This week's message is Just Emotions?. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
If you've been in the Christian world very long, you've most likely heard the words, "That's just emotion" referring to "excessive" praise or various moves of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you've used that phrase yourself, "Just emotions."
We tend to fall into the trap of believing that emotions are somehow either less or more spiritual than the actions of the intellect. But today we explore this issue in light of the truths of the Bible, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we just might begin to see emotion in a new light.
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The Barren Womb
When King David's wife, Michal, criticized him for dancing freely and foolishly before the Lord in public, what was her reward from the Lord for confronting this renegade for his irreverent behavior? After all, David was the leader of the people of God and he was leading the procession of the very presence of God, and in the middle of it, he apparently loses his mind, stripping off his kingly outer garments and spinning, dancing, singing, and shouting in the streets. Certainly her reward from God was great.
Indeed it was. She went to her grave having no children. In the culture of that time, being without children was paramount to living under a curse. Just maybe God wasn't as pleased with Michal's attempt to civilize David's out-of-control worship as we imagine he is with ours.
And in pretending that, while we were made in the image and likeness of God, our emotions somehow aren't of him and should stay out of worship, we too become barren; nothing can grow inside our lives or our churches, and life does not come forth from us.
The spirit of religion has one objective, and that is to render the Church powerless and asleep. And I challenge you to recognize this ugly agent of death in your life, your home, and your church; strip off your kingly garments, anything that would weigh you down and keep you from loving the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul (including the emotions), and all your strength, and pour your every emotion into worshiping and chasing hard after God.
The world is looking for something real. Satan has already succeeded in painting the church in their minds as something dull, boring, and lifeless. With our feet planted firmly on the solid rock of Jesus, the Word of God, let's forget what others are thinking of us and pour everything into pursuing God. And when those around you see the life, the passion, and the genuineness of your relationship with the God they deep down long to know, the lost will follow your line of sight to the cross and to the one who that cross could not keep in the grave.
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