In recent months, the Lord has directed me to encourage people to begin thinking bigger.
Some years ago a man knocked at my door. I had been in ministry just long enough to have gone to Bible school and returned home to start my church. Although not much time had passed, it was long enough to have seen the amazing provision of God transform my life.
At the door there stood this man I had worked for as a deputy sheriff. When we worked at the sheriff’s department, he had a reputation of being fearless. He was the type of guy that if nothing was happening, he was ready to go make something happen. He wasn’t afraid of anything or anyone. He came to me because the call of God was on his life, and he was finally ready to turn his life over to the Lord.
We spent many hours together, and I taught him the basics including tithing, being led by the Spirit, giving, etc. When he came to me he was broke financially—so broke he couldn’t pay attention. But he embraced every word I spoke and immediately began to see the results of being a doer of the Word.
After a little while, I hired him, and one day I told him about a meeting in Atlanta that he needed to go to. He immediately responded, “Okay, I’ll be there.” He went home and told his wife they were going to this meeting, and she responded, “How are we going to do that? How will we pay for it?” He told her he didn’t know, but he was told to go, so they’re going!
When we arrived at the hotel, he followed me to the desk, and I paid for our rooms. He later told me that he had no idea how he was going to pay for the hotel room, but he was just following orders. As his employer at the time I planned on paying for his trip, and I assumed he knew that, but evidently he didn’t. What if when I told him to go to the meeting, he decided not to because he didn’t have the money? What then?
How many of us do the same thing. The Lord tells us to do something, and then we consult our bank account to see if we can do it. In John 6, when Jesus challenged Philip with the feeding of the 5,000, Philip’s immediate response was based on money and availability. It had everything to do with his thinking.
How you think will determine how well you follow the leading of the Lord. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. This verse was not placed in your Bible to explain how far below God we are. It was given that we might stretch and expand our thinking and our ways. Ephesians 5:1 tells us that we are to be imitators of God, and we can’t fulfill this command until we begin to think like Him.
It all comes down to this—if you don’t think like God, then you won’t recognize God’s leading. Your carnal thinking will fight the leading of God, just like it did in Philip.
I Corinthians 2:16 says, …we have the mind of Christ. When Jesus was on this earth, do you think he struggled with thoughts of shortage or lack? Do you believe he dealt with thoughts of poverty? Absolutely not! He followed God’s leading without hesitation, never lacking for anything. Not only that, He provided plenty for all who followed Him.
Examine your own thinking. Are you thinking with the mind of Christ that has been given to you, or are you stuck in your old ways of thinking based on your upbringing and your current situation? It’s time to raise your sights! Like Abraham, lift up your eyes FROM WHERE YOU ARE, and recognize there is no shortage or lack in this earth. The earth and its resources were created for you.
God will take you to places that you have never imagined possible, but it’s going to start with your thinking. If you’ll think like God thinks and talk like God talks, you’ll believe like God believes. And it won’t be long before you live like God lives!
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