“What we know trumps how we feel.” Joel Snow

Know-meaning God’s word, his truth and who He is

Joel is the worship pastor at our church and we had the privilege of sitting under his teaching of God’s word in bible study this past weekend. This quote of his has stuck with me all week-I keep going back to it and thinking about how true it really is.

It is such a powerful truth. Think about it-how often have you…I…allowed how we feel about something to overshadow and trump what you know to be true. Nothing is more true than what God’s word says and what he speaks to you through that. Those of you that know me well know that I all too often allow my emotions to dictate my day and my reactions to things.

I often forget in those moments of crazy emotions (when something bad happens, when something is frustrating, when someone hurts me or doesn’t respond the way I think they should etc.) that what I KNOW trumps how I FEEL.

When you are a feeling something-check it with the word of God. Is what you are feeling checking out with the truth that is in God’s word. (this is NOT saying you can’t be sad about something, hurt about something etc. but to not let them rule you) I can let my feelings get me into a such a tizzy that they lead to thoughts about myself or even others that are simply not true.

When someone speaks something over you-check it with the word of God. Just because someone says something about you (even if it’s “joking”) does not mean that is truly WHO you are.

Another truth that keeps coming my direction is Romans 12:1-2. 

He has literally brought me to this passage of scripture 3 different times in the past couple of days (Ya think he is trying to teach me something? I may be a little very stubborn…and selfish. Thankful he doesn’t give up on me) and this morning I read it in a new bible study I just started and the author had it written out in the message version.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

So thankful for truth.


  1. Thanks for the reminder Lana! Love it in the Message

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