Summary: Satan does not come to tempt us with things that seem evil. He tempts us with things that seem good and turn out to be evil. We must learn to discern the difference between God and Satan and between good and evil
"Calming and Quieting the Emotions: Learning to Discern Good from Evil"
SERIES TEXT – Hebrews 4:12 – 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 the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
We’re continuing with the Merismos Series. We discovered that the Greek word “Merismos” is where we get the English words “dividing asunder” in Hebrews 4:12. Merismos means to take apart or separate into allotments or shares to clarify the purpose and functions of the individual parts. The Word of God is alive and life giving and performs a “merismos” on our soul and spirit. It takes our heart apart. The Word of God is a two-edge sword that is the only thing that can separate the soul from the spirit. My spirit is saved instantly as soon as I receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. My soul is saved progressively as I go through the process of saving my soul. The saving of the soul consists of training and controlling my thinking, calming and quieting my emotions and weaning my will of being unwilling and disobedient. It starts with allowing the two-edged sword of the word of God to make an excision (cut unbelief out) as it makes an incision (cuts faith in) by the process called the renewing of the mind. I have to exchange the way I think for the way God thinks. I have to invest time in God’s word so I can implant and engraft His word within my spirit and within my mind.
James 1:21 say it is the implanted, embedded, engrafted word that is able to save the soul. The progressive changing and maturing of my mind, emotions, and will starts with learning what God thinks to think what God thinks. The next step is calming and quieting my emotions so I respond to the Word instead of reacting to the world.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 5:14 says in order to control my emotions to tell the difference between good and evil is must exercise or train my senses.
5 basic external senses – seeing, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.
I’m reminded of the Chef Boyardee commercial where the little boy asks "Why must everything that is so good for me taste so bad?" The dilemma with being led by emotions is that some things that are good for us don’t feel good and some things that are bad for us do. We have to learn to get our emotions. Some of us cry too much. Some of us are mad too often and too long. Some of us have fallen in love too many times with too many people. We have to calm and quiet our emotions.
The adversary wants us to void of wisdom and void of good judgment. He want to put us in sensory overload for emotional override. The song writer of old said "If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right". It’s sensory overload for emotional override. I’ve got to get my emotions saved. “I know what the Bible says, but…It can’t be bad because it feels so good.” “It can’t be wrong because it feels so right.” “It doesn’t feel wrong because I’ve been doing it for so long.”