His Thoughts > Our Thoughts
His thoughts > My thoughts
God’s word tells us in Isaiah 55:9 “For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” His thoughts exceed our imagination. We cannot even fathom the depths of His wisdom. So, let’s ask ourselves this question - When a hard situation arises in our life do we ask God for the answer or do we say, “Well, in my opinion I think the right thing to do is…”
Let’s look at some choices we can make to change the way we view our thoughts.
1. We can exchange the power we give our opinions for the power of God’s word. Instead of allowing the world, friends, experiences and the news media shape our opinions, we can instead rest in the truth of God’s word. What should we do? How should we act? How should we treat others? No more asking Google, Momma or our BFF. Let’s ask our Creator, “What should my response be in this situation?” Seek the truth. In John 17:17 Jesus prays, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
2. We can exchange our belief that we have rights and instead fulfill our responsibilities as children of the King. We believe we have a right to be treated fairly, to get the best parking space, and to obtain what we desire. God’s word tells us that we have responsibilities as a child of God. We are to offer grace, forgiveness and unconditional love. We are to “esteem others better than” ourselves. We are to value others. Let someone go first today or have the best parking spot, give grace, and decide to forgive. (Philippians 2:3)
3. We can exchange the condemnation we feel for the confidence that God is doing a good work in our life. (Philippians 1:7) Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” If we have accepted Jesus as our Savior the old has passed away and we are now empowered by the Spirit to live for Christ. The more we surrender to Him, the greater the transformation we will experience. God is not concerned with our past, He is concerned with the condition of our heart.
4. We can exchange our identity crisis for our identity in Christ. God tells us that we are loved with an everlasting love, that we are His masterpiece, His beloved, His child. He says we are redeemed, forgiven and chosen. We are complete in Him. Our identity is not based on who we are and what we have done, but on who He is and what He has done for us.
5. We can exchange our stinkin’ thinkin’ for a mind that is surrendered to our Savior. Our thoughts determine our actions; if they are self-centered and sinful, our actions follow. Our thoughts can spin out of control, spin and spin until we believe things about others that simply are not true, until we take actions we regret and until we find ourselves in a place of despair. But, when we “take every thought captive” and make sure they line up with the truth of God’s word, we find peace and rest. In Philippians 4:6 we read that we are to “be anxious for nothing,” pray about everything and “with thanksgiving let our requests be made known to God”. Verse 7 says, “and the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Then there is verse 8…
His thoughts > My thoughts!
That is why we should “trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5) We should “set our mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2) In Matthew 22:37 Jesus told us that the greatest commandment was to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind.” When we choose to surrender our thoughts to Him, and learn to love His thoughts more than our own, our life will change.
His thoughts > my thoughts. Let’s decide to make a commitment to walk in that truth today.
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