River Forgetful or Thankful
Forgetful or Thankful?
by Donna Huffman
I’m reminding myself of something that kept me from being thankful this Thanksgiving weekend.
I had forgotten that my emotions are not reliable. I’m now reminding myself that ANY feeling of lack denies the truth of God’s promise to provide it for me. It can be lack of peace, provision, or any insecurity. I know Philippians 4:19! How did I forget?
Feelings can lie and cause worry, fretting, fear, anxiety, sadness, self-pity, insecurity, doubt, dread, paranoia – stress. The list is long and revealing.
But now I remember that God made me promises, and I am going back to being thankful.
Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
How could I forget the wonderful things God did for me? None of these “needy” feelings are justified. They are lies. I am evicting them before they erode my faith in God and damage my life. It’s that simple, but it’s also simply essential that I replace lies with the truth – what He promised.
Any “lack” feelings REVEAL that I haven’t applied God’s promises to my mindset, memory, decision making and emotions (my soul). That must change. I take His promise by faith and apply it to my now situation till the visible lines up with the truth. I can do that! I love Philippians 4:19!
I really am well provided for, richly blessed. I may have to trust Him for a while in it, but I can do that too. I can trust the One who promised, for surely He will do it.
So, this weekend I’m sorting my feelings and updating them to reflect that God is my good Provider! Deal with your emotions – quickly and firmly. Do it till the visible changes. Emotions are good when they are good, but bad when they are bad. Deal with them. The sooner the better, my friend (just in case you’ve had them too). Profound, I know.
Wow! Am I ever THANKFUL to God for that! Ah, it’s Thanksgiving weekend?! Imagine that. I won’t forget.