Have you ever noticed the dissidence between your head (logic) and your heart (often connected to your spirit)? When the two work together, it’s a beautiful land of lollipops and Laffy Taffy. But when they are at odds; the struggle can be exasperating for the spirit and the mind.
A Spirit vs. Logic Example
Remember the impoverished widow of Zarephath in 1 Kings 17:8-16? Down to her very last, Elijah told her to prepare food for him to eat (even before she and her son ate). Imagine that. Most people would have told the prophet what’s what. But she didn’t. Totally opposite of conventional (much less maternal) wisdom, she obeyed. Long story short, God provided and continued to provide.
As we bring our offerings and tithes, God continually supplies our needs. There’s no outdoing Him in the giving department. As irrational as it seems, you can do enormously more with 80% than you ever could with 100% of your paycheck! “Try Him” as He said in Malachi 3:10. (Praise God for Pastor George Westlake, Jr. at Sheffield Family Life Center for teaching us to walk in the Spirit and not by the logic of the flesh).
A divorced mom from the urban core, I raised my son in one of the most expensive counties in the state, kept him in private schools his entire life while working and later earning a degree (of which I didn’t have to pay for). God remained faithful. I don’t consider myself lucky, God is just reliable! To be honest, it wasn’t always easy to write those tithe checks, but I did (sometimes through tears) and God never, ever, ever let me down.
Back to the “Logic”
When mistreated, what is your first inclination? If you’re anything like me, it’s not always to pray! But God’s way is [again] opposite to what comes natural to our carnal minds. For instance, He says love when you want to fight. That means we have to forgive and bless that gossiper at church. Or even repay kindness to that troublemaker at work. (Lord, Lord!) You may have to even bless and honor a mean and grouchy husband that pretends to be “Super Christian” at church, only to act like the devil [himself] when he gets home.
Can’t stop testifyin’
I am a perfect example – of some things, but not all. I can say, however, when I stopped living in my own carnal-based logic, the heavens opened. Not talking about material “stuff”, but the blessings of peace, knowing Christ intimately and discovering amazing fellowship with Him.
You know, God has done so much in life life as a result of living an amazing area of scripture – Galatians 5. All because I was just “dumb” enough to believe Galatians 5 – especially verse 6, I was able to walk away from that ungodly guy I could never really, quite break up with. I gained victory over my anger, bitterness and hatefulness. In His strength, I saw my responses and desires change and shift toward a new kind of “logic”. Praise God for His continued work on me, in me and around me – then and now.
He will empower you to live in victory and please Him in your choices. This is not always a popular thing to say in this “everything goes” culture, but your “logic” will shift from carnal to that of the Kingdom – sometimes it’s all at once – other times it’s little by little.
Other Godsy Girls may be struggling because people don’t understand their Godly choices. To you I say: “You GO, Girl”. Keep on living God’s way. People may not understand why you do what you do and that’s not your problem, it’s theirs. As long as you are not contradicting scripture in your choice, you’re living life HIS way and you’re going to be just fine!
Don’t be discouraged in your journey, Godsy Girl. Don’t give up on yourself or your Father. Just read your Bible to ingest the right kind of “logic” so that your head and your heart will supernaturally intersect in Godliness!
“Many men have a religion which is their own work, there is nothing supernatural about it; human nature began it, human nature has carried it on, and as far they have any hope they trust that human nature will complete it.”
A Sermon (0231)Delivered on Sabbath Morning, January 2nd, 1859, by
the REV C H SPURGEON at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.