In and Out

 Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

In our lives, we would like to control all that is around us. Yet, we fail on all counts. We allow ourselves a belief that we can control everything around us, and we fail miserably. To believe that we have control is placing ourselves as god of our life, not realizing God’s Sovereignty.

Our Heavenly Father has given us one thing that we are to control – our decision-making.

Our Father has simply given us a choice to choose His way or any other. The free will and exercise of it bear the responsibility of said decision falling on our head. 

So, when given a command such as our passage today, we can think of ourselves in possession of our faculties enough to say, “I can control the evil around me.” To do so is to admit we are either ignorant or deceived.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Unable to know my own heart, I must never trust what I think, say, or do unless it lines up with the Word of God. In the reading of today’s passage, God gave me the thought to look inside out.

I truly believe that God would have us look inward first, then outward.

I must take care of what goes on inside of me before I can tackle anything without. Some may call it “taking a personal inventory,” and others a “spiritual checkup.” In any case, we can take David’s example and put it to good use.

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

David reveals to us that within us are sins, iniquities, and transgressions that can be hidden from our view.

Psalm 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”

Moses wrote:

Psalm 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.”

There is One who knows all that stands between our God and us. We must ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to our hearts those things we do not acknowledge, cannot see, or are ignorant of regarding our standing with our Heavenly Father. 

Through confession and repentance, we can become clean on the inside. Once we do this, we can begin to see what is outside of us that may overwhelm our soul. You may have heard this statement:

“A Bible falling apart on the outside is held by one who isn’t on the inside.”

Simply, when you and I take care of our relationship with our Heavenly Father, we become well-positioned to take on any and everything that comes our way.

Many run to the world seeking comfort and help with what overwhelms them. Some will often become addicted to the drugs prescribed to them that cannot heal them. 

God knows exactly what we need and has the remedy once we are clean enough to hear His voice and follow His leading. 

Though this process is personal, we can help one another by staying accountable to one another.

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

We cannot fool ourselves into thinking we are self-sufficient in any area of our life. More importantly, we must yield in this manner spiritually to be what God has as His will for our life.

Do not allow the comfort of routine and success in any aspect of our lives to cause us to neglect God and His leading.

Let’s do His work His way. 

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