To enjoy your interior life embrace accurate, helpful thoughts and reject inaccurate, harmful ones. The interior life is a flowing collage of consciousness, concepts, thoughts, emotions, ideas, desires, reasoning, conscience, etc.
“It’s my life.” If you want your life to be truly yours, you must take control of your inner world.
Psychology tries to understand the inner life through intellectual analysis and research done on groups of people. Perhaps a more effective way to understand the inner life is through observing your own interior experiences and conducting your own experiments of your own inner world.
There is much about you that’s not observable from the outside. That’s your interior life. When your inner intention doesn’t match your external behavior, that’s called hypocrisy.
People can do the same thing for different reasons. Their exterior life looks the same, but their interior life’s very different.
A chaotic interior life ignores and drowns out God’s “still, small voice.” We can strive to daily align our interior life with God or choose live it in rebellion against Him. An unmanaged interior life stays overgrown with weeds and is unwelcoming to God’s spiritual seeds. You can’t align your interior life with God without humble, honest introspection and the willingness to admit where you’re off track
Genuine connection with the living Jesus occurs in the interior life, not in the exterior — “Christ in you,” not Christ around you. Jesus wants to be present and interactive inside you, not just for you to worship Him as if He is far away. If you don’t want an intimate, interior life with Jesus now, then you probably won’t enjoy being stuck with Him forever.
Interior life is often chaotic and conflicted, but ongoing, surrender to the living Jesus trains us to calm the inner storms. If Jesus isn’t continually changing and improving your interior life (your thoughts, desires, and emotions), check your connection. “Christ in you” will grow or diminish, depending on how you tend your inner garden. If you won’t hear and surrender to Jesus’ voice in your heart, hearing about Him from a preacher does little good.