I’m not sure who to credit with the following bullet points – Paul Tautges, Paul Whitt, James the half brother of Christ, crosswalk.com . . .
Here is the link to Paul’s blog post.
- “Rebellion = believing a lie about ourselves.”
- “We must stop seeing ourselves as we want to be seen, but as God sees us.”
- “The bottom line behind all of our idols is ‘I want to be God. I will be in control.’”
- “Whatever makes you angry reveals an idol in your life.”
These are all things I have said in various counseling/mentoring situations for years, and it is affirming to hear them from someone else. I am always suspicious when I seem to be the only person saying something. But, more importantly, it is good to hear them from another source, because it is convicting.
I don’t know about you, but I often find that I don’t hear my own words. I give “great advice” to others, but I don’t even see the issue within my own life. I often get accused of selective hearing by my wife or children, but the truth is I have selective hearing regarding what proceeds from my own mouth when it comes to teaching the Word of God.
Yes, I know these things are true. Yes, I admit to areas of my life where I have weakness. Yes, I provide real live, just happened yesterday examples of how these things still rise up in me. But often, I fall short of doing due diligence, of peeling back the layers, of letting the light really flood into the dark places.
Yep – I’m still a man in need of a Savior.