The Feeling of our Infirmities
Colossians 3:2-5 NIV says:
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”
Philippians 4:8 KJV reads:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Community, these scriptures direct you to keep your mind focused on our God and his plan for your life. This is an act of your will. Our God, through his Son Jesus Christ, has experienced all the pain and hurts we will ever experience in his life. His experiences didn’t produce sin in his life because he did what is taught here in these scriptures. Jesus kept his mind stayed on the will of God. We see this with full clarity in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Luke 22:39-46 KJV tells us:
“And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
Jesus Christ accepted the Cup, his divine purpose as decreed by our God, for us. He has experienced the feeling of our infirmities. His emotions and feelings were demonstrated here to show his humanity when he asked God if his purpose could be altered. Even in that agonizing state, Jesus didn’t give God a chance to answer. He just said “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done”. Are you ready to do this friends; to set aside your feelings and emotions, connected to your own will, to do the will of God in humble submission? Honor comes to those that are humble.
The hosts of your favorite podcasts asked and answered:
- Hebrews 4:15 talks about our Lord and Savior having the capacity to be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. What does that mean for a believer in Jesus Christ? — 15:05
- What does scripture say about our emotions, our feelings? — 41:50
- How does the enemy of our soul attack our emotions? What do you do to keep your feelings, your emotions, in line with God’s word?— 1:08:55
“ For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
The enemy of our soul doesn’t control our feelings. Jesus Christ gave us authority using his name. When we are submitted to God, our resistance of the enemy always succeeds. We are to pattern our lives after his example because as he is so are we in this world. We will not do this perfectly, but this does means we have the capacity to follow his example in this natural realm because of his grace for us by faith. He knows the feeling of our infirmities, our weaknesses, and has given us the authority, the right, and the privilege to overcome them by following his example; yielding in humble submission to his will for our lives, just like he did with God his Father while he was here on the earth.
Hebrews 4:15 KJV:
“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.”
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