Monday, July 9, 2018

Home Church Videos: “God's Desire For Our Inner Selves”

Did you know that God’s Book makes much of humans having an “inner being”?

Would it surprise you that God not only knows that we have a “secret heart”, but he has a special interest in how his children are doing in such a part of ourselves?

The fact that some people feel like they have an inner child who carries all their childhood injuries is not the least bit inconsistent with what God tells us about how we are made.[1] None of us is in the innocent and “very good” condition Adam and Eve experienced prior to humanity’s fall into sin.[2] We’re all messed-up.

In fact, describing our inner condition in terms of what is broken inside us is actually a good thing since, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”[3]

He also says that, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”[4]

And, God’s description of himself is, “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”[5]

All of that says that us identifying the true condition of our inner selves is a good thing since God has a special interest in how we are doing inside. And that comes out very clearly in Psalm 51:6 where David writes,

Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,    and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

In the home church video below, we explore the meaning of this verse from God’s word, along with corresponding teachings from other parts of his Book. The aim is to have us understand that God’s work not only allows us to talk about how we are doing in our inner selves, but that this is the primary focus of his work.

© 2018 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~
Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

[1] I do not mean by this that I agree with everything anyone says about their inner child. I only mean that God’s word is clear that we have an inner being, and there is no reason to deny that, at least for some people, their inner self feels like a child lost in a world of haunting memories and painful trauma.
[2] Genesis 1 identifies that each facet of God’s creation was declared to be “good”, with God’s final declaration on his finished creation, right after making man in his own image and likeness, was “very good”. Genesis 3 describes man’s fall into sin, with the curses involved. The rest of God’s Book explains both the sinful predicament facing humanity, along with God’s promised resolution in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
[3] Psalm 34:18
[4] Psalm 51:17
[5] Isaiah 57:15

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