Today’s Message is all about handling our emotions
We got started with a buddy of mine from here in Central Texas, James Henderson and A permanent solution.
Our Opening Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I know that you are in charge of the Universe. I know that you have a grand plan for us. I believe that you sent your Son, my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ to live and walk among us and to die for us. I believe that you raised Him from the grave and that He sits at your right hand. Father, I ask that you send the Holy Spirit into my life whenever I begin to feel my emotions taking control of my life so that I might take control of them. Thank you – Amen.”
Ray Price, Love Lifted Me
Statler Brothers, Have a Little Faith
Today’s scripture – Psalm 22 – A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise.
Ricky Skaggs, Make God First
Randy Travis, Here I Am To Worship
As I said in the beginning of the program, it appears that emotions have become a main topic of discussion around the country. Universities are trying to come up with programs to teach students how to deal with their emotions and how to deal with the emotions of others. Some of us want to keep our emotions under wraps and never share them. We want to keep our emotions bottled up inside, because that is the way we were raised. Others, as the saying goes, wear their emotions on their sleeves; they have no hesitation in letting anyone and everyone know how they feel about a subject.
Others of us seem to be willing to let our emotions run wild; and in some cases, some of us are so overly emotional that it appears as if we cannot control our emotions.
We must address two basic questions when it comes to our emotions. First, is it OK to be open with our emotions? Second, is there a way to keep our emotions from controlling our lives?
Concerning the first question, is it truly ok to be open with our emotions? Yes, in fact it is important that we are able to share how we feel with those closest to us, especially when we are facing an important issue or potentially life-changing situation.
Jesus often shared his emotions with those closest to Him. In the New Testament, there are numerous stories of how Jesus openly showed His emotions, such as the time in the Temple when He displayed anger over the moneychangers, and when He shed tears over the death of His friend Lazarus.
Chapter 26 of the Gospel of Matthew contains several stories about Jesus on the days prior to his death made several statements that clearly showed He knew what was coming. Now He did not make overly dramatic statements, but the statements He made expressed some emotional awareness on His part. In verse 2 He said “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion”, when I read that, it makes me think of how a person must feel who has been sentenced to death and knows the execution date is nearing. There has to be a feeling of depression closing in and that would have to be frustrating, frightening, and depressing.
In verses 6 through 13, we read about a woman coming to Him with a vial of very expensive perfume and she anointed him. His apostles became indignant and scolded the woman because they believed that the woman should have sold the oil and the money used to help the poor. Jesus in turn scolded them, telling them to back off. After all the woman had done something nice for Him and there is a key line when He says ‘she did it to prepare Me for burial’; personally I detect a sense of melancholy in that statement and again I think of the condemned man.
In verses 14 through 19, again Jesus brings up His approaching death, when as Passover gets closer and closer and He says in verse 18, “My time is near”. Then starting in verse 20, we find, “Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. As they were eating, He said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.” Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?” The phrase ‘being deeply grieved’ shows the disciples were concerned and saddened by the accusation that one of them would betray Jesus and they expressed their emotions.
In verse 25. “And Judas, who was betraying Him, said, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Jesus *said to him, “You have said it yourself.” Jesus confronts Judas and with a voice that seems filled with resignation, He lets Judas know that Jesus is aware that he is about to be betrayed and who will be His betrayer. In that sequence you can sense the true humanity of Jesus and as the chapter continues, that human frailty is even more evident.
Starting in verse 36, Jesus and His disciples go to Gethsemane and He tells all of His disciples except Peter and the two sons of Zebedee to wait for Him and then in Matthew 26:38 “Then He *said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” His soul is deeply grieved; He is distraught and He shares His emotions with His closest companions.
Once we recognize that a situation has turned emotional, especially when the emotions are negative, we have to seek out the best way to keep our emotions from controlling us. When we are facing situations that have us worried, or sad, or angry, or frustrated, or depressed, when we face anything that has us in turmoil it is important that we seek out someone to talk with. If we do not, if we try to bottle our emotions inside and keep them buried, it will backfire. Think about what happens when you shake a can of coke. The more you shake it the more pressure builds up inside until you pop the top and the coke spills all over the place. The same thing happens when we try to hold our emotions inside at some point they will explode and then our emotions take over control of our actions instead of our actions controlling our emotions.
Is there a way we can use to keep our emotions from controlling our actions? As I said, we cannot allow the anger inside us to sit and fester; we cannot try to keep pushing it down, we have to deal with it head on. Paul writes in Ephesians chapter 4, verses 26-27, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” We need to seek out someone to speak with about the issues we are facing. If there is nobody we feel comfortable with, try talking to God.
If we follow the example of Jesus, with some practice it will work for us. Jesus turned to His father for the strength to deal with what was ahead; in effect, He turned it over to God. He prayed. Much like the verses in Psalm 22, if we cry out to God for help, if we ask for guidance we will receive it. He already knows the situation we are facing. He is ready for us to ask Him for help because He knows that when we get angry, when we get frustrated, when we allow our emotions to take control of our lives, we lose control of our lives.
Once we lose control of our lives, that is the perfect time for Satan to make his appearance, once we let Satan control our lives, our thoughts, and our actions it becomes more and more difficult to live the life that God wants us to live. It becomes easy to start living a life full of violence, foul language, and other negatives become our normal lives.
We cannot afford to open that door that leads to the dark side, so when we begin to feel our emotions boiling over that is a perfect time to ask God to come into our lives and have Him take control and help us reign in those feelings.
Try this simple prayer –“Dear Heavenly Father, I know that you are in charge of the Universe. I know that you have a grand plan for us. I believe that you sent your Son, my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ to live and walk among us and to die for us. I believe that you raised Him from the grave and that He sits at your right hand. Father, I ask that you send the Holy Spirit into my life whenever I begin to feel my emotions taking control of my life. Thank you – Amen.”
Willie Nelson and Tell it to Jesus
Until next time, stay strong, stay in prayer, and you can always find me sitting on the porch out in the country, doing my best to live life as a Christian. God Bless y’all
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