Imagine God’s Thoughts Toward You

We have to meditate on God’s thoughts toward us.  Let’s see what the Bible says
about His thoughts; lets look in (Jeremiah 29:11) it says “for I know the thoughts that I
think toward you, says the Lord Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give
you an expected end”; and in (Psalms 40:5) it says “many, O Lord Yahweh my God,
are Your wonderful works which you have done and Your thoughts which are to us-
ward, they cannot be reckoned up in order to You, if I would declare and speak of
them they are more than can be numbered”; then in (Psalms 139-17-18) it says “how
precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God; how great is the sum of them.  If I
should count them, they are more in number than the sand, when I awake, I am still
with You”.  When you are feeling down, think of how much sand you can count, it will
perk you up, just knowing how God thinks about you.  

We see God thoughts in (Romans 8:29-32) says “for whom He did foreknow, He also
did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the
firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also
called and whom He called them He also justified and whom He justified, them He also
glorified.  What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be
against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall
He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

God’s thoughts are thoughts of Compassion.  God does more than notice us; God
has deep concerns for our welfare.  He cares for us with the deepest of love (II
Corinthians 8:9) “for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was
rich, yet for your sakes, He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich”.  
God’s compassion drives Him to meet our needs as best evidenced by the sending of
His Son, Jesus (John 3:16) “for God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life”.

Let’s look at His compassion, David prayed in (Psalms 31:7-8) “I will be glad and
rejoice in Your mercy; for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul
in adversities.  And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my
feet in a large room”. And again in (Psalms 145:8-10) “the Lord Yahweh is gracious,
and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy.  The Lord Yahweh is good
to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works.  All Your works shall praise You,
O Lord Yahweh, and Your saints shall bless You”.  

David although he made mistakes, kept his focus on God, and was called “a man after
God’s own heart”.  He was able to encourage himself, when things looked bad, and
was able to come out on top, by trusting God.  David would go to God and ask Him,
what he should do, and because he had a good relationship with God, God would tell
him.  We can do the same, in James 1:5 it says “if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask
of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not, and it shall be given him”.  
Jesus said “you have not, because you ask not”.

Jesus showed His compassion as He feeds the multitude (Matthew 14:14-16) “and
Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward
them, and healed their sick.  And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him,
saying, this is a desert place, and the time is now past, send the multitude away, that
they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food.  But Jesus said to them, they
need not depart, give you them to eat”.  And even though they could only find five
loaves and two fishes, when they brought it to Jesus, it became more than enough,
and after they did all eat, and were filled; and they took up of the fragments twelve
baskets full, and they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women
and children (verses 20-21).

He had compassion on the widow, who was about to bury her only son (Luke 7:13-15)
“and when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said to her, weep not.  
And He came and touched the coffin, and they that bare him stood still, and He said,
young man, I say to you, arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak,
and he delivered him to his mother”.  Jesus tells us  “fear not, little flock; for it is your
Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).

Let’s practice the love of God.  Meditate on His love toward us (III John 2) “beloved, I
wish above all things that you may prosper, and be in health, even as your soul
prospers”.  In Philippians 2:13 the Bible says “for it is God which works in you both to
will and to do of His good pleasure”.  And in I Peter 3:12 it says “for the eyes of the
Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers, but the face of
the Lord is against them that do evil”.  The good news is that we are made the
righteousness of God in Christ.

Some people say that we can’t know God thoughts, because of an Old Testament
scripture that says “for My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither, are your ways My
ways, says the Lord Yahweh.  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 in the New Testament, we can in (I Corinthians 2:9-12) it says “but as it is written,
eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the
things which God has prepared for them that love Him.  But God has revealed them to
us by His Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For
what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?  Even so
the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received not the
spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are
freely given to us of God”. verse 16 says “but we have the mind of Christ”.  Remember
we have the Greater One living on the inside of us.
   
So fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right.  Think about things that
are pure and lovely and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy
of praise.  Fill your mind with good thoughts.  Paul tells this in (Philippians 4:8).

Let heaven fill your thoughts.  Do not think only about things down here on earth.  For
you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.  Think about
heavenly things (Colossians 3:2-3).  Remember our citizenship is of heaven.  Since
God chose you to be the holy people whom He loves, you must clothe yourselves with
the tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Forbearing
one another, and forgiving one another.  If any man have a quarrel against any even
as Christ forgave you, so also do you.  And above all these things put on charity,
which is the bond of perfectness.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the
which also you are called in one body, and be you thankful.  Let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And
whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God and the Father by Him” (Colossians 3:12-17).  

Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think, then you will
know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect
His will really is (Romans 12:2).  Renewing your mind is thinking the thoughts of God.  
Remember  Proverbs 23:7 says “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he”.

Meditating is going over and over what God says about you, day and night.  Thinking,
speaking and imagining the good things in your life.  You have to see yourself as God
sees you.  Ephesians 3:20 says “now to Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly,
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”.  The trouble is
that many, even some Christians are focused on what they see, hear, feel, touch, and
taste, instead of on what God thinks and says.  


Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: October 3, 2008
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