Taking Authority over Your Emotions (Part 2)
16 Sep 2018
We all experience emotions every day, but we do not need to allow them to move us away from God’s will for our lives. We have been given authority over our feelings; they do not have authority over us. The enemy is always plotting against us. One of his strategies is to attack our emotions. His goal is to get us away from being ruled by the Holy Spirit and move us toward being governed by our emotions. God wants us to master life, not for life to master us. We master life by refusing to allow our circumstances to dictate the way we feel. The battle we fight is in our minds, and we either win or lose, based on how well we exercise self-control over our emotions.
- God wants emotional prosperity for us, which is the ability to control our feelings.
- Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:10-12).
- We need Jesus if we are to control our emotions. Our own ability is not enough.
- If the devil can cause us to be ruled by our emotions, we will not be able to fulfill God’s will for us.
- We are not fighting people, but spiritual forces. The fight is not in the natural realm, but the supernatural.
- We have been given everything we need to master our emotions. God created us to reflect His authority, power, and love; and if we have been born again, we are His reflection.
- … because as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
- Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2).
- Our soul is our mind, our thinker, and our feeler. To prosper is to succeed; the degree of success we experience in life depends on the degree of success in our minds.
- Emotional prosperity is our ability to control our emotions.
- Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers (3 John 1:2, AMPC).
- God ’s will is for us to succeed in every area, including our souls and our bodies.
- If we do not have emotional prosperity, when we have health issues, our emotions will be moved in the wrong direction. It is not God ’s will for us to be sick.
- What goes on in our minds is the determining factor. As goes our souls, so goes our lives.
- Our emotions dictate our lives. We are strong when we display emotional restraint.
- For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
- Negative thoughts may pass through our minds but we do not have to entertain them. We have authority over our thoughts.
- “ The flesh” is a mindset that goes against God’s Word. By comparison, walking in the Spirit is a mindset that lines up with His Word.
- Carnal means “of the five senses.”
- We bring negative thoughts into captivity by opening our mouths and quoting the appropriate Scripture. The Word of God pulls down strongholds in our minds.
- If we can control our emotions, we can do anything.
- He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city (Proverbs 16:32).
- Anger is an emotion, but also an expression of fear. Every time we feel angry, we must ask ourselves what we are afraid of.
- We are capable of taking control of our emotions.
- Self-control is a force God designed to direct our lives where He wants them to go.
- Uncontrolled emotions cause us to try to control other people because we cannot control ourselves.
- Christ is our perfect example. He had emotions but always remained in control of them.
- For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
- Even Jesus had emotions, but His emotions did not have Him. He never allowed His feelings to dominate His life.
- Temptation is pressure applied to our emotions to cause us to move in the opposite direction from God’s design for our lives. Jesus never yielded to temptation.
- And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be struck with terror and amazement and deeply troubled and depressed. And He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sad (overwhelmed with grief) so that it almost kills Me! Remain here and keep awake and be watching(Mark 14:33, 34, AMPC).
- Jesus was under tremendous pressure because of the emotions He felt. He knew He was about to take on the sins of the whole world and go to hell.
- And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him (Mark 14:35).
- Jesus overcame the attack on His emotions by continuing to move forward, and by praying.
- When our emotions try to influence our decisions, we must master them by doing what He did.
- How we deal with emotions determines the blessings or curses in our lives.
1 John 4:17
3 John 1:2
Mark 14:33, 34, AMPC
3 John 1:2, AMPC
2 Corinthians 10:3-5