"I Think...I Feel Like..."
"I think it is upstairs." "I think it's always going to be that way." "I feel like he is pretty upset." "I feel like it was my fault."
How often do we use these phrases interchangeably?
I feel like we do a lot...
Technically it's not that big of a deal with the context used, however thoughts and feelings are two very different things that can easily be confused together. Think about those times where you're in a funk. You might be completely discouraged, angry, confused, pitiful, etc. You may not even know what you feel but emotionally you do not feel well and it seems impossible to get out. It's horrible. I've been there.
In Philippians 4:8-9 it talks about what we should be thinking about. At the end it says, "practice these things and the God of peace will be with you." Peace is a feeling. And it's a feeling that follows certain thoughts.
I've come to realize that it's not feelings that control us in those funks even when it feels like it. It's what we believe and think behind them that makes us feel the way we do. If we change our thinking, choosing to think and believe the good thoughts of truth, it is possible to get out. Actually implementing that is the spiritual battle raging within us.
Next time you're in a funk, ask yourself, "What am I believing/thinking that's making me feel this way?"