The difference in knowing Christ and not knowing Christ is day and night; it’s literally the difference between life and death.
Proverbs 6:25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty [temptation always looks enticing] or let her captivate you with her eyes [sin is trying to get your attention].
I’m always looking for analogies to help us get our arms around The Process of Sanctification (or, as I heard lately, “shower-fication”). It’s the action of the Holy Spirit in us making us like Christ. Here’s my latest one:
Our hearts are like powered loudspeakers [they have built-in amplifiers]; a cord runs from the mind to the speaker. What comes out of the mind goes to the powered speaker and that’s all we hear in our heads. Desire takes over from that point and we are led into sin–more than that, we rush headlong into sin!
Proverbs 7:21-23 With persuasive words she [Desire] led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing [or caring] it will cost him his life.
Christians have a Conditioner between the mind and the powered speaker. This Conditioner is the Holy Spirit. As our thoughts go into the Conditioner, He filters what we are thinking through Truth (as much as we know of it). WARNING: There is a bypass button. We choose whether or not to send our thoughts through to the Conditioner. If we allow Him to catch the signal [our thoughts] early enough, He enables us to send a clean signal to our hearts, one that is godly and ministers to those around us. If we wait too long to run it through the Conditioner, the signal bypasses Him and goes straight to the heart unfiltered–this is bad! In fact, it’s how we were before we got saved, which is how Christians can act so ungodly at times.
How do we catch the signal early and send it to the Conditioner? By knowing what sends the signals:
- When we feel bad,
- When we have expectations,
- When we are hurt,
- When we are selfish,
- When we are tempted,
- When we have had enough (impatience),
- By default! When we don’t spend time in His Word, we go with what we’ve always known, which is why this verse is so important:
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Let’s link two verses from the Psalms together for today’s pondering:
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Psalms 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
As we ponder, let’s let the Holy Spirit teach us His ways and filter our thoughts.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.