Give Me That Mountain

Basing Our Passion on Truth

A Change of Mind. Day seven...

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” – Author Unknown

Sounds beautiful, doesn't it? This sentiment is a staple ingredient of the entertainment world. While it may be a beautiful phrase, it's beautiful like a coral snake is beautiful—and just as deadly.

coral snake

To believe that your feelings cannot be controlled is deadly poison to the life God has prepared for you. To believe that you must somehow learn to cope with whatever mood hits you is simply a lie from the pit of hell.

While uncontrolled emotions may make for great entertainment in the make‐believe world, they make for lousy living in the real world.

Those who are ruled by their emotions are no fun to be around. For me, at least, trying to enjoy the company of a moody person is like trying to enjoy a hand grenade. It's just hard to relax when you're wondering if the thing might go off.

I used to be such a person. For me, emotions were just uncontrollable reactions to events in my life. And I could never predict those reactions (neither could those around me). What would trigger rage on most occasions might trigger compassion on other occasions. I never knew what to expect because I believed that I could not “close my heart to the things I did (and did not) feel.”

Can you relate? If you can then you know that life is good as long as the emotional reactions are positive. But life is hell when the reactions go the other way. And since you can't seem to control or even anticipate the direction, you get bounced around by your emotions like the ball in an old‐fashioned pin ball machine.

As God's people, we are supposed to be passionate. But our passion must be based on truth and not perception, or we will be miserable and we will make everybody around us miserable in the process.

So how do we base our passion on truth rather than perception?

First of all, God cannot lie:

So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. (Hebrews 6:18 NLT)

Second of all, Satan cannot tell the truth:

He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44b NLT)

Since we have a human nature bent on evil and easily influenced by the devil, it's simply a bad plan to expect our human nature to have anything more than just a perception about anything.

  • I'm too tired.
  • I don't feel good enough.
  • I can never do that anyway.
  • I'm not smart enough.
  • I'm too good for that.
  • I had that coming.
  • I can't catch a break.
  • I deserve a break.

Perceptions such as these generate emotions that have no place at all in the life of a Christian. We need a better example to follow than our human nature. And that example is Jesus.

You may be tempted to say, “Well, He was God and I'm just a man (woman). How can I possibly follow His example?”

Jesus made it entirely possible to follow His example, as we will discuss tomorrow.

Have a good day,
Mike

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