JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 16 AUGUST 2020 DEVOTIONAL — Truth vs. Feelings

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JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 16 AUGUST 2020 DEVOTIONAL — Truth vs. Feelings

Joyce Meyer ministries 16 August 2020 devotional

( Sunday 16 August 2020)

TOPIC: Truth vs. Feelings

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Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.

— Romans 10:9-10 (AMPC)

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 16 AUGUST 2020 DEVOTIONAL

MESSAGE:

“But I can’t help the way I feel,” Angie moaned.

Most of us hear things like this often. It usually means that the way someone feels is settled, and they believe they have to let those feelings lead them. For many people, this is an unchallenged fact of life.

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 16 AUGUST 2020 DEVOTIONAL

We have feelings, and sometimes they’re strong, but they don’t have to run our lives. Oftentimes we allow our feelings to determine our decisions and, ultimately, our destiny. With that mindset, if we feel discouraged, we stay discouraged; if we feel victorious, we see ourselves as victorious; if we feel depressed, we must be depressed, and so on. 

Someone once said, “My feelings are emotions—they are not reality.” In other words, just because we feel a certain way doesn’t make that feeling a fact, it only means that we feel that way in the moment.

As an example, Janet sells real estate, and when she makes a sale, she feels wonderful and successful. Last month she sold five upscale homes and made an excellent commission. This month she’s sold only one, and she feels like a failure. Is Janet a failure? Not at all! On some days she feels that way, but that doesn’t mean it’s true.

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 16 AUGUST 2020 DEVOTIONAL

Today I may not feel God at work in my life. But is it actually true that He’s not working, or is it simply the way I feel? If the enemy can convince us that our feelings are reality, it becomes a lot easier for him to defeat us. I know many people who feel as though God doesn’t love them—that’s how they feel, but it definitely isn’t the truth.

Years ago, I spoke in a church, and many people came up to me to tell me how my message had encouraged them. I beamed because I was still new in ministry, and I really needed lots of compliments in order to feel successful. One man said, “I didn’t agree with anything you said. You need to get your theology straight.” And he walked away.

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 16 AUGUST 2020 DEVOTIONAL

Immediately discouragement overwhelmed me. I had tried so hard to let God speak through me to the people, and I felt like a failure. As I left the church, I thought about what had happened. At least fifty people had told me how my words blessed them. Only one man came to me with a negative message. How did I react? I believed the negative. I allowed his words to shift my thinking, and I convinced myself I had failed.

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The truth was, I hadn’t failed. I had listened to the wrong voice and allowed it to decide my feelings and how I would see myself. After that, I determined to never again allow one negative voice to discourage me and make me feel like a failure. Perhaps I had failed to help that man—which I couldn’t do anything about—but my teaching had truly encouraged many others. One woman had tears in her eyes when she told me that I had given her exactly the right word she needed to hear.

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 16 AUGUST 2020 DEVOTIONAL

After the service, I reminded myself that what I experienced had been a negative feeling, but it had not been reality. I was new to public speaking, and the man who had been critical knew that. Then I started to quote Scriptures that reminded me of who I am in Christ.

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 I thought of Romans 10:9–10, which is today’s passage. We often quote these two verses when we’re talking about salvation, but it’s true for everything else in life as well. Paul says that we need to believe in our heart and confess with our words, so I stopped and said aloud, “God, I believe I’m in Your service. I believe I did my best for You. I believe You used my words to bless a lot of people tonight, and I don’t have to listen to that one negative voice.”

Within minutes, I felt better. (See how quickly our feelings can change?) Reality hadn’t changed, but my mindset had. When I refused to allow negative, wrong thinking to turn me from reality, it completely turned things around.

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 16 AUGUST 2020 DEVOTIONAL

The sweetest and biggest thing to ever happen to you is to make a decision to be saved through JESUS CHRIST. If you have not made that decision. Please make that decision now and say ” Lord Jesus forgive me for my sins and have mercy on me, thank you for dying for me on the cross, take me as your son / daughter and be my father. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME, in JESUS CHRIST NAME AMEN. God bless you.

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This Daily Devotional was written by Joyce Meyer who is the founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

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