Almost daily I am attacked by emotions that are constantly in the bowels of my flesh, and these negative emotions wish to get into my heart, and of course come out of my mouth. Just yesterday I took time and explained this troubling situation to Gershom Sikaala. After a few minutes of contemplation while we were walking around the beautiful complex that he lives in, he placed his hand on my shoulder and said, “Don’t listen to emotions, only listen to God’s word.”
As soon as his words went through my spirit I suddenly felt a release of all the built up emotions that were trying to explode in my heart. We know that out of the heart can proceed a lot of ugly things. It is the heart that God tries. Look how God tried the heart of Moses when he was with the children of Israel in the wilderness. Moses was in a very vulnerable position after he had just buried his sister Miriam. Then the Word says, “And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people chode with Moses.” The word choded means that they were complaining making arguments against God.
We know from the Scripture that this moment is a very defining moment in the life of Moses. I also personally realize that the moments I’m going through in my own life are very defining moments of my life. You may find yourself in the same position. So you see, that is the reason I am taking a very detailed look into the emotional response to activity that is occurring around a person that is in the perfect will of God.
My brother-in-law reminded me recently of the importance of biology in the Scripture. In the book of Philemon the word “bowels” (which was used three times), in Greek the word refers to the body’s spleen. Normally the blood is filtered by the kidneys before it comes to the heart. But in cases of extreme stress the spleen can interject a high concentrate blood that heals the heart in case of an emergency. In Philemon’s case he was looking for clemency for a runaway slave who was in Paul’s care. But as you read the Scripture, Philemon was praying that his heart would not speak against the Lord because of the runaway slave’s predicament.
For Philemon said, “I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels.” What Philemon is revealing is how deep the wound would go into his heart if this slave was not treated correctly.
When Moses was facing the people, their complaints went deep into his heart because of the wound that he was experiencing, the loss of his sister Miriam. Apostle Paul explains why Moses failed in his task, “But the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” It comes back to the simple act of your spleen feeding blood to your heart. Is it based on God’s word or on your current situations?
This morning as I woke up, the present situations began to surround my mind and heart. They were like fiery darts of the enemy trying to stick to me, trying to catch fire in my thinking and reasoning. But by subduing them I suddenly remembered this truth that I just shared with you. At that point I began to do what Gershom Sikaala said and I rehearsed the word of God that had been spoken over me.
God told me through the Prophet Timothy, “Do not pray about your own situation, but instead pray for America and God’s concern for the world.” I also remembered that God had told me, “You know I am classy. I will take care everything so do absolutely nothing.” I then began to giggle and laugh because it is true God has taken care of every single detail at this point of my life, and everything is perfect. He is so classy. Wow!