So, we know who does the accusing, right? This man believed he was worthless, defective, a terrible person. And he learned this from his mother, who accused him of being these things. She was his accuser. And that belief that he took in from her caused him to wall himself off for sixty-five years from a productive experience in life.
Our adversary would love to do that to all of us. And he’s made a strong attempt with each one of us to do that. And what does God tell us to do about that? Well, we can look at another scripture. It’s in James 4:7. Let’s check that out.
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. How do you do that? Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded.
Do you remember the anxiety that the baby felt, wanting to love and be loved by parents and yet being angry with them at the same time? That’s got to go. We’ve got to get to the bottom of that. Look at that statement – purify your hearts. You know, we pray, we study, we fast, we go to church, we tithe, but we never go where the problem is. And that’s in our hearts.
If we’re ever ready to go there, what do we do when we get there? Well, think about the man. Once he saw through his deception, once his defenses were down, and he got through to his adaptive feelings, his true feelings came out, he admitted that he was really angry with his mother. He let himself feel it. Once he felt that, then the door was open for him to understand that, “Well, that’s ancient history.” You go through the feeling, and then you realize it isn’t so scary anymore. So, once he was courageous enough to face that, then he was free to see that she wasn’t doing it intentionally. She was just a sick person. And he forgave her. And then, he was no longer blocked from all the positive stuff, and it followed right along behind. He awareness of himself was not as defective, but as lovable and capable for doing good in the world – not held back any longer from fulfilling his true potential. That all came about because he became willing to face negative feelings for his mother that he had so carefully concealed from himself all his sixty-five years.
So, how about you? Who causes you trouble? What’s holding you back? What’s keeping you down? Instead of all the usual things we do to try to feel better, why not go where the problem lives – in your heart? If you do, you’ll live a much more spiritually productive and satisfying life. If you want to know more, keep up with this series. We’re going to go into it even deeper. And go back and pick up the previous installments. Our Web address is going to follow – as soon as we’re finished here.
So, until next time then, this is Bill Jacobs for LifeResource Ministries, serving children, families and the Church of God.