Making a Disciplined Response

Most of the time, the pathway to get us to act is by stirring our emotions. What makes us “feel” good? One good example is our recent election. Did we vote on the basis of research on where the candidates stand on various issues and on their worldview? Or, did we vote for the one about whom we “felt” good? Far too many vote for one they like instead of for one who is capable and morally upright. (Yes, I realize that sometimes we have to get the best one of two who are running). What I’m actually getting at is this: do we respond to life, based on our feelings? A born again believer must move beyond that and make disciplined responses based on God’s Word and His standards. This implies disciplining ourselves to spend much time in the Word. This gives us another example: we can’t respond based on the “feeling” that we don’t have time. The disciplined response is: I will make time. I purposely put the word “will” in bold. Our wills must override our “feelings.” We must will to do His will! Even coming to Jesus for salvation, while it may be emotionally prompted, must be received as an act of our will. We can will to receive or reject. If we will to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, it must be on the basis of believing God’s Truth. Good “feelings” are the consequences of sound choices, not the cause! From the moment of conversion, we must will to live Scripture-disciplined lives. This is how we mature. In Acts 16:31 when the Philippian jailor was told, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” he had to will to believe or will not to believe, as did his household. To believe is to will to trust His Word, His love, His sacrifice, and to trust His control of our lives. Then we learn to will to obey and He strengthens our will by our ever deepening involvement in His Holy Word. We would do well to pray the prayer that Charles Price Jones prayed in his hymn, “Deeper, Deeper:” “Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus daily let me go; higher, higher in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know. Deeper, deeper! blessed Holy Spirit, take me deeper still, till my life is wholly lost in Jesus, and His perfect will. Deeper, deeper! tho’ it cost hard trials, deeper let me go!  Rooted in the holy love of Jesus, let me fruitful grow. O deeper yet, I pray, and higher ev’ry day, and wiser, blessed Lord, in Thy precious, holy Word!” Selah! As we will to do His will instead of going by our “feelings,” holy emotions will confirm our choices.   Ron

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