You can’t do two things at the same time
Being a doctor I’ve included in my practice the study of applied kinesiology. This is the practical application of muscle nerve function. One thing I’ve noticed from the practical application of these studies is that you can’t effectively do two things at the same time. You can argue that it’s possible to watch TV and to read a book at the same time, but the truth is you have to shift your concentration from one to the other; you can’t do both at exactly the same time. You can argue that you can drive a car and talk on a mobile phone, but the fact is that you are far more likely to have an accident because your attention is split between two brain applications. I challenge you to hit a nail with a hammer and clean your teeth at the same time. You might be able to do it but not very fast and not very efficiently. You’ve split up your brain’s concentration pathways and diminished your efficiency for the major task.
Emotions affect body function
Knowing this information enables a practitioner to test a muscle for its resistance and at the same time ask the patient to think of something or someone that is offending them or upsetting them or weighing on them, or disturbing them. It’s amazing how a strong muscle resistance will weaken when the person thinks about an offence against them. That’s because they shifted their attention from the muscle to the emotional issue.
In exactly the same way, your spirit can’t effectively do two things at the same time
If you don’t like the deal that has been dealt to you and you start having a mood that the other person has got the better deal, or if you start having a mood because someone isn’t giving you a fair deal, then that murmuring will block all the other spiritual qualities you profess to have. If you focus on murmur you will block trust. You can’t murmur and trust at the same time. You can mix murmur and trust but the trust is no longer effective. If you focus on murmur you will block good judgment and wisdom. You can’t murmur and have good judgment at the same time.
My son is a teacher. He often shares with me that all the pupils he teaches go up and down in their ability to do their maths. Some days they know exactly how to do the calculation and other days they’re completely lost in their thinking. He shows them how to correct their error but it’s a laborious and draining task and doesn’t seem to free up their minds to understand the process but rather they just robotically do the calculation without clarity of thinking.
I suggested that instead of pushing the barrow up-hill, he should stop and simply ask the student … who’s got the better deal? The spirit in us lusts to envy (James 4:5) and if you can get the person to see their envy and repent you will free up their mind.
You can’t envy and say you love God at the same time. Envy is anti the 10th Commandment and therefore opposite God.
You can’t carry a heart of murmuring and at the same time have a good work ethic; you can fake it but you’re lying.
You can’t have a grievance in your heart and think clearly or see clearly at the same time
My son has learnt that instead of trying to teach against a blocked mind it’s much more efficient to get the pupil to go and write down who it is that’s getting a better deal. Once they see for themselves what their heart is doing and they give up the murmur, immediately their clarity of mind returns.
This principle applies whether the person is a Christian or not. Repenting of your envy will free your mind to think clearly again and to re-focus on the issue at hand. Perhaps God knows what He is talking about when He says … thou shalt not covet; thou shalt not commit adultery; and forgive those who have hurt you. Perhaps it’s not an instruction to block you from your freedoms and rights but an instruction to free you from your selfish lusts that block your heart from seeing the truth.
Hearing God’s voice
How do you know if it’s God’s voice or Satan’s?
A lot of Christians say they hear God’s voice and a lot of Christians are confused about what voice they are hearing. Most Christians want to hear God’s voice so they can make the right decisions and avoid the hassles and costs of waste and error; they’re motive is for them, not God. Most Christians want to hear God’s voice so they gain leverage above others. They’re wasting their time. They have to change their motive first. If your motive is for you then you are simply chasing the best deal and God’s not into that. You see, if your motive is for you, then in your heart you’re murmuring about the deal you’ve been given, and thus contradicting faith. You can’t have faith and, at the same time, murmur about the deal you’ve been handed. That’s a contradiction!
Consequently, you won’t know what voice you are hearing, and you’ll make deductions based on your murmuring and actually be subject to the voice of Satan, who more often than not speaks to you as an angel of light, just like he did to Adam and Eve.
Nowhere in the bible does it say that God is into murmuring; but it does say that Satan is into it (1 Corinthians 10:10).
If you want to hear God’s voice then accept the deal and stop your belly-aching
If you belly-ache about someone getting the better deal or the unfair deal you’ve been served, you may be concentrating on the unfairness of it all, but what you’re really saying is that God has stuffed it (Romans 9:20). You’re telling the potter how to mould the clay; you’re telling the potter what you want and how you want to be shaped. That’s the height of arrogance and you can’t see it because you’re focussed on the murmuring.
You can’t see two things at the same time; you have to give up one to see the other.
The evil of it all is highlighted in the Pentecostal church that teaches that faith is telling God what you want and sin is evidenced by your failure to get it, and when you ask people what is their goal, it’s all about being Elijah or Moses or one of the end-time prophets, and even the women believe they are Moses and Elijah.
The church, dissatisfied with its lot, is just practicing American Idol … the worship of ME, and justifying it by calling it ‘striving for the kingdom of heaven’.
Impatience is the sign of murmuring
No one is prepared to wait for 40 years in the desert for the call. No one is prepared to wait for 120 years for the flood. Everyone in the western church lives in delusions of grandeur of their own importance for God. Everyone wants it now.
Love is not puffed-up (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Love does not envy; love does not vaunt itself; love suffers long. You can’t murmur about your unfair deal and at the same time say you are practicing the love of God. You’re lying to yourself. You can pretend to love or care but if you’re puffed-up with your own self-worth instead of dying to the potter’s deal you’re a liar and there is no truth in you (1 John 2:4); it’s all fake.
Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think (Romans 12:3)
Like snow-flakes, no two people have the same level of faith.
If you react to someone’s moodiness with your own licence to have a mood, then in simple terms … you think more highly of yourself than you ought to think. If you can’t stop yourself having a mood then your problem is your pride is elevated more highly than you think and far higher than you can see and your faith in God is counterfeit.
To have a mood requires you to make a judgment against someone else’s moodiness. In other words you’ve set yourself up as the judge of their behaviour without seeking the eternal judge’s wisdom and in so doing exposed your elevated attitude over the weaknesses of others. This demonstrates a lack of meekness to sees others weaknesses in the light of the faith that God has distributed to them.
You can’t think highly of yourself and practice faith. You can’t do two things at the same time. They’re separate spiritual pathways. One is evil and one is righteous, and if you think highly of yourself you’ll probably deny it because you won’t be able to see it. You can’t see your elevated pride when you’re in it; you have to step out of it to see it.
Moods block your judgment and eventually focuses the blame against the righteous. That’s what happened to David and that’s what happened to Jesus. If you’re righteous, you’ll cop the blame, because the moody can’t see their sin and will always have to find someone else to blame for it.
Correction is the pathway of exposure
God uses correction, both righteous and unrighteous, to bring you to the point of seeing. This is what happened to Joseph, Jacob, and David; but in King Saul’s case he was too proud to see it; more focussed on what the people thought of him than on serving the will of God.
If you object to correction or if you take the correction with resentment, you are simply telling the potter that the deal isn’t fair. In fact, you are transgressing the 5th Commandment in regard to respect of authority and directly exposing your prideful arrogance … you won’t tell me what to do / you won’t tell me what is right!
The motive of the heart is the measurement, not the ‘do’; but you’ll actually be blinded to your true motive if the foundation of your actions is built on the wish for a better deal.
Faith isn’t telling God what the deal is you want; it’s accepting the deal that He gives you with gratitude and patience. That’s the person He ends up giving the better deal to (Matthew 19:11-27). If you’re into deals and proving your worth to others, you may be a Christian (Mark 4:13-20), but you are not saved.
A dead-to-self Christian doesn’t have to worry about whether they’re hearing God’s voice or not; He’s the potter and He’s in complete control whether He uses Satan to speak to you, like in the Garden of Eden, or by other means; and that’s what faith is. A dead-to-self Christian will discern far more than one striving for a better deal.
Dr. Ken McFadden