Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I have gone to church, but I don't get the feeling I'm looking for. Is there something wrong with that?

A popular theme of several years ago said "If it feels good, do it". However, most worthy acts in this world are done contrary to feeling. Washington did not live at Valley Forge because he felt like it. The doctor does not deal with sickness and disease because of feeling, but because of necessity. Marriages fall apart every day that have only been based on the feeling of the moment. Employees that only work when they feel like it, usually don't (and end up with a new job description .. "unemployed"). While going to church may produce a good feeling, we must base what we do on the revealed will of God. The first thing you should seek is a right relationship with God. Revelation 3:20 states "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." and in John 3:36 "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." Next, your actions should reflect your faith in God. I Peter 1:7 declares "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:". Trust in God is not based on feelings but in the revealed fact of God's love toward you and that our faith will glorify God as we are obedient to what He has said in His Word.

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