Tonight we are going to begin looking at our obedience to God’s commands as it relates to our emotional energy. Properly “stewarding” our emotional energy is so important because of the connections that our emotions have to the other areas of our lives. As I stated last week, we cannot allow ourselves to be controlled by our emotions; we must allow Biblical principles to guide our emotions.
- Our emotions affect our physical energy – our health. A variety of studies have shown the link between emotional health and physical health. Such things as simple as headaches all the way to the more serious issues of high blood pressure have been linked to an individual’s emotional health.
“When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
“For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.” Psalm 32:3-4
“…the trouble at the remembrance of sins becomes deeper and deeper, destroying their rest, and wasting their strength, until they make humble confession, and “then” the mind finds rest.” (Albert Barnes)
- Our emotions affect our time. Just think for a moment about when you were feeling a little discouraged. You probably didn’t “feel like” doing anything. Instead, you sat around and did nothing except waste time.
- Our emotions affect our finances. Have you ever felt emotional to the point where you just “felt” like going shopping? Then, you either ended up spending money you didn’t have or purchasing things you didn’t need?
- However, the vicious circle continues because those things than drag your emotions down even further.
Preached on Sunday, November 16, 2014 by Pastor Campbell. Click here for Pastor Campbell’s sermon notes.