Feelings and emotions are a bottomless pit. Truth is a rock-solid foundation.
What we have been seeing in America is the moving away from truth by the lifting up of “feelings and emotions” over the truth. Truth comes from God and leads the way to the life that is truly LIFE.
Feelings and emotions have been working HARD to dictate the way of life for Americans in a ‘new’ America. Old America was founded on the solid foundation of God’s truth, way and life.
What we see happening in America over these last 8 years is truth being overtaken by the “feelings and emotions” of the loud and proud who have NO solid foundation for their “feelings and emotions” to REST ON, and is why we see man on his own creating more and more laws to deal with all the undisciplined “feelings and emotions” running fast and furious into destruction.
America was founded on “the truth” in faithful men, not on the “feelings and emotions” of unfaithful men. Truth in all areas of our lives will give our feelings and emotions the right way to think and behave; without it all you have is disorder, turmoil and destruction.
All man-made religions spur on man’s “feelings and emotions.” Religion feeds man’s feelings and emotions, and not his spirit. The spirit feeds on the truth of God. Truth works to control our feelings and emotions. Feelings and emotions become right when rooted in the truth and love of God. When rooted in the lies of Satan, our feelings and emotions work against our personal good and the common good.
People do good deeds because of how it makes ‘them’ feel about themselves. People do good deeds for other people because of where it will get them or what it will give them. People do good deeds afraid that if they don’t – then they will be put out of something: their family, their circles of friends, their careers, their churches, etc.
Good deeds is the fruit of religion; but godliness is the fruit of the Kingdom of God. There is a difference between “good works” which are seen by men, and “godliness” which is known by God.
Religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Mormonism, Humanism, even modern-day Christianity are all peaceful religions; meaning that if you leave them alone and don’t try to change their ways (of thinking about God) or their life (style of worship) – they will leave you alone. If you come into their home or country to change their way and life – you will be treated as their enemy. If you come into their home or country to simply enjoy their “good” way of life – you will be treated as friend.
Communism, Islamism, and other ‘hostile’ armies rooted in a false-belief of God have only purpose, and that to ‘force’ the whole world to surrender by controlling people’s “feelings and emotions” with physical threat and fear. By controlling “feelings” (thoughts/attitudes/desires/lusts/appetites/cravings) and “emotions” (reactions)” Satan gets his anti-Christ system throughout the world. If you’re keeping up with world events – you’ll see how the devil has accomplished this with all the nations, and although God has given America a president who will hold to our Constitution and Judeo beliefs, America will fall under the god of this world like all the nations of the world.
The more you see “feelings and emotions” running wild in all directions, is when Satan has accomplished to rule the world through his chosen vessels, and ultimately the one human vessel God Himself has prepared for the devil to embody and have his day in the sun as the one the world worships and obeys, but for a very short term of office. God cuts it short for the sake of His elect.
This is why the devil left his first estate as God’s number one angel in command, and took 1/3 of the angels with him; he wasn’t ‘satisfied’ with God’s will for him. Lucifer envied the favor and position of God’s Son, and feverishly went after it. The Bible gives a little clue that in the beginning (Genesis 1) there was war in the heavenlies because of Lucifer’s “feelings and emotions” taking over the rock solid unchanging truth of God. (The clue is not obvious, it takes the revelation of the Holy Spirit to show us what the Word of God does not specifically say.)
And so we see how he goes about tempting and intimidating people to control their feelings and emotions against the truth as well; the truth about God and His will for mankind, and His supreme sacrificial love for people that we can learn in the Word of God.
“Therefore, make every effort to present yourself approved to God, an unashamed workman who accurately handles the word of truth. Avoid mocking and worldly chatter, which will only lead to more ungodliness. Such talk by people who have moved away from the truth will spread fast like gangrene.
“Nevertheless, God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.’
“If anyone cleanses himself of what is unfit in God’s kingdom, he will be a vessel for honor: sanctified, useful to the Master, and prepared for every good work of His.
“Flee from youthful passions (led by your feelings and emotions) and pursue the truth which produces righteousness, faith, love, and peace, and unite with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
“Reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for it only breeds quarreling, and a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but instead be kind and forbearing, and teach the truth of God and His kingdom. Gently admonish, even scold at times, those who oppose the truth of the Lord, in the hope that God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of His truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape the snare of the lies of the devil, who has taken them captive to his will.” 2 Timothy 16:15-26