Renewing Your Mind
Truth In Our Inward Being
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward
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
its drawing us closer to God, when in reality its pulling us
Weve 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 Gods 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 whats 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, its 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 dont wallow in them. But, we dont stuff them
either. We trace them.
If, I feel anger bubbling up inside of me, I dont 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
Im 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, Im
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 wont have to
settle for simply stuffing that anger or anxiety back down
- Gods 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
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