Emotions- who’s in control?

By Dave Henning / October 26, 2013

“. . . I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him, creating praise on the lips of the mourners of Israel.  Peace, peace, to those far and near, says the Lord.  And I will heal them.” -Isaiah 57: 18-19

Charles Stanley begins Chapter 1 (“Choosing to Triumph”) of his latest book, Emotions: Confront the Lies.  Conquer with Truth, with a general overview of  the title subject.  Dr. Stanley notes that we cannot deny that emotions exert a powerful influence over us.  In our fallen world, however, emotions are a mixed blessing.  While we have the capacity to experience overflowing joy, we also can experience such deep sorrow that we may wish, like Job, that we’d never been born.

Dr. Stanley adds that most of us like to think that we’re not controlled by our emotions.  But when the storms of life arise, we must be able to manage our emotions through the Holy Spirit’s guidance and the principles of God’s Word.  Dr. Stanley offers these encouraging words:

“Yes, we may have endured terrible things in our lives and may have been deeply wounded in the process.  But there is hope. . . . Victory is possible.  Genuine healing can occur if we’re willing to allow the Father to set us free.”

Today’s question: What victories in Christ, however small, have marked your journey toward revisioning and revitalization of your calling?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “You are not alone”

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