“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23).”
A couple of the political sites have a video of a man holding one political persuasion going to a rally of those supporting the other point of view. He is pretending to be a fellow supporter, feeding people opinions and getting their reactions. I am not sure what I think about this technique of reporting. It’s clever, but it violates people’s trust. The reporter is professing to be one thing when he is actually something else. But I suppose he did it because he believes he wouldn’t get an honest answer otherwise.
Jesus once went to a religious meeting in disguise. He had a good reason, though. The religious leaders were looking for him and trying to kill him. He knew this, thus the secrecy. While He was there incognito, He heard all kinds of whispering going on as to His identity. The people were afraid to speak too loud about it because they didn’t want to get into trouble with the leaders looking to murder Jesus (John 7:1-12). But since He was one of the crowd they felt free to speak their minds. They probably wouldn’t have been honest to his face.
The Christian’s enemy Satan is a spy in our midst. He knows he can’t convince us of his dastardly opinions by showing himself to be who he really is. So he disguises himself. He or his assistants (demons) whisper deceiving and insincere thoughts in our ears and since we don’t see him, discount him, or even don’t believe he exists, we take them as our own thoughts.
This year I believe I have made great strides in my faith in Jesus. I am willing to trust him even though my back is against the wall on some things. Yet, my emotions and thoughts react like I used to when faced with tough situations. I get stressed, I even feel ill. I need to learn feel what I believe in my head. I have come to think that a large part of my problem is Satan whispering his sweet nothings in my ear and trying to steal my heart back. He is trying to convince me that my experience is not matching my beliefs.
Jesus has the antidote: God’s Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). I have tools of spiritual warfare I can use, and I can pray, but when push comes to shove, it is His Spirit within me that is going to battle Satan on my behalf and help my heart to match my head. This too is a matter of trust, that He will do it for me.