Give Me That Mountain

My Thoughts and Ways Committee

A Change of Mind. Day sixteen...

The United States House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Ways and Means committee for short, is supposed to find out all the ways and means government can raise the money necessary to do its business.

I think I want to have my own “Thoughts and Ways” committee, consisting of me and the Lord. I want to find out how to better do God's business, because I haven't been all that successful on my own.

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“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8–9 NLT)

But the superiority of God's thoughts and ways appears to have escaped us.

According to a 2012 article in London's Daily Mail, one in seven funerals include, by request, Frank Sinatra's recording of “My Way.” The article didn't say whether this was limited to London or applied to all of England. But either way, I must scratch my head when I consider the lyrics at the end of the song:

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
Yes, it was my way

What exactly were these families thinking? How many of these dead loved ones died prematurely—precisely because they did it “my way”?

I don't mean to be insensitive, but the “ways” of man don't quite measure up to the ways of God. Maybe it would be in our best interest to prefer God's ways:

If you want to live well, make sure you understand all of this. If you know what's good for you, you'll learn this inside and out. GOD's paths get you where you want to go. Right‐living people walk them easily; wrong‐living people are always tripping and stumbling. (Hosea 14:9 MSG)

We can't, however, act like Jesus when we're thinking like us.

God's ways are a result of God's thoughts. And if we want to have even a chance of living by God's ways we must learn to think more like Him. But not everyone can learn to think more like God because of their rebellious spirit.

No one can know a person's thoughts except that person's own spirit, and no one can know God's thoughts except God's own Spirit. (2 Corinthians 2:11 NLT)

Those who refuse to have a relationship with Jesus cannot have a relationship with God's own Spirit. And it they don't have a relationship with the Holy Spirit they are stuck with their own thoughts. They have no access to the thoughts of God.

Man can come up with some pretty amazing things on his own. The world is full of many wonderful contributions born out of man's thoughts. But man can only go so far in his own thinking. His thoughts are limited to the natural world. His thoughts affect only his human nature. Man, on his own, cannot access the spiritual realm (at least not the one with God in it). So he's stuck with making the best he can out of his purely human existence.

Sadly, many Christians, because of unbelief, are also stuck with making the best they can out of their purely human existence.

Only the Holy Spirit can show us what is on God's mind. And Christians who distance themselves from the Holy Spirit are in the same pickle as unbelievers. They simply can't hear the thoughts of God, because only God's Spirit makes God's thoughts known.

But for those of us who have received His Spirit and have rejected the world's spirit there is great news.

And we have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren't spiritual can't receive these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can't understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, “Who can know the LORD's thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:12‐16 NLT)

Have a good day,
Mike

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