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Psalm 51;9-10

Spiritual Depression: #6 “Feelings,” a sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

 


My thoughts:

In 2 Timothy 2:1:6 Paul tells Timothy to “stir up the gift of God.”

This sermon was very good and it pointed out many ways I could pursue the subject of feelings and the Christian. But, I think I’ll focus on Christian people who have panic disorder and how feelings come into play with them. I was once one of those people so I can identify with that.

What do we do with our feelings?  If you have panic attacks you know feelings play a very important part in them.  In my book, Panic Buster, I talk about that “first feeling.”  That is the feeling you get that alerts you that you might be going to have a panic attack.  For me that first feeling was a rapid and strong heart beat I became so aware of.  It made my mind race and think the “what if” thoughts.  I could not get my mind off of my feelings.  First the rapid heart rate, then the sweaty palms, then the weak legs and so on.  These were not good feelings; and guess what? They were controlling me.  My feelings were taking over my mind and I was on my way to a full-blown panic attack. Feelings!  It seemed they were my worst enemy!

I never really did understand my feelings back then.  I didn’t know they could not be trusted.  I didn’t know they were controlling me.  Now, in looking back, I can see it clearly.  My feelings took over and caused me to be an unproductive Christian person.  I was at their beck and call.  I was their slave.  I was a slave to fear!

Feelings aren’t bad really.  God created us with feelings, and God even has feelings.  He can be angry, loving, kind, and jealous.  These are all feelings or emotions.  He made us that way.  It is only when our feelings get out of control that they are bad.

So my take-away from this sermon is that we need self-control over our feelings.  The good new is  we as believers have the Holy Spirit living in us therefore we can have self-control because it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. He supplies it.

Gal 5:22-23 NASB But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Do you realize a believer has a big edge over an unbeliever in conquering panic attacks?  That’s right!  We are not the same at all.  They do not have the Holy Spirit in their lives and the power He supplies.  They are left to their own resources to battle fear.  It is a losing battle!  I know I tried it before I was a Christian, and I hit bottom. We have been blessed with the power which comes from on high.  It is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.  Isn’t that wonderful?  If you suffer from anxiety, stress, and panic attacks and are a Christian than you have hope.  You can get better!

It was after I became a Christian that I began to get well.  I read and studied my Bible.  I learned what the God of all creation was telling his children and there were many lessons for me.  I put them to work in my life and I did get well again.

If there is any sin in our lives we must admit it, confess it to God, and turn from it.  We need to hunger and thirst after righteousness.

Mat 5:6 KJV Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

What does this mean?  We need to desire deeply to please God.  And, the only way we can do that is by studying the Word and then obeying it.  Do you know that worry is a sin?  Again, here we need self-control over our thoughts and feelings.  The person who has panic disorder worries.  Worry won’t help anything and is in fact a waste of time.  It makes us more anxious and contributes to take us down the road to more panic attacks.  So, this is a sin that we must confess, and repent of.  Seek God’s face and turn from your sin and you can again have self-control over your feelings.

Learn to enjoy your feelings!  There are many good ones.

 

 

 

 

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Do you feel secure?  I remember growing up how insecure I was.  I didn’t have a stable home life.  My parents owned a businessEphesians 1_18c2 and they both had to work to make a go of it.  My younger sister and I were left alone a lot and had to fend for ourselves.  That is just the way it was back then.  The downside was that I grew up feeling very insecure.  I’m wondering how much of that led to my having full-blown panic attacks down the road.

I’ve talked to many people over the years that had panic attacks and unreasonable fears, and so many have expressed that they didn’t have a very secure childhood.  Some had been abused, and even abandoned.  Others came out of homes where they were cared for by alcoholics and their lives were also very insecure not knowing what was going to happen next.

I’ve said all of that to tell you about a wonderful sermon my pastor preached this past Sunday.  It is called, “Your Supreme Value to God.”  Wow!  That is a great title and my ears perked up when I heard it.  Me?  A supreme value to God?  That seems incredible. How is that possible?

Ephesians 1:18c says, “…what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”  Pastor Ron Lewis unpacked that portion of scripture and gave us a wonderful insight.

Sometimes it is hard for those who have had a rough start in life to realize how much God does love us.  He is our heavenly Father.  I’ve been told by others that it is hard for them to think of God as a loving Father because their earthly father was not that way, and in fact, wasn’t even a good father.  So, how can they relate to God? I always say, “Well, our earthly father’s aren’t perfect, but God is, and that makes the difference.”

I never realized it until I started of thinking of myself the same way God thinks of me.  That took some time and it took reading the Bible to learn what our God is really like, and what He has promised us.  Once we can know that we know deep in our heart that God loves us and has called us to be his adopted children, then the door is open for us to learn and change how we feel about God.

Believers are God’s inheritance.  That seems strange at first, but it is true as you study this passage.  All true believers are saints, and we are his prized possessions!  Isn’t that wonderful?  He paid the most high price for us and we are valuable to Him.  It was Jesus Christ’s, God’s own Son, whose precious blood bought us and brought us into the family of God.  This is a totally new family.  We must put away the past and cling to the new.

What did I get out of this message you may ask?  Well, it truly blessed my soul to learn how much God loves us and to think that we are of supreme value to Him.  That boggles my mind, that’s for sure.  I know I can feel secure knowing God thinks I’m valuable.  He will take care of me and I can trust what He says.   Then, it makes me want to get to know God more intimately.  I want to study the Word more looking for the promises He has given us. I want to share what I learn with others. Mostly I want to learn how to please God in my daily life and to live in a way that will honor Him.  Trust and obey, there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.  I want to obey Him.

Psalm 119:33-37 (NIV) 

Teach me, O Lord, to follow your
decrees;
then I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding, and I will
keep your law.
and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your
commands,
for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless
things;
preserve my life according to your
word.

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When we look around us at the wonderful nature and beauty God has provided for us to enjoy, we know that He cares for us.

One of the best lessons I learned is that God is sovereign over me in every area of my life.  To know that and really get it down in my heart has meant a great deal of difference for me in the anxiety and worry department.  You see, now I realize that I am not my own. That Jesus bought me and paid a high price for me.  He gave His life.  Now that He owns me He is responsible for me.  Boy, that took a load off my shoulders.  God, the Almighty One, will take care of me.  I don’t have to fret and worry about things like I used too.  I can rest in the knowledge that He knows all of my needs and is pleased to fulfill them.

Read John MacArthur’s post below and you will see how God cares and provides for us.


God is sovereignly in control of all things. That fact alone ought to dispel much of our anxiety. And when we consider the Lord’s fatherly care for His people, we see just how foolish, unnecessary, and impotent our worry truly is.

Our Father Overcomes Our Anxiety, Part 2.

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Wow!  As I read this post, by John MacArthur,  I thought about how much our God really does love us.  He has made promises to us and He tells us in the Bible what He expects from us. If only we would listen, our lives would be so much easier.  If He takes care of the birds, we can rest asured the He will take care of us too.  Often I forget that I’m a child of the King and that I don’t have to live like unbelievers. Isn’t that wonderful?


One of the most hopeless aspects of unrepentant sinners’ lives is that they have no answer for anxiety. They’re forced to put their hopes in flimsy, fallible plans and institutions. They aren’t able to rest firmly in the unchanging promises of God—they have to ride out every wave of calamity, every unexpected disaster.

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Our Father Overcomes Our Anxiety, Part 1.

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English: Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

Here is an article by John MacArthur that I thought might be of interest to you.


Anxiety, fear, worry, and stress are familiar words in our day, and familiar experiences to many. More and more we’re hearing of an extreme form of anxiety referred to as a “panic attack.”

Click on the link below to read the full article by John MacArthur.

Overwhelmed by Anxiety?

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