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When Feelings Lie

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Have you ever had a feeling that something was so right, and then when you did it, it ended up being so wrong? Or it became a total fiasco and a failure? If you really want God’s blessing on your life, you have to depend on God’s wisdom, not your own. 

Proverbs 14:12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

Notice the word “seems.” There’s a way that seems right to us but it often ends… in a dead end.

Every one of us could give a testimony on this.

“This is the perfect relationship, the one that I’ve always needed, the one I’ve always wanted,” and that relationship ends up a dead end. “This is the perfect person that I should marry. I know this is the person.” And we all know people who made that decision and it flopped miserably. Parents will often think, “I know this is the right thing to say to my kids” and it has the exact opposite effect on the kids.

I could probably spend the rest of this blog post doing this – thinking of painful examples where we wish we had listened to God instead of our gut.

So our gut’s often wrong. Just because we think it doesn’t make it right.  And just because we feel it certainly doesn’t make it right. Feelings lie.  They lie to us all the time. A lot of stuff feels so right and it ends up being so bad.

Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  

If I really want God’s blessing the first thing is I depend on God’s wisdom not what my feelings say, not what my gut says, not what my friends say, not what I think, but I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.  

James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

He gives it to everybody. All we have to do is ask for it. You don’t have to be qualified for it. God doesn’t want us to make dumb mistakes. God doesn’t want us to hit dead ends. God doesn’t want us to go through failure after failure after failure in our life. He wants us to be wise. He wants us to make smart decisions with our time and our money and our relationships and everything else.  

How do you know when you are living on God’s wisdom rather than on your wisdom? How do you know God's will for your life? It's simple. 

  • God’s wisdom and God’s will are in God’s Word.  

God’s wisdom and will are in God’s Word. If we’re not in the Word we don’t know God’s will. And if we’re not in the Word we don’t have God’s wisdom. Pray and read, that's the key to knowing God's will and unlocking His wisdom. 

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