Tag Archive: Trust

OldRuggedCross_B&WMost will readily acknowledge that people lie, and we might even admit we too are prone to talebearing from time to time, yet somehow there’s this strange belief within each of us that says our feelings will never lie. But nothing could be further from the truth. Feelings lie more than any of us probably care to admit. 

How many times have we heard, “Go with your heart”, “Trust your gut”, “Let your heart lead you”, etc.? Yet, God’s Word very clearly reminds us that our hearts are far from trustworthy. They are self-centered, deceitfully wicked, and naturally bent toward getting what they want. Jeremiah 17:9.

Feelings are far from objective. They are fickle and focused on keeping all the attention on themselves. As Christians, we often struggle against our natural emotions. Many times we have a godly desire to faithfully follow the Lord, yet find ourselves having to push our natural emotions out of the way. One author correctly compared feelings to a room full of crying babies. If you were to continually hold them, the babies would be satisfied, but at the end of the day you would be completely tired out and the babies would’ve only learned that crying will get them the attention they desire. Sure there are appropriate times to hold a baby, but just like  parents must train their little ones, so too we must learn to train our fleshly feelings. If we spend our entire lives holding or indulging our feelings, we’ll become nothing less than a helpless, hopeless slave to them.

Praise the Lord we do not have to rely on the world’s methods to do the training! Instead, we have the eternal and magnificent power of the Holy Spirit and the marvelously sufficient Word of God!  Jesus desires all His children be sanctified (set apart) by the truth of God’s living and active Word.(Psalm 119:9John 17:17)  He has not left us as orphans to figure it out on our own. He has graciously given us His Holy Spirit to daily and powerfully transform us into His image. (John 14:18-26;2 Corinthians 3:18)  First, we must be honest and admit that our fleshly feelings don’t always tell the truth, that they only have their best interest in mind.  Then we must continually capture our thoughts (and emotions), nailing them to the cross of Christ, knowing only Jesus can cleanse us, oftentimes even from our foolish feelings.  (Matthew 16:24;2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

The world spends literally billions of dollars a year to produce in people certain emotional connections to it’s philosophies, methods, and products.  Why?  Because it knows very well that once we’ve attached an emotion to an idea or product, we’ll have a very difficult time letting go.  Oh, how true this is!  May we let the Lord Jesus Christ break these attachments, allowing us to finally enjoy the freedom and liberty we have in Christ!  Freedom from the flesh! Freedom from Satan! Freedom from Sin! Freedom to keep in step with Jesus, knowing soon we’ll be able to see Him face to face, with only godly feelings flowing from Heaven’s throne, filling our hearts and minds! What a glorious day that will be!!!

Until that day, may we say like Paul, “I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

“The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O LORD, and teach out of Your law…” Psalms 94:11-12

“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ; if so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:17-24

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

High Tower 1“Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God.” ~Hannah Whitall Smith 

A Parable- The Fresh Stream

Once there was a battle. Both sides had been fighting  evenly for several years, until finally one side had the other on the run. That is until the side running found the perfect location to dig in. Not only did the place have a height advantage, it was very close to a fresh stream, allowing the troops steady access to good water. The side that was advancing figured out how to keep some supplies from coming in, however they could not keep the fresh stream from flowing. 

Over the next few weeks there was seemingly a stalemate, until a captain from the advancing side came up with an idea. “What if we can convince their troops to no longer drink from the stream, forcing them to dehydrate or move out into the open?” So the captain carefully planned his strategy. Once his planning was complete, he reasoned correctly that the first and major step would be to convince their enemies to no longer trust the water in the stream.

So the captain strategically sent a few of his soldiers in undercover. They persuaded several key troops from the opposing side that the stream could not supply all the water that they needed. The newly deceived soldiers reported directly to those able to make decisions, convincing them that wells should be dug if the battle was to be won. So troops were given the task of relentlessly digging wells, until, to their own dismay, many were completely worn out, with no fruit to show for it, but dry holes in the ground. 

Then the undercover soldiers passed on a second lie. This time they managed to convinced the captains of the need to look far beyond the river’s water.  They were duped into believing that there were bigger and better sources of water beyond the stream. Once convinced, several regiments were ordered onward, only to find desert and wastelands.  They became weak and weary, and many did not make the journey back.

These first two lies weakened and ruined many, however the third lie was the most tragic of all. This final lie did not focus on the insufficient water supply provided by the stream, nor did it lead the troops to believe that there were bigger and better sources to discover.  No this lie deceived the troops into believing that the stream itself had become poisoned.  Once most of the remaining troops were convinced of this, they ceased to even sip from the stream. (Their actions proved that they honestly believed the water source could no longer be trusted.)  Only two weeks after this lie, the enemy easily advanced up the hill.  And sadly, most of the troops that were before so strategically positioned were now of no strength. And many were found dead only feet from the freshly flowing stream convinced that the waters were poison to them.

Thoughts on the meaning of the parable are welcomed. I’ll be posting mine in a few days.

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