The very instant we experience adversity, doubt about God and His goodness come flooding into our consciousness. Actually, at that exact time, we can turn from fear and know God is just working His purpose out. It seems so easy to turn to discouragement but the Christ, Truth is just waiting for us to replace our thoughts about self and replace them with thoughts about God and our relationship to Him. “Turn the other cheek” which could just mean look at the situation from a different angle.
Isaiah 55:8-9 reads “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declare the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” That verse is self-explanatory to me. Don’t trust my thoughts unless they are from God. If we are entertaining negativity of any sort, we know that is NOT from Him and then, we simply and humbly ask to see what He sees, which is always His perfect child. He also works out every detail and takes you all the way! Not partially, but all the way.
When we are aware of our thoughts, we can tell when they begin to spiral downward into darkness. This mind is referred to as the “carnal mind” in the Bible and we are warned against it. I heard a lecture some years ago where the lecturer related this to an elevator and said we could get off on any floor and did not need to go to the basement. Loving this analogy I remembered early on in my life, I felt like I needed to “pit” out to turn to God. World thought or carnal mind would tell you that when you reached bottom, there was no way to go but up, but you can stop at any time.
The difference today for me is I recognize negativity early on and immediately turn my thoughts to God. John 16:33 reads “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage; be confident, certain and undaunted! For I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.” This is true today as always!
So much can be learned from this story; not just about a fight between two men. It represents two modes of thinking. The Goliath is always seen as bullying, scary and offensively large dark thoughts, while the thought of David represents humility and turning to God, knowing the battle is always His anyway. After refusing the armor of Saul, he was rewarded with the protection of God.
It reminds me of a horror film. We know it is just a movie but still get frightened. I Samuel 17: 37 reads “And David said, ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul said to David, ‘Go, and may the Lord be with you.'”
Some years ago, I attended a convention where, during the devotion, a true story was told about a famous golfer who had been commissioned by a Middle Eastern Shah to come over and teach him how to putt. Of course, all expenses were covered and a large amount of money paid to him for this endeavor. Afterwards, before returning back to the United States, the Shah asked the golfer what he would like to have as a gift and he replied nothing since he had already been paid. The Shah then told him it would be an insult to be refused and once again asked what he would like.
Reluctantly, the golfer told him he loved golf clubs. Several months had passed since the golfer’s return and from time to time he would think about golf clubs and envision sterling silver ones, or diamond-encrusted ones, etc. Then one day he came home to find a certified letter from the Shah with a deed to a large Golf Club in a nearby state. He was shocked and had never in a million years dreamed of a Golf Club!
As I was studying and praying this morning. I realized just how limiting our prayers can be at times when we are outlining them, and I thought about Isaiah 55:8-9 where it reads, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
When my heart is filled with gratitude and humility, I experience Heaven on earth, just as I experience hell on earth when my thoughts are filled with pride and fear. I John 4:18 reads “There is no fear in Love. But perfect Love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in Love.” Today, I will definitely watch my thoughts and keep them joyous. That is my Divine Inheritance and I will Love all.
So many times, as we go through the day, we may come upon an obstacle and keep our focus there. Maybe, we will spend time on getting through or around the blocked area. By doing this, we may get off course. As I was thinking about the hurricane and storms today, I remembered God, not Harvey, is omnipotent. Isaiah 26:7 states, “The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.”
Checking my thoughts regularly, I will know God is still in charge!
At times when I first awaken, my thoughts go immediately to what I have been working on or things I need to do. Before that takes hold in my consciousness, I recall two scriptures, one is Psalm 5:3 which reads, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” The other one is Philippians 4:13 and states, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
With that being said, I pause and wait on God to direct my path.
For ages, physical scientists have been saying that the human uses only a fraction of its ability to see the material universe. If this is the case, should what we see materially be used as Law. 1 Corinthians 2:9 reads, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard…the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”
If we are harboring criticism, condemnation, hatred, dishonesty, selfishness and fear in thought, couldn’t that affect our eyesight? Don’t we see things clearer when our thoughts are filled with Love and gratitude and compassion? It seems to me that it is not good eyes needed as much as good thoughts!
This morning I seemed to be in a funk. Looking out the window, everything was dark and rainy and matched the mood I was in. Then I went to my desk and opened the Bible to Isaiah 55:8 and it reads, ” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Wow! This was exactly what I needed. Today, I choose His thoughts!
So often, it is easy to notice all the bad going on in the world and listen to negative things reported by the media. At that very same time, there is so much Good going on if we just look for it. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Proverbs 17:22 reads “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Today, I will watch for unwelcome thoughts that attempt to steal my joy. I will take responsibility for what I am thinking and I can do this when I cling to God.