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Godly Thinking vs The World

“Encourage one another and build each other up ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • Godly thinking believes you can be the person you heart desires to be and accomplish the things your heart longs to accomplish.
  • The world believes you can be the person they want you to be and accomplish the things they think you should want to accomplish.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. ~ Romans 12:2
  • Godly thinking celebrates every little victory as evidence that you will accomplish what it is you’re working towards and see the setbacks as irrelevant to your ultimate success.
  • The world views setbacks as proof that the whole way you’re doing things is flawed, probably fatally and certainly evidence that you should be adopting their vision of success, a good life and yourself as your own.
“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 1:19
  • When you’re frustrated or discouraged, Godly thinking reminds you of all that you’ve accomplished already as evidence which points to the reality of ultimate victory.
  • When you’re frustrated or discouraged, the world sees all your accomplishments as evidence that you should be doing better than you are. Past victories are evidence of potential not met.

We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

  • The world believes coloring outside the lines is evidence of failure.
  • Godly thinking knows that people who do great things almost always color outside the lines.
He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” ~ Luke 16:16
  • The world focus on failure.
  • Godly thinking focuses on potential.
God began a good work in you and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished. ~ Phillipians 1:6
  • Godly thinking believes that what we get right is ultimately more important and more powerful than what we get wrong.
  • The world believes that what we get wrong defines us.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ~ Phillippians 4:8
  • Godly thinking believes that everything works out in the end and if it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end.
  • The world believes that each moment represents a point at which success or failure can be judged.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. ~ Romans 8:17-18
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7 thoughts on “Godly Thinking vs The World

  1. What the kingdom should look like… like everything we’ve truly wanted. Not necessarily things we thought we wanted — although sometimes we get enough of these to see that we didn’t, really. But everything we were led to want in our best selves.

    Basically God wants what’s good for us. & the obstacles that make these things come slowly — are like appetizers, sayeth a rabbi whose name didn’t stay with me. Seeds sprout when they’re ready; can’t usefully rip them up into the sunlight, but can await things with faith.

    Sometimes a person needs a reminder of what she already knows [?]

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    • I’ve been on the receiving end of an enormous amount of “worldly thinking” – I do need the reminder from time-to-time. It’s hard to hold onto yourself when you feel like all the forces of hell are blasting in your face, but long ago I reached the point of having to say, “”Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” I cast my lot and now I just have to trust that God is as good as he says he is. And that all this waiting and standing against the wind will, as you say, merely make the main course more delectable when it does come.

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  2. Rebecca, you have quoted Mother Teresa so I know you share my admiration for her. Here’s a quote that I reflect on when I get discouraged:

    If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.–Mother Teresa

    Then there’s the Hindu saint, Gandhi:

    When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it… always. — Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

    As you say, “If it isn’t OK, it isn’t the end. . . .”

    Also you are “smarter than the average bear.” Sometimes we can be “too smart for our own good”, no?

    “Intelligence is like 4-wheel drive. It allows you to get stuck in more ‘remote’ places.” ~ Garrison Keillor

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    • Important thoughts, especially Keillor’s. Where does our motivation come from, then, God who humbles us and lifts us up, or the world which humiliates us and keeps us down?

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  3. I’ve checked out your website because of your very right on reply to a post about revival on Frank Viola’s Patheos page. Thanks for blogging, will definitely follow your thoughts.

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