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Thinking Differently
by Martin Wiles
02/08/14
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The decisions of the majority arenít always the best.

ďIf everyone else jumps off a building, would you jump too?Ē Or, ďIf everyone else goes to hell, do you want to go also?Ē Both favorite questions from my dad when I was growing up. His way of saying, ďConsider the decision youíre making.Ē The questions normally had a moral fiber woven through them as well. The majority of my classmates may have been making poor moral decisions but that didnít mean I had to mimic their behavior. I could think differently. Like God would want me to think. So I could behave in ways that pleased him and my parents.

Caleb was one of the original twelve spies sent on a reconnaissance mission into the Promised Land before the Israelites attacked. Only he and Joshua said the land could be taken. But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. (Numbers 14:24 NLT)

When I think differently, I wonít think limiting thoughts. Instead of dwelling on what I canít do, Iíll remember that in Christ I can do all things because of the power of his Spirit residing in me. The walled cities and giants of the Promised Land didnít bother Caleb.

Nor did Calebóor Joshua, care what the majority said. They stuck to their belief that the Promised Land could be conquered because God promised it. The majority isnít always right. And in todayís world, the majority certainly isnít chasing Godís standards.

Additionally, thinking differently entails not dwelling on fearful thoughts. God hasnít given me a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Nothing can touch me without his permission, and nothing is impossible for me with his help.

Ask God to help you think differently so you can behave differently.

Prayer: Thank You merciful God for giving us the power to think differently so our resulting actions will guide others to You. www.lovelinesfromgod.com

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