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dog-with-letterHappy thoughts are better than sad but we are deeper than thoughts and emotions.

How deep?

There are feelings and beliefs.  They are powerful yet they can be changed.

How?

Happy thoughts will not change sad feelings any more than if someone injected you with truth serum and told you to lie. It does not work.

Feelings are powerful and control more parts of our busy lives than we admit.  Moses in the Bible recorded the creation event, “and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:7) A living soul has feelings. Shortly afterwards, man allowed fear and shame in his feelings so he hid from God.

Feelings with pain embedded in them are held in place by lies. Adam actually thought God was mad, so Adam hid.

Not a good way to get your feelings changed.

Lots of people still think this.

The lie that God was mad at him caused fear and shame to stay in Adam’s feelings.

We are made the same way and have feelings too. Many even believe God is mad. Lies keep pain in our feelings.

Ok, How do we get rid of them?

Its possible to change. It is like changing your emotions by changing thoughts.

Only feelings are not emotions and are not controlled by thoughts.

Feelings can start thought processes but do not change when you change your thoughts like emotions.

Truth can change feelings when it gets to them.

Feelings are like a separate room in side you that is full of clutter. Clutter is like lies that are keeping pain in feelings.

The truth cannot get in because of the clutter.  It is like the Holy Spirit of truth has a letter to deliver to your feelings but can’t get it in so leaves it at the doorway of your mind. Your mind might not be home so the belief accepts the letter. The letter is full of truth that will handle any level of trauma.

It has 1 John 4:18 written in beautiful calligraphy. “perfect love case out all fear” yet the believing words can only be accessed by the mind and can never be experienced by the feelings because of clutter from past fear based letters.

If the letter could get into the feeling room and be opened the Holy Spirit would instantly be known as perfect love.

This is the biggest problem with confusing feelings with emotions.  We know the truth but the truth can not get in where the problem is.

BUT

Our Father knows how to heal us. He made us in His image. We collect pain that He strives to get us to release, and then define ourselves by the pain instead of His Glorious image.

Admitting you have pain in your feelings is a giant step. It is necessary to admit there is somethings that need to be changed. Denial is bad.

Choose to let pain based feelings go.

Choose to put off pain right now and put on love from the core of your being, your feelings.

Choose. It is divine.

Here is a helpful prayer,

Lord I choose to forgive myself. I give you permission to remove all negative pain based feeling out of my life. I surrender them_________________ to you and ask you to remove them. Heal me where I have wounded myself and forgive me where I have sinned. I choose to let pain go and surrender my perspective on my life to You. I recognize that You love and accept me completely so choose to allow your love in my feelings. I put off this pain and put on your love and love myself as well. Thank You for Your presence.

Chaplain Joseph

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