Your Blind Spot (2)
Sometimes trying to see the truth about yourself is like trying to see inside your own eyeballs. ‘…Who can discern their own errors…?’ the Psalmist asked.
Fortunately, you’re not left on your own. The Spirit is already at work in you. Your job is simply to listen and respond. Guilt isn’t your enemy, sin is. God’s Spirit will often bring a sense of conviction, and when it does, the proper response isn’t to try and suppress the guilt but to deal with the issue. When you don’t, those issues can build up like cholesterol in your arteries.
At a moment of great crisis, Samson arose to exert his strength, ‘…but he did not know that the Lord had left him’ (Judges 16:20 NIV). He’d become callous and lost his sensitivity to God. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to warn us about what ails them, if we learn to read the signs.
Chest pains may indicate heart trouble and there are more subtle clues. Most of us will have seen the TV ad from the NHS about detecting when someone is having a stroke (FAST) Face, Arms, Speech, and Time. God will enable you to find the truth about your soul if you’re open and willing. Left to yourself, you will usually rationalize or defend yourself. You’ll ‘…call evil good and good evil…’ (Isaiah 5:20 NIV). At the other extreme, you can become a neurotic over-analyzer.
Madame Guyon warned against ‘depending on the diligence of your own scrutiny rather than on God for the knowledge and discovery of our sin.’
What’s the answer?
Allow your thoughts and responses to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
‘…Who can discern their own errors…?’ Psalms 19:12 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
1 Corinthians 6:19; 7:17; 12:28, 31; 15:58
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit within you, whom you have from God?
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body!
Let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, & to which God has called him. Let a person examine himself. If we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
Therefore, my beloved brothers & sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain! Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love!
God knows all your work! He lives in you! Glorify him today! Never delay!