why don’t I feel God?
feelings, the unreliable barometer
the spirit, soul, and body connection
the mind and heart connection
the battleground of the mind
it builds character
lies are not harmless
truth sets us free
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom 15:13
Romans 15:13 indicates that we can be filled with joy and peace, which are fruits of the Spirit, in believing, and so confirms that the fruit of feelings and actions follow the root of our thoughts and beliefs. Likewise, the feelings that we habitually experience show up the lies that we are believing, no matter how subconsciously, and from those feelings we can identify the strongholds that must be torn down.
With the Lord’s help, we can tear down the stronghold of the lie that produces the ungodly thoughts, by building up a stronghold of truth in its place, allowing the Holy Spirit to develop the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. The Scriptures contain the truth, and it is the word of God which is the weapon of our warfare, which is mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds. We must find the Scriptures that bear witness to the truth, and then use them as a weapon to attack and tear down the stronghold of the lie.
Tearing down the strongholds of lies built in our hearts will be a process that will take a certain amount of time, and consistent, determined assault on our part. It will require discipline and commitment. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and either were these strongholds. Keep that in mind, and don’t give up or be discouraged, but “let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
When I was a new mother, I really struggled with depression. Now I believe the root of the depression was nutrition: I was putting out more nutrients in bearing children and nursing them than I was taking in. But I didn’t know about nutrition’s connection to depression back then. I just knew I was depressed. The emotional pain in my heart was 24/7. But when I learned the principle of tearing down strongholds, I applied it rigorously and consistently in my life. I saw results in just a few weeks, even without improving my nutrition, so don’t give up!
establishing a stronghold of truth
training our hearts in truth
rabbit trail one: God’s word applies to me
rabbit trail two: God’s word is unfailing
thirty minutes a day can change your life
thirty minutes a day, day two
thirty minutes a day, days three and four
thirty minutes a day, day five
there is too much, let me sum up