As I mentioned before, last week I was camping in the mountains.
It was beautiful, glorious, peaceful, inspiring.
God and I talked.
There must be something about the high altitude that helped me think clearer – mountain vision – a wonderful thing.
Here's one thing I pondered…
Sometimes our eyes can be fooled. Ever looked at optical illusions? They're very clever, and sorta disturbing. Because what we think we see is not what is actually there.
The "eyes" of our hearts can be fooled this way, too. We can be blind to the Truth.
The Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful.
I've always thought that meant that it did and felt bad things. But, it can also deceive us by leading us to doubt and question good things – God's Word, God's actions, God's promises.
It can lead us away from God – not only in deed, but in thought.
We can be deceived into thinking that bad things (sins) are good (okay to do). But we can also be deceived into thinking that bad things (struggles, suffering, circumstances) are bad – when in fact, they are good - (Romans 8:28).
God does not promise us an easy way – He promises us the right way – the narrow way that leads to Life.
Easy isn't always good. Sometimes, the difficult way is the good and right way. And only a loving God can convict us of that Truth.
Few would willingly choose the hard way, unless they were compelled to do so – unless they were led along its pathway. It is only the Holy Spirit who can give us the desire to choose the difficult journey, and the power to walk its way.
Why don't I turn away from the hard path (even when I want to)? What doesn't allow it? It has to be something *other* within me, something that goes directly against my wishes – directly against my desire for comfort.
It has to be the *new creature* within.
The new creature sees with clear eyes – its vision is strictly focused on Truth. The new creature is transforming the old one within me.
Jesus chose the most difficult path of all. And though He didn't have a sinful nature, He did have a human nature. And I'm sure that His human nature battled against His Spirit at times.
But Jesus won a resounding victory on the cross.
And He shows me that human nature can be conquered!
No, it's not a fight easily won – it must be fought and won by the Spirit within me. A Spirit that helps me fight against the deceits of my heart. A Spirit that keeps me strictly focused on Truth. A Spirit who lives inside of me with the very same power that He had in Jesus!
My nature will oppose Him – but He will oppose my sinful, human nature.
He will turn me upside down so that I am no longer conformed to the world.
He will speak to me…
"Look at bad things through good eyes."
"Trust God the most when things look the worst."
"Believe when you don't feel like it."
"Don't doubt Truth – doubt your feelings."
Yeah, clear mountain vision – a new perspective, a new look at things. Learning how to change my focus – and to not always trust my heart…
I'm trusting Truth instead…
Do the *eyes* of your heart ever deceive you?
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