Thursday, December 16, 2004

Tapping Into the Limitless Thinking of God

My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
and Your salvation all the day,
for I do not know their limits”
(Psalm 71:15)
The word for “shall tell” means to enumerate, to list, to articulate. David, the psalm writer, was saying, “I could list out the righteousness and salvation of God all day long and I would not reach the end of it. In fact, I don’t know any limit to the goodness and rightness of God on my behalf.”

There are no limits in God. What is more, there is no limit to His goodness toward those who trust in Him. There is no limit to what He will do for His people.

Since there is no limit to God’s mercy and grace toward us, we need to develop limitless thinking in our walk with Him. Our thoughts are limited because we are limited. They are finite because we are finite. But God’s thoughts are far above our thoughts:
For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:8-9)
However, this does not mean that we cannot know His thoughts. God, out of His limitless thinking, sent His thoughts to the earth so that we could know them and walk in His ways. He sent His word to the earth like rain and snow, and His words reveal His thoughts to us.
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater — so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth. It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
We were created to walk in His ways. Our minds were not made to think our own thoughts — that only happened as a result of the Fall, when Adam became spiritually disconnected from the mind of God. Our minds were made to think the limitless thoughts of God, and we will be doing that throughout eternity.

We can know the thoughts of God. This is important because our faith is limited by our thoughts. But if there were no limit to our thinking, then there would be no limit to our faith. So, the solution is simple — stop thinking your thoughts, and start thinking God’s thoughts.

Begin by putting your hand on the problem — that’s right, place your hand on the top of your head—and say this: “My mind was not made to think my own thoughts. My mind was made to think the thoughts of God.”

How do we think the thoughts of God? How do we tap into the mind of God? Here a three effective ways to begin:

First, set your heart on obedience to the will of God. Have an attitude that, whatever God reveals to you, that is what you are going to do. Jesus said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority” (John 7:17). If we are prepared to do the will of God, we will know His will. It will be revealed to us.

Second, get into the Word of God. It contains the mind of God. God has revealed His thoughts to us in His Word. Therefore, spend a lot of time in the Word. Focus your attention on it and study it carefully. Meditate on it deeply and let it renew your thinking.

The Bible says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Our understanding was not made to be our master or our guide. It was made to be our servant, the interface between the mind of God within us and the world around us.

Let the Word of God be your understanding and guide you into the thoughts of God. You can spend the rest of your life meditating on the Word of God, and it is so deep, you will never touch the bottom of it. You will never get to the end of it. God’s thoughts, revealed in His Word, are limitless.

Third, pray in the Spirit. The Apostle Paul said that the man who prays in a tongue speaks mysteries (1 Corinthians 14:2). In the Bible, a mystery is a secret, not one that God is keeping from us, but one that God is revealing to us. When we pray in a tongue, Paul says, the understanding of the mind is unfruitful (v. 14). The mind does not understand — it is a mystery. But the spirit prays and understands perfectly well.

This is the mind of God coming from heaven, by the Holy Spirit into our spirit, through our spirit and into our mouth, Thus the mind of heaven is spoken into the world, heaven and earth coming together in a powerful way. These are mysteries, the mind of God coming from heaven, being revealed in our spirit by the Holy Spirit. The Bible says,
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him”

BUT God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God…. No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
(1 Corinthians 2:10-11)
Paul said that this is the mind of Christ (v. 16). Though it is a mystery to the understanding of our minds, this revelation of the mind of God will often eventually percolate forth into our understanding. So Paul was able to conclude, “I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:15).

As you receive the limitless thoughts of God, by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, and your faith is not hindered by your own understanding, you will begin to walk in limitless ways and experience the abundance of God in every area of your life.