Chapter I

Learning to Understand and Implement
God’s Thoughts and Plans for Our Lives.

The most difficult problem in a True Believer’s life is to learn, understand, and implement God’s will and ways – His Kingdom teaching {KT} and Kingdom living {KL} into our new lives.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. AMP

Just how intricate and intimate are God’s thoughts and plans for His creatures who have an intellect – His spiritual angels and His spiritual AND physical creature – man? Who can understand them?

Isaiah 55:7-9 Let the wicked {unsaved} forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord {become redeemed}, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon {so then He can have a way to share with him/ her their redemption}. 8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. AMP

If God’s thought and ways are with Him is the third heaven, how can His adopted children get grounded in God and His Word to use It in our daily lives? Does God have a way to “level the playing field” between Him and His redeemed adopted children? YES!!! We MUST have LOVE, TRUST, and FAITH in Him for the direction of our lives!

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to {pray to} Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know {My MYSTERIES of things you} (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand). AMP
Isaiah 45:3 And I {God} will give you the {the MYSTERIES of the} treasures of darkness {of the kingdoms of the world} and hidden riches of secret places {of the Kingdom of God}, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name. AMP

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] {declaring His Omnipotence} — 21 To Him {God} be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). AMP

So, how do you/I receive and accept this anointing of “power” that is at work within us through God the Holy Spirit Who is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly and supernaturally far over and above all that we dare ask or think? The following Scriptures reveal God’s way for us to be on an equal and level playing field with Him!

Ephesians 4:20-25 But you did not so learn {about} Christ! 21 Assuming that you have really heard Him and been taught by Him, as [all] Truth is in Jesus [embodied and personified in Him], 22 Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; 23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], 24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s {spiritual} image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another. [Zech 8:16.] AMP

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), 17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. AMP

I write a lot about praying for and using the “sound mind of Christ” for you/me to figure out, understand, and apply God’s Word and His Book of Life which contains God’s daily plans for our lives. Christ’s sound mind is available to ALL True Believers in Christ IF you/we will just pray and ask for it. I sincerely believe that you are “short changing” yourself from having the complete VICTORY that God has for you in your daily life IF you are NOT praying and asking for Christ’s sound mind!

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced {sound – KJV, NKJV} mind and discipline and self-control. AMP

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the {sound} mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. [Isa 40:13.] AMP {What God given attributes does the “sound mind of Christ” make available to you?:}

Isaiah 11:2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him {Jesus Christ and give to Him and us True Believers} — the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord — AMP

As a True Believer, please pray this prayer to seek Christ’s sound mind – “Dear Heavenly Father – I ask You to accredit to my thinking/mind set the ‘sound mind of Christ’ to enable me to more deeply experience what you are revealing and sharing with me in Your thinking from Your Word. In Jesus’ Most Wonderful and Precious Name, AMEN!”

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