Belief determines behavior and thoughts guide your talk.
WHEN GOD CHANGES MAN’S MIND
Rev. Mike Jones
Sometimes God has to change our mind and point us in a different direction as He moves us from short term objectives into long term strategies. This change does not always make sense to us (My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts Isaiah 55:8-9) but living a Faith Life means we must learn to listen carefully and instantly obey God’s new directions.
Here are Four times God changed the minds of His servants resulting in profound impacts.
- Last Minute Mind Change: Just as Abraham was about to plunge the knife into Isaac’s breast the Angel of the Lord called to him and told him to stop (Gen 22:). God’s guidance will sometimes put us into difficult positions. It is important that we do not become distracted by the difficulty and miss God’s last minute change that changes everything.
- Publicly Seen Mind Change: When Joseph found Mary was pregnant he wanted to divorce her and avoid the public shame but God had other plans. Joseph’s mind change affected his pride and his work location (Bethlehem for Jesus’s birth and then Egypt) but it exalted him into an earthly father figure (“is not this the carpenter’s son”?) who would help guide and grow God’s only Son
- When Logical Logic is not God’s Mind: Nathan told David to build the Temple (2 Sam 7:1-7) but later had to go back and say that God had another plan. Nathan did that which was “right in his own eyes” but he soon learned “common sense” was not God’s Mind. Often we make decisions based on our limited vision but we must learn to seek the mind of God before we make major decisions.
- When Divine Direction must guide our going: Paul’s mind was to go into Asia and open it as a Mission Field but God’s mind was set on a larger long term plan- Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us (Acts 16:6-9). God wanted the Gospel in Europe and, eventually, America! Paul wanted familiar people and customs but God’s mind was on getting the gospel to all the world.