Proverbs 21 7-21-18 Knowledge vs. Feeling

Finding out what is right and just according to God is vital to doing His will. Without knowing, we simply cannot make an informed decision–especially based on feelings!

[2] A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. [3] To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Still think you can make wise decisions yourself? Adam stood a good chance without a sin nature, but even HE couldn’t. What about us?

[20:9] Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?

All of our thoughts stand open before the LORD. He knows the condition of our hearts. That’s why He sent His Son to pay for our sin and then His Spirit to live inside us. If we follow His leadership each moment of each day, we WILL become like Him, we will enjoy sweet fellowship along the way, and we will avoid many pitfalls, traps, and hidden snares. We just can’t base our decisions on how we feel. We are too fickle and our feelings can be manipulated by the enemy–our flesh! (you thought I was going to say Satan, didn’t you?). Our own flesh, our own desires, our “old man” is twice the enemy that Satan is to us (says Beth Moore). All he has to do is mention one of our tendencies and we take the ball and run with it!

Each day, sometimes many times a day, we need to give our lives to the LORD. For instance, if you have a dream to become a specific type of person, say, a doctor, then give that dream to Him. He will begin to lead you either in that direction or He will simply take you a different way. The answer will be in opportunities given you–but don’t miss the fellowship and ministry shared along the way. We cannot be fulfilled in “becoming a doctor;” we are fulfilled walking with Jesus! Let’s focus on becoming like Christ. HE will make us what He wants us to be according to what He needs done next.

Holiday Inn Express has the right idea: If we spend time with the LORD in His Word and with His family, we will become what is needed for the day. “Are you a doctor?” “No, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.” For us, it would be, “No, but I spent time with the LORD in His Word this morning.”

Let’s make Him and His will more important than how we feel today. I think that you will find that changing the way you think will change the way you feel (again, from Beth Moore) about a lot of things, including yourself!

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