Emotion or Will?

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Good Sunday morning! I was up early this morning studying and having my quiet time with the Lord, when I ran across this devotion from W.G. Evans in his book titled, “Daily With the King.” I immediately thought of my Victory Church family and wanted to share it with you.  I trust this will be a blessing to your day!

As a Christian, I invite a great deal of trouble when I choose to live in my emotions. God wants all His children to live in the will. The emotions are to my spirit what desserts are to my body-tasty but not substantive. The will is the “steak and potatoes” of the Christian life. Many times I will be confronted by a spiritual dilemma that can be solved only by an act of will. The Bible does not say, “Do you feel you should do this?” It says, “Stop sinning!” (see 1 John 2:1). If I consult my emotions I will never beat a path to righteousness, for, frankly, sin is very pleasing to the emotions.

One of the psalmists was delivered from a serious illness. In gratitude to God, he resolved to surrender his life to the Lord as long as he lived (Psalm 116:2). How did he implement this surrender? By an act of the will. The psalm describes five “I wills” that I would like to call (homiletically speaking) the “I wills” of dedication (vv. 2, 9, 13, 17, 18). No doubt this man had come through a soul-shaking emotional experience; yet he grounded his new direction on the right foundation-his will.

Many of the emotional problems that confront us today can be cured, not by counseling or preaching, but by the sheer act of decision. Because we do not decide morally, we stand under the reprimand of the Word of God for living selfishly. We have become emotional babies and cripples because we do not stiffen our spines and simply do what God has clearly commanded us to do! Of course, emotional illness must be recognized for what it is, and it must receive tender, loving care; but spiritual malaise due to spinelessness has only one prescription: I will do His will! “If you become willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19, Berkeley).

“Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:16).

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