Am I the Problem or the Solution?

by Kim McDougal

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts. -Psalm 139:23 (KJV)

We’ve heard it said before, “if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.” It truly means that if you see a problem but instead of looking for a solution, you egg the problem on then you’re not helping the situation. In our Christian walk, we should always take the time to examine our own heart and motives. God sees this and this is how He judges. He doesn’t care how good we look on the outside, He’s looking at our heart.

When we refuse to see that we may be causing distress rather than leaving our problems with God, we make life much more difficult. I had a real problem with complaining. I didn’t look at my blessings, all I could see was my trials and rather than tell God, ask Him to help me, I much rather complain and complain to other people which in turn caused them to retreat from me. For, who wants to be around someone who complains about how their life is so bad all the time? God had to deal with me on this, plus I brought on a lot of physical and emotional pain to myself and the more we won’t see ourselves and allow God to change us, the further we get from Him and from the solution.

Maybe someone has hurt, disappointed, or even lied about you. Possibly there’s a problem with a family member or friend. But, look at yourself today. You nor I are perfect. We sin, we make mistakes, we need God. If you’re pointing a finger at someone, don’t forget the three fingers pointing back at you. If you want a trial in your life to go away, you must first let God change your heart. The problem may still exist, but if you’re not reacting badly to it, it won’t have any power over you. And, when you’re not thinking about it, the problem usually vanishes.

My Heart and Mouth Don’t Line Up

by Sis. Kim McDougal

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” -Matthew 12:34 (KJV)

Now Jesus is talking to the religious leaders of that day and basically telling them that what’s on the inside of them didn’t line up with the outside. In other words, they were hypocrites. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do!”?

The two things that need to come together in harmony is the heart and mouth. Believe me, if you have bitterness in your heart, it will come forth out of your mouth. There’s a real difference however with the Pharisees in Jesus’ day…they spoke religiously, but inside they were anything but. God wants our heart to be free of any hypocrisy; that’s free from our sinful ways and then our mouths will follow.

It’s important that if we have hurts, hang-ups, or habits that we first get our heart right through our Heavenly Father. This way, what comes out our mouths will be pleasing and edifying. Is your heart afraid? Has it been broken? Does your heart lay awake at night thinking ill of someone or some thing? Ask the Lord for a new heart today. David in Psalms 51:10 did, he said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” He wanted his heart to be right with God, let’s follow his example for our heart.