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Why Self-Improvement Just Doesn’t Quite Do the Job

“I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news…” This is a statement normally used by people when it comes to telling the truth about people. The minister has a similar burden of a doctor when it comes to delivering the harsh truth to someone about a terminal illness. Imagine having the responsibility of informing someone who feels they are perfectly healthy that they are sick and possibly dying.

The receipt of such a message can be catastrophic and life-changing. Very rarely will it be received with joy. This person who works out constantly, eats organic, and is a non-smoker has conditioned their mind to believe they are healthy. Your news rocks their world and shakes their convenient foundation of comfort. Now consider the burden of the minister who has to read off the spiritual symptoms of the sinner and inform them that they are in need of a physician. This person believes that they are indeed morally rooted and a good person. Then you show them Romans 3:10: “As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;”.

Most will fight the diagnosis out of sure pride, and some from ignorance. The good news is that for those who accept their current state, there is a guaranteed cure from this terminal illness known as sin. We know a surgeon who has a 100% success rate in open heart surgery. David himself sought out this surgeon’s assistance in Psalms 51:10 when he exclaimed; “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” When we come to the knowledge that our hearts are not right, then we can seek help. Jeremiah 17:9 reads; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

This proves that our heart needs surgery because God sees the heart of man. A symptom of a unclean heart is an unbridled tongue. God subdues a man’s heart before his tongue. The heart is the well of language from which the tongue draws from. It can only communicate what the heart harbors. God changes the heart then tames the tongue as evidence. But how does this process begin? The answer is found in Hebrews 4:12 which reads; “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

This scripture speaks of the sharpness and efficacy of the Word of God and how it cuts open and divides the soul and spirit and joints and marrow. This means that it can open us up and dissect us, as well. The Word of God is quick, meaning life-bringing. The Word of God is the knife whereby we are cut open to receive the Holy Spirit. Have you ever read a scripture or heard a sermon that pierced your heart? This is God prepping you for heart surgery. Much in the same way you put unwavering trust in the doctors who put you to sleep as they perform surgery, trust in the Lord. Don’t attempt to cut yourself open and perform surgery on yourself. It won’t suffice. Surrender to God and allow Him to create a clean heart in you.

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About Charles Russell

Charles Russell is a minister from Daytona Beach, FL. & has been working directly with troubled youth as a counselor for 9 years. He has obtained a plethora of experience communicating the word of God to children and adults. With a strong zeal for study and mentoring, he is now walking into his true calling as a pastor and teacher. Charles has now learned how to efficaciously utilize his gifts of music, exegetical teaching, graphic design, public speaking, writing, and youth mentoring as platforms to herald the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most importantly, he is a husband and father.

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