Tuesday, 20 March 2012

'The heart is more treacherous than anything else.' - Jer. 17:9.

All Scriptures are taken from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures unless otherwise stated.

'The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it?.' - Jeremiah 17:9.

Our hearts often lead us into situations that cause us either trouble or pain. When we have no anchor to keep us spiritually grounded, we can often let our heart rule our heads, and then stray ever further away from what is good for us.

'More than all else that is to be guarded, safeguard your heart, for out of it are the sources of life.' - Proverbs 4:23.

Once we have learned the truths of Jehovah God, our next step, if we wish to follow in his ways, would be to acknowledge his sovereignty over us and, by being committed to Baptism, we do that very thing. But there are some who doubt themselves and worry that, maybe, some time in the future, they might find themselves in a situation where they would go against the promises made at Baptism, and so they put off the decision, and their promise to Jehovah God that this act gives. If you worry about this, it isn't an unhealthy thing to do, as the very act of thinking about the repercussions of this decision is something we should do anyway, as this will be a serious responsibility for anyone wishing to be Baptised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

'Peter [said] to them: "Repent, and let each one of YOU be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of YOUR sins, and YOU will receive the free gift of the holy spirit. For the promise is to YOU and to YOUR children and to all those afar off, just as many as Jehovah our God may call to him.' - Acts 2:38, 39.

There are many ways in which we hesitate and delay our baptism. To some, the standards which Jehovah God set for us to live by, are too onerous for them to imagine being able to stick to them. This way of thinking is false though, as the consequences of not living under Jehovah's laws means that, for those who ignore them, instead of the promise of an eternal life on a paradise earth, there is only darkness. To anyone with a spiritual need, the answer to this question will always be a clear one. Better the narrow way which leads to light and salvation, than the broad, which only leads to darkness and death.

'Go in through the narrow gate, because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it; whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it.' Matthew 7:13, 14.

There are also those who are so humble of mind, that they can't see in themselves what Jehovah God reads in their hearts. They are full of self-doubt and, no matter how amazing they think Jehovah God's promises are, they don't imagine that they will be able to live up to them.

'Truly I say to YOU that whoever tells this mountain: "Be lifted up and thrown into the sea," and does not doubt in his heart but has faith that what he says is going to occur, he will have it so.' - Mark 11:23.

In order to wipe out these doubts, we need to be constantly on our guard against Satan's traps for us as, by making us doubt either ourselves or Jehovah God, Satan is making us a tool for his designs.

'How will a young man cleanse his path? By keeping on guard according to your word.' - Psalms 119:9.

Whatever reason we may have for our hesitation in taking that final step into Baptism, we need to face our problems and fears. By confronting them, and banishing them from our minds and hearts, we will be able to resolve our concerns, and take that final, and most joyful, step into service for Jehovah God. By using Christ Jesus as our exemplar, we can serve Jehovah with faith and love all the days of our lives.

'There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint. Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love.  As for us, we love, because he first loved us.' - 1 John 4:18, 19.

I, too, had many fears when my studies began to lead me towards Baptism, and that life-long service to Jehovah God. But, with much prayer, and a keen, and deep, study of Jehovah God's ways, I knew that this was the right and most logical, of steps for me to take, if I were serious about serving Jehovah God. That decision has stood me in such good stead ever since and, after I fell ill, and faced even more battles in life, I have thanked Jehovah God every day for his love for me, and for his guiding of my footsteps along the right path. May everyone who hears the name of Jehovah God make that best of decisions also.

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