My friends, have you had your feelings hurt by being left out? or has a situation reminded you of an old wound giving the devil an opening to pour gasoline on the fire of your hurt emotions? I had that recently, and thought I was dealing with it fine, until Holy Spirit revealed to me I’d just stuffed the bruised feelings under a rock, and they would peep out and spit poison into my mind anytime the thought came up. That rock was not Jesus. So I began to pray:
"The enemy knows where I once was, but he is ignorant of what You have done in me, Lord. You lift me up above those old feelings. You Yourself indwell me. I am loved beyond measure by You, for You sent Jesus to secure me in eternity, to reserve a place for me in heaven and to walk with me through earthly life. Please send my emotions to be cleansed through the shower of Your love with the water of the Word." And He gives me:
Psalm 91:1-2 (AMP)
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. 2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
This is a really good beginning, because I do trust my Lord, I do lean on Him. He is my Fortress and Refuge. But that yucky ‘hurt feeling’ was still there. So I asked again, and God gave me:
Matthew 14:28-30 (MSG)
28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” 29-30 He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
Peter took his focus off Jesus, and put it on the circumstances, and so began to sink. Holy Spirit, help me to keep my focus on Jesus. When Jesus calls me to do something that looks impossible, help me have the courage to do it; help me see beyond feelings to Your desire.
30 But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid. He began to go down in the water. He cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 At once Jesus put out His hand and took hold of him. Jesus said to Peter, “You have so little faith! Why did you doubt?” 32 When Jesus and Peter got into the boat, the wind stopped blowing.
Peter called to Jesus as fear clenched his heart, and Jesus immediately put out His hand. Then He chastised Peter for doubting. Notice as soon as Peter asked for help, Jesus put out His hand even though Peter had begun to lack in trust. When Jesus and Peter got back in the boat, the wind ceased. Lord, help me during the testing times. If this is a testing time, help me grow in love! Strengthen Your love in me overpowering the enemy’s attempt to drown me in self pity. I focus on You and ask for the bigger picture here. You always have a bigger picture and I trust You for that. I’d love to get a hint at what it is, but I do not think You will reveal it to me now. But my eyes will be open to see. . .
Matthew 16:22-24 (NLV) 22 Peter took Jesus away from the others and spoke sharp words to Him. He said, “Never, Lord! This must not happen to You!” 23 Then Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are standing in My way. You are not thinking how God thinks. You are thinking how man thinks.”
Here it is again; I’m not thinking how God thinks in my selfish viewpoint, but only how ‘man’ thinks, ie only how my emotions ‘feel’. It’s not mind at all. It wasn’t for Peter either; he did not want to lose Jesus, especially not “that” way. Lord, help me remember Your ways are not my ways. [Isaiah 55:8-9(NLV)8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.]
24 Jesus said to His followers, “If anyone wants to be My follower, he must forget about himself. He must take up his cross and follow Me.
Sometimes "taking up the cross" means forgiving hurts and seeing God has a bigger picture in mind. If one forgives truly, the sting leaves, and the balm of God’s love heals, and it leaves no hardening callous. It enables one to see there may well be a bigger picture here that God has in mind. Trust God and be healed! It will remove the ‘hurt feelings’ when our focal point is on God's purpose in the circumstance and not on ourselves and ‘our hurt’. Trust God will use the situation for good, and put your priority on how you can fulfill His purpose in it.