All too often I get caught up in my day and allow my emotions and “heart” to take me where they will. Instead of walking in the spirit, taking care to discipline my thoughts and feelings I let them seize control and pilot me wherever they will, inevitably in a sinful and selfish direction.
There is a lot said in scripture about the human heart and none of it is very positive. It seems when we read thru the bible we see a grand story of God’s amazing works outside of men in the world, but also inside of men and using them. Whenever a man or woman submits to God and crushes self God uses them in good ways. Whenever we do it our own way and contribute something original to the picture (sin) we always mar ourselves and the world around us.
Popular culture preaches to us from every corner that we should follow our hearts. It is amazing how many childrens movies celebrate the young person who rebels against his society and “follows his heart”. We are so surrounded with false thinking about our hearts that the natural tendency is to loosen our grip on our shields and get swept away in the flow.
If I, as a follower of the Lord, am to walk in holiness there are a couple things I need to see very clearly about my own heart.
Though regenerated my heart is still deeply deceptive and self-oriented.
As Jerry Bridges said, “Even our best works are shot through with sin–with varying degrees of impure motives and lots of imperfect performance.”
If we want to grow as believers, if we want to glorify God in our thoughts we must learn to evaluate our own hearts honestly. It is not enough just to try to do what feels “good” or “unselfish”. Our minds are chock full of wrong thinking from many years of hearing lies from the culture surrounding us, not to mention our own conniving hearts trying to look out for number 1. We must find what is right from a source outside of ourselves and, sadly, Dr. Phil doesn’t cut the mustard. God’s Word is the only standard we can look to. Soak in it. Dig in daily. There is no other path to reorganizing your mind according to God’s thought patterns.
May the God who saved you give you the strength to heed His commands!