This episode’s guests: Rex and Katrina Crain
Did you know that you are not what you feel? Shocking, right? We can actually control our emotions and if not then they will indeed control us.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, doing something as simple as jump-rope or skipping actually reduces stress anxiety and worry. These are types of activities that we engaged in as children. Its’ impossible to be doing something fun and joyful and be miserable at the same time.
Emotions are so fickle and they can change so much. You can go from an incredible high (on a date, at church, out with friends etc.) and then all of a sudden you shift (you get bad news, you get a bad text, or even see a bad picture of yourself on Instagram). Whether people act bad or brilliants is not based on their ability rather more on their state of emotion and the state of mind that they constantly live in. Where we live emotionally and mentally, really is the quality of our life. Motion creates emotion. You’re not what you feel you’re what you decide.
For those who don’t have the Holy Spirit, this can be a big issue. He is your comforter, for those people who are going through so many challenges. But even when you are in Christ, that doesn’t mean that thoughts won’t come to you. The devil can use those to try and challenge you. Despite those thoughts, the Word is there to give us the right thoughts. We need to refuse to live by our emotions.
Being made in His image, we’re creators. If you’re worrying all the time, you’re going to bring those things to yourself. You have to train yourself to think the right way. It’s a choice, you can choose not to be your anxiety and rather be a child of God. You need to turn your thinking so that the good things in life come to you.
The devil goes after your joy. You must fight that evil force:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” Philippians 4:8
Your emotions are a reflection of what you’re thinking. You have to learn to manage those thoughts and feelings. If you’re constantly thinking about negative things, it’s going to have a negative effect on you. You should know that if you’re battling anxiety, anger, resentment, forgiveness, or anything in the negative; that goes against the very character of who God is. Jesus is peace, love, joy, and compassion.
Remember that confidence is not something that happens to you, it’s something you create with the help of God.