A Change of Mind. Day thirty...
One of the big reasons for so much of our suffering is that we live with a confused sort of love—a love that can't distinguish between good and evil.
Consequently, we tend to tolerate what is destructive and tend to neglect what is beneficial. In other words, we do not utterly detest anything that is against the Word of God. And we do not glue ourselves to everything that is based on the Word of God.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (Romans 12:9 KJV)
Our love is to be free from dissimulation, or hypocrisy. Our love is to be based on the absolute standards of Love Himself. And God hates anything—anything—that says something different than what He says.
In today's culture it is considered inappropriate for me to come against anything that is hurting my brother. But if I had lived under the Old Covenant Law, I would have had a responsibility to come against anything my neighbor was doing that violated God's law; otherwise I would have shared in his guilt.
You must not hate your fellow citizen in your heart. If your neighbor does something wrong, tell him about it, or you will be partly to blame. (Leviticus 19:17 NCV)
That law, that principle, should now be written on my heart under the New Covenant. I should utterly detest anything that is against the Word of God—in my life or the life of another—in the same way that Jesus utterly detested anything that was against the Word of God as He was tempted in the wilderness (see yesterday's discussion).
Jesus only gave agreement to the Word of God; anything else He rejected.
On a day last year, after many days of tormented sleep for no more than an hour at a time, I came to Sherrel and said, “We need to treat this sickness more seriously. I believe the Lord is showing me that the devil is trying to take me out, literally.” The following morning I passed out in the shower and ended up spending the day in the ER.
Sherrel said she had only one moment when she just wanted to cry. It's what we initially want to do when the devil comes against us, or against someone we love—we want to cry. But this crying is the confused love that I'm talking about.
This confused love doesn't utterly detest anything that is against the Word of God. It just wants to cry.
Quickly, though, Sherrel began to utterly detest anything that was against the Word of God, and spoke over me only what God said. Nothing else was tolerated. Of course, I'm sure this made for some interesting conversation with the medical staff.
When we got home she continued to utterly detest anything that was against the Word of God (even if it was coming out of my mouth), and so, over the next few days, we made progress together by hating what is evil and clinging to what is good. That is God's kind of love.
Did we see supernatural progress? Yes we did, and I'll close today with what happened. On the day following my hospital stay, I thought maybe a taco sounded good. As I sat with Sherrel in the Taco Bell parking lot, I looked into the cars driving by and felt a profound pity for the people I saw. It's not unusual for me to feel the pain of others, but this was different. It was as if all the people in the world were just pitiful.
“God, this is not You! This is not how You see Your creation!” I realized that Satan was coming against me with a lie.
That night at bedtime I told Sherrel, “Satan is coming against me with despair. We must declare God's Word against this oppression.” So we prayed and declared the Word of the Lord over the situation. (Please keep in mind that I hadn't slept for more than an hour at a time for many days, and even that little sleep was plagued by demonic aggravation.)
I went to sleep praying and woke up a couple of hours later, curled up next to Sherrel in a fetal position, just wringing wet. I changed into dry clothes and went back to sleep for a couple more hours only to go through the same experience again. But when I woke up this last time the oppression that I had been dealing with for days was gone.
We put on some praise music and worshiped the Lord for the next several minutes. Then we had some peaceful sleep until it was time to get up the next morning.
What happened? I can't really tell you other than God delivered me out of the hands of the enemy, as He promised He would in His Word.
Are you ready to get all the confusion out of your love relationship with God? Are you ready to utterly detest anything God does not say? Are you ready to glue yourself to His every Word?
It all starts with “knowing” what He says about you—the truth, not just a few nice‐sounding one‐liners.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31–32 KJV)
Continue in His Word, and the truth of His Word will make you free.
Have a good day,