Satan is the author of confusion, evil abounds on a global scale never before seen. I don't know if that's the reason why I feel especially poignant today, I just feel a little down. Do you ever feel sad for no apparent reason? I ask that question because I don't know if all persons in the universe feel a pain they cannot pinpoint on occasion, I just know what my soul suffers from.
The Christian's relationship with the Savior is unique in every way. I feel guilty at times in my walk with Christ if I feel mental anguish, especially for no apparent reason. I tend to think I shouldn't ever feel that way. What I shouldn't feel is guilty. The pain or sadness isn't the sin, the guilt is. My sin nature imposes that guilt on my soul, Christ doesn't condemn me for feeling sad and not knowing why, He died on the cross for the shame and condemnation. Why do I impose the feeling of disapproval onto myself and believe for one second this is from my Savior? Ugh, I know, it's twisted, as the bible states in Jeremiah 17:9:
"The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?" Well, that's an understatement. However, I can, in the power of the Spirit, nip it in the bud according to 2 Corinthians 10:5:
"We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ."
Already I feel better just quoting this verse, it's not the sadness I need to take captive it's the guilt associated with the emotion that needs to be seized. That's where the daily dose of Bible study comes in. It's not only our weapon against Satan, it's the critic of EVERY single one of our thoughts and intentions according to Hebrews 4:12.
As Christians, we ALL need to be spiritually fed, daily. Jesus Christ quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 to Satan, in the wilderness to combat Satan, it's recorded in Matthew 4:4:
"But He answered and said, it is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'"
This tells the believer how important scripture is to us, it is more important than physical food. We need God's Word in order to be in control of our sin nature. My sadness doesn't violate God's standard, the guilt does, as it's a slap in the face of grace, and Gods word is the answer.
Like new born babies need to be fed multiple times a day to thrive, Christians need the Word of God on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times a day, to thrive and grow in the Christian way of life. Here are three verses out of many verses of scripture that validate this principle:
1 Peter 2:2 "Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation-"
Matthew 4:4 "But he answered, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. '"
2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness."
Just by writing this blog and searching the Scripture's for this article has eased my malaise. This beautiful verse just popped into my head, I'll share from Psalm 119:105:
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
I know the Savior wants my path to be free of guilt that so often can accompany suffering, sadness and pain and we will all suffer from in this temporal life, but the illegitimate "feeling" of guilt, a sin which is in total opposition to grace, is really what needs to be cast off. Growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior will only serve to make us aware of the hideous effects self-condemnation can have on our spiritual life.
Tears are stinging my eyes with gratitude toward the Lord Jesus Christ and the complete healing power of His Word. I know He is true to His word not because I experience it, but because He exalts His Word above His own name.
Ah, to be able to suffer with joy and not with guilt, that's what I'm pondering today and it's pretty poignant.