: "Let"  How do we "let?" We do this by going to the Word, reading the Word, studying the Word, applying the Word, obeying the Word. In this ongoing process, we learn to go by what God says instead of by how we "feel." Selah! When we obey, good feelings are the result. When we go by "feelings" the result will be instability and grief.   Ron

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