“F” – FAILED! This past Saturday I wrote in my post “We do not live by emotions, we live by the Word of God! Our emotions are subject to the deceit of the enemy.” Well, guess who was the first to fail that test – yours truly! I was deceived by my emotions and failed that test miserably. The devil is a liar but God is good. He used that “failure” and taught me something very valuable.
I received a phone call Saturday and felt very bad for this person. I knew what I wanted to do for them but wasn’t sure if it was right. I prayed about it, even “Googled” Bible scriptures about it and then I acted. As I was leaving I just randomly opened my Bible to 1 Cor. 10: 23-24 which convicted me. On my way to do my “random act of kindness” I began to feel uneasy about what I was doing. I read the scriptures where it was “okay” to do this but I knew for some reason I shouldn’t because of this uneasy feeling. I began the ole “Lord, get me out of this one and I will never do it again” prayer, but I also asked God to show me why I was wrong because I really didn’t understand.
You see, 1 Cor. 10:23-24 reads “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.” While what I was doing was not necessarily wrong, it could have very well been a stumbling block for someone else. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to witness to someone earlier that day – what if they would have seen me? To top it off, when sharing all of this with my friend they replied “Yea, I probably wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for you.” OH MY GOODNESS, I was doomed! Sister Super Christian was on my way to eternal hell! Surely my salvation was gone because I had failed God miserably.
So I get home and begin to pray. I knew in my mind that God forgives us and condemnation and guilt was not from God but I needed to feel it in my heart. Then it was like a light went off! This is the BEST part for me…we are not to live by our emotions because they will deceive us, correct? My first emotion while talking to my friend was of sorrow. I felt sorry for them and their circumstance. Sorrow and grief are not from God! I was deceived by my emotions! When that feeling of sorrow came upon me I should had lifted them up in prayer before God but instead I tried to play God. Maybe God was trying to deal with them and Sister Super Christian (as Joyce Meyer often says) got in His way. We can’t always “fix it”. We may can put a band aid over it, but only God can fix the problem.
Well, praise God – yes, I still have my salvation. Praise God, I don’t have to live under condemnation and guilt. Praise God for His revelation and faithfulness. Praise God, He turned a bad situation into good for me. The will never let His children be led astray. He will always guide us back to the truth – I just PRAISE GOD!! – Donna Warren