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When we try to measure time or weight or temperature or speed or any of a hundred other things, we normally rely on instrumentation. But we can try to tell the time by using our feelings, such as how hungry or tired we feel, and our senses, such as how light it seems, is crudely inaccurate compared to using an objective measure of a clock but we can tell what time by our feelings.

What if an airline pilot ignored the plane's instrumentation and decided to fly by his gut feeling? Spiritual matters are literally more important than life and death. All of eternity hinges on them. The stakes are far too high to dare rely on your feelings or circumstances to guess spiritual reality.

Sensations like 'feeling' the presence of God are so vague as to be virtually useless as a spiritual gauge. I know that I can "feel" God but many other people that love the Lord cannot have this spiritual sense. To base one's faith on such feelings would be a disaster for anyone. One's faith must be in the integrity of God.

2 Corinthians 1:21 "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a deposit."

Ephesians 1:13 "In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory."

2 Corinthians 5:5 "Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee."

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