Encouragements for Seeking God – Reaching for Higher Thoughts and Ways

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isa 55:8-9 NIV
How clear this passage is as to one of the major reasons that we must take time to seek the Lord; to spend time in devotional exercises that focus our thoughts on Jesus and enrich our thinking with his Holy Words.    God’s thinking and his ways are described as higher, so ours our lower.  We need devoted hours with God!  Otherwise the habits of our mind, the ideas we develop we can rise no higher than our own carnal thoughts.  Our minds will remain on earthly things. Our habits of life will find no higher plane that that of the world around us.  Does not Paul warn us that the end of that kind of thinking is death (Phil 3:19; Rom. 8:5,6)?   But what possibilities await on the other side of this comparison!  When we spend time with God, the Holy Spirit will bring glory to Jesus by “taking from what is mine and making it known to you (John 16:14).   We are given his higher thoughts.   Our brains can become increasingly shaped by them and as a result our actions more and more reflect that heavenly shaping.   It is the only way we can walk worthy of the heavenly citizenship we hold.  Oh how much we need our personal and collective time with God!     By Pastor Kelvin Jones

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