I woke up this morning with the Holy Spirit talking to me about some scripture before I ever cracked open my Bible or got out of bed. We all know the passage well, James 1 specifically verses 14 and 15 that say God doesn't tempt, but each of us are tempted when we're drawn away by our own desires, then when those desires are conceived they produce sin.
I'm not sure about you, but I have been crying out to God for help. That He will reveal my sin to me, that He would help me get control over my own wrong emotions. Is it just me or do some of y'all FEEL THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO FEEL!!! I have thoughts that I don't want to believe that produce emotions that I don't want to keep. Like David I've cried out search me, know my heart, test MY ANXIOUS THOUGHTS, and if there is anything offensive towards you, lead me into the way of the everlasting. (ps. 139)
This morning as James 1 was brought to mind, immediately so was Colossians 3. "Set your mind on things above, and not on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ.... therefore consider the members of your earthly body as DEAD to immorality, impurity, passion, EVIL DESIRE, and greed which amounts to idolatry.... Now you also put them all aside anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech. Do not lie since you have put aside the old self and its evil practices.
If you read my blog much, you've heard me talk about Colossians 3. This morning and probably for the last two weeks God has been reminding me that in order to see the victory I want in the realm of my emotions I need to die to self. I need to crucify my own desires. As Philippians 2 says do nothing out of selfish ambition, but HUMILITY VALUE OTHERS ABOVE YOURSELF. As my mentor says, "Expect nothing and appreciate everything".
As we put to death our own desires. As we consider our members of our earthly body as dead then we leave no personal desires to breed sin. I have decided with Paul to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I have decided that my life is hid in Christ and that I will line up and identify with who He is, what His desires are. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but He shall live in me".
Let's look how chapter 3 wraps up in Colossians. 12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, doall in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
We can put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, AND LOVE. We can so crucify our own selfish desires and embrace Christ that our desires to be affirmed, loved, wanted, cared for, prized, respected, (insert whatever area you need) will be fulfilled in Him rather than us searching for it in people. That is when we walk in these things we have love, that we will have UNITY with others, and the peace of God will rule in our hearts. Sharing the Word with each other as it dwells richly inside of us and we can teach and admonish each other, singing and being grateful. Then my favorite part, whatever we do in WORD OR DEED, we must all do in the name of the Lord.
Over these last two weeks as I've been seeking the Lord for help and He has been encouraging me once again to "die to self" I have found myself with a renewed passion to worship Him and sing as I go throughout my day, a new longing to be alone with Him. It is not ironic that when we cry out for breakthrough, He draws us into His presence and His Word because it is there that we are changed.
Be Blessed, J. Tate