Taking Authority over Your Emotions

Sept. 12, 2018 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

As believers, we have authority in many different areas, including our emotions. Our entire lives are based on whether we can control our emotions, or whether our emotions control us. We all have feelings, but letting them get the upper hand can cause problems. God designed us to master life, not to be mastered by it. We were made in God’s image, not just to reflect His love, but also to reflect His power and authority. God has a call on our lives, but we will not end up in the place He wants us to be, if we let our emotions dominate us. To fulfill His mission for us, we must take charge in this area.

  1. True prosperity includes the ability to control our emotions and not let them control us.
    1. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth(3 John 1:2).
      1. God wants us to be successful and healthy. Health is success in our physical bodies; prosperity in our spirits is to be born again; and prosperity in our souls means renewing our minds.
    2. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well  and prospers (3 John 1:2, AMPC).
      1. Our souls are our minds, our thinkers, and our choosers. As goes our souls, so goes our lives. What we think determines the course of our lives.
      2. Experiencing prosperity in every area is the essence of mastering our lives.
      3. The person who lacks prosperity in their soul can get stuck in the past and be unable to move forward.
      4. God created all of creation for us to control. If we cannot control our own emotions, we end up trying to control other people, instead of what was created for us.
      5. One of the curses that resulted from Adam and Eve’s sin is the curse of being ruled by our emotions.
  1. The spiritual fight we are in focuses on our minds. We can control our thoughts.
    1. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
      1. We can control our thoughts. Controlling our thoughts allows us to control our emotions; controlling our emotions helps us to make good decisions.
      2. Carnal means “of the five senses.” God gave us our five senses to assist us, but not for them to govern our lives.
      3. Strongholds are houses of thoughts that have been constructed in our minds.
      4. We can control the thoughts that pass through our minds with our speech. When the devil sends a thought our way, we can open our mouths and quote Scripture, and cast down that thought.
      5. Imaginations are image-makers. When we think something long enough, eventually we will see a picture of it in our minds.
      6. One of the fruits of the spirit is temperance, which is self-control. Self-control moves us to the place where God wants us to be.
    2. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city(Proverbs 16:32).
      1. If we can control our thoughts, we can do anything.
      2. Anger is fear-based. Failure to control our emotions and losing our tempers is a sign of weakness.
    3. He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city (Proverbs 16:32, AMPC).
      1. Letting our emotions take us to a place where we should not be, will always cause other issues in our lives.
      2. We demonstrate real power and authority when we control our emotions.
      3. Self-control is a godly force that directs our lives where God has designed them to go.
      4. Uncontrolled, unyielding emotions will cause us to try to control other people.
  1. Jesus Christ faced the same emotional challenges we face. We can depend on Him.
    1. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
      1. Emotions are feelings on the inside of us caused by pain or pleasure that move us in a particular direction.
      2. Even Jesus had emotions, but He did not give in to the temptation to let emotions rule Him.
    2. And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be struck with terror  and amazement and deeply troubled  and depressed. And He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sad (overwhelmed with grief) so that it almost kills Me! Remain here and keep awake  and be watching. And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and kept praying that if it were possible the [fatal] hour might pass from Him (Mark 14:33-35, AMPC).
      1. As a human, Jesus struggled with His emotions when He began thinking about what He would go through when He took on the sins of the whole world. Even then, however, He refused to yield to His emotions.
      2. When we experience emotions that try to stop us from moving in to the direction God wants us to go, we can either yield to them or continue going forward.
      3. Jesus kept praying. When we are struck with emotion, we too, must talk to God.

Scripture References

3 John 1:2

3 John 1:2, AMPC

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Proverbs 16:32

Proverbs 16:32, AMPC

Hebrews 4:15

Mark 14:33-35, AMPC

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