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Delivered By
Pastors Bob and Julie Petersen
Delivered On
September 27, 2015

When we are moved off of unbridled emotion the enemy through our flesh is in control.

Here are the two ends:

  1. Sound thinking
  2. Emotional thinking

Acts 19:23-32 NLT 23 About that time, serious trouble developed in Ephesus concerning the Way. 24 It began with Demetrius, a silversmith who had a large business manufacturing silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis. He kept many craftsmen busy. 25 He called them together, along with others employed in similar trades, and addressed them as follows: "Gentlemen, you know that our wealth comes from this business. 26 But as you have seen and heard, this man Paul has persuaded many people that handmade gods aren't really gods at all. And he's done this not only here in Ephesus but throughout the entire province! 27 Of course, I'm not just talking about the loss of public respect for our business. I'm also concerned that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will lose its influence and that Artemis—this magnificent goddess worshiped throughout the province of Asia and all around the world—will be robbed of her great prestige!" 28 At this their anger boiled, and they began shouting, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" 29 Soon the whole city was filled with confusion. Everyone rushed to the amphitheater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, who were Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia. 30 Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn't let him. 31 Some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, also sent a message to him, begging him not to risk his life by entering the amphitheater. 32 Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn't even know why they were there.

God says in 2 Timothy 1:7 that we have the ability to use a sound mind

A sound mind is the ability to sort through and differentiate between thought evidence and come to a verdict based on the truth of the situation.

If someone under the influence of alcohol told you they were going to handle a situation what would you tell them?

Major decisions are made under the influence of negative emotions

Hebrews 5:11- 14 AMP 11 Concerning this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull and sluggish in [your spiritual] hearing and disinclined to listen. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. 14 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.

We need to be mature enough to walk past our emotions to sort out what is right in the situation

Then we need to be controlled enough to not allow our anger, jealousy, or other emotional catalyst things to control us

James 1:19-21 NAS 19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Emotions are like gasoline to be harnessed into an engine block to produce power.

Who Switched Off My Brain – Dr. Caroline Leaf: In a nutshell, emotions bring the whole body into a single purpose, integrating systems and coordinating mental processes and biology to create behavior. Keeping the reaction chains working well is the key to controlling Toxic Thoughts, Toxic Emotions and toxic bodies, unleashing your gift.     Have you ever thrown a whole lot of clutter into a closet just before guests arrived, only to hear a loud noise as the closet door suddenly opened and everything fell out in full view of your guests? The same thing can happen in your emotional life. If you repress and hide toxic emotions, the time will surely come when those buried emotions will suddenly come pouring out.



$$ a merry heart works good like a medicine


Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. - Second-hand Emotions: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Most people recognize that they can learn a lot about a person by paying close attention to the person's emotional reactions. Facial expressions, gestures, voice tone, rate of speech—all of these cues help us figure out how a person is feeling. Is he or she angry? Sad? Nervous? Afraid?

Yet, while we're busy focusing in on the emotional states of others, we usually don't pay much attention to something equally, if not more important—our own emotional reactions to these social encounters. Why is this so important? Because emotions are highly contagious, and if you catch a bad bug, the consequences can be life-threatening.

Researchers have studied the tendency for people to unconsciously and automatically mimic the emotional expressions of others, and in many cases actually feel the same feelings simply by exposure to emotions in social interactions. Studies have found that the mimicry of a frown or a smile or other kinds of emotional expression trigger reactions in our brains that cause us to interpret those expressions as our own feelings. Simply put, as a species, we are innately vulnerable to "catching" other people's emotions.