If you’ve got a well and the well has bad water, fixing the pump is not going to help what’s in the well. That’s the problem with a lot of self-help books. They tell you how to fix the pump, but they don’t know how to tell you how to fix the water that’s in the well. Until you fix that, things aren’t going to get better for you.
Psalm 141:3, “Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.”
That’s a great verse to put in your mind so when you start to get angry you can remember this verse. Whatever you put into your heart and mind is what will come out when the pressure kicks in. Pressure always reveals what’s inside of you. None of us like to admit that. But it’s the truth. We see these things coming out of our mouths and we say, “I don’t know where that came from!” The truth is it came from inside of me. It comes from your heart.
So the key is to change your heart, to change what is on the inside.
So what do you do? You let God’s Spirit fill your life. The key is to be filled with God’s Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
That’s the fruit of God’s Spirit on our lives. I have found that when I’m filled with myself, when I’m filled with Jerry, almost anything can upset me. But if I’m filled with God’s Spirit, almost nothing will upset me, because I’m filled with his love, his joy, his peace.
How do you get filled with God’s Spirit? Don’t make it too complicated. It just means you depend on God instead of depending on yourself. You pray that very simple two-word prayer: “Help me.” Pray that prayer. “Help me, God. I’m depending on you. I’m not depending on myself.” As you do that, you’ll find as you ask God for help that he will fill you with his Spirit.
Jesus can heal your hurting heart with his love. Jesus can replace your frustrated heart with his peace. Jesus can replace your insecure heart with his power.