Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3: 5-6 NLT
Have you ever been accused of something that you did not do? Most of us can answer yes to that question: whether the incident occurred in childhood or as an adult, false accusations always cause damage to the innocent victim. False accusations are deliberately created because the accuser possesses negative emotions toward the accused and that is the foundation that enables the diabolical lie to begin. Those who have been victimized usually have suffered undeserved consequences in the form of punitive actions that resulted in many losses including their good reputations.
There is a fact of life that we must understand and accept: Satan has power! He has the ability to remind us that he contrived a deceitful plot to place doubt in the minds of Adam and Eve which led to their willful decision to disobey God’s command not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Fall of Humanity began in the Garden of Eden and Satan is still actively pursuing those who were created by God. Satan is fully aware of our weaknesses through observation; he listens to our spoken words, he observes our behaviors, and he uses the ungodly character traits that we possess to tempt us into committing sinful actions against our bodies and against other individuals.
Ungodly character traits include negative emotions=Sin in our lives!
“Pam (2013) defines negative emotions ‘as an unpleasant or unhappy emotion which is evoked in individuals to express a negative effect towards an event or person.’ ”
What are some of the negative emotions that we are capable of possessing? We may harbor jealousy, covetousness, unhappiness, anger, fear, guilt, disgust, shame, contempt, or pride. Yes, within each of our hearts we possess the darkness of sin; those seeds of wickedness waiting for the right person or the perfect situation to activate negative emotions that we displace and use to hurt others, or we internalize and we use to hurt our own bodies.
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9 NLT
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 NIV
Through the study of God’s Word, we are forewarned of the condition of the human heart; no one is exempt because all were born in sin and shaped by iniquity, Psalm 51:5. It is me, it is you, it is every one that is capable of possessing the evil traits that lie dormant within our hearts. Even so, God has not left us in a hopeless situation; it is our choice to succumb to evil tendencies, traits, and emotions.
One of my favorite religious authors who wrote this in the 19th-century states:
The tempter can never compel us to do evil. He cannot control minds unless they are yielded to his control. The will must consent, faith must let go of its hold upon Christ before Satan can exercise his power upon us. But every sinful desire we cherish affords him a foothold. Every point in which we fail of meeting the divine standard is an open door by which he can enter to tempt and destroy us. Desire of Ages 125. Ellen G. White
Remember that Satan is the greatest Accuser against humanity; it is his mission to use the weaknesses that lie within our wicked hearts to always present us as guilty before God. Yet, the Accuser forgets that the Plan of Salvation includes Redemption and Forgiveness for the accused:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
It is you, it is me, it is all of us that stand as the accused before God; however, Jesus serves as our heavenly Intercessor who is waiting to defend us, extending love, grace, and mercies when we confess and repent of our sins. In the heavenly courts, we are never viewed as the Victim, we are the Redeemed whose sins have been washed away by our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!
Stay in His Presence
Bible Reading: 1 John 1
Prayer for today: Dear God, We pray this prayer of forgiveness for the wickedness of our hearts displayed by negative emotions, and hurtful words or actions against others and ourselves. It is our desire to be cleansed from all unrighteousness and to be filled with your Holy Spirit. We love you and we thank you for the death of your Son, Jesus, that we may be redeemed from our sins. We ask you to, “Create in us a clean heart, O God, and to renew a right spirit within us.” Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019