Monday, May 16, 2011

A Common Problem, A Glorious Solution!

© 2011

     It seems that a lot of ladies are going through the same struggles I am currently undergoing. I was reading quite a few blogs this morning that I am following, and it really surprised me! I was definitely encouraged, but also empathetic to the problems. :/

     Of course, all of the issues are issues of the heart. There are always those surface problems that are readily seen, but they only lead right down to a person's heart and mind. It is that way for every person.
     The human heart (carnal, not physical) has nothing good for man. There are feelings that make us feel good: about ourselves, about others, about things, etc. However, that does not negate the fact that they are feelings, not facts.
     It can be a fact that I am feeling happy watching a certain movie, but it is not a fact that the movie is good. It can make me laugh, cry, get angry, lust, etc., but it doesn't make it good. It is a fact that a godless movie is evil.
     It can be a fact that I am feeling angry at my husband for telling me not to watch that movie. However, it does not negate the fact that my husband is right. He is accountable to God, since he is the head of our home, and he also cares for my soul. It is a fact that I was wrong to be angry at my husband for doing what is right.
     There are a multitude of other examples regarding all sorts of things that I could give. It all boils downs to the heart. As I know, the heart cannot be trusted. The very first mention of the word "heart" in the Holy Bible is in Genesis 6:5: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
     The Bible continues on in this fact later: " The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"--Jeremiah 17:9.
     What about the Lord Jesus? What did He have to say regarding the heart of man?
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man."--Matthew 15:18-20
     Though at salvation I received Christ Jesus the Lord, I still have the carnal flesh's heart--Romans 7 is a great chapter to show the constant battle between the holiness within the believer and the carnality. Over and over again God says in the New Testament that I am to keep and comfort my heart:
Ephesians 3 (especially verse 17); Ephesians 5:19; Ephesians 6:5, 6; Colossians 3:15, 16, 22, 23; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 3 (especially verses 8, 15); Hebrews 10:22; Hebrews 13:9; James 4:8; James 5:8; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Peter 3:4, 15.
     This is just a quick search from a Bible website, by typing in the search engine the word "heart." Of course, you will want to use the King James Bible Version, as other versions have many things left out, and have been corrupted by the Wescott and Hort texts. (For more information on the background of how Bible versions are/were translated, please visit this link for more information.)
     Now, why did I share all of this information? Well, for one thing, it is of the utmost importance to back up what anyone says with scripture, properly interpreted, 2 Peter 1:20. It is also also of the utmost importance to trust the Word of God, rather than our hearts. As women, unfortunately we trust our hearts, intuition, and mind, rather than the solid Word of God.
     However, there is a great crisis that comes to any person when they do not believe in the certainty of the Holy Bible. When someone believes that they cannot trust the Bible, because it is full of errors, then of course they will trust themselves more. I mean, why would you trust another man's ideology than your own? You've spent more time with yourself than with them.
     It is always ironic to me that someone would trust in Christ for salvation, which is found in His Word, but yet would not trust Him to be capable of ensuring a proper copy of said Word through all eternity. Hmm. He can save a soul, which is intangible, but He cannot save His written Word. Isn't this the same God that spoke everything into existence? Genesis 1 is a good place to start.
     I have heard many excuses: "Men high on drugs wrote it; Different time, culture; Can't trust humans to know God's mind; Etc." Being able to go to people's homes every other week to hand out Bible studies, as well as other opportunities afforded me of the Lord, gives me the opportunity to hear all sorts of excuses! People will trust man to record history, as long as it isn't God's history.
     Okay...I need to stop at this point and get off my soapbox. What it boils down to for us women is to not trust our emotions at the expense of not trusting God. When our feelings are contrary to God, they need to be overridden by His Word. It does not mean we are not really experiencing those emotions, but it does mean that we need to be put in check and get right.
     Satan loves to use our emotions and intellect to have us sin against our Saviour. To succumb to that temptation is not OK, though it happens all the time, myself greatly included. I thank the Lord for my Dear Husband who is more of a reasonable being than myself. He allows God's thinking to override his emotions many times; much more than myself. His example is rubbing off on me! :)
    So, dear sisters in Christ, do not let Satan have the advantage! Go to God, trust what HE says, not yourself. I know. We do not see God. We have never met Him. The world tells us all the time to follow our heart, to be true to ourselves, believe your own truth. Yet, this same world was more than willing to sacrifice Christ out of hate. Christ said that they would hate His own. Do you really want to trust them rather than Him?
     Let us hold fast to our Saviour. Let us be those wonderful women that glorify Him! May our lights so shine in this wicked day so that Christ may have His way! Do not give in to the sin-filled flesh, but the glory-filled God!

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
Galatians 5:19-25

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