Looking back over my journal entries from last year revealed one reoccurring theme to me. Just how much I lived by my emotions. Not only was I pregnant during this time but to top it all off, I truly endured some rather trying test and trials. So I wanted to explore this topic because, in a sermon, I heard a pastor say "As long as you can be moved, you can't be effective!" This statement struck a chord with me because I've experienced plenty of moments where I have allowed my feelings to run the course of my day, in turn, causing me not to get much, if anything, accomplished.
In my prayer time, I asked God to reveal to me why my emotions carry me away so much? The Holy Spirit showed me when I become stressed about my life that's when the door opens for my feelings to completely take control. Isaiah 26:3 KJV provides a simple solution to anyone searching for peace from the chaos following their emotions creates. It says "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Simply put, our minds must always stay on Jesus!
Just like Peter, when he first stepped out of the boat to walk on water (found in Matthew 14:22-33). He only began sinking when he took his focus off of Jesus! So how do we keep our focus, you may ask? Simple! Through constant communication with God which we can achieve through praying, studying the Bible and listening to worship music to name a few. Doing these things helps us to build up the strength to endure the storms life may hurl at us.
At the end of the day, God wants us not to be quickly swept away by the things of this world. As followers of Christ, we must be able to be useful in the work that we have been called to do. That work is to continue to spread the Gospel and to demonstrate God's operating power in our lives. I encourage you to reflect on Jeremiah 17:7-8 KJV which says "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." So I pray that we continue to hold steadfast with our eyes fixed on Jesus, so we are no longer easily swept away!