Growing into a mature Christian who follows the Holy Spirit is not something that happens overnight, it is a learning process that takes time. Little by little, one experience after another, God tries and tests our emotions, giving us opportunities to grow.
God allows us to go through difficult situations that stir up our emotions. In this way, you and I are able to see for ourselves how emotionally unstable we can be and how desperately we need His help.
Jesus exemplified this for us. The night before He died for our sins, He was in great emotional turmoil. He didn’t want to die, but He moved past His emotions and prayed to God, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” Things certainly didn’t get better immediately, but in the end Jesus emerged victorious through the greatest trial possible.
You can make it through your emotional trials. Jesus wasn’t led by His feelings, and you don’t have to be either. When God lets things affect you emotionally, seize the moment and view it as an opportunity to step into a place of absolute trust in God.
Prayer Starter: Lord, I know that I can trust in You when emotional trials come my way. With Jesus as my example, I say, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” You know what’s best for me and I trust You completely.
—A very timely message from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional. Dear God, let me understand Your plans in my life. With the challenges I am facing today, I believe that Your “No” is just a redirection and not a rejection. I am keeping the faith and surrender my life to You. I trust You, Lord. Jeremiah 29:11.. 🙂
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