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1. Why Do I Feel This Way?

Examples of Positive Feelings That Caused Positive Results

In Joshua 24:15, Joshua expressed his commitment for himself and his household, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua served next to Moses as he led Israel through the wilderness. He witnessed (thinking) the power of God working through his servant Moses as He provided for and protected Israel for forty years. After the death of Moses, God commissioned Joshua to take Israel across the Jordan into the promised land. God promised to protect Joshua just as he had Moses. Joshua had love for and faith in God (feelings) and did as He commanded. He took Israel across the Jordan into Canaan. Joshua's decision to go forward into Canaan was based on his positive feelings of faith and love. He witnessed the power of Jehovah God and made his decision on a belief that God would protect and provide for those who trust and obey. Joshua acted on faith, hope and love.

In 1 Kings 18, Elijah acted with confidence and bravery as God sent him to confront a king who rejected God and worshiped idols from other nations. God had worked miracles through the hand of Elijah. When Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal, he knew that his God was stronger than the pagan Baal gods. With confidence (feeling), he stood before 450 prophets of Baal. Without a knowledge of God, Elijah would have made a negative emotional decision based on fear, but this was not the case. He was confident and was therefore able to confront the opponents of God.

In the book of Ruth, Ruth made a decision to follow Naomi back to her home in Bethlehem. Orpah decided to return to her own country when Naomi said, "the hand of the Lord has gone forth against me." This did not stop Ruth from making her decision to follow Naomi. Her love for and devotion to Naomi (feelings) were unselfish emotional responses, as were Orpah's. Ruth had possibly heard her husband and the faithful Naomi talk about Almighty God, Jehovah. Her faith led her to believe that Bethlehem was indeed the land of promise. She decided to follow Naomi. As a result, Ruth found a better land, a better family, and most of all, she found Jehovah God.

The decisions made by these people were based on feelings of love for and a trust in God's power.

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