Vying for Our Attention

Too many Christians fail to grasp that we are objects of interest to two different beings. They both seek our attention; they want us to decide to do what they want us to do. One appeals to our strong desires that we inherited from Adam; the Other urges us to do the right thing. Deciding to fulfill our fallen desires leads to damage and death; resisting these desires leads to great blessings and rewards. The problem is that we are pulled in two directions. We hear conflicting arguments. Both can be very persuasive. There is a difference: one tries to manipulate our emotions; the Other uses solid Truth. It’s much easier to be swayed emotionally. Counteracting the urge to go by our “feelings,” the Holy Spirit drives home God’s Truth, principles and guidelines. God has placed in each of us a “mechanism” that we know as our “will.” We must choose the “voice” to which we will listen. The child of God will learn to listen to God’s voice in Scripture: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Jesus, in John 8:44, describes the response of those who do not know Him: “Ye are of (your) father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.” Eve gave in to her “feelings.” The child of God must develop the discipline to reverse that way and yield his or her will to obeying God’s will. God stands ready to put some “backbone” into our wills when we call upon him for strength to resist our “feelings.” Ironically, when we learn this discipline, we enjoy superior “feelings.” Instead of emotions driving us, they flow out of our love for God and our trusting His will. In her Hymn, “Sweet Will of God,” Mrs. C. H. Morris reflects the joy, peace and satisfaction we experience when His will becomes our will: “My stubborn will at last hath yielded; I would be Thine, and Thine alone; and this the prayer my lips are bringing, Lord, let in me Thy will be done. Thy precious will, O conqu’ring Savior, doth now embrace and compass me; all discords hushed, my peace a river, my soul, a prisoned bird set free. Sweet will of God, still fold me closer, till I am wholly lost in Thee.” Selah! When His will becomes our will, we will be close to Him; very close!  Ron

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