I have seen far to many marriages taken captive by fear and emotions.  Many have become slaves to what they feel, unable to see beyond the feelings of the day.  When a marriage becomes what we feel, as opposed to what we know, and do, it has little promise for tomorrow.  2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power and love and self-discipline (NLT)." 

Overcoming emotions, like fear, in a relationship is never easy.  Emotions have a way of occupying our mind and body, leaving us unable to resist its power and control.  However, God is greater than our flesh, and He has given us the ability, through His Son, to overcome.  This is not an easy pursuit, as it takes effort and self-discipline, but the victory is ours, if we so desire it.

Here are a few practical tips:  1) Pray-those who do not pray miss the wonderful power and experience it provides.  God desires a relationship with us, and this allows an intimacy that can not be duplicated.  Like a farther who desires to know the troubles of his young daughter, so our heavenly Father desires to know our troubles as well.  2) Do Not Feed Your Fears-Like a weed that grows to overtake a garden, our constant thoughts enable our fears to grow beyond our capability to contain them.  Let your thoughts be on the things above.  Occupy your minds.  Do not let satan have control of your mind.  3) Act-Do what you know to do, not necessarily what your feelings tell you.  When we act, feelings often follow.  Love others, and let the feelings of love follow.

Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight."

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1. Jen Burnette wrote:
I struggled with this recently. I had out of control emotions that had no place in the heart and mind of a believer. I prayed for truth to reign in my heart and mind. I also preached truth when a flurry of emotions and uncertainty would overtake my mind. I would continually remind myself of what is true and point out those things that were not true. It was difficult, it took discipline but within a few days God granted me relief from these rogue emotions. :). The only place a believer is to rest their heart and mind is in Christ. Resting and trusting in anything else is futile.

Wed, September 19, 2012 @ 6:28 AM

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