Faulty Feelings

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Eight weeks ago, I cut my fingers. Three of them. On my dominate hand. Pretty badly. Eleven stitches which involved four hours. The recipe? Fingers added to hand-blender plus unexpected electricity. Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend it.


They are healing quite nicely and I’m even typing now with all fingers…but I’m telling you, those three fingers still feel weird.


The doctor said they would. “Might take up to six to eight months for the nerve endings to return to normal,” he warned.


I’ve learned not to trust their nerve endings.


When I use those fingers to apply lotion, they say my arms feel like alligator skin (they don’t).


When I use those fingers to fold clothes, they say the fabric feels like burlap (it doesn’t).


When I use those fingers to shake a hand, they say that it will hurt (it hasn’t in weeks).


Those fingers don’t sense correctly.


You know, emotions are just like that.


Sometimes, we get up in the morning and feel that God is not good with us (that’s not truth – “Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” – Romans 5:1).


Often, we feel that we need to do something to gain God’s favor (that’s not truth “He has perfected for all time (past, present, and future) those who are sanctified (and that includes you and me)” – Hebrews 10:14).


Regularly, we feel that God has every right to condemn us for our wavering life of faith (He does have that right, but the truth is — He still doesn’t condemn. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” – Romans 8:1. He means what He says when He laid every sin on Christ – past sins, present sins and future sins. “The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” – 1 John 1:7).


Time on earth has a way of slicing into the nerve endings of our emotions and thoughts. We have all been hurt by relationships and disappointments. We experience shame and guilt for past decisions. Situations and circumstances have damaged the sensing receptors of my soul. That’s a given.


But , just as I can’t trust the sensors on those damaged fingertips, feelings and mental arithmetic can never be trusted to perceive spiritual truth.


Truth isn’t how we feel or what we think. In fact, it’s not about us at all.


Truth is Jesus. “(He is) the Way, the Truth, the Life” (John 14:6).


Truth is the Spirit of God. “The Spirit of Truth…(Whom) you know because He abides with you and will be in you” (John 14:17).


Truth is the Word of God. “Thy Word is Truth” (John 17:17).


Are you getting it? Truth isn’t something that can be perceived from the realm of what we can see and touch. Truth doesn’t revolve around us.


Truth is Someone. Someone Who can be known (1 Timothy 2:4), not through our mind or emotions, but through our spirit.


“A natural man (one governed merely by breath) does not accept the things of the Spirit of God (Breath of God)…Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:14, 12).


Let’s not perceive our world with the faulty nerve endings of the soul. Let’s seek final-reality-Truth by the connection of our spirit to His Spirit (Romans 8:16). He’s the Truth that can be trusted.


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