October 08, 2019
When reading again about my own meditation about doing what’s right, I felt Holy Spirit giving me a whisper of understanding: to truly do what’s right, never let your logic/rationale compare your personal step of obedience with any figures in the Bible.
· Never let your logic or excuse make Abraham – who lived inaccurately, admitting her wife Sara as his sister (Gen 12 & 20) – as a justification for the various inaccuracies that we do against our spouse.
· Don’t take Moses’ action of taking another wife to justify our wrongdoings if we live inaccurately in the aspect of family life (Numbers 12).
· Don’t let David’s inaccurate action – sleeping with Bathsheba, plotting to murder Uriah (his most loyal soldier), then taking Bathsheba as his own wife – as a logic or excuse to justify our intention to have an affair (2 Samuel 11).
· Don’t take the inaccuracies of the Biblical heroes as a ‘justification’ for our lives who indeed still refuse to do what’s right!
In short, to be able to do what’s right, we must complete the determination in our hearts to walk in righteousness – no matter the opinion of others, and regardless of all worldly or human excuses and logic that keep crossing our mind!
1. Keep directing the inclination of our heart to be fixed on the truth.
Our inclination of heart can be illustrated as our life’s GPS system. If our heart’s inclination is directed towards the truth, even though we have ‘joined’ a community of inaccurate people, that inclination of heart will automatically ‘guides’ us to leave that community, and at the same time, brings us to meet and merge ourselves in a community which truly loves God and His truth!
In turn, if the inclination of our heart is still directed towards this world (and all its pleasures), then somehow, that inclination will surely ‘bring us’ to merge with those who still love this world, even if we are already in the midst of a God-loving people!
2. Always direct and discipline our mind to always be fixed to the truth of God’s word (the mind of Christ).
The Bible emphasizes: If your thinking is controlled by your sinful self, there is spiritual death. But if your thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace (Romans 8:6 – ERV).
So, we have no other alternative. We must actively direct our mind – all our imagination, logic, arguments, and excuses – to always stay aligned with God’s word!
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
3. Keep guarding the area of emotions in our life.
When our emotions are raging, we tend to manifest negative emotions. Realize that it is a vulnerable state! To illustrate, when negative emotions are raging within a person, the ‘door of their soul’ is open for worldly spirits to enter and influence their lives!
That’s why, when someone is filled with negative emotions, their imagination and mind will tend to ‘go wild’. Usually, many bad, evil, and wild thoughts pop up (thoughts that aren’t aligned to the truth of the word). If we let negative emotions linger in our heart, it will entice us to look for means of releasing it. Be careful, because at that point, negative emotions are shaping us to be a weapon of iniquity (Romans 6:11-13).
Learn to quickly direct our mind back to things that are true, honorable, right, lovely, etc. For indeed, if we could ‘control’ our mind, we could automatically ‘pacify’ and ‘defuse’ our emotions!
Philippians 4:8 (TLB) And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: FIX YOUR THOUGHTS on what is true and good and right. THINK ABOUT things that are pure and lovely, and DWELL on the fine, good things in others. THINK about all you can praise God for and be glad about.
Always ask for Holy Spirit’s guidance so we can always do what’s right at all times and in every situation. #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus