Think Like This
When you think of God, what comes to mind? Is He a Person, or a force? Is He near, or far? Is He Daddy, or Judge? Is He for you, or against you? Is He with you, or inside of you? The way you think about God makes all the difference in the world. It will define how you will relate to Him daily and determine how much you will allow Him to do for you and through you.
Jesus came to reveal God to us and show us how to think about Him. And in many Bible passages, God reveals His relationship to us in outstanding ways. These passages should shape our thoughts and form our attitudes toward God, ourselves, and others. They provide the most accurate and profitable way to think about God.
Here are a few examples:
1. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells us God is our loving Heavenly Father, who knows the things we have need of before we ask. And finds great pleasure in taking care of us.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6:31-32 NKJV)
2. In John 14:16-19, Jesus tells us that after the cross, He would no longer just be with those who believe in Him. He would actually be inside of them.
“At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:20 NKJV)
3. In 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, Paul tells us our body is the temple of God, that they are members of Christ’s body, and that we are one spirit with Him.
“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (I Corinthians 6:17 NKJV)
4. In 1 John 4, John tells us, as far as God is concerned, we are exactly as Jesus is.
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” (I John 4:17 NKJV)
5. In Romans 8:31-39, Paul tells us God is for us and will never withhold any good thing from us. That nothing can separate us from his love, thereby, making us more than conquerors!
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)
Imagine what will happen to your relationship with God, your faith in Him, your love for Him, and your ability to minister to others in His Name, if you started to think in Scriptural terms about God and your new identity in Christ!
Child of God, when you see God as He is revealed in Jesus and yourself as you are in Christ, you line up yourself with the Word and position yourself for extraordinary accomplishments. It is true, before the cross, Jesus was the only person qualified to be God’s human temple. But thanks to the cross, the forgiveness of sins, and the gift of His righteousness, everything has changed for you. As He is, so are you in this world. Your body is now the temple of God. Today, God lives in you. He is no longer your judge, but your Father. And you are no longer a sin-bearer; you are now a God-Carrier.
Think like this, pray like this, speak like this and live like this!