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God Thoughts

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:13-16)

From childhood we’ve heard, “God said, let there be…” and the world came into existence. We’ve read in the Bible that He “spoke” to people and helped them when they were in trouble. We’ve heard testimonies of how God “spoke” to people concerning certain issues in their lives. These are valid expressions of how God communicates with people. But what if you could hear the “thoughts” of God? Perhaps you become so “tuned in” to God that you can actually sense what He’s thinking! So, if this is were true, it would be possible to navigate your life by sensing His thoughts! Asking, imagining, and dreaming are just the beginning of where God could take us, if we truly knew what He was thinking (Eph. 3:20).

Here are some things to consider:

  • The word “thought” in the Bible literally means “plan, purpose or intention”. In other words, the thoughts of God involve His good intentions for your life (Jer. 29: 11)(Eph. 1:9). The Bible is full of His good intentions (Jn. 10:10).
  • God is constantly aware of you and what’s happening in your life (Ps. 40:5)(Ps. 139:13-17). He has so many good thoughts about you that if He shared them all, you could never count them!
  • God loves you so much that He wants to share His thoughts with you (Jn. 15:15)(1 Cor. 2:9-10). God’s original intention was for you to represent Him and His character on the earth. The only way you can do that is to be able to think like He thinks (1 Jn. 2:20)(1 Jn. 2:27).
  • God doesn’t think the way you think (Isa. 55:7-11). For those who may think that God wants to punish you when you mess up, I’ve got good news! Though God is just, He is also infinitely merciful. He looks for ways to show mercy and forgiveness toward you! (Ps. 103:8-18)

Holy Spirit & Abundant Living:

God’s knows you better than you know yourself. This means He is able to guide you to what’s best for you and guard you from things that could trip you up later in life. God has a wonderful plan that personally fits who you are… and it’s just waiting for you. It is the Abundant Life! This takes the strain out of a trial and error, searching for a career or trying to find some purpose in life. When you trust in God’s Son, Jesus; He gives you the ability to think like He thinks! This is not mental telepathy …it’s the Holy Spirit living inside of you – God living in you!

God is Still Thinking about You!

Pay close attention to the Holy Spirit, He lives inside and speaks to those who place their faith in Christ. As you hear God’s thoughts and draw close to Him in prayer, He will instruct you, teach you and guide you (Jn. 16:13). The audible voice is the communication of the natural man, but the mind of Christ is the voice of the Spirit resinating in the heart. The Bible calls it an unction of the Holy Spirit… like a nudge on the inside. Picking up the still small voice inside is what abundant living is all about. You have the mind of Christ… it was placed in you, when you set your heart to know Him. If you will pay attention… you will discover He is still thinking about you.

“Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5)

Capturing A Heart

I am Your Chosen Child

Jesus is the Master… “At Capturing A Heart”

It was what a friend of mine calls “a life intervention”, between Saul of Tarsus and the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet it becomes the life changing event where Saul becames Paul and a destiny is transformed. It was somewhere along the Damascus Road that a light from Heaven peered directly into a very dark place… Saul’s heart.

A Stubborn Heart:

His was no ordinary heart, it was thirsting for blood and zealous for a law without mercy. The determination and hatred seemed to overflow in his quest for letters of approval from the governing leaders of Jerusalem. It made him a persecuter of the Church and pursuer of Christians. “Still breathing out threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord”, this ruthless man seemed convinced that the followers of “The Way” needed “to be bound and brought to Jerusalem”.

Divine Encounter:

What could have been an end, becomes a transformation. A light from Heaven, the voice of Jesus and three days without physical sight made all that seemed so desperate, pale in its urgency. Saul was now waiting for a visitor in a place he had never been, from someone he had never met, with a message he would never have imagined.

What could this mean?

While at the house of a man named Judas, on Straight Street, Saul was left to consider the vision of the Risen Lord Jesus for three long days. Would this end in death? Would it be quick or was God’s Son so angry that He would torture the persecuter? Saul would have no sight, just an echo in his heart of an encounter that struck him to the ground. ”Could it really be true that this Jesus had risen from the dead?” This would re-focus anyone’s life, but what could Jesus mean by “you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6).

Receiving Sight!

Ananias enters the house; and laying his hands on Saul he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 9:17). Jesus was saying, “I have chosen you as My vessel to bear My name before Gentiles, Kings and the Children of Israel” (Acts 9:14), but more than that, He was capturing the heart by an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Filled with the Holy Spirit, he would never be the same again! Scales fell away and a new determination was birthed within his heart. Saul would be wrecked forever, because his heart had been captured by Love, Himself… not the emotion, the Holy Spirit.

Filled with the Holy Spirit!

The Lord Jesus captured the heart of the persecuter; Saul, by filling him with the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt for anyone to become completely captured, they must be completely filled with the Holy Spirit. I have heard it said that in order to remove a passion from a heart, like fear or hate; it must be conquered by a greater passion, like chosenness and love. My only comment is that when the Holy Spirit fills a person, He captures the seat of all passion.

“I count all things loss…that I may gain Christ.” (Phil 3:8)

We read in the Apostle Paul’s words, an expression of the captured  heart. He holds forth a compelling satisfaction in knowing Christ Jesus as Lord and a desire to see the salvation of his fellow countrymen. This formerly driven persecuter was now focused on preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to all people, Jews and Gentiles alike (Rom 10:1-4). His greatest desire and prayer to God for all of them was that they might be saved. His longing was that they turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for the capturing of their own hearts.

The Way Out

Jesus Christ, God’s Son offers us the Way out of all of our difficulties. He has an anointing from the Father to break us free from all captivity. He testified of Himself when in Luke He declared, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to…” (Lk 4:18-19) “…preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

  • Preach the Gospel to the Poor
  • To Heal the Brokenhearted
  • Bring Deliverance to the Captive
  • Recovery of Sight to the Blind
  • Liberty to the Oppressed

This is our day of freedom; our time of Jubilee, where all debts are cancelled and all slaves are released from their obligation. Our breakthrough has come, our deliverance is at hand and Jesus; Himself, has become our Breaker.

He was anointed for breakthrough!

You might ask, “What must I do? How do I find the way out of my desperate situation? What are the works of God… I will do them, I will do anything, because I need His help?”

The work of God is to believe!

 Just grab the hand, His Hand stretched out toward you today, for He was anointed to lead you and I through the gates. We must follow Him. Jesus answers us as He answered the people of His day:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life; which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him. Then they said, ‘What shall we do that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (Jn 6:26-29)

What makes “the way out” so difficult is that we find following and trusting to be more of a challenge than our efforts. Yet our efforts, our work to find the way out, our human wisdom and strength are limited and only leave us exhausted and fearful in the end. The way out is simple enough that a “child” can do it perfectly. Just take the hand of Jesus and let Him lead you through.

A child can do it perfectly! (Mt 18:1-5) 

Issues of Love

Simple as it might sound; the reality of Christ living in and through our lives today is nothing more than an issue of love. Jesus summed it all up as He was being challenged to tell of the greatest commandment.

 His word was- “Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself!” (Mt 22:37-39) 

Our cultural mindsets have made this simple idea way too complicated, because we find it very difficult to live from the heart. “Intelligent” folks want to explain the way love works rather than just do it. Love cannot be understood accept in the context of its activity.

 Love is a verb!

 Love is not complete in the context of just saying the words ”I love you”… it must have a depth of activity that proves its existence. Giving preference to others is the choice to love them in spite of personal comfort or convenience. God so loved the world that He was moved to give His only Son (Jn 3:16). Jesus tells us in the Bible that He was anointed by the Holy Spirit for Love’s purpose… to preach good news to the poor (Lk 4:18-19). The poor were those around Him who were not the preferred friends of the elite… they were the sinners, the outcast, the diseased and the cultural misfits.

 Even Nicodemas could see that great power was manifested in the person of Jesus. He states, “we know You are a teacher sent by God, because no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him”  (Jn 3:2). Such irresistable passion and power was obvious in Jesus, because of His activity. So much evidence of love was visible in the life of God’s Son, that the elite were shocked and offended by His influence. They would wonder what they could even do with Him, because so many folks were following and turning their world upside down.

 This was love personified… the real fabric of the anointing and what motivated Our Lord’s activity.

  •  Healing the sick
  •  Meeting the needs of the brokenhearted
  •  Offering deliverance to the captives
  •  Recovering sight to the blind
  •  Setting at liberty the oppressed 

These are all issues of love. Power rests on the platform of love, just like a house rests on a foundation. It may very well be the most important foundation for life… to receive love and give it away.

 No question… love is the greatest motivation of life.