Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Why I Do What I Don’t Want To Do
In review of John 8:32 it says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
And you will learn and know the truth, and this truth will set you free
What this means to me:
If I remain faithful to Jesus teachings, I will know learn and know the truth, and this truth will set me free.
This morning I’m considering why it is I do what I don’t want to do? It seems hard to do that which I know is right.
I’m learning that my sinful nature causes me to often make the wrong choice. I can relate directly to the apostle Paul when he says, “I don’t understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate …. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t” (Romans 7:15, 17-18 NLT, second edition).
There seems to be this tension inside of me. I have my good nature that God gave me, but I also have my old sinful nature that is constantly pulling at me.
I believe the scripture I’m reading today helps provides a way out! Jesus promised in John 8:32, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (NIV).
What I’m learning is that the secret to personal change is not willpower. It’s not a pill. It’s not a resolution. It’s not some vow that I make. The secret to personal change is not something I do or say.
The secret to personal change is actually something I know. I know the truth. When I change the way I think, it changes the way I feel. And when I change the way I feel, it changes the way I act.
Behind every self-defeating act is a lie I believe. It may be a lie about myself, my past or future, God, or others.
Why do I do something that I know is bad for me? Because I think there’s some kind of payoff. That’s the lie! I can only change and fulfill God’s purpose for my life if I start with God’s truth. If I want to change the way I live, I’ll have to start with my mind. I’ll have to know and believe God’s truth.
When I know the truth, the truth will set you free. What I need to do is expose and uncover the lies that I have been accepting. Some of those lies I’ve picked up on the playground as a kid or from TV or culture. Some of them I picked up from me parents or even creatively thought them up myself. But they are lies, and when I reject them and instead find out what God has to say, I will experience freedom like I’ve never known.
In summary, when I follow Jesus, he will reveal the real truth and this truth will free me from my old ways of believing. Wow, I thank you God for sending your Son, Jesus, to show me and allow me to learn your truth. When I absorb this truth, I can combat the false beliefs that I have and begin live differently. Today, I need to consider the false payoffs I think I get with my selfish nature. In reality it never really pays off, it only gets me into trouble. I need to know and truly believe in God’s truth and not in the payoff from the lies I have been holding onto.
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