Saturday, July 15, 2017

the wickedness of our hearts and the righteousness of our savior

"We think with our feelings, it's true. We allow our feelings to guide our thinking, and we shouldn't. Emotions are a wonderful gift from God should. And our relationship with God should bring to our lives strong godly affections. However, our emotions shouldn't be vested with final authority. This should be reserved for God's Word alone." ~ Sinclair Ferguson 

In our day and age, too many Christians, in an innocent attempt to encourage our church family, say, "follow your heart" but these brothers and sisters aren't seeing how misguided and even dangerous this is. Scripture clearly tells us "the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick" (Jeremiah 17:9). Don't follow your heart. Don't listen to yourself. Do follow His. He won't lead you astray and His plans are always best. Do pray, like David, for our Father to create in you a clean heart. (Psalm 51:10) because He has promised to give us one (Ezekiel 36:26) We must lift our eyes up and run hard after that crown (the one that we'll be throwing at our Savior's feet). We must fix our gaze on the Lion of Judah and not look to the right or left. Then at the end, we can say with Paul, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7). We must speak the truth of the glorious gospel to our hearts. "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body" (Colossians 3:15) and not forget that the head of that body is Christ (Ephesians 5:23-24). God is not our Genie. We are His servants, not the other way around. Again, let us not listen to or follow our own wicked hearts, but rather the heart of our ever-loving, always-good, righteous Father. 

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