There is a dangerous tyrant out there with a wicked
and deceitful heart. This person has hurt, abused
and mistreated others many times for their own
personal satisfaction and gain. Whenever challenged
concerning their actions and attitude, this person
retreats into a bunker and a place of total self protection. Then
they just laugh at those holding them to account and
instead spread more propaganda. They do this in order
to keep their life as it is. They do this because
they refuse to change. Because they want to remain THE
RULER at any and all cost.
Am I talking about the Middle East here??? Absolutely not!
How about the the middle of our very own hearts and
lives folks. Yes, it is time to look in the
proverbial mirror once again. The truth is that we
ought to do so all the time. That is “IF” we really desire what
Jesus wants of us, instead of what we want for ourselves.
The bible calls our hearts, “wicked and deceitful
above all things”. Only Jesus can begin to change
that, but we must also cooperate in order to make any
real progress. Because even as christians we face choices
everyday and moment. The big question being: Are
we choosing to follow HIS heart for us, or are we
just simply being selfish and going our own way?
Yet many will still say, “Who have I ever hurt, abused
or mistreated?”…Okay, so there may not be actual
physical blood on your hands. Jesus however basically
told us that, “If you thought it, you did it.” Okay
then, so you did not use an actual weapon of mass
destruction ….., but what about the damage that
your tongue may have wreaked on the lives of others?
And by the way, Jesus also said, “If you did it to
others, you did it to ME too.”
Also, just how well do we respond to suggestion, let
alone correction that may lead to constructive change
and benefit to us and others? Is our response really
any better in principle than that terrorist over in Afghanistan, IRAQ or Pakistan? When I looked in the mirror this morning before I sat down to write this I got really convicted and challenged. Because where it comes to my relationship with Jesus and others, many times I have been that type of tyrant in years past. Defending myself and my ground at all cost, and arrogantly so. Refusing the authority of THE LORD and the ministry of HIS church to speak change and life into this heart of mine. Instead holding up in my personal defense bunker, resisting change and speaking out only self protective rhetoric. Wanting to rule my own life instead of surrendering to THE RULER King Jesus. You see, The Spirit and the flesh really are at war with each other and the battleground is our heart and mind.
All I can say is Jesus forgive me. No more refusing
You. No more merely negotiating treaties with You
that protect self interest, but instead true
unconditional surrender to Jesus The King and His
Like Walt Kelly said in the old POGO comic strip,
“We have met the enemy and he is us.”
Kirk Out !
P.s. I am so glad that I have allowed Jesus to change my heart and mind over the years. When you are in Christ, EVERYTHING can change for the better.