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Experience Christ - Man is balancing between his mind and heart

Moving Past Analysis Paralysis: Embracing a Heartfelt Experience of the Living Christ

Learning to balance sent me to a new level of experiencing Christ. Walking in faith is not an either-or situation; it’s a harmonious blend of knowledge and emotion.

One without the other creates an imbalance.

WHEN ANALYSIS LEAVES YOU COLD

Have you ever felt a gnawing spiritual hunger, an emptiness that knowledge alone can’t fill despite having all the right answers? It’s like feasting on words but still feeling the pangs of starvation deep within your soul.

Well, this was me until I learned to create space for reflection in my to-do list, which set me on the right track. I used to study, read, and gather more knowledge, shoveling it into the inbox of my mind, leaving me feeling overwhelmed. 

Not anymore. I’ve learned to allow enough time for great things to happen. Knowledge only becomes wisdom when we revisit it and let it settle in the heart.

The best thing for me is to step outside and immerse myself in nature. Even a 15-minute walk with Fats and Buddy, my two fluffy Pomeranians, through the dew-kissed grass and under the canopy of whispering leaves fills my heart with peace. It opens my mind to God’s whispers.

Some people do this while chopping onions or driving to the office. 

In those serene moments, it’s as if the Holy Spirit weaves through the tapestry of my thoughts, threading together fragments of knowledge into a coherent and beautiful pattern. These divine connections often spark ‘AHA’ moments, where suddenly, everything clicks into place, and I feel an overwhelming sense of God’s presence.

A MOVING TARGET

Those who rely heavily on emotional input are on the other side of the same scale. 

Feelings are as reliable as a cat on a hot tin roof; they soar to the clouds one moment and plunge into the depths the next. One minute, they’re blazing like a summer bonfire, and the next, they’re as cold as last week’s leftovers. 

If we chase after these emotional highs in our faith, we’ll end up feeling like we’re trying to catch a greased pig at a county fair – exhausted and empty-handed.

Emotions can lead us astray and adrift when not grounded in knowledge. But when we balance them with Scriptural understanding, we can maintain a steady walk in faith, even when we don’t feel God.

 

TO EXPERIENCE CHRIST: TAKE THE SWORD AND PRAYER

 

Paul speaks of taking up the “full armor of God” so you can stand your ground:

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13, NIV)

He ends the passage by telling us to take the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, while we pray:

“Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Ephesians 6:17-18, NIV)

 

TWO PEAS IN A POD

 

Scriptural knowledge and prayer go together; take God’s word and pray it into reality. 

This opens the door for the Holy Spirit to quietly enter the sacred chambers of your heart, like a gentle breeze through an open window. Sometimes, it will softly whisper, leading you to a profound and tender brokenness, where tears flow as you kneel in humble remorse for your sins.

Other times, it will fill us with heartfelt, bursting gratitude and joy, much more than just feeling high in the moment.

Moreover, it will stir tenderheartedness and compassion for the lost and move us to tell the Gospel. It will open our eyes and reveal Jesus Christ to us to the point that we burst into praise. These are the kinds of heartfelt affections and emotions we are thinking of, but they are never constant. Because you and I live in a fallen world within fallen bodies and minds while we wait for deliverance:

“For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.” (2 Corinthians 5:2).

 

TAKEAWAYS FROM THE PSALMIST

 

The Psalmist, in his profound wisdom, wielded the sword of prayer with skill. He cried out, “Open my eyes to see wonders” (Psalm 119:18), and “Incline my heart to your testimonies” (Psalm 119:36). Then, when a new day breaks, he says, “Satisfy me in the morning” (Psalm 90:14), and “Renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10-12). And when he feels down, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).

 

REFLECTION TO EXPERIENCE CHRIST

 

Are you balancing knowledge and emotion or leaning too heavily on one side? Take a moment today to step outside, breathe deeply, and invite the Holy Spirit to knit together your understanding and emotions. 

How can you actively create space for heartfelt reflections in your daily routine?

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