Part(s) of the Whole Story

Everyone catches themselves, from time to time, saying something like “Part of me wants this, but part of me wants that.” It’s part (no pun intended) of the human experience that we feel “disconnected” or “absent-minded” or “not quite ourselves.”

But me WANTS it!

A major life shift – such as losing 160 lbs, as I did in the past couple years – can really exaggerate some of these “feelings” too.  For example, the “old” me or “fat” me sometimes makes “demands” that I do this or that, demands that the “new” me CANNOT tolerate. No, I do NOT “neeeeeeed” that piece of pizza!  I NEED this glass of water, and to wait 15 minutes!  Try again.  😉

It seems to me that biblical revelation offers the best understanding for some of these distinctions and battles in our inner world .. Loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, for example (Matthew 22:37) – the Word of God discerning BETWEEN the thoughts and intents of our heart, for example (see Hebrews 4:12) – the command to be transformed by the renewing of our MIND (see Romans 12), or the Proverb (23:7) that teaches us that as a man THINKS in his HEART, so IS he ..

Eternity placed in our Hearts

We are complex creatures because we were made in the image of God; eternity was “placed in our hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We have rationality and emotion, we have a heart “interface” with the spiritual – the capacity to connect and fellowship with God (a capacity which, if abused, can even fellowship with “unholy” spirits, or substitute “mob mentality” for true “worship”!). The Bible gets very specific, too, about the “old” self vs. the “new” self, or the “spiritual” self vs. the “fleshly” self. (consider Ephesians 4:17-23 or Colossians 3:1-11)

And if we are in Christ, we are given spiritual authority to RULE over our OWN FLESH .. to “master” ourselves by the power of his Holy Spirit. Just SPEAKING to ourselves can utterly change us – change our mind or emotion or the direction of our behavior (consider the power of the tongue! see James 3) ..

It puts the onus on each of us, then, to do our “due diligence” to examine our own hearts, to see ourselves as we really are and to evaluate our condition in relationship to the person GOD made and intends us to be/become (hmmm, conformed to the likeness of Christ?! (see Romans 8)), recognizing that in a very real way he sees us already as a finished work (the battle to be patient with myself in this process is a VERY real one!).

Come Let Us Reason Together

What’s your real point, Leah?  😉

Let’s not settle for our self-deceptions. Let’s not settle for our unforgiveness and the “part” of us that just can’t “let go” of this or that offense – real or imagined (I have far too many of these *sigh*). Let’s not listen to our bodies in the sense that we let our limited desires and emotions “tell” us what we want, let’s “master” ourselves by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s TELL ourselves the TRUTH, even when it hurts. Let’s not get “lost” inside ourselves, or HIDE ourselves away (I was guilty of this far too long!). Let’s “die” to ourselves, in the biblical sense; let’s “parent” the parts that need “parenting” and let’s stop “refusing to be comforted” when God himself seeks to comfort us. Let’s make sure we are yielded to our Maker in EVERY “part” .. heart, soul, mind, strength, body, spirit, emotion, memory .. Let HIM write our narrative.  Let’s SEEK truth and wisdom in our innermost parts, and not fail to apply it day by day.

Let’s BE [spiritually] hungry, “eat the meat, spit out the bones,” and NOURISH ourselves on the word of God.

Note. To. Self.  ❤

~Leah

 

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About Grace2Grow

Leah holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, and considers herself a forever-student at heart, especially of the Word of God. The last few years have included a 160+ lbs weightloss, and a complete re-working of her "inner man" as she has had to journey from merely what she "knew" to putting that into "ACTION" .. a transformation that so rocked her core, she believes God's calling in her life includes a sense of "urgency," as the body of Christ is fully - knowingly or unknowingly - entrenched in These Last Days, just as Jesus prophesied. She has worked in various forms of professional Customer Service for nearly 20 years, from Mortgages and Banking to Automotive Plastics, and values most the opportunity to mediate and problem-solve. Leah has served over the years in varying roles, from Women's Bible Study Leader to Choir Director to Worship Leading to teaching Sunday School to working faithfully in the Nursery. She loves being a Wife and Aunt and Sister and Daughter and Friend, and loves to read just about anything she can put her hands on. She is always re-learning putting feet and muscle to these things, but she has learned there is incalculable value in "working the plan," and "being faithful with LITTLE so as to be entrusted with MUCH." And she is trusting her beloved God and Savior for the "much" yet to come. You can find more of her musings on her blogs at http://grace2grow.com and http://grace2grow.blogspot.com/, or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/grace2grow

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