Can God Use Our Emotions to Build Our Faith?

Can Emotions Build Faith?

Today, while spending YET ANOTHER hour on Facebook, I came across this entry on Steve Shultz’s page.

steve-shultz-emotions-graham-cookeemotional-worshipThis kind of rhetoric is not surprising to those of us who are familiar with the prophetic movement.

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.

Matthew 7:15-16a
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

itching-earsPersonally, I believe that encouraging people, who are already seriously lacking in both “obedience” and “sound doctrine,” to look to their emotions for faith is, at best, reckless and foolish.

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.

2 Timothy 4:2-4
“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.

Mark 13:22-23
“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!

James 2:19-20
“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?

Romans 10:17
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

A Living and Mature Faith

emotions-facesLet us all strive to have a LIVING and MATURE faith, using Obedience and the Knowledge of the Word of God as our measuring tools.

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,

Kevin Kleint

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  1. Dianne says

    Have a question … we speak of following Christ’s commandments … I am searching greatly, after being saved for over 40 yrs., having been in different ‘moves’ of God, etc. At a loss. In searching for sanity and true biblical living, I have begun to inquire more about the Anabaptist expression of our faith in Christ (including the wisdom of how they view women in ministry, home, etc.). Please – any thoughts? Any help? Thank you. I am glad to find this website.

  2. says

    One of the Christian TV stations is in the midst of the rake in the money telecast. After listening to the guest preacher say to write a check for $58 to represent the 58 blessings from his ‘bible’, (He had written a Bible and took away everything but those 58 blessings.) I changed the station.

    The other Christian station wasn’t having a telethon, but I couldn’t believe another preacher was saying to write a check with an amount that represented his token scripture reference.

    This isn’t the first time I’ve heard TV preachers tell people to write an amount corresponding to a scripture address.

    Even though both preachers had the disclaimer statement that you don’t buy a miracle, each of them told story after story about how others had written their checks and gotten 1000 fold on the amounts.

    Personally, I think this plays on people’s desperate emotions. I knew I needed to just turn off the tv before I let my emotions get the better of me. lol

  3. Jane says

    Can faith be produced by our emotions? Absolutely!

    After all, did our faith in Christ not begin with God’s own emotion of love for the world? “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

    And consider the following utterly significant message by the angel that begins and ends with high emotion, with the calming of man’s fears and the promise of great joy!

    “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10,11)

    When the emotion of love is left out of faith, what is left but an icy cold ‘religion’ with an icy cold spouse that can beget little else than strife and unrest in those who so yearn for the eternal joy and peace that true love in faith brings.

    How much better it is to receive and to give the loving faith begotten by the living God, than to possess all the deadly false and empty promises of the pretentious and haughty false prophets and apostles we see in the world today.

    • Christine says

      Honestly, John 3:16 does not explain an emotion: God soo (much) loved the world, but a purposeful one time act of the Father to give a way to salvation, as John 3:14 also shows. “So” here is the word, “thus” or, “in the same manner as”. The Love here is not Eros but agape, and is a verb and NOT and emotion. See david and listen to the sermon, “what about John 3:16?” It rocked my world and explains this and much more!

  4. Matt says

    Graham’s facebook post poses two questions that he seems to be lumping together.

    1. Can God teach you faith through emotions? To this question I would say yes. Jesus taught his disciples faith through a grain of mustard seed and many other things as well.
    2. Can faith be produced by our emotions? Absolutely not! Faith is a product of our born again spirit, which is itself a product of the Word of God. (1 Peter 1:23 and Romans 10:17)

    Our emotions are a part of our soulish realm which is to be renewed by transformation. Our emotions can be trained just like any animal can. Our emotions can learn to react to the faith produced on our spiritual tree in certain ways, but when we come to judge something based on our feeling rather than the Spirit of God we can quickly find ourselves eating stale wormy manna. The main reason we should never come to a place of looking to our emotions for anything spiritual is because our transformation is an always moving on going process. Moses found this out when he stuck the rock the 2nd time.

  5. Anindita says

    Jeremiah 11:8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do: but they did them not.

    Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

    Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

    Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts

  6. Jane says

    Things get pretty emotional when the preacher is talking about Hell. Thinking about our loved ones commands the great emotion of fear…the good kind of ‘fear of God’ that truly believes there’s a heaven and a hell like He says, which inspires us to be a compelling witness. Then there’s the good emotion of love and great appreciation for Jesus for suffering and dying for us as individuals, and for mankind, giving all the world a hope of heaven.

    But I must agree that these ‘new’ but self-appointed false prophets and apostles certainly can muster up emotion in their audiences to control them just for the benefit of these evil leaders.

    Well…thankfully God knows the difference between leaders with a good heart and those with an evil heart.

  7. Sally says

    The night before I was married 30 years ago, the Lord spoke to my heart and said Love is not a feeling, it’s a committment: when the feelings are gone remember the committment. Then He said that is how my relationship with Him is also. If He had not spoken that to me(one who had let her emotions lead her a lot) I probably wouldn’t be married today. And after leaving an emotional church and not having all the emotions I used to have there, I have had to cling to that word because I have really missed all the emotionalism and at times questioned my standing with the Lord. But His word is sure and true and emotions are not. He will never leave us or forsake us, He hears us, and answers us and that is a sure Word.

  8. Linda says

    Having “been there and done that”, we teach our children not to go by their “feelings”, but by the word of God. Our “feelings, or emotions” can so easily be manipulated by the enemy, other people, or even hormones (I’m a 50 year old woman….AND I have teenage girls…).

  9. Chris says

    I agree wholeheartedly. The worlds way is, feel+do=think…if it feels good, do it, and you think its good. Gods math is, using the bible as our guide, think+do=feel. Think His way, and do it…and you will feel good about it.

    My oldest son is still disillusioned with the “church” because he was told that he would have this emotional goosebumps feeling when in the presence of God. He prayed and prayed for it. Because it didn’t happened for him that way, he now believes that God is not real. Where being in the word, learning to think His way, these are the things that fill you with His presence and transform your life!. There are a lot of manifestations I pray for and have not yet received but those things aren’t the litmus of my faith. Thank you for this.