Don’t Act Impulsively!


“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

“What do you want me to do?” I asked the Lord early one morning.

I was still groggy, not quite awake, hadn’t spent my morning time with Him studying His Word, and already two different issues had arisen as I had discovered via phone. I had a strong sense I needed to address both issues quickly, and neither would be fun or easy to address. Small issues, yes, but in my half-asleep mind and my propensity to worry, I wasn’t too excited about dealing with either. So I figured I’d act quickly and get it all done. Besides, if I didn’t jump in immediately, who else would take care of all this? The sense I had, however, was my flesh speaking its mind rather than a sense from the Spirit of the Lord.

“Wait, and don’t act impulsively,” the Spirit of God said loudly and clearly to my heart.

I knew right away what I needed to do. First, I needed to OBEY THE LORD. Second, He had given me a MESSAGE for us all. I needed to write and share it.

One of the most challenging things to learn to do in transitioning from living according to the world’s ways to living according to God’s ways, which comes as a result of being transformed by God through His Word which is an ongoing process for Christ’s followers, is to not act impulsively according to our flesh but to surrender ourselves to THE LORD, to HIS WORD, to HIS WAYS, to HIS PLAN, to HIS PURPOSE, to HIS TIME, for HIS GLORY even when our flesh may be screaming to do something the way we want, the way the world does it, in our time, for our purpose, for our glory. We need to learn to NOT act impulsively in the flesh!

Being impulsive, in my experience, is all about self. It’s about acting quickly without forethought, and without seeking the Lord, and without therefore waiting to hear His will and waiting for His time and acting according to His will and to His ways.

How foolish and prideful we are to believe we ever know better than the Lord! How wise we are when we humble ourselves before Him, lay aside every way in which we might act impulsively, repent from any sin in our thoughts or actions, seek Him, wait for Him, and move forward WHEN AND AS HIS SPIRIT LEADS US IN LINE WITH HIS WORD!

Don’t act impulsively! It’s a message for all of us, isn’t it?

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