I want God to ignite my words with a match made in Heaven so that they burn in the heart of everyone who reads them or hears them, making them a furnace that spreads God’s warmth and light around the world.
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.
If you want to make your own rules, invent a game. If you try to replace God’s rules with your rules, you’ll wreck your life.
When desire rules and rules are not desired, life becomes congested with negative consequences.It’s amazing how many problems you can avoid in life by playing fair and following God’s rules.God’s rules are designed to hinder and hold back evil. Violating them welcomes evil.
Rebellion is in the human heart. If you don’t brake your desires, you’ll break God’s rules.When you break God’s rules, He no longer rules in your life and you distance yourself from His kingdom.
God’s rules were not made to be broken. They were made to protect us from self-destruction. When we ignore God’s rules we begin to experience inner anarchy.
If we humans were good people, we’d do good and avoid doing bad, even if there were no rules.When human emotions and behaviors are allowed expressions that violate God’s rules, evil is at hand.
You don’t have to break God’s rules to be creative. Just look at all that He has made by following them.
If parents have the right to make rules for their children, God has the right to make rules for us humans.Both the concepts of grace and of atheism are frequently used as an excuse to break God’s rules.
The more we break God’s rules, the less spontaneous joy we experience and the more we feel the need for artificial happiness.When rules are removed and human desires are unrestrained, it’s soon obvious that the results aren’t good.
Your conscience knows God’s rules and reminds you of them. If God’s rules didn’t matter, you wouldn’t feel guilty for breaking them.
The way I want to write is to use words to support what’s right and to overcome what’s wrong. So I write on.
To follow God’s rules Is a struggle But it makes for Good trouble.
Life’s big question: Shall I follow My desires Or do What God requires?
Approval Won’t bring about The removal Of your guilt, But repentance Will drive it out.
Guilt repressed Leaves you stressed; Guilt forgiven Feels like Heaven!
Freedom: When your conscience approves Of your daily moves, Guilt no longer reproves.
People who feel guilty blame others. People who have deeply experienced mercy and forgiveness forgive.When your conscience continually gives you low approval ratings, it’s time to change your behavior.
The approval of your conscience will make you much happier than the approval of people and disapproval of your conscience.All the approval and applause in the world won’t satisfy you if your own conscience disapproves.No matter how hard you try (even if you deny), it’s extremely difficult to be comfortable without the approval of your conscience.
Activating the belief that there is a God and that He’s ready to forgive and to restore you to innocence and wholeness, is life-altering. Reading the New Testament part of the Bible (with an open heart) will begin to activate that belief.
Our death won’t remove our guilt, but the sacrificial death of Jesus freely provides forgiveness to those who repent and follow Him.Jesus didn’t come to condemn us. He came to freely offer us forgiveness and the power to obey God, so He can tell us, “Well done.”
A sunrise of abandoning conscience and moral compass is a sunset of character and integrity that welcomes darkness and chaos. It’s not a great day in the morning.
Just be cause you have the right to do something doesn’t make it right to do.If we’re not careful we can proclaim our rights so loudly and proudly that we drown out our conscience.The more we free ourselves from our conscience, the greater will be our bondage to our desires.
A great nation requires citizens and a government that both have great ethics, great fairness, great kindness, and great integrity. To be great is to do what’s right even when you don’t want to–to obey your conscience above your desires and feelings. As more and more of it’s citizens begin to humbly and courageously prioritize doing what’s right instead of doing what they desire, a nation becomes great.
Saying that wrong is right doesn’t magically make it so.Trying to be unconscious of your conscience and to silence its voice, doesn’t change the truth of what your conscience says to you. If you would like to have less guilt, simply let your conscience manage your life.
As humans we have a continual choice. We can do what we desire or we can do what we ought to do.As long as our desires, feelings, and preferences matter more than doing what’s right, our lives will be a mess.Any society that teaches that right and wrong are determined by a person’s desires will go headlong into wrong.
Some people deny their wrong behavior. Others claim their wrong behavior is good. A few admit when their behavior is wrong.Teaching people that wrong is right traps them in wrongdoing. It doesn’t set them free.
No word game Can remove our shame, But heling comes When we humbly Admit our blame.
Universalism, the idea that God will force everybody to go to Heaven, denies the freedom of choice. My soul, my choice.How could a loving God force people who don’t want to do His will to be forever in a place, Heaven, where His will is always done? Let’s face it. Many people wouldn’t like that.
If you trust in universalism (that everyone will be saved) but don’t get right with God on earth, if you’re wrong it’ll be too late. The belief in universal tends to motivate people to delay seeking God and to assume that everything will be all right for them no matter how they live.
People who don’t want to surrender to God’s will, but say they want to go to Heaven, are confused. God’s will is always done there.
Jesus offers to set us free from self-torment and make us right with God. If we don’t want that now, why would we want it when we’re dead?If someone is determined not to do God’s will on earth, He won’t want to do God’s will when He’s gone.If you don’t want to do God’s will, it seems unfair that God would make you go to Heaven where His will is always done forever.
Surely God wouldn’t make people who want to set their own rules, and follow their desires and human impulses, go to Heaven.It seems cruel that God would give people no option in the afterlife but to be compelled to perfectly do His will forever.
There are forces that oppose God: evil and our human free will, for example. God’s will won’t be fully done as long as those forces oppose it. Jesus defined Heaven as the place where God’s will is done. If opposing forces are allowed into Heaven, God’s will, will no longer be fully done there. That poses a problem. How does God allow humans into Heaven without allowing opposing forces in? God’s answer is to offer people the opportunity to freely surrender their will to the living Jesus. If we choose not to do so, our presence would disrupt Heaven, unless our will was forcible restrained. But Heaven is a place of love, not of force. So that means if we don’t want to go to the place of God’s perfect will being done always and forever, we don’t have to go there.
Repentance is God’s call to turn from our desires and to follow His will instead. Self-denial is the process of becoming free from bondage to our desires, feelings, and thoughts.Biblical Christianity requires a lifestyle of obeying Jesus and not being controlled by our natural impulses and desires.It requires no faith to hear a sermon, but it takes courageous faith to follow and obey the living Jesus. The missing peace of your heart will be restored when you daily surrender your will to the living Jesus.
Arrogant people Are actors Putting on a show So people won’t know Who they really are.
Arrogance is quick To take offense At anything That put’s dents In its nonsense.
Arrogance is a lie That wants me To continually try To deny My own faults.
To be arrogant Is to live ignorant Of my own persistent Weakness and short-comings.
People who are arrogant Tend to be militant Against whatever Makes them discontent.
To avoid arrogance Take a frequent error-glance At your life, And correct your own faults.
To see arrogance as an asset is like seeing deception as a delight. Arrogance makes self the ultimate authority. It has little room for reason, logic, or compassion. Arrogance sees little need for self-improvement.
Arrogance compares your strength with someone’s weakness, but flip the scales and you’re not on top.It claims self-goodness, but declares that those who disagree are bad people. Arrogance and rebellion like to hold hands. Arrogance requires the relentless denial of your flaws.
Arrogance pretends to know what it doesn’t. It is self-deception. Arrogance is the sin that denies being a sinner.
Arrogance believes that some people are important and others aren’t. The truth is: “Anybody who matters” is everybody we’ve ever met.