People can get pretty messed up. Even good people.
The town I live in has had its share of scandals, which are always tragic, and almost always predictable.
Sometimes the fall from Grace plunges the person into a pretty dark place.
When the shocking news is made public, the shared reaction is typically along the lines of, How could this have happened?
It happened for many reason,s of course, but they usually include – though it is rarely named – A WACKED VIEW OF HOLINESS.
What do I mean by a WACKED VIEW OF HOLINESS?
I mean that usually when one of these scandals pop – up the problem can usually be traced directly back to a person’s attitude about their HEART.
The Lord speaks to us a lot in the bible about our HEART.
There is a really good reason for this.
If you believe that the HEART does NOTneed tobe a central focus, because the heart of a Christian is wicked even though Christ came to dwell within then you are heading toward a WACKED VIEW.
So often we make the mistake of believing that holiness is all about behavior. When you neglect the sanctifying of the heart, You are setting yourself up for a major FALL.
Nobody can discipline their self into the holiness we need in this world…
and you sure can’t discipline yourself out of a deep dungeon.
Neglect the Heart and you are toast!
The other thing that can lead to a WACKED VIEW is character issues that pave the way for sin.
I honestly believe that at the heart of every sin ever committed was a seed of selfishness.
We are all prone toward narcissism.
This can lead us into some pretty dark places.
Places filled with pride, self-absorption, money lust, and manipulation.
Whenever you introduce duplicity into your personality, it allows for greater double mindedness to follow.
We mistakenly believe that we are strong enough to compartmentalize our “issues” but they will ALWAYS bleed over into other areas of our life.
Dishonesty with a co-worker will bleed over into dishonesty with your family members.
Feelings of financial entitlement can lead to feelings of sexual entitlement, or possibly lead to theft.
When you lie to yourself and say, “This is not a big deal, I really don’t need to address this issue,” You will soon find yourself justifying the bigger issues that lead to scandal.
How often have you dismissed your HEART?
Are you more worried about keeping up appearances than you are about the state of your heart?
If you are, then you are on thin ice.
You are a prime candidate for duplicity to enter into your heart.
Our sins often have a root in childhood.
Maybe you stole and got away with it.
Or, maybe you saw sexually explicit material at a young age…
Whatever the origin these experience can lead to a rift in the soul, into which darkness loves to rush in.
But if you lie to yourself and believe that the rift does not exist, or that it is small and does not matter…
BEWARE. That is the fertilizer that your seed needs to grow.
Gods main purpose in our life is to make us BOTH whole and holy.
If you choose to view the word “wholeness” as just an intrusion by secular psychology into the Christian life, and are unwilling to admit that you are “Broken” then your fall will be utterly predictable.
You are literally a disaster waiting to happen.
If we are brutally honest…we are all,
DISASTERS WAITING TO HAPPEN.
So what can we do about this?
Is there any hope of us fixing our brokeness?
Can we ever be WHOLE?
or…are we doomed to live a life with a WACKED VIEW?
I don’t want to pretend that our process of transformation is easy, you already know that it is NOT.
But I do believe that we can find the genuine goodness of Jesus in our deep and lasting struggles.
I believe it can happen; I’ve seen it happen in my own life many times.
The scriptures promise that it can happen.
For me remembering that the Lord likes to take the long way around, and rarely ever takes the shortest path helps me to be patient.
Afterall, didn’t the Jews wander for 40 yrs?
By making them struggle with their faith, he created in them a people strong enough to be WHOLE.
In my life, I have waited for over 20 yrs to find a loving partner that I could grow and learn with.
But by making me wait, he has created in me a heart that is ready to be a godly, loving woman.
So, please always keep in mind that WHOLENESS is a process.
A process that God is completely committed to.
It is a process in which we can cooperate,
a process that NEEDS our cooperation.
There really is a way to be good again.
I am going to give three scripture references that have helped me in my pursuit for wholeness.
In (Romans 6: 15-16) Paul asked the question,
” What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under Grace? Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness.”
IN (Ephesians 4:26-27) Paul again says,
” In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
The third scripture is found in (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. may your WHOLE spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The one who calls you faithful and he will do it.”
Freedom from brokeness comes only as we bring these unsanctified and unholy places under the rule of our Savior, so that he can possess these very places deeply and truly.
That is why it is so important to go to him as soon as you recognize yourself in the process of mental attitude sins.
Repent, and ask for his holiness to cover your broken places before the rift has time to grow.
Because, from the mental attitudes, sins transform into sins of the tongue or sins of the flesh.
And those are the places where SCANDAL come from.
You must walk through this process in prayer.
There is hope of freedom and WHOLENESS.
We can walk away from a WACKED VIEW and into the truth because of what Christ has done for us.
We have an option!
Wholeness begins when we can be brutally honest with the Lord about our sins during prayer.