Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe! We’re almost finished with Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss as we discuss week eight. Our lesson this week focused on emotions and truth in scripture. Nancy writes “I know of no other tool the enemy uses more effectively to lead us as women into bondage than our emotions.” This past week we examined our emotions against scripture and God’s promises. We learned that too often and too quick we believe and act on these emotions.
One example is how we react to the emotion of anger. If we sat in a room together and I asked how many of you regretted making a decision in anger, more than half of you would raise your hands. The feeling of anger can cause us to have affairs, gossip, use hurtful words, break something, seek revenge…and much more. Sometimes we justify our anger by our physical situation- illness, menstruation, menopause, exhaustion or ailments. Other times we justify our anger with verbal defenses so strong, the best attorney couldn’t disagree with us. For this reason scripture warns us to be on guard for anger and watch our words carefully. Satan can use your anger to hurt or injure another person and cause you shame for your actions.
Anxiety is another emotion we act upon. We’ve looked at several scripture verses reminding us to keep peace and be calm. When anxiety overpowers us, Satan uses it to worsen our situation and draw us apart from God. We attempt to control the situation and prevent further trouble, yet in doing so we often dig deeper holes.
The best and obvious solution for controlling our emotions is scripture and prayer. When we are in the presence of God, our emotions are easier to manage. We’ll recognize them and act upon God’s will, not our feelings at the time.
As I finished reading this chapter I realize that some emotions stem from chemical imbalances and require medical attention. Mood disorders, depressions, addictions and such are best managed with professional help. Once the brain chemicals are in balance it becomes easier to filter your thoughts and control them. You should not feel guilty for taking antidepressants or mood stabilizers if your doctor has diagnosed a need for them. Too often men and women use mood altering behaviors- such as alcohol, recreational drugs, smoking, or promiscuity- to deaden their emotions and anxiety. Long-term use of this behavior has devastating effects on the person and creates an even larger problem then the one they were self-medicating!
If you haven’t done so already, take a moment and reflect on your emotions. Examine your past week and look for symptoms of emotions that need to be addressed. Then make a personal decision and commitment on how you will handle this in the upcoming week.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Phil 4:7-8 NLT
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For Next Week
- Pray for the women who are doing this study with you.
- Read Chapter Nine in your book and companion guide.
- Look at the list of Key Resources on page 269 for topics addressed in this book
- Check in with your Small Group Leader
- Sign up for the next study
Group Discussion- Answer ONE question or as many as you like
- Why is it important for us to realize that God expresses emotions?
- How much do your emotions affect your actions on any given day?
- What advice would you give to women who are struggling with anger, shame or fear?
- Share your thoughts about this week’s lesson.
Have a great week…share what you are learning with others as you grow in truth!
God is good…always!