“Once upon a time, on a cold black night, on a bright sunny morning, on a wet rainy day…”
These bad story starters are reminiscent of a long season of my life, when EVERY SINGLE DAY was driven by my feelings.
By God’s grace, I now often faith it till I make it.
My body tells a significant part of my old feelings story. For years, I stuffed myself full of “chestnuts” like chipmunk cheeks because it felt good to binge eat. Food felt like instant comfort—ready-made companionship—and a sense of command over my personal space, while the rest of my life lay in a heap of despair.
This frontier of my life tells a faith story: my feelings no longer grip me in bondage to their every whim.
I now regard feelings as the engine light that needs checking.
Putting pressure on my faith in God has been the most liberating experience of my life. Because I give myself “permission” to believe God without verification by my physical senses, and I take mindful actions to partner with my faith.
One prevalent part of my faith work is the restoration of my temple for the Holy Spirit. I emulate Christ’s faith behavior (by speaking scripture to every situation) when He was famished and tempted by the enemy after 40 days and nights of fasting.
“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
Pastor Don’s drilling on obeying every call of God in faith has set the tone of Discovery Church. Faith is our touchstone. We operate in faith as a Body for our ministry expansion, and the overflow penetrates our personal faith endeavors, great and small.
Here are three of various practical ways we can apply faith to obey God in everyday life, to build discipline for faith over feelings.
- Apologize when you’ve offended someone; cast aside “ugh,” and trust God for the outcome. We must guard against participating in this present-day non-apology culture. (Matthew 5: 23-24)
- Embrace discomfort. Stand firm in wise choices (from exercising to enduring a difficult boss) that feel unpleasant, so that you can grow resistant to running away. Allow discomfort to take its course for building endurance and reaping a blessed result. (James 1:2-4)
- Take on projects or assignments (as the Holy Spirit guides) to stretch yourself beyond your comfort, so that you are forced to trust God. Give that generous offering; run that 10K; accept a leadership role. (Philippians 4:13)
Pastor Tony Evans wrote, “Faith is only as strong as the thing to which it is anchored.”
We must stay attached at God’s hip (even if we cannot touch it) believing and trusting Him for EVERY SINGLE THING.