The Places of the Deep

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 Proverbs 16:2; 21:2

All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,
But the Lord weighs the motives… 
We can justify our every deed, but God looks at our motives.

 1 Corinthians 2:10,11

For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.     

  Ezekiel 36:26,27

I w ill give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you…  

 The human psyche is an interesting thing. Each of us has habits and ways of thinking and doing that constitute the person we present to the world. Yet those ways are rooted in deep, inaccessible regions of our psyche that no one sees. Indeed, we ourselves are usually unaware of the forces at work in the deep places of our souls. It is there that the true motives for all that we do and are grind out decisions and behaviors that then become our outward personality. We may through religion or self-discipline, mold and shape that outward presentation – sometimes we even become convinced that this represents who we truly are – but far too often that covering is, in reality, only paint, covering the surface of the real person existing deep within. 

It is to these deep regions of the soul that Christ comes. The human soul is a dark thing with dungeons and grottoes full of dark and fearsome things. Christ brings light to these places. In His presence the slime and filth evaporate and the human soul becomes a pleasant place. At His entry, dark things -- sad sorrows, angry bitternesses, and selfish greeds -- are displaced by godly joy, selfless forgiveness, and open generosity.  In Christ’s light the sin of our natural state, is exchanged for His very essence!  The rightness of who He is becomes our own!

This is what we call salvation!

 

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