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August 22, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | August 22



“The devil prowls around like a hungry lion, looking for someone to devour.” I Peter 5:8

Peter is talking to a group of people going through an emotionally turbulent time, and he does not want them blindfolded in the midst of their suffering.

In fact, any negative emotional state we don’t cast on God leads to anxiety, sadness, suffering, disappointment, loneliness, lust, shame, pride, longing, hopelessness — all must be expressed to God instead of suppressed and made available to Satan. We pray certain psalms for this very reason. They express emotions to God, and as we express them to Him, our feelings begin to change.  “I sought the Lord, and he answered me,” David reflects, “he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant: their faces are never covered with shame”. (Psalm 34:4-5)

A Christian is never told to cover up a real emotion.  That plays right into Satan’s hands.  On the contrary, we’re supposed to live in truth and reality and to experience emotions the way God created us to.  Paul told the Corinthians to mourn and weep with those who are weeping.  In a world filled with trials and suffering, we must have a place to bring our struggles and inner conflicts. God’s man casts his emotions on a caring God; he does not conceal them.  To hide what’s really going on inside is ungodly and gives increasing control to Satan. Take your blindfold off. Open your eyes and see a caring, loving, and un-condemning God that encourages and comforts you through His Holy Spirit who is right there inside of you.

Father, emotion is real, help me not to forget that. You gave me emotion to honor and glorify You and to complete me.


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