February 21, 2014, 5:01 AM

Jules From Heaven

Who's Talking Now?

Emotions are a funny thing.  Sometimes they’re reliable, and sometimes they’re not.  It seems as though they ride along in our minds like waves in the ocean, rolling through our brain with the jet stream of life for that given day.  You never know what may be from one day to the next.  They seem to somehow take on a voice of their own, like a separate person in our mind with its own personality. 

So why would we even need to have this volatile source of power inside of us anyway?  Is there any true purpose in what seems, at times, to steer our lives in directions we don’t seem to have any control over?

Through my search to overcome these powerful yet dangerous urges inside of me, I have found that emotions were meant to be used as only a tool for my advancement and of other people. They are there to be a thermometer reading of what is affecting my well-being, for good or for evil.  Like an alarm clock, we are alerted to wake up to be ready for our day.  So it is, when we are startled by an alarming circumstance, we become aware that we need to be on guard to what may be happening around us or, perhaps, prepare us for the future.

What does God say about all this?  Are our emotions another voice inside of our heart or mind to guide us? Did He create us to live with an awareness to understand deeper than we can see?

The bible describes that before our spirits are born anew in Christ, our natural born mind has its own appetites and impulses; in other words, emotions.  These emotional responses are similar to how gasoline supplies power for an engine to run a vehicle.  But what if you had the best octane gasoline and got in a hurry and spilled it all over the ground?  Obviously, the fuel is wasted and potentially harmful if it catches on fire.  The same is true with our unrestrained emotions.  A feeling of anger from a suffered wrong could bring about strong desire for justice, but if that anger isn’t used in the proper manner, it could become a waste and potentially harmful to you and many others.

Emotions can be a tricky voice in our mind trying to persuade us to react without control. The beautiful thing about our human design is that we have a free will to choose our decisions, for good or for evil.   Nevertheless, the agreement that Jesus made to lay His spotless life down for our freedom from spiritual and emotional slavery paved the way for us to have the ability to surrender our emotions to Him to be used however is properly needed.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to become our Teacher and our Comforter after He left the earth, Who would lead us into all truth and guide us to proper perspective.

Look at what the Message bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:5-6…We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.  Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

During my lifetime, it has taken a rigorous process for me to continue to submit my emotions to my Heavenly Father, failing many times over and over.  I have had to search His Word and become convinced that following His principles of love, forgiveness and self-control was the pathway to true freedom, eventually training me in using my emotions for His purposes.  As my relationship with Him has developed, He has taught me to differentiate where the life-source of my emotions were coming from, whether from me, the enemy or the Holy Spirit.  In turn, I have given Him my emotions to use in an outlet of prayer to help me and help others.

Do you know what voice is talking to you now?  John 10:1 says that His sheep hear His voice, and they do not hear the voice of a stranger... When you set your heart towards the Lord Jesus, He will help you hear His voice.  The emotions of our heart and mind can then be used in partnership with Him in acts of love, compassion and prayer to advance His kingdom on the earth.  In exchange, our entire being is filled with peace, joy and true contentment.

Pastor Julie Petersen