Can Emotions Build Faith?
Today, while spending YET ANOTHER hour on Facebook, I came across this entry on Steve Shultz’s page.
Many of you already know that, if you manage to attend any prophetic conference (whether put on by the Elijah List or any other prophetic ministry – it doesn’t matter), you will see a grandiose display of emotion and hyper-spiritualism.
Somehow, this is seen as proof of their “faith.”
But if you take just a small nibble of the “fruit” of this movement, you’ll quickly suspect that foul things are afoot.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.
So the question is …
Is Graham Cooke (and, by extension, Steve Shultz) correct?
Does God want to teach us “faith” by using our “emotions?”
Faith and Emotions – A Destructive Combination
For many hearers of this convoluted talk, it will be destructive to their already feeble walk with God.
Paul told us that, in the End Times, there would be teachers who love to scratch people’s ears …. the “scratch” causes them to TURN AWAY from the TRUTH.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Looking to your emotions for faith may sound “positive” and “encouraging,” but in Truth, it is a tactic of the enemy (and his false prophets) to seduce you FROM the faith.
“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.”
This isn’t to say that we are not to feel … God gave us emotions for a reason!
I’m not even saying that, at some point in our Walk with God, we may not be overcome with joy, sorrow or even anger!
But they are a very poor indicator of our faith.
How Can We Measure Our Faith Level?
If you want a GOOD faith indicator, check your obedience level!
“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”
Another awesome gauge is our intake of the Word of God. How much Word do you hear and put into practice?
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
A Living and Mature Faith
Emotions may come and go …. Emotions my change by the minute … but the Word of Our Living God remains forever.
Let me know what you think about God’s ability to use our emotions to teach us faith …. Sound Off below!
For the Truth,