Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional 11th January 2018
Topic: Are You Following the Holy Spirit or Your Emotions?
Key Verse: For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do. – Galatians 5:17 (AMPC)
Message: I talk a lot about how we need to follow the Spirit, not our emotions. However, I find that a lot of people don’t even understand how our emotions operate in the first place.
Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional: Settle the Dispute
Emotions are in the realm of the soul. Our soul is made up of our mind, will and emotions—it tells us what we think, what we want and how we feel. Of these three areas of the soul, it’s our feelings that get stirred up the fastest.
In other words, the wisdom and discernment of the Holy Spirit in our spirit become easily drowned out by the cries of our emotions.
The Bible says that this “life of the flesh” doesn’t please God. This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us. What it does mean is that He is not satisfied with nor will He accept fleshly behavior.
However, once you understand how negative emotions work, you can overcome them. Our souls may be strong, but our spirits can be stronger if we strengthen them by spending time in God’s presence. Get in the Word today, and give your spirit the strength to overcome your emotions.
Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional: Thoughts and Words Are Intimately Connected
Prayer: God, I don’t want to let my emotions overpower my spirit. As I spend time with You and read Your Word, give me the power I need to be led by the Spirit, not just how I feel.
Today’s Daily Devotional was written by Joyce Meyer, the president of Joyce Meyer Ministries.