Mastering our emotions is critical, because our entire lives are based on whether we control our feelings, or they control us. Our feelings and thoughts spring from our souls; therefore, success or failure in life is based on what happens in our souls. When we study the Bible and let the Word renew our minds, we learn the self-control to master our emotions and take charge in this area. This enables us to avoid the trap of getting stuck in something that happened in the past, unable to move forward. God’s will is for us to prosper and be successful in every arena of life. When we refuse to let our emotions rule us, He can move us in the direction He wants us to go. Exerting our God-given authority over our emotions empowers us to succeed the way He wants us to.