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WHAT???

December 3rd, 2010

We are called to think differently!

Who else would ask a people to put their feet in the edge of the water & then stand firm in a river that was overflowing its banks, as a means of crossing over from one place to another?

Who else would think of ‘heaping up’ a river so it stood still?

Who else would think of asking a group of people to carry God???

Where are the engineers? Where is the marketing?

Where’s the bridge that required human effort, planning & resource?

What on earth is this? “You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant (place of God’s presence), saying, ‘When you come to the edge of the water of Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.” (Jos 3:8)

WHAT???

God thinks so differently to us!

He thinks contrary; often in conflicting ways to not only how we think but how we see. He is God; completely free, completely unbound and unlimited in any resource or capacity. Everything & anything is possible to Him. He is other.

There is a brilliant word in the German language. It is öbernatürlich. öber means ‘over’; natürlich means ‘natural’. This is their word for supernatural. When literally translated it means, God is over the natural.

Who else would think to use nature? And in such a way?

No eye has seen. No ear has heard. Nor has entered the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor 2:9

We are not only called to think differently, but to think from a different place.

The Bible, the inspired breathe of God, states two things. Firstly we live in a place “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe..” (2 Cor 4:4) The god of the age, pushes unbelief. Unbelief is opposite to faith.

This God of such radical ways invites us not to be conformed to this world, but transformed by renewing our mind with the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16, Rom 12:2) It’s a lobotomy! We get to think what HE thinks, how He thinks, even when He thinks, this the mind of Christ.

How would you go not watching any TV for a week? How would you go fasting the world for a day or two & being in a place only surrounded by nature?

What would we think then? How would we think? Would we indeed, think?

Jesus Christ, son of God is not brain dead, powerless or uncreative. HE is God, He is a creator & He never does the same thing twice.

We are invited to think from heaven, from victory, through Christ who is not dead but alive. We think from a reality that is not always seen yet in the natural, but will be. We think over nature, supernaturally.

And this is faith – thinking differently, experiencing differently.

Bring on the flooding river that stands still! Bring on the obedience to step into such a river! This is the stuff of God.

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