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Choose How You Feel 

While reading through Andrew’s Harnessing Your Emotions book, I came across this statement:

We can choose to be joyful in the midst of negative circumstances if we will put our minds on what God says and focus our attention on the spiritual realm rather than the physical realm. (p. 37)

It took me a while in my Christian walk to realize that I can actually serve God with my emotions, although God and I are definitely still working on this together! I appreciate the significance behind the definition of harness that Andrew put in his book:

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the word harness means “to bring under control and direct the force of.” (p. 1)

Feeling deeply can be a strength for anyone but only when that person knows how to funnel those emotions into something constructive. Jesus was a passionate man who flipped over the money changers’ tables and drove out those who sold animals! But He also curbed His emotions in order to go to the cross—even to the point of sweating drops of blood. If Jesus had not harnessed His emotions, there wouldn’t be a Savior today. Passion that is not submitted to God creates an environment for immorality to thrive. Unharnessed emotions give birth to sin—

Sin is conceived in the emotions. This verse [James 1:15] compares sin, or the process of the development of sin, to the process of childbirth. (p. 13, brackets mine)

While taking an extracurricular class in school, I saw that one of my friends had been promoted in the project we were working on. Growing up naturally more introverted and a bit of a perfectionist, my emotions would be all over the place when I was doing something I cared about. And after finding out about my friend’s success, I started to feel bad about myself and frustrated with my progress. Then it dawned on me that what was really going on was that I was jealous. I immediately repented and started thanking God that my friend was able to succeed in this area.

James 3:14-16 says,

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. [15] This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. [16] For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

(English Standard Version)

So, once I brought my mind under the control of what the Word says about jealousy, the pressure, stress, and even condemnation left me. In other words, my emotions followed. What I was feeling at that moment was the difference between my old nature and my new one.

If what you are thinking or feeling lines up with the Word, then that’s the new, born-again you. If what you’re thinking or feeling doesn’t line up with the Word of God, it’s the carnal part of you or the devil. If it’s the carnal part of you or the devil, you simply reject that thought or emotion based on the Word of God. (p. 84)

No matter the big or little problems you are facing right now, with the power of the Holy Spirit, you can worship God with your emotions. If you’d like to go deeper in this study on emotions, check out Andrew’s Harnessing Your Emotions teaching. It’s available in CD series, DVD series, and book, or you can watch it on the television broadcast. Gain greater stability in your life today! If this has ministered to you, please post a comment below.

Reader Comments (8)

in light of the teaching on do doctors, medicine, surgery, etc. relate? thank you

September 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpat cross

Thank you for contacting the ministry! Please email your doctrinal questions to We will respond to you as soon as possible. God bless!

September 11, 2015 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

I had just discovered Andrew's teaching in your archives on harnessing emotions. I found it on a day a week or so ago when I had a major emotional "breakdown" from years of stress piling up. I was looking for something encouraging to listen to - to take my mind off of what was upsetting me. As a long-time Christian I was really shocked at how much I had not understood God's Word in regards to emotions. It has been an eye opener. A fabulous teaching that shifted my understanding of scriptures enough that it has been a huge "Aha!" moment - and a "duh!" moment! :) Very humbling to look back and see how I have allowed my emotions to run out of control over the years and direct my path instead of me bringing my emotions under control. Very appreciative for this teaching and highly recommend it. Thank you.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P

Is it possible for a person to lose the healing that they have received and what would contribute to that happening?
Thank you

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGloria prophet

Thank you so much for sharing this article - I, too, struggle with my emotions, and will definitely seek Andrew's wisdom about it, as I have sought him for many other subjects, and gotten such great rewards from his teachings and God's Word - it's life and health to us all!

Melodie page, Partner

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelodie Page

@ Gloria prophet
Please refer you doctrinal questions to God bless!

September 25, 2015 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

I don't understand, Hebrews 9: 16-17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise
it is of no strength at all, while the testator liveth, I've read the entire chapter 9 to those 2 verses
but I still don't understand what this means.

September 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Ennist

@Debbie Ennist
Please refer you doctrinal questions to God bless!

September 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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