God does not think like us.
His ways are higher.
We define the word “higher” as lofty, higher up, or soaring. God wants to give us thoughts that cause us to live higher, to soar and to “live up” to the purpose He has for our life.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:8–11 NKJV).
God’s thoughts come through His Word
Let’s notice how God sent His thoughts to us — through His word. As rain and snow waters and nourishes the earth, so God’s word nourishes our soul.
God the Father is passionate about revealing His word to us.
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
This is what Christians call a faith encounter. Once we encounter Christ our heart and desires experience “change.”
We call this transformation.
The power of transformation
Transformation (change) begins when an unbeliever becomes a believer. The Bible calls this regeneration. This is the moment we become born again, and God deposits the Holy Spirit in our spirit.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17 NKJ).
Upon receiving Christ, we receive a new way to live. All things become new. This newness brings a new understanding.
Nicodemus came searching for a new life.
“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:1–8 NKJ ).
Jesus told Nicodemus to see the Kingdom you must be born again. So, being born again imparts to us the ability to see things the way God sees them.
We know God’s thoughts two ways
- Through His Spirit (God reveals His thoughts through the Holy Spirit).
- Through His Word (God’s Word are His thoughts).
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NKJ).
Transformed is a fascinating word. We break it into two Greek words.
-Trans means “Meta” and “Meta” means to change
-Form means “morph” and “morph” means to form
The two words mean to “change form.” God desires us to change. He changes us by His word and by His Spirit. The way to change is to change the way we think.
“As a man thinks, so is he” (Proverbs 18:21 NKJ)
So we are, what we think we are. The very reason God desires that we change our thoughts. We will either master over our thoughts or our thoughts will master us.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJ).
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5 NKJ).
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NKJ).
The power of separation
Separation is a necessary concept when finding Christ. So, being willing to separate from old things (life before Christ) is necessary.
Following God requires separating yourself from old forms of thought. The best strategy for moving forward is to learn about your new life. This includes setting aside bad habits, poor attitudes and negative behaviors. The most effective method of changing thoughts is by replacing old ones for new ones.
We call this renewing the mind.
The word “renewed” means “renovated.“ So our minds begin the renovation process when finding Christ. Renovation is life changing, but never easy. Facing old ways and learning new ways creates conflict in the soul.
This is spiritual warfare. We fight the war in our soul realm-the mind.
A spiritual battle
The Apostle Paul recognized a war in his members and the battleground was his thought life. We must remove or destroy old thoughts.
The greatest need is to unlearn old ways.
A common mistake is to think we know what’s best. But God has a better way. Another mistake is to hold on to things that make us comfortable. If we allow God lead us, He will lead us to surrender the things (even the good things) we do not need.
This means exchanging our ways for God ways and learning Christ.
“But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:20–24 NKJ).
The renewed mind reveals the Will of God.
And we truly need to know how He thinks.
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