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“God doesn’t want me to have any fun.”

People often think that God doesn’t want us to have any fun. He just gives us a bunch of commands that we have to follow, and if the particular offense doesn’t “hurt anyone,” then what’s the big deal?

Case in point:
Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
Eph 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
Eph 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 5:21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

“Do not be drunk” wasn’t one of the 10 commandments-is it a big deal? Is it mandatory? Is God just trying to keep me from enjoying life?

To better process this thought, let’s look at the word dissipation.
Dissipation- noun
1.
the act of dissipating.
2.
the state of being dissipated; dispersion; disintegration.
3.
a wasting by misuse: the dissipation of a fortune.
4.
mental distraction; amusement; diversion.
5.
dissolute way of living, especially excessive drinking of liquor; intemperance.
6.
Physics, Mech. a process in which energy is used or lost without accomplishing useful work, as friction causing loss of mechanical energy

God gives us strict commands as well as suggestive guidelines, even proverbs, because He is a good parent. He wants a full and abundant life for us, His children. Jesus Himself reiterated this in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” And apparently, being drunk is not an abundant life.

According to the definition above, being drunk is a waste and a misuse. What is it a misuse of? Our faculties. Our gifting. Our passion. Our calling.

Ephesians 5 goes on to illustrate something better: a potentially mind and sense altering experience orchestrated by the Spirit of our Father. Why? So we can enjoy Him and each other, and be blessed and tended to in the process.

We can see then, that our Father in heaven really is a good parent. His guidelines are intended to keep us safe and fulfilled so we experience the fullest life imaginable.


Omnipresence vs. the local presence of God

If God is everywhere, then why does He feel so distant sometimes? If He is omnipresent, then why does Church feel so empty and cold at times?

The reality is that there is a distinction between the omnipresence of God and the presence of God. Perhaps a simple way to look at it is to view omnipresence as an attribute of God-part of who He is, while viewing the presence of God as His interaction with us.

Omnipresence is defined simply as being “present in all places at the same time.” If the Creator is greater than everything He created, then it isn’t much of a stretch to imagine God literally in all places at all times. This concept encompasses both the inescapable reality of God’s immersive divine presence, and the secondary notion of Creation bearing witness collectively of His divine character.

I wouldn’t base my theology on the following statement, but according to Ralph Waldo Emmerson, “The true doctrine of omnipresence is, that God reappears with all his parts in every moss and cobweb.” While this may be a bit over-simplified, it illustrates in a small way the Bible’s description of how Creation manifests God’s attributes-everywhere, and at all times.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…” Romans 1:20

How then are we to incorporate the added element of God’s presence as local, and situationally specific? There are many examples in Scripture, but let us briefly look at an example from the book of Exodus (13:21).

“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.”

In this example, God is already universally omnipresent, but He chooses to also manifest Himself as locally present. He gives the Israelites a manifestation of His presence that is specifically for their benefit-in this case, to lead them toward the promised land.

It also appears to be God’s local presence that Jonah tries to escape from:

“The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, ‘Arise, go to Ninevah the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.’ But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD…” Jonah 1:1-3

Additionally, even in the spiritual realm, God’s presence has a local nature to it:

“The angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.'” Luke 1:19

So, Biblically speaking, God’s presence is BOTH universal and local; the universal aspect is unchanging, but the local aspect does change.

What then would predicate God’s local presence today? It is a question that we do not often think about or talk about, likely, because we assume His omnipresence is what comforts us, accompanies us, and joins us in worship.

The New Testament Scriptures reveal a few nuggets about what it is like to be in the presence of the Father, under the New Covenant established by Jesus Christ:

1. We can be refreshed by His presence after coming to faith in Jesus Christ

“But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Therefore, repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…” Acts 3:18,19

2. We can be “built up” in His presence after yielding before Him

“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10

3. We can experience the empowering of the spiritual gifts in His presence

Paul the Apostle repeatedly informs his audience that He is exhorting/chastening/preaching, etc. in the presence of God.

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.” 1 Tim. 5:21

“Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.” 2 TIm. 2:14

Finally, Paul encourages his fellow laborers for their faithfulness and service in the presence of God.

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers, constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father…” 1 Thess. 1:2,3

How then may we find ourselves in the presence of God?

I know some of you are going to cringe at this next statement, but I have seen it to be true, and I believe the Scriptures support this concept. Here it is: I believe that God, oftentimes, waits for us to invite His presence, basically, to want it. If, as 1 Thess. 5:19 indicates, it is possible to quench the Spirit of God, and by the nature of the charge, “Do not quench the Spirit…” it is equally possible to not “throw water on His fire,” then we can affirm some similarities with the presence of God. I believe our part in the process is to believe He wants to commune with us locally, to invite Him to do so, and to allow Him to have His way in the moment.

What is a practical example of this? How about singing praise to God, usually in the “worship” portion of a Sunday morning church service. As a former worship leader, I knew when I was performing “at” God, and I knew when God’s presence was filling the room. It seemed to be completely unrelated to the music itself, rather, it had everything to do with there being just enough believers in the congregation that believed God wanted to meet, invited Him to do so, and yielded themselves to Him. How about you? Do you make worship all about you, or all about Him?

In the classic book, “The Practice of the Presence of God,” Brother Lawrence models and describes how a child of God can actively remain in His presence throughout the day, even in the most mundane elements of life. He models consistent worship in his actions and attitudes, and an expectancy that God will make His presence known.

Guys, this is not just for monks. This is not just for professional pastors. They have no more access to His presence than you and I do. And trust me when I say that Noah and I both experience regularly what I am writing about here. This is not theoretical; it is real life.

For those who want to know more, we highly recommend you read “The Practice of the Presence of God” for inspiration as to how such communion with Him is possible.


Happy Death-day, Mr. Lewis

C.S. Lewis was a man who knew why he was placed on this earth. He was created with the ability to write well, for sure, but to what end?

Mr. Lewis inspired us, challenged us, fired us up, all in a manner that would reflect back on His Creator. He wrote to the young. He wrote to the intellectuals. He used directness. He used metaphor. But, he used it to point back to His Creator.

One of the greatest questions in life is “Why? Why was I created?” In some cases it is a desperate, gut-wrenching cry. In others, it is a nagging thought that just won’t go away. Some don’t hear the answer, because they do not know their Shepherd’s voice. Some do…very few do. Jesus said that His sheep know His voice. As you ask this great life question for yourself, what do you hear from Him? Can you hear Him? What is keeping you from “becoming” the person that He already says you are?

Why are there so few C.S. Lewis’s? Perhaps it is because so few are listening.

Happy Death-day, Mr. Lewis. I hope to meet you on the other side.


We Band of Brothers

 

According to the story, twin brothers, Crispin and Crispinian, were martyred around AD 286. October 25 commemorates St. Crispin’s Day, even though it has long fallen from observance. On this same day in 1415, the Battle of Agincourt was fought between the English and the French, and this battle was commemorated in Shakespeare’s Henry V.

It is a famous scene in literary history. It is often quoted in a secular sense, but today, I want to take in this scene, but from a spiritual perspective. King Henry’s men are few; many have succumbed to sickness or mortal wounds. They are very far from home, and his friend, Westmoreland, shares his fear with the King:

WESTMORELAND-

O that we now had here

But one ten thousand of those men in England

That do no work to-day!


KING-

What’s he that wishes so?

My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;

If we are mark’d to die, we are enow

To do our country loss; and if to live,

The fewer men, the greater share of honour.

God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.

By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,

Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;

It yearns me not if men my garments wear;

Such outward things dwell not in my desires.

But if it be a sin to covet honour,

I am the most offending soul alive.

No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.

God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour

As one man more methinks would share from me

For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!

Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,

That he which hath no stomach to this fight,

Let him depart; his passport shall be made,

And crowns for convoy put into his purse;

We would not die in that man’s company

That fears his fellowship to die with us.

This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.

He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,

Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,

And rouse him at the name of Crispian.

He that shall live this day, and see old age,

Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,

And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,

And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.’

Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,

But he’ll remember, with advantages,

What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,

Familiar in his mouth as household words-

Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,

Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-

Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.

This story shall the good man teach his son;

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,

From this day to the ending of the world,

But we in it shall be remembered-

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,

This day shall gentle his condition;

And gentlemen in England now-a-bed

Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

How much can you possibly know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?” Tyler Durden asks in Fight Club. I’ll extend the thought…”How much could you possibly know about your brother if you’ve never fought, shoulder to shoulder, against a common foe?”

For those of us who have chosen to show up, to gear up, and to put up our dukes, our shields and our weapons, there is a brotherhood that is beyond measure. I recently had the privilege of going to battle with some brothers, in prayer, for another brother. It was hot and heavy. The battle was fierce. The fight was exhausting. But, it was a victory. And I am the richer for having fought alongside those men. I got to see them live out their “special ops” roles in action. I got to see God empower these men for His purpose, His mission. I got to see how uniquely equipped each man was for the task at hand. I got to see a side of them, and they of me, that their loved ones may have not yet seen. It was intimacy on a scale rarely experienced.

For you who were there, moments like that make me long for the fight. Bring it. For those of you who are transitioning into maturity, I look forward to fighting together when you receive your marching orders.

“…and gentlemen in the Church, now at rest, shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks, that fought immortal foes with us…”


Taking Comfort in Rituals

It is right in our faces, isn’t it? We are consumers, and we buy into the lies, don’t we? This is a recurring message that we have bought into, “When you need relief, release, or escape, just ‘do it.'” In the case of this coffee shop’s latest ad campaign, it seems pretty benign (and no, I am not disparaging coffee or coffee shops). I am referring to the message, “Take comfort in rituals.” Isn’t that what we do, spiritually speaking?

I am talking about self-medication. It is different for most of us. After a rough day, some escape into alcohol. Some live vicariously through disproportionate video game play. Some of us indulge with food. Some with porn. Some with gambling. Some with spending money. Some with _______. And clearly, some of these practices are classically categorized as sin. Some have much more severe consequence than others. Some hurt others, while others hurt ourselves. Ultimately, however, in the context of this topic, they can all be “sinful”, as we are talking about how we use these behaviors to separate ourselves from God, and isn’t that how we define sin: anything that separates us from God? The message this ad campaign reinforces is that it is ok to self-medicate, particularly with coffee. It is a trivial analogy, I know.

It is important to note, that part of how we humans were created was to be able to protect ourselves with defense mechanisms, and sometimes, the ability to mentally disconnect from reality is necessary. But, the audience I am writing to is the Christian man. And to this man, I present the challenge, “When will you go to the Father with your needs, instead of trying to fill yourself with momentary pleasure that fades, and often times brings further pain and consequence? King David knew firsthand of the Father’s desire to minister to us in our weakness and need. Have we forgotten the words of the 23rd Psalm? David speaks of God giving him rest in “green pastures” and refreshment from “quiet waters” and a filling to the point of overflow. Was David speaking hypothetically, about how he hoped God would minister to him? No, my friend, he spoke authoritatively, because he spoke from experience.

No doubt, you read this and may think, “Well that was a long time ago!” Or, “He was a spiritual giant and a ‘man after God’s own heart.'” Guys, this is how he became that “man after God’s own heart!” David learned, forgot, and relearned, how to go to God in his weakness, in his terror, in his frustration, etc, instead of temporarily placating it through his own means. Remember what happened when he tried to fill his desires with Bathsheba? Talk about horrible consequences!!!

So, what is it going to be? More of the same? More self-medication? More escapism? More self-gratification? If so, to what end? You say you want to grow spiritually. Ok, then here is a critical step. Stop indulging yourself in fleeting moments of gratification by instead talking to the Heavenly Father in those moments, just like King David did. Tell Him what you are feeling, desiring, fighting, etc, and ask Him to pour into you instead. Remember what He said, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

This chapter in Scripture speaks of yielding before the Father and denying an opportunity for sin. It also speaks of allowing ourselves to be miserable, gloomy and mournful (emotionally honest) with Him, and Him uplifting us as a result. Brothers, this is exactly what King David practiced!!! This is the exact OPPOSITE of “taking comfort in rituals,” from a spiritual perspective. And, now that you “know” that this is a measure of maturity in Christ, now that you know this is the right thing to do, you have a choice to make. The closing verse from James 4 says, “Therefore, to the one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

If there is any ritual we should be reaffirming in this context, it is the habit of constantly checking in with the Heavenly Father and telling Him what you are thinking, what you are feeling, and what you need from Him. It is the ritual of being with Him throughout the mundane details of your day. Ever heard of the Christian classic, “Practice the Presence of God,” by Brother Lawrence? That is what we are talking about.

Take it from me-it is real. It is possible to be freed from self-medication. I can tell you from experience what this looks like: it is intimacy with God. No, I am not a spiritual giant. I am a regular follower of Jesus Christ, living in light of the destiny He created me for.

What about you?


Are you Spiritually Selfish?

Today’s thoughts come from the July 12 message from “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers.
“. . . till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . . —Ephesians 4:13

Reconciliation means the restoring of the relationship between the entire human race and God, putting it back to what God designed it to be. This is what Jesus Christ did in redemption. The church ceases to be spiritual when it becomes self-seeking, only interested in the development of its own organization. The reconciliation of the human race according to His plan means realizing Him not only in our lives individually, but also in our lives collectively. Jesus Christ sent apostles and teachers for this very purpose— that the corporate Person of Christ and His church, made up of many members, might be brought into being and made known. We are not here to develop a spiritual life of our own, or to enjoy a quiet spiritual retreat. We are here to have the full realization of Jesus Christ, for the purpose of building His body.

Am I building up the body of Christ, or am I only concerned about my own personal development? The essential thing is my personal relationship with Jesus Christ— “. . . that I may know Him. . .” ( Philippians 3:10 ). To fulfill God’s perfect design for me requires my total surrender— complete abandonment of myself to Him. Whenever I only want things for myself, the relationship is distorted. And I will suffer great humiliation once I come to acknowledge and understand that I have not really been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ Himself, but only concerned with knowing what He has done for me.

My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.

Am I measuring my life by this standard or by something less?”

My friends, the Fight Club journey is all about discovering your true identity in the Kingdom of God. This does not presume that your new identity will be lived out in a microcosm, a bubble of Christianity that is free from trial, risk and influence from all sides. Rather, true identity is only fully experienced in the context of the Body of Christ, in the company of fellow engaged believers, who are also living for something other than self.

The gifts are only effective in tandem with the gifts of other believers. To isolate ourselves in some monastic manner may provide for intermittent periods of introspection and solitude with God, but they should always serve to refresh us for the return to society. There is a deep blessing that only comes in being part of the collective work God is doing through His Spirit as His children minister to each other in fellowship and to the lost world in outreach.

Do you horde the treasure that has been entrusted to you?


Walking the Talk

So, do I practice what I preach?

I had to ask the hard questions today as I processed each unfolding element of my day. I came outside this morning to find this scene: my window broken, my briefcase gone. My laptop computer, iPod, books, etc, my mobile office, gone.

So, after adjusting the day’s appointments, filing the police report, planning alternate transportation and calling insurance, I settled into a manageable calm; “at least my insurance will cover the loss.” What I had yet to discover is that my deductible is quite high on my homeowner’s policy, so I will need to pay for everything I lost, all out of pocket.

That is when the calm left me. I had my freakout: angry, frustrated, and indignant over the circumstances. And, as He tends to do, God reminded me of the lessons learned these past few years; I am not the sum of my possessions. My faith is not in the almighty insurance company. And, most importantly, all this “stuff” is going to burn.

“But I need the computer for work and ministry! I don’t have the funds to pay for all this!” I am being reminded that He is in the business of simplicity. He is in the business of keeping His children reliant upon Him for every kind of provision: emotional, financial, etc.

So, here is my prayer. “Father, thank you for continuing to pour into me the things that I still need to understand. Thank you for these opportunities to be emptied of myself so I can be filled with You. Thank you that You have given me what cannot be taken from me. Thank you for being so good to me that this is the extent of suffering in my life. Thank you for riches that are accumulating in Your Kingdom. Thank you for the reminder.”


God is more gracious than me

I wrote a while back a post about Jesus’ “Secret Disciples.” These men met with Jesus at night, in the dark, out of fear of discovery. Somehow, Jesus was just fine with this level of commitment. Perhaps it was because He knew where they would end up eventually. Perhaps it is because His grace is beyond understanding.

I just came upon another passage that blows my mind in this same vein. You may remember the song, “Old Naaman went dow-ow-own, to the river to dip…”

Naaman, captain of the army of Aram, had leprosy and heard he could be healed in Israel. Long story short, Elisha doesn’t even meet with him, instead telling his servant to tell Naaman to go dip in the Jordan river 7 times. Naaman, grudgingly, does so and is healed. He returns to Elisha and tries to pay him, but Elisha repeatedly refuses to accept payment:

“Naaman said, “If not, please let your servant at least be given two mules’ load of earth; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering nor will he sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD. “In this matter may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon your servant in this matter.” He said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him some distance.” 2 Kings 5:17-19

What just happened here?! Naaman acknowledges Yahweh as the one true God. He asks to bring soil back with him so he can build an altar to Yahweh. And then, he asks for forgiveness in advance when he bows to the pagan deity, Rimmon, with his master, the king. Elisha tells him to go in peace.

I have to say, I tore into the Hebrew to find the missing nugget that explains all of this-I couldn’t find it. After all, isn’t the God of the Old Testament the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, those devout men who refused to bow to their king’s deity?

Isn’t the God of the Old Testament, by in large, a God of judgement?

Once again, I am struck by the grace of God, and once again, I cannot make sense of it. Praise God for that!


“…Till my trophies at last I lay down.”

  • “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
    The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
    And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
    For a world of lost sinners was slain.
  • So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
    Till my trophies at last I lay down;
    I will cling to the old rugged cross,
    And exchange it some day for a crown.”

“The Old Rugged Cross” is certainly one of the Church’s most beloved hymns, but in today’s “Emergent Church” era, these hymns have been replaced by more hip, contemporary music. It is easy to forget the lessons these old hymns taught us when we sang them in our youth.

I was having a moment with the Lord, singing this song when it popped in my head, and it struck me: “So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down.”

“Till my trophies at last I lay down…”

What a perfect summation of “The Dark Privilege,” or as David Murrow describes it, “The Journey of Submission.” We talk quite frequently about how “yieldedness” must precede “authority” in Christ, and what are we yielding? We are yielding our agendas and plans, and we are yielding our “trophies.” What a great word. What have my trophies been? Quite frankly, my designer sunglasses, my career aspirations and achievements, my dream car, my toys, indulgence in food, etc. What do all these things have in common? Pleasure and fulfillment, and in most cases, some sense of identity.

Brothers and sisters, we must allow the Lord, the One who designed us in the first place, to proceed in His great workmanship. We must allow Him to strip us, layer by layer, of everything we have hid behind under the guise of “Identity.” It has all been a sham. He will not stop until we are content in Him, and Him alone.

What are the trophies in your life? Are they possessions? Are they practices? Are they sensations? Are they achievements? Is it reputation? Is it “ministry?”

He wants it all.


Feelings vs. Emotionalism

If there is an uncomfortable prospect in the Fundamentalist Church these days, it is the subject of “emotionalism.” Emotionalism is the broad and ambiguous catch-all term where people dump things like 1. Being controlled by emotions, 2. Being too emotionally expressive, and 3. Practicing what they view as the extremes of “Charismania” or Pentecostalism. To add to the confusion, they use scripture to support their fear of emotionalism, as with the verse, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

The trouble is, as is usually the case when we throw the baby out with the bathwater, we really need to understand what it is we are throwing out. Let’s try and break it down a bit.

1. Feelings(Emotions)-ok, so guys, what are feelings? They are the barometer for our soul. Feelings are what arise in response to the circumstances of our lives. If we are to “…walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise…” Eph. 5:15, then we must examine every aspect of our self. Emotions are a very useful tool to illuminate areas in us that God may want to address. Keep in mind that emotions are part of God’s attributes, and as such, there are no “good” or “bad” emotions, just as there are no “male” or “female” emotions. Men, we must engage with our emotions: discouragement, frustration, anger, melancholy, exhuberance, annoyance, etc, in order to get to the root of the matter, and we must do so every day. It is not indulgent, it is critical for our physical, relational, and spiritual health.

2. Feelings(Senses)-this category of feeling, while generally lumped in with emotions, is how we engage with life, and more specifically, with the spiritual realm. “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Heb 5:14  The Scriptures are full of examples of how we discern using our 5 senses, plus intuition, our 6th sense.

3. Emotionalism(being governed by our emotions)-this generally refers to how a person bases their course of actions on how they feel, or perhaps, just lives in a reactive state to the whims of their emotions. The antithesis of this, of course, is someone whose life is completely dictated by logic, like Spock. We are told that it is much more acceptable to be logic driven rather than emotion driven. The reality is that in order to be “whole,” we need to be balanced in how we utilize logic and emotion.

4. Emotionalism(abuse of “Spiritual Gifting”)-this use of the word applies to how the Fundamentalist Church views some of the wackiness that not just embarasses Christianity, but actually becomes a mockery of the authentic empowerment of true spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit. We get so gun-shy, that we avoid anything that has the label “Spirit-filled” on it.

 

So, what do we do with all of this? Well, Scripture seems pretty clear-we are to exercise our senses to grow in discernment, we are to examine our hearts and walk circumspectly, we are to model the fruit and the activity of the Holy Spirit, and we are to equip ourselves so we are not “tossed to and fro” (James 1:6,  Eph 4:14).

Gentlemen, if we are to live Biblically-sound lives, then we must abide also by the scriptures that speak to our emotions, our senses, and how they are to incorporate into our walk with God. I would even venture the proposition that until you engage emotionally with God, you are keeping part of your heart from Him, and you are not a surrendered man.

Still a skeptic? Let me close with some thoughts from A.W. Tozer.

“I have had people tell me very dogmatically that they will never allow ‘feeling’ to have any part In their spiritual life and experience. I reply, ‘Too bad for you!’ I say that because I have voiced a very real definition of what I believe true worship to be: Worship is to feel in the heart!” Whatever Happened to Worship?