Heart idols are flesh servers. We want what we want and woe to the one who gets in our way. Fleshly reactions are ugly. James 3:10 is about our tongue. It says, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”
Here is a key: if you react rather than respond then it is likely because someone or something stirred up your hidden flesh. Our fleshly reactions are a poor testimony of the One who lives within us.
Remember that every word is first a thought. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”
Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.” Did you notice that kindness and longsuffering is the fruit of the Spirit? This verse is helping us to understand that when we are submitted to the Holy Spirit there will be no fleshly reactions that we regret.
We practice yielding our way by spending time with the Lord in silence. In the stillness, we learn to listen for His whispered words. Job 26:14 says, “Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him!…”
What did Job recount that caused him to use mere edges of His ways? Verses 7-13 are marvelous verses with such illustrative terminology. I love verse 7. It says, “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.” Only the Lord.
Let’s read Isaiah 40:12. It says, “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?”
We often come before the Lord with a full agenda. Yet, if we would take a few moments to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10) it would quiet our heart through awe.
Here is something that really helped me when I was first learning to be quiet before the Lord. I kept a little note pad. When any kind of thought intruded I would write it down. Done. That way it didn’t keep circling in my mind.
Here is verse three from a new song: Don’t let the cares of this life choke out My words. Open your heart to hear the beat of My own heart. I desire oneness with you but I won’t compete with that to which you give yourself. I will but wait until you tire of your own pursuits. And nestle down in My love.