Feeling or Faith? You Decide.
“I just don’t feel like it,” said Pastor Bob Coy last Friday during CCA’s high school chapel. These six words effectively sum up our teenage mindset and attitude towards many things in life. We don’t feel like doing our homework, cleaning our rooms, or washing our cars. We don’t have the time, are too tired, or simply don’t want to deal with our responsibilities. But as many of us have unfortunately learned, we can’t trust our feelings. Pastor Bob summed it up so profoundly last Friday when he said, “If you let your feelings dictate what you do, it will lead to disobedience.” Point well-taken. Translation: when we act in the flesh, consequences will always follow.
Mark 14:32 says, “Watch and pray so that the body will not fall into temptation. For the spirit is willing but the body is weak.” Sometimes, we sincerely desire to follow Christ and be obedient to His commands, but we end up giving in to temptation. When our flesh is stronger than our spirit, we will find it impossible to honor God in our daily actions. We will want to get up early to have our devotions, but instead we will end up succumbing to our exhaustion and the warm covers of our beds. And that is exactly what the enemy desires. John 10: 10 says, “The thief has come only to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
“It won’t be the devil showing up in a devil costume with a red pitchfork and cute little ears,” said Pastor Bob. As Christians, we have been informed that there is a spiritual battle going on at all times . . . but do we really understand what that means? More often than not, we expect Satan to politely knock on our door, introduce himself, and say that he is going to commence a series of trials on us that will test our faith. “Satan himself masquerades as an ANGEL OF LIGHT” (1 Corinthians 2:14). He is the Father of Lies who is here to “steal, kill, and destroy.”
Pastor Bob said, “The enemy knows your weakness, and because your flesh is weak, you don’t even know you’re being ripped off.” Many times, the devil uses the media and even friends to try and destroy you—friends who cause you to stumble, provoke you to sin, and challenge your faith. We need to stop living according to the flesh and take a step of faith! Living by faith not only leads to heavenly reward, but it also brings us into an intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe. As Pastor Bob concluded in chapel, “Feeling or faith. That’s the difference.”