ISAIAH 28:16 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (June 26-July 3)

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The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:

“Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed’” (Isaiah 28:16).

Integrity. It means the state of being whole or undivided. It is similar to words such as "wholeness" , "cohesion" , and "coherence." To have integrity of heart or mind means that you are whole in your knowledge, purpose, understanding, or behavior - that you have no ulterior motives, or divided loyalties, or conflicting beliefs. Let's look more at the idea of conflicting beliefs, because that is actually a really large problem right now in the world.

The modern term for this is "Cognitive Dissonance." It means: “the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.” It means that you believe opposite things at the same time and you do not realizing they contradict – not realizing they can’t both be true. This is different than a "double-minded man" as such a person often knows what they are doing.

Cognitive Dissonance prevents people arriving at the correct foundation for understanding truth. Or, if they have already arrived at the foundation of truth, it prevents them from building anything structurally sound or lasting upon that foundation. This means they cannot build their understanding, knowledge, or wisdom on the foundation of truth because they believe conflicting ideas to be true at the same time.

Think on this illustration: you purchase a furniture chair kit in a box - On the box, it says it has all the pieces inside that you'll need to put the chair together. When you open it up, there are dozens of parts mixed in that don't actually belong and can't be used to construct the chair. But not knowing any better, you don't realize this, and because the instructions said all this stuff is necessary for the chair, you work tirelessly to put it together, but you never can make any progress. It isn't until you realize that some of the pieces don't actually belong and are incompatible with the design of the chair that you can begin to put the chair together and make progress. Similarly, Cognitive Dissonance prevents progress in our understanding or growth in the truth and keeps us stuck.

Sometimes Cognitive Dissonance comes from our own misunderstanding of something (perhaps you don't quite understand how grace is incompatible with law and so you are living out a quasi-mixture of both conflicting ideas) - other times it is purposefully sown into our minds and hearts by manipulative and evil people.

Today, we’re being inundated with Cognitive Dissonance. It is in books, movies, television, news - everywhere! Characters in stories say one thing is true and then do something completely opposite, but we are never shown that it is opposite and it is actually passed off as compatible with the thing first said. This sows confusion into young minds. Why is this done? Because people are easily manipulated if they can’t construct a proper framework to understand the truth. They must rely on their emotions, which are easily manipulated.

Cognitive Dissonance is a way of sowing confusion into someone’s life to prevent them from understanding reality or to keep them from advancing in their understanding. This is particularly obvious in politics where we often see people who believe two statements to be true at the same time when they are actually not compatible. The best approach to help someone suffering from Cognitive Dissonance is to define terms and show how the conflicting ideas they hold are actually incompatible.

But more importantly that these temporal issues, God desires us to get on the one true foundation - the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All who are truly saved are standing on this foundation. Once we are on that simple foundation, God wants us to build our knowledge and understanding of His ways in integrity through His Word. To do this, we must learn from His Holy Spirit, Who teaches us through God's Word about the God's will and His Truth. Through this process, we root out the Cognitive Dissonance that has been sown into our minds and hearts by satan's world.

What you build on the Foundation of Christ really matters. Hay and stubble are incompatible with precious stones. If you are mixing the two, you will produce nothing beautiful or useful, but something more akin to a head-scratching, modern art exhibit. Cognitive dissonance interrupts our growth like a jeweler trying to make jewelry by mixing hay and diamonds. It will not produce anything of value and you will never achieve anything lasting.

May we be in God's Word with sincere hearts. May we pay attention to what we believe in integrity. May we recognize what has been sown into our hearts and minds by the devil - those seeds of thought and desire that prevent our growth in understanding of the knowledge of God. Even so, Amen.

 

Other verses to consider:

“When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation” (Proverbs 10:25).

“Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed’” (Isaiah 28:16).

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24-27).

“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great” (Luke 6:47-49).

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’” (Luke 14:27-30).

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:19-22).

“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you” (1 Timothy 6:18-21).

“O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:1-2).

“From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them with his skillful hands” (Psalm 78:71-72).

“I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, to You, O Lord, I will sing praises. I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me” (Psalm 101:1-3).

Tags: heart, foundation, understanding, integrity, mind, wholeness, coherence, cognitive dissonance, cohesion

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