Contending Voices

There is a voice trying to influence us to yield to its suggestions. There is another voice urging us to think before we act. The first voice wants us to act impulsively without thinking about it. Now, our inner mechanism works something like this: there is the pull of emotions and there is the pull of getting at the facts and acting accordingly. Our minds are in the crossfire. One voice says “Do it, it’s all right. It will be fun, you’ll enjoy it, other people do it all the time and they don’t have a problem.” This urge comes from the leftover remnants of our fallen nature and consequently we “feel” like we want to do it. We act based on emotional stimuli. The contending voice is the Holy Spirit reminding us to find out what God’s Word has to say about what we are considering doing or being. Now, our minds are called upon to choose which way we’ll respond. Will it be our “feelings” or God’s will? This is why we need to have our minds renewed. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (From Romans 12:2). We do not naturally think Biblically. This is where discipleship (a disciplined life) comes into play. We are having our minds renewed to think Biblically and act accordingly. If we choose “feelings,” there will be consequences. If we choose what God teaches, there will be blessings. Either way, our “will” will seek to go the way we allow ourselves to be influenced. If we choose to be governed by God, we’ll “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (From Romans 12:2). Selah! “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:23).   Ron


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