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Larry Lilly's Letter Monday November 29, 2010
For many years I have been fascinated with Benjamin Disraeli as a person and with his career. Born into a Jewish family his father embraced the Lord as did Benjamin and he is still referred as the only person of Jewish Heritage to be Prime Minister of England. He was one of Queen Victoria's favorites. That he was a statesman is born out by the fact that he served in the House of Commons for nearly forty years.
One of his statements is of special interest to me at this point in my life, as when I am going through a storm I tend to degenerate into the lower self and think small thoughts. Disraeli wrote this about such times:
"Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts."
I will quote another former Jew in a moment, but keep in mind that the "thinking of higher thoughts" while often ridiculed by fellow clergy and small vindictive minded people, is recommended throughout the scripture. The biblical higher thoughts are not the powder puff stuff of much literature, but rather truly higher thoughts that revolve around God's greatness and His incomprehensible love for you and me. The true story of redemption in Christ for fallen man is one of the highest thoughts in all of philosophical literature and certainly one of the grandest themes of scripture.
That we humans are limited is well documented. That God is unlimited is also a matter of record. When learn to move from the finite to the infinite we then are as Jabez prayed, enlarging our coasts, literally our horizons, our frame of existence or whatever term you choose and as a result are placing our minds and hearts into God's hands for great use.
Paul, writing about practical higher thought wrote in Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Earlier he had instructed in Philippians 2:5:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
The "mind of Christ" certainly was/is the mind of THE true superior servant and when we learn to think along the lines of being a willing servant all the while knowing that in Christ we are more than conquerors, we will grasp a little of the wisdom of Paul and Disraeli.
Larry Lilly Copyright © 2010 Use with credit.
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