Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thinking Differently by Martin Wiles

The decisions of the majority aren’t always the best.

“If everyone else jumps off a building, would you jump too?” Or, “If everyone else goes to hell, do you want to go also?” Both favorite questions from my dad when I was growing up. His way of saying, “Consider the decision you’re making.” The questions normally had a moral fiber woven through them as well. The majority of my classmates may have been making poor moral decisions but that didn’t mean I had to mimic their behavior. I could think differently. Like God would want me to think. So I could behave in ways that pleased him and my parents. 

Caleb was one of the original twelve spies sent on a reconnaissance mission into the Promised Land before the Israelites attacked. Only he and Joshua said the land could be taken. But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. (Numbers 14:24 NLT)

When I think differently, I won’t think limiting thoughts. Instead of dwelling on what I can’t do, I’ll remember that in Christ I can do all things because of the power of his Spirit residing in me. The walled cities and giants of the Promised Land didn’t bother Caleb.

Nor did Caleb—or Joshua, care what the majority said. They stuck to their belief that the Promised Land could be conquered because God promised it. The majority isn’t always right. And in today’s world, the majority certainly isn’t chasing God’s standards.

Additionally, thinking differently entails not dwelling on fearful thoughts. God hasn’t given me a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Nothing can touch me without his permission, and nothing is impossible for me with his help.

Ask God to help you think differently so you can behave differently. 

Prayer: Thank You merciful God for giving us the power to think differently so our resulting actions will guide others to You. 
Martin N Michelle 
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