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Monday
Feb272017

While You Are Sleeping 

While I was studying Andrew’s teaching from his Christian Survival Kit, a story from a Charis Bible College friend came to mind. Her testimony of crisis and then victory seemed to sum up the very thing I was studying.

While living in Nigeria, my friend Dorothy found herself in a crisis. Her son was sick with a very high temperature. Her husband was out of town, and she was far away from the nearest hospital. The fever was so high that her son’s body was shaking. Being a woman of faith, she prayed, rebuked the devil, and confessed the Word over her boy, but things just kept getting worse. After several hours of this, she stopped and told God, “I’m believing in Your Word. By His wounds, my son was healed [1 Pet. 2:24]. I have done my part, and now I’m going to sleep.” Off she went to bed, while her son’s body continued to fight the invisible battle.

I remember hearing her testimony and thinking, Either she’s crazy, or she’s a hero of faith. I think many of us would find it hard to go to sleep while one of our loved ones was fighting illness. In a crisis, fear and anxiety can overtake us, and we can cross the line from faith into fear without noticing.

But Dorothy was a woman of faith. By the time the African sun woke her up and she went to check on her boy, the fever had subsided and he was sleeping peacefully.

Remember, nothing catches God by surprise. He’s aware of every problem. God knew that somewhere in Africa, a mother was fighting for the life of her son. The same is true for every crisis you will ever face. God is aware of your personal situation. You might feel lonely, but He knows what you’re going through. That’s why Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1, New King James Version).

Andrew’s Christian Survival Kit helped me understand how Dorothy could look beyond her crisis. Andrew points out that the first thing a believer needs to do in a crisis is control their emotions and not panic! He explains by asking this question: “How do you keep from being troubled?” He then goes on
to explain:

“You have to use your faith. Faith releases the power of God. Your first response, the way you respond to a crisis often determines the outcome…. Faith is just taking what God has said in His Word and exalting it above every other voice, every other feeling—not just outside voices, but your own voice. Whether you feel it or not, what does God’s Word say? Faith is speaking and believing and trusting in that. When you get mature in faith, there will be a confidence and a security in it.”

Dorothy overcame fear by keeping her eyes on the Word. She had a peace that surpassed all understanding, and her faith gave her the victory. When you understand these truths, like Dorothy, you’ll be able to sleep during your battle because you will know you have a faith that overcomes the world!

The Christian Survival Kit covers so much more and includes such topics as knowing God, the power of love and joy, and handling persecution. Andrew’s Harnessing Your Emotions book (which is available separately or as part of the Survival Kit package) will teach you how to take responsibility for your emotions and see the fruit of self-control work in your life. 

Please comment below and let us know how you are applying these truths in your life.

Monday
Sep212015

An Untroubled Heart

This summer, I learned firsthand how the Holy Spirit readies us for crisis.

I was staying with my parents because my mother had undergone knee surgery. Early one morning, I heard my mother shouting, “Eileen, Eileen, Dad needs help!” I jumped to my feet, ran downstairs, and found that he had fallen in front of his door, making it so I couldn’t open the door and reach him.

Emotions were welling up and coursing through me like a river. In that moment, I heard the Spirit say, “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). Words from Andrew’s Harnessing Your Emotions book slowly and clearly came to mind, as if the Lord were slowing everything down so that I could make a calculated choice: “Emotions are not just something that happen[s] to us like a chemical reaction [that] we have no ability to control” (p. 7). In that split second, I realized that my response would set the tone for my parents, so I calmly picked up the phone and called 911.

The ambulance arrived shortly. Once the door was opened, we could see blood everywhere. My dad had nearly bled out.

Despite seeing that, I can say that I was aware of the mind of Christ operating in me. As Andrew wrote, “The mind of Christ is in your spirit. To benefit from it, you have to draw it out. How do you do that? By the Word of God, which is Spirit” (p. 121). When I heard what the Crisis Manager—the Holy Ghost—was saying (“Let not your heart be troubled”), the power in those words gave me the liberty to control my emotions and be present and full of wisdom. Like Andrew tells us, “We have an unction from the Holy One” that lets us know things (p. 122). I was operating in the assurance that my dad would be okay.

In our New Covenant, the Holy Spirit prepares us for the trials we face. While He was on the earth, Jesus prepared His disciples for their coming crisis—His crucifixion:  

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid…. [29] And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.  

John 14:27 and 29

In Harnessing Your Emotions, Andrew says, “The Lord has given us the power to control our emotional reactions to whatever comes against us” (p. 9). The disciples were told what was coming, but most fled as their emotions ran away with them.

It’s not that I had no emotions or had become numb. In fact, I felt very strongly in that moment! But my emotions were directed toward believing that God was working through me to get my dad to safety. I am grateful to the Holy Spirit that I directed the force of those emotions toward accomplishing the task at hand and not allowing them to overflow the banks of my peace and the truth guiding me.

You, too, can respond calmly no matter the situation. Prepare your mind and emotions for anything that may come your way by studying Andrew’s Harnessing Your Emotions teaching. It is available in CD and DVD series as well as in book form, or you can watch this on the Gospel Truth television program. Please share a comment below if this has blessed you.

Monday
Sep072015

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.