Feelings: The Voice of the Body

All too often Christians refer to the Lord's presence as some physical sensation.

"I feel the Lord here," or "I feel the anointing," and they mark their actions, like worship, by what they are feeling.

it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit … (Romans 8:16)
For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. (Matthew 18:20)

All too often Christians refer to the Lord's presence as some physical sensation. "I feel the Lord here," or "I feel the anointing," and they mark their actions, like worship, by what they are feeling. 

God is a spirit and Paul lays it out to us that he communicates with us through our spirits, not our bodies. We don't feel his presence, we sense it. There may be times when his presence results in some physical manifestation, and the New Testament has many accounts of that, but they are secondary to the spirit. We would do well to follow in the footsteps of Smith Wigglesworth, a British preacher who was familiar with spectacular manifestations of the Spirit. He summed up how we should measure our physical feelings in our spiritual walk.

I am not moved by what I feel. I am not moved by what I see. I am moved only by what I believe. I cannot understand God by feelings. I understand God by what the Word says about him. I understand the Lord Jesus Christ by what the Word says about him. He is everything that the Word says he is.

 

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GospelPeter Smythe