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Devotional - week of August 16, 2015


A HIGHER LEVEL OF THINKING AND LIVING

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says 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”  Isaiah 55:8-9.

We would have a new quality of life if we would move up from our level of thinking to God’s and from our ways to God’s ways. It is possible. Read Paul’s testimony recorded in 1 Corinthians 2:16b.

… we have the mind of Christ.

Through his thorn in the flesh Paul discovered that thinking God’s thoughts rather than his own made a vast difference in his quality of life.

When God sent the thorn, Paul thought, “This needs to go.” Three times he asked God to take the thorn away. The Lord answered, “Paul, you need this thorn to keep you dependent on Me.”

Consequently, Paul learned to rejoice and thank God for every type of pressure that came His way.

How do we go about receiving God’s thoughts about our circumstances and about what we are to do next? Read Colossians 3:1-4.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

When we read the If then as Since and appears as revealed, we understand the passage, and we can live out our enthroned position.

From that position continually concentrate on the things of heaven and not on things of earth. Receive God’s revelation of what Jesus desires to do through you. Then live out God’s word to you.