There’s a pretty big gap between knowing that you need to do something and the actual doing of it. Lots of people know that they need to lose weight and want to lose weight, but only a few of this group actually lose weight. The first group has what is called mental assent. They know that they need to lose weight and that losing weight is the healthy, right thing to do. But they don’t believe it.
You might ask what do I mean by that?
Well if you truly believe something in your heart, you act on it. If you just have mental assent, seldom does action follow. The Bible tells us that faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)
In other words if you truly believe something deep down in your spirit, then action will follow. It will be evident from your actions what your heart really believes.
Jesus says in Matthew that a good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart. (Matthew 12:34)
But wait a minute. We are just talking about losing weight here. Actually everything we do works on this principle. Our words are powerful and our actions are powerful: no matter the subject that we are speaking on.
I had an addiction to Diet Coke. Now in the great list of things someone could be addicted to, that isn’t that bad, right? Well I believe that all addictions are bad. If it relates to having life in abundance I am all for it. If it relates to killing and stealing and destroying, then I don’t want any part of it. (John 10:10) I would drink between 10 and 15 diet cokes a day. It wasn’t a big deal. Except that when I didn’t drink one on time, I got a caffeine withdrawal headache. And it affected my job and my relationships, because when I felt bad I couldn’t do the things in life I needed to do with excellence.
It got to the point that having a headache every day became normal. The whole time I was hooked on these drinks, I knew I should stop. People would tell me how bad these drinks were and I would agree. They told me I should stop, and I would agree. And at the end of the conversation I would go get a diet coke. This behavior demonstrates mental assent, not belief.
Pastor Bryan preached this morning on the subject of “Am I REALLY Hungry?” He asked us, “Are you Hungry for God?” Everyone in the place was like, well yeah. But then, he got personal.
You see if we are really hungry for something, we eat it. We go get it. As a body, I think we have all fallen into the ditch of mental assent on this subject. We know we need to be hungry for God. Absolutely we do. But we aren’t. If we were, we wouldn’t just visit with him on Sunday mornings. If we all decided to only eat real food once a week we would begin very quickly to experience some serious health problems (although maybe we would experience some of that weight loss we talked about at the beginning of this blog).
It’s the same with our spirit. If we only experience God a few minutes a week, how can we expect to grow and be healthy spiritually?
People do what they really want to do. And the world has created some attractive, distracting stuff to keep our minds off God. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Jesus talked about it 2000 years ago. There weren’t televisions and iPads then.
“And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Mark 4:18,19)
Jerry Savelle in his book “In the Footsteps of a Prophet” tells the story of a young man who went fishing and found himself sitting beside one of the wealthiest, most successful men in his area. Sitting there on the pier, he seized the opportunity and introduced himself and asked of the rich man the keys to becoming successful. Instantly the rich man threw the young man in the water, jumped in behind him and held him under the water for quite some time. Finally he let him up for air but just a moment before holding him down again for what seemed an eternity. When he saw the end in sight the rich man let him up and he gasped for air, filling his lungs with the life sustaining oxygen his body was crying out for.
The rich man then said, when you want to be successful as much as you wanted that breath, when you become desperate for it, that’s when you will find it.
If we are as desperate for God as the young man was for a breath, we will find him. The bible tells us so in Jeremiah 29:13. Do you know deep down that life has more to offer you? Do you sense in your spirit that you are missing something in life? If you are hungry for God, I encourage you to join us at Boomerang Church. Join us as we go after the life that Jesus tells us he came to provide.
It will change your life, guaranteed.