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“The promise of His presence knows no limit and has nothing to do with how we feel.”


Martha Kirk’s quote from her recent post keeps throbbing in my spirit.


Indeed, we walk by faith, not by 

  • Sight or (2 Corinthians 5:7)
  • Smell or
  • Taste or
  • Sound or
  • Feeling. 


Each of those sensory perceptions are sourced from our bodies, not our spirits. Whether it is a taste bud or an ear drum, each of our physical senses have a particular biological structure built specifically for communicating the outer information into our mind and emotions. They keep us from hurting ourselves and help us avoid danger. 


Now, although our physical senses can help us understand the workings of the spiritual senses, this isn’t the whole of our spiritual perceptions.


“That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). 


Connecting with God is never accomplished through the feelings. 


Think about it. Just as the value of our spiritual life can’t be assessed through what we taste, smell, see or hear, it also can’t be evaluated by how we feel.


Yet, often, we assume that as long as we feel responsive to God, that means we are walking in the Spirit. 


This is not truth


This is basing our spirituality upon the soulish mind and emotions, rather than upon the Spirit. 


Let’s say that you and I were given tickets to see a musical on West End, complete with airfare to London. We board the flight to Heathrow International Airport and make preparation for our event.


The night of the musical arrives and we inch toward the door of the theatre. 


You hand your ticket to the usher, she scans it and you enter. 


I, on the other hand, break out into a sweat. 


“I’ve been memorizing the songs,” I tell her, “and have been doing vocal exercises to increase my range.  I began tap lessons once I found out about the trip and have been diligently working on synchronizing my steps with the rhythm of the soundtrack. I feel like I can follow along fairly well, but I’m quite nervous about the third set. Do you think I’m ready to go in?”


No doubt, you, the ticket taker, and everyone behind me in line would think I had lost my mind.


Why? Because admittance into the theatre didn’t depend upon how I felt about my skills or even the skills themselves. No, it really didn’t have anything to do with me at all. 


It depended upon that ticket alone.


Basing your spirituality with how close you “feel” to God, is like me basing my theatre entrance upon my confidence to perform.


Feelings are like weather. Some days are placid and stable. Others are variable to the extreme. 


On the other hand, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, yes and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).


So tell me – are you walking by faith today or by your emotion?