Renewing Your Mind Devotional:
Truth In Our Inward Being

Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
- Psalm 51:6-7 ESV

There are times when the very act we think is bringing us healing is actually keeping us in bondage. For many of us, our attempt to “control” our emotions is doing just that; we believe it’s drawing us closer to God, when in reality it’s pulling us further away.

We’ve all experienced it. Something unexpected happens. Suddenly, we feel a pulse of anger, anxiety or grief shoot through our being. What we do with that moment determines whether that feeling will draw us deeper into darkness, or out into God’s Light. Will we stuff that feeling down into the cellar of our soul, double bolting the lock and pretending that it never happened? Or will we open the door, and allow God to use that moment to usher truth into our inward being? 

Many Christians have internalized the lie that our emotions are our enemy. We see any negative emotion as a sign of weakness or spiritual immaturity.  So, the moment we feel something, we burry that feeling as quickly as possible, believing that this is a sign of strength. We hope that if we keep pushing the feeling down, it will eventually go away.

What we miss is that the feeling itself is not the issue. That fear. That anger. Just like everything else God created, it has a purpose. God uses our emotions flaring on the outside, as a tool to highlight what’s really going on inside. They are simply the fruit of a deeper soul issue, not the root of it. When we only attack the emotion itself,  it’s like cutting off the head of a weed, but never digging up its roots - it will just keep popping back up.

So, what are we supposed to do with our emotions? Well, we definitely don’t wallow in them. But, we don’t stuff them either. We trace them.

If, I feel anger bubbling up inside of me, I don’t just need to resist the it. I need to bring the anger to God so that He can trace it back to its source - its root. WHY am I angry? Maybe I’m angry because I thought I would be further along in my life by now. So, deep down, whether I want to admit it or not, I’m frustrated with myself…and with God. This is my truth - little “t.” I have to 1) Trace that feeling 2) Face that truth 3)Then take that root to the Cross. Only then, can God speak real Truth - capital “T” - and bring healing and transformation to the depths of my soul. 

When we ignore what is happening inside of us, we are rejecting “truth in our inward being” (Psalm 51:6). But, when we are honest about what is really going on beneath the surface of our lives, we are embracing truth. Now, God can speak His wisdom into our secret heart (Psalm 51:6). The wisdom and truth that He speaks renews our mind on the matter. That way, we won’t have to settle for simply stuffing that anger or anxiety back down -  God’s truth will have eradicated it all together!

That is true healing.
That is real freedom.

To discover more about how God can use our emotions as agents of spiritual formation in our lives, join me in this online Bible study video.

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