How Bad Can It Be?

It’s Saturday night and all my of my children are gathered in the living room. By ‘all’ I mean my best friend’s two boys, who are my nephews, and my two little girls. My best friend is on the couch entranced in a book and I have begun to settle down from frying chicken and french fries. All is right in my little world. ‘The Lorax’ is on and I had just gotten good and still enough to listen to the movie. The Once-ler had given his word to the Lorax, the keeper of the trees, that he wouldn’t cut down any trees to make these scarf things. Eventually, he became greedy, and after listening to his family he went against his word to the Lorax and began cutting the trees down. This is where I began listening..the Once-ler sang these words in his song.. ‘How bad can I be? I’m just doing what comes naturally!’

 

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12

 

It’s a reasonable question..how bad can it be when what we are doing feels natural. Sin at times feels natural. There are certain sins that different individuals battle that feel very natural, even pleasurable, to their flesh. Some battle a lying tongue. It feels natural for those who do to exaggerate the truth, make things slightly more dramatic, whether for the worse or for the better. Some battle addictions, and during stressful or depressing times its easy to turn to those addictions for temporary relief. These addictions can range from alcohol, drugs, or prescription drugs, etc. Should someone you love be hurt by someone else, it’s easy to lash out in anger. It’s natural to protect and come to the defense of the ones we love. But in these moments of anger, it is wrong to intentionally hurt someone. Our words can deeply scar a heart, they can pierce a soul for years, and acting out this way is sin. It’s easy to get ‘caught up in the moment’, and when we are ‘caught up’ it’s easy to feel that what we’re doing is natural. It’s here that Satan has so blinded our society and masked the difference between truth and feeling.

 

How often have you heard the phrase.. ‘If it feels right, do it.’..? That isn’t necessarily true. As Christians we have to learn to not act out of feelings. Feelings are subject to their surroundings. Feelings are birthed in us from our beginning, and usually they begin with ‘I want’. Like the little child who wants the cookie before dinner and Mom says no. All that child feels in the moment is ‘I want’. So they sneak to the kitchen to steal the snack, and Mom catches them with their hand in the cookie jar. She then teaches the truth, listen to Mom. To do wrong just may be birthed in us which is why it’s so important we know the truth, God’s Word, so we can measure our feelings against what His Word teaches. Jeremiah teaches in chapter 17:9 that ‘The heart is deceitful among all things and desperately wicked.’ Out of our heart lies our feelings, and if we only react to what our heart causes us to feel then we can be led to a destructive end, if we aren’t seeking the truth of God’s Word.

 

I once knew a person who went to church every Sunday and Wednesday. They had even held positions of ministry within the church. They had been raised right, and had been taught God’s word as a child. But thatvperson didn’t guard their heart and Satan was able to build a

 

stronghold in their life. They began to be deceived by their feelings and desires. When I spoke to them about this they said, “Sometime God can tell you something that is different from what the Bible says, and it’s more important than what the Bible teaches.” My heart broke. Satan had so deceived that person by their wants, desires, and feelings that they could no longer see the truth of God. The truth is that God will never tell you something that contradicts His Word. Anything apart from the Word of God is from Satan, a lie, meant to deceive and ultimately destroy you.

 

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

 

So how bad can it be when we are only doing what comes naturally? There is a way that seems right to a man. If it feel right do it, it offers pleasure. But the end are the ways of death. That’s how bad it can be. Total separation from God. I pray you guard your heart and keep it centered on His Word. God’s Word is truth, and that truth can keep you in a world that would deceive you.

 

Author: Britney Wilkes

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