Are You Wearing Your Angry Sweater?
We have all been there. Wrapped up in a wave of emotions. Unable to move, or breathe. We pick them up and wear them like a giant sweater. Sometimes we get pretty warm and cozy in that sweater. Other times it's suffocating and itchy, like that sweater that your great aunt knit you out of cat hair, which your allergic to, but your mom made you wear it anyway. (Not a true story, but can you imagine?). The Bible tells us to put on the full armor of God so that we can take a stand against the enemy. Not one single piece of armor mentions our emotions. You know what? Our armor doesn't fit over those huge sweaters either. But we still choose to pick them up and wear them, over and over. We take offense to something that someone says and, rather than holding it against God's truth, we allow the enemy a foothold and we start putting on sweaters. Before too long we aren't operating in the Spirit at all, we've completely allowed our emotions to take over and they're controlling our lives.
The Bible says in Colossians 3:15 to be led by peace in making decisions. We can't let our emotions make them for us. A good statement to remember is this: Wisdom says wait, emotions say hurry. Self control, just like wisdom, is a fruit of the Spirit which allows us to walk in this freedom from our emotions; we just have to exercise it. Emotions cause us to sway but we are rooted in Christ, firmly planted, established, strong, immovable, and determined. After all, God is shaping us to be like Him and He is our rock which cannot be shaken.
This week we are talking about how to stand firm against the enemy as he tries to use our emotions against us. If you're having difficulty remembering to stand firm, there are some scriptures below to point you back! We hope that God uses us to speak His truth into where you are today. Episode five is live, so go ahead and check it out!
Philippians 1:28, Psalm 94:13,
Not holding offense: Philippians 4:8, James 1:19-20, Luke 6:31, Psalm 4:4, Ephesians 4:26-27, Psalm 37:8, Ephesians 4:26-27, Psalm 37:8, Colossians 3:8, 12-13, Ephesians 4:31-32, Romans 12:17-21, 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
Emotions: Matthew 11:23, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Psalm 55:22, Colossians 1:11-12, Romans 15:13, Colossians 3:15
Self Control: Jeremiah 17:8, Psalm 1