The mind is powerful. It is more powerful than any weapon ever invented - governments, societies and foundations have spent millions to try to influence it.
A private inner thought can put you on top of the world, or make you want to hide away from everyone and every thing.
Our mind is where we experience our relationship with Jesus, make choices, try to make sense of what we see, what we hear, taste and feel. It is also the place where we judge ourselves.
Let's zoom into the judgment process - this process is like a courtroom of life experience and external influence making an argument against you or the situation- presenting its case to you- the judge.
You consider its argument and allow yourself to agree or disagree. If we, as the judge, allow it, truth can also present its case for us to consider.
I personally have often found myself only listening to one side of the argument. Usually the side of life experience yelling its case at me to lead me to judge myself harshly.
Its mostly when I felt hopeless that I turn to truth and ask if it has a rebuttal. In those cases, when I allow the truth to speak it has led to better quality decisions and victories.
I'd like to share some truths I have learned:
No one is righteous. It might seem a strange statement to make, especially when we are judging ourselves but as Paul shares in Romans 3 - everyone can be good and can be evil.
Jeremiah 17:9 says "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" When we truly understand that truth and come face to face with ourselves realizing that we have the capacity to be both, we realize our need for accountability - and that is where we truly experience the wonderful Holy Spirit. The still small voice, that will speak truth and guide us in the arena of our mind when our inner dialogues begin.
Trust takes Courage. Logically we would not trust someone who does not have our best interests at heart.
In light of the truth we just discovered - that no one is righteous - this leaves us in a very vulnerable place. Either we don't trust at all or we have to find the courage to trust ourself and others again - knowing that we may be disappointed.
Proverbs 3:5 Tells us to not rely on our own insights and understanding -we are to trust in the Lord. He is our accountability, guide and our truth.
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Have the courage to trust again - Allow The Truth in.
Liëtte Lee Smith
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