When Feelings Influence Faith

when feelings influence faith

Hi everyone! Today’s post will be the last in my short mini-series about feelings and how we let them dominate our lives. Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 if you haven’t read them yet!

You know the feeling…you get home from an amazing retreat, summer camp, Bible study, or really inspiring church service. You finish a powerful book, listen to an inspiring song, or watch an empowering movie. You feel ready to do anything, ready to fight for God and live for Him in every way.

You are on a spiritual high.

But how long does it last? Not long. And then you’re back to the mediocre, everyday lifestyle of knowing God exists but not really letting it affect you. Or the worst happens and you end up in a spiritually low place, doubting God, fighting through hard things in your life.

This is normal. But in today’s culture we let it affect our spiritual lives far too much. 

Spiritual Highs and Lows

Spiritual highs feel amazing. Let’s just admit it. You feel ready for anything, amazingly close to God.

And spiritual highs are not wrong! We should value and cherish them as the gifts that they are. They really do help us to recharge and refuel for the everyday. They remind us why we love God so much and why we are Christians in the first place.

On the flip side, spiritual lows are a terrible experience. If you are going through something hard and you’re struggling to trust God and continue in your faith, it can feel like the world is ending and lead to awful depression and despair.

But this does not mean that God no longer exists or cares for you. If you are in a low place and struggling to simply trust and believe on a daily basis, don’t give up! Continue to read your Bible and pray regularly, even if it temporarily makes you feel worse. You never know when encouragement will come.

If you need to, also seek out advice and companionship from Christians around you, especially those who are more experienced and may have gone through something similar at some point in their life. They can give you perspective and hope.

The Middle Ground

Sometimes, even worse than the drastic swings in faith can be the middle-of-the-road daily indifference that we sometimes get stuck in. This is more of an everyday problem, when we stop feeling anything in relation to Christianity. We know everything in our minds, but our hearts don’t respond.

The important thing to remember here is that there will be seasons of life where we don’t necessarily feel super-close to God. Sometimes all we really have for a while is the intellectual knowledge, and that is okay!

Faith means believing in things that are unseen. Sometimes, it can also mean believing in things that are unfelt for the moment.

We just have to keep plugging along. Read the Bible even when you don’t feel like you’re getting much out of it. Study it deeply and intellectually even if you can’t respond to it with your heart. Continue to pray, even if it doesn’t always feel amazing. Seek out the companionship of other believers.

Don’t give up if every day is not an amazing spiritual high, or even if some days are horrible lows. These seasons of life do not last forever, and the growth and closeness will come if we continue to study the Bible, pray, fellowship with other believers, and utilize the other means of grace.

God will always work in us steadily even if we don’t feel it for a time. We can’t let what we feel on a bad day dictate our spiritual life and Christian habits.

Tell me what you think! Have you experienced spiritual highs and lows? Have there been times when you have just felt sort of mediocre in your Christian walk? How did you get through those times? What advice would you give to others? Share in the comments below! 

♥ love, grace ♥

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5 thoughts on “When Feelings Influence Faith

  1. castlesandpens13 says:

    This was just an inspiring post, Grace! I’m currently reading “Mere Christianity” by C.S Lewis, and I feel like what you’re saying definitely branches off of what I’m currently reading in the book. It’s true every time I come back from an intenst youth night, or when I arrived back from Steubenville, I’m ready to do anything, because I feel so empowered and strong in the faith. Unfortunately, it withers away almost within the next few days, and your post could not speak more to me than right now! I’m trying to become more in tune with God this Lent, promising to change my spiritual habits to really reflect what I can do to be closer, but honestly it’s not easy, and I’m not doing a super good job of it *sigh* But thank you so much for reinforcing what needs to be said! Your blog is definitely one of my favorites 🙂

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  2. emily @ for the bookish says:

    I loved this series, Grace! (And I can’t wait to see your upcoming post, too!) “These seasons of life do not last forever” made me think of one of my favorite songs by Francesca Battistelli – Emily (It’s Love). (Which of course I have to like because it feels like she is very much talking to me, Emily, haha.) But in the chorus the lyrics go “Emily, you will see some stormy weather / Dark and cloudy days of rain / But Emily, there will be summer laughter / ‘Cause everybody knows the seasons change.” I like to listen to that song when it seems like I can’t remember a time when I was “on fire,” so to speak, for God, and have to remember in the end it’s the “down-in-the-dumps” times when our faith is most strengthened.

    Sorry this post was a tad ramble-y! I love your posts, as always.

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