The amazing thing about being saved is that I know that my God is a never changing deity. That creates a culture of appreciation in my life and yields a desire to know more about him. I’m comfortable with who God is. I don’t have to question his whereabouts, thoughts or motives.
Whereabouts: (Hebrew 13:5)
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Thoughts: (Jeremiah 29:11)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Motives: (2 Timothy 1:9)
9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
God has clearly put his cards on the table in this covenant relationship. Therefore, as believers, we should be absolutely comfortable with who he is. We should believe and act upon every word that comes out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4), because he is trustworthy and without fail. Now, that we know where God stands, where do we stand in this covenant? I find comfort in who God is, but do I trust myself? I can relate via hurtful moments in previous relationships in high school and college. When disappointment arose in my life and thoughts, my reaction was not always beneficial to my present and future. It created an environment that was no longer comfortable and a deficiency of trust in the relationship and people. That’s what i call filling the high-minded reservoir. Let’s be honest! We’ve all been there. Unfortunately, our high minded reservoirs can eventually turn us into ‘perpetuators” of hurt. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and God has equipped us to rise above people and situations with our thoughts. Proverbs 3:5-6 declares that our understanding can take us of the path that God has laid for us. That’s right! Don’t trust your thoughts, trust his thoughts.
- Obtain his thoughts about us through consistent prayer and reading
- Be honest with ourselves about who we are
- Eliminate stagnation, stagnant thoughts (people)
God trusts himself and we must trust him. However, the dilemma comes a decision to trust ourselves. How can we trust ourselves? Romans 3:23 tells us that we all have sinned and fallen short of what God expects from us. The more we talk with God and acquire his thoughts about us, the more we can be honest with our flaws (sinful nature). Our sinful nature is created in our thoughts. The flesh is weak and follows after our thoughts. Hence, the acquisition of God’s thoughts for us becomes the remedy for stagnation and hypocrisy.
2 Corinthians 13:5 says,
” Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
We can’t get comfortable in our relationship with God. the etymology of “Relationship” in the Greek means (Ginosko);
- I am coming into knowledge, come to know/learn. I have realized.
Oh my! Our relationship with God is proven by making sure that we are operating within the boundaries of it’s provisions. Yet, we know that our thoughts are incapable of doing so. We must get to a place of being “uncomfortable”. We must constantly examine ourselves or we run the chance of living an undisciplined life. One of the greatest examples of discipline are the armed forces. The training of the soldier is the examination and preparation for the receiving of orders to be carried out. Those orders are given to obtain victory and not defeat! The examining or training eliminates individual thoughts(will) and acquires the thoughts(will) of the leader. There is nothing comfortable about being a soldier. Everything must be in order to operate in purpose. We must be uncomfortable as believers and open to inspection from God (Holy Spirit). The believer must realize that his/her breakthrough is one thought/idea away. Find God’s thoughts and watch God move on your behalf immediately. God is saying, “I wish you could see what i see, and know what i know”. Don’t sacrifice the promise of tomorrow for the safety of today.