Keep Going

Sunday, January 15, 2023
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I think we've all heard the expression, "If it feels good, do it." Recently, I read a comment from an art instructor, whose newsletter I receive, advising artists not to get lost in theory and analysis, but just to go with "your gut feeling": if something feels right, then that's all the justification that we need to do it. That advice may work well for a painting, but it can have bad consequences in life. I know that my feelings tell me lies daily! We can get manipulated by our moods.

God wants our lives to be characterized by faith. The writer to the Hebrews spoke of Moses, a man of faith.

Hebrews 11:24-27 – By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharoah's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. (NKJV)

I am sure that Moses didn't always feel like doing the right thing! We need his kind of faith that stands strong against our feelings.

People who achieve success do things that others are not willing to do, even if they do not feel like doing them. Great athletes spend countless days in training, and professional musicians many hours practicing. If we are to escape the trap of being ruled by our emotions, we will spend more time with God in prayer and in His Word. Moses was not perfect, but he was persistent in his faith and actions, and he succeeded only because he saw the invisible God and listened to His voice. Faith and determination to succeed go hand in hand as we plow through every seemingly hopeless situation, as we pick ourselves up when we are down, and as we are faithful when pressured to surrender.

Let us keep our eyes firmly fixed on the Lord, and not on today's problems that weigh us down. His power is ever present to keep us going, and all that we need to do is to ask Him for it.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the power that only You can provide to keep us going, even when we don't feel like it. We are so grateful that we can see You in faith, and so endure. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the wise words, Shirley.

    What a great message. Thank you so much! I SO needed to hear that today!

    Merci for a succinct and salient devotional. Note to deceitful self: Shirley is right.

    Thank you for the encouragement and reminder on this cold winter day, Shirley. God bless!

    Dear Shirley,
    Thanks for the great devotional this morning. So timely for the days we are living in now. God bless you as you continue to use the gifts He has given you to speak to our hearts!!

    Good advice that I think many need to hear. I sometimes go through a time giving into my feelings. Your words are very timely today. You are good writer. Thanks for sharing. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray blessings on you and your gift of writing.

    Thanks, Shirley, for another of your very meaningful writings. The way things are in the world these days it is really important that we fix our thoughts on Jesus and His ways will see us through for sure. Blessings for these writings and may you have a wonderful day.

    Thank you, Shirley. This is good:
    People who achieve success do things that others are not willing to do, even if they do not feel like doing them. If we are to escape the trap of being ruled by our emotions, we will spend more time with God in prayer and in His Word.

    Hi Shirley,
    It is true that our feelings can lead us in the wrong direction some times. It is like taking the easy way out.
    I find that when I don’t feel like doing something, if I actually start doing it, I enjoy myself. It is strange how that works, but for me it does. I can’t always get motivated, but I do realize I should, especially I know once I am doing it, I enjoy it.
    The Holy Spirit is there if I reach out and encourages me to get going. My faith is such a blessing in so many ways.
    Thanks for sharing even if you didn’t feel like it before you started.

    Amen to that dear Shirley. Happy New Year!

    Thank you, Shirley, for your ministry: your words are a strong encouragement.
    Blessings on your day.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today.

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