By John J. Blanchard
Today’s subject is for serious students of the Bible. It is not something to listen to and just accept. It is not something to listen to and argue about. It is not something that each of us can just dismiss easily. It is, instead, something that must be heard and proved by each person like a Berean.
God’s ultimate physical creation, I believe, is the human mind, that is, the brain and the spirit in man – the power to think and reason. That power to think and reason is patterned off God’s very mind! In Genesis 1 we are told that mankind is created in the image and likeness of God, and we can see that throughout time a rare few individuals have been exceedingly brilliant, incredibly intelligent. I am going to list just a few, such as, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, and today we have alive Stephen Hawking. These are men with incredibly gifted minds. They have extraordinary minds that operate at levels far above the average mind. Mr. Hawking has said that soon he will mathematically be able to prove the existence of God. He says that he is now one trillionth of a second after the Big Bang with his mathematical formulas! Can you imagine that? He has taken it back with math to one trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. Once he penetrates the Big Bang he will prove, mathematically, the existence of God!
All of these men that I mentioned were famous for their mathematics. They were mathematical wizards. Mathematical wizards astound me more than any other brilliant people out there, and, I guess, it is because I cannot fathom what they are getting at. Sometimes we can listen to a smart person and grasp concepts and ideas; but when it comes to incredibly deep mathematics, most of us are just lost. We cannot comprehend what these men see. These men have the gift to think in abstract mathematical terms. By these mathematic formulas, they can comprehend things that we cannot see. They can meditate and contemplate reality, things that to us are unreal. They write formulas that prove reality! They study, contemplate, meditate and write formulas regarding time warp, quarks, black holes in space, anti-matter and anti-gravity, dark matter and string theory. This is the theory that everything is held together by invisible strings. These are the sorts of things they work on with mathematics. This is way ahead of what I can consider and think about. I think most of us fall in the same bracket as me.
Yet their world is as real as our world. We just cannot see it or comprehend it, but we know it is there. We trust their intellect because we see what these smart men have come up with: Newton’s theory of gravity that we experience everyday. Einstein’s theory of relativity has been used in many things in the modern world. Unfortunately, in one case, it has been used for atomic weaponry. But these theories that these men have come up with, that they have seen, that they can understand and that they can write formulas about, have been proven and are used on a daily basis. So we trust what they have done and what they have thought about. We recognize that these men have possessed beautiful minds.
There is a recent book and a movie by that title, and it is about a mathematician with a beautiful mind they say. The man is still alive. His beautiful mind was trapped in a body with physical deficiencies: mental illness. But look at some of these men. Einstein was considered retarded. Stephen Hawking is trapped in a body that uses a wheelchair. He cannot even use his fingers. He must use a key pad to record his thoughts. He does all of his math in his head, which makes it even more astounding! But these men have beautiful minds trapped in frail bodies, bodies like ours. We have frail bodies, but we have average minds, yet they are miraculous minds. They are gifts from God.
There is a tremendous difference between our minds and the minds of these men. We cannot picture the reality they see. Therefore, we cannot contemplate, meditate or think on the level that they can. We cannot reason like them. We are far too physical in what we can understand, is what it comes down to. We cannot understand their abstractions because we are too physical. They can see things that are almost spiritual. Mathematical formulas are not something that you can put your hands on, touch, feel, count up and look at. They are something that must exist in your brain. It is almost a spiritual talent that these men have been given.
We cannot operate at that kind of level because we are too physical. How could we solve this problem? Would it not be a solvable problem if we could obtain a little bit of their mind power and put it in our mind so that we could understand what their intellect grasps? If we had a little bit of their mind power, just enough so that we could understand their conclusions, (let alone work out all of the mathematical formulas) wouldn’t it be marvelous? It would be marvelous just to understand how they can see things, not necessarily how they figured it out. If we could just see what they can see. It would take a little bit of their mind in our minds to do that, and then we could understand their conclusions. Now that would be a miracle, of course. This miracle has been done!
Two minds, the most beautiful minds, the most perfect minds to ever exist, God the Father and Jesus Christ, have made it possible to receive a bit of their mind power. Those of us who have been called and have received the Holy Spirit, have been given a little bit of Their mind power! Those of us who have not received the Holy Spirit can prayerfully ask God to be guided by it. God will help us though we cannot see the formulas for Their plan. We cannot understand how They came up with this plan or how They came up with the universe or how it operates. But, we know They have a plan, and we can comprehend the end result. We know where God is going with His plan and the part that we play. We can comprehend because we have received a little bit of God’s mind in a miraculous way. We have a little bit of His mind power!
Turn if you would to I Corinthians chapter 2. I Corinthians 2 talks a little bit about this miracle. Verse 6: “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Verse 9: “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”
Verse 12: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.”
Verse 16: “For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” So we have in our possession this miracle – a bit of the mind of God!
Let’s take a look at Hebrews chapter 11, verse 1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Because we have received a bit of God’s mind power, by faith we can see things that are not visible to the rest of the world. Just like those very intelligent men can see things that we cannot see, we can spiritually see things that the rest of the world cannot see! This is a miracle.
The greatest encumbrance to this gift is physical thinking. Just like it is with those men who have the great gift of God, this tremendous ability in their minds and their brains, we are too physical to understand their abstractions. If we become too physical in our thinking and too physical in our way of living, we cannot comprehend the spiritual things of God, even if we have a bit of His Holy Spirit, for we are thinking too physically.
We are going to look at several ways that this can happen in our lives. Turn, if you will, to I Corinthians 3. This will be a continuation of the thought we just read a bit ago. I Corinthians 3:1 “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, ‘I am of Paul,’ and another says, ‘I am of Apollos,’ are you not carnal?”
People were arguing. They were envying, striving against one another and divided. Because of that, they were too carnal to receive the spiritual things Paul would like to have told them. So carnality (being too physical in our ways) can prevent us from seeing the spiritual things from God.
Verse 18: “Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their own craftiness;’ and again, ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.’”
Verse 21: “Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours.” God is telling us here that if we are wise in our own minds or we are smart in the ways of this world, perhaps highly educated or just think we are smart, we are futile. We are wasting our time, and we cannot discern the things of God! We get in the way of this spiritual gift that we have received. We get in the way of the understanding and comprehension of the spiritual things of God.
Turn back to Proverbs chapter 3, verse 7: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.” Do not be wise in your own eyes. Do not think of ourselves as too sharp, too smart and too sophisticated because that will get in the way. Instead, fear and respect God.
Matthew 7 and Luke 6 are scriptures about judging one another. If we judge harshly, it leads to blindness. We are told to first take the plank out of our own eye before we work on the speck in our brother’s eye. Otherwise we are blind if we judge too harshly.
Turn to Hebrews chapter 3, verse 12: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’ For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
A couple of other things that can get in the way are hardened hearts and unbelief. We must not allow these conditions to exist. Judging, living carnally, being hard hearted, not believing or thinking of ourselves as too wise all get in the way.
We understand that without vision the people perish. We also can see that these flaws hinder our vision of God’s thoughts. They get in the way of our comprehension of His beautiful, perfect thoughts. We can become too physical, too carnal in our thinking and in our way of living so that we shut off that wonderful ability to comprehend the things of God. We must stay in tune with God’s ways in order to see and comprehend His thoughts.
Isaiah 55 talks a little bit about God’s thoughts. Isaiah chapter 55, verse 6: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says 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.’”
So God’s thoughts, those beautiful thoughts from His perfect mind, are so high above mankind’s that without His help we are not going to see them. If we do not turn to Him and give up our wicked ways, we cannot receive His help, His mercy, in order to comprehend these wonderful spiritual thoughts.
Everything that I have told you so far is necessary background to prepare our minds and our hearts to contemplate God’s thoughts. With this in our minds that we have just gone over, we are ready to spend the rest of this study learning how to look into THE BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS OF GOD.
There are four principles I want to share with you. They are four principles of spiritual observation.
Principle #1: God says what He means and means what He says.
Principle #2: God’s word interprets itself.
Principle #3: We must search the depths of His word.
For the third principle, turn to Romans chapter 11, verse 33: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?’ ‘Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?’ For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”
God’s depth in His thinking is SO GREAT that we do need spiritual help to do it. We have to keep in mind that those depths must be plumbed in order to obtain the knowledge of God. We cannot do a casual surface reading of the scriptures, and we cannot be physical in our meaning or our application of scripture. If we just read in a physical sense, we are not going to comprehend what God has in the depth of His word.
Principle #4: God gives the physical to understand the spiritual. Let’s turn to Romans chapter 1, which explains this quite clearly. Romans chapter 1, verse 18: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Our thoughts and our hearts can be darkened if we do not look at creation and understand that God is revealed in His creation. He is there for all to see. The physical was given so that we can understand the spiritual.
God gave us the Old Testament physical examples to understand the New Testament spiritual examples. I Corinthians chapter 10, verse 1: “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.”
Verse 6: “Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, ‘The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.’ Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.” This is clearly stating that the Old Testament and the examples in it were for us today. The Old Testament physical examples were for us to understand the New Testament spiritual examples.
Now what are the tools that we need to conduct this search of God’s scriptures and use the four principles of spiritual observation? You need prayer, you need meditation, you need your Bible and you should have a Strong’s concordance in order to see the Hebrew and Greek meanings. You do not need interpretations of men; we do not need booklets and articles written by men; we do not need commentaries. God’s word is for all people. This is our own personal Bible study.
KINGDOMS AND GOVERNMENTS
The first subject we will study is mountains. Does God always mean physical mountains when He speaks? Mountains in scripture often represent kingdoms. Let’s turn to Daniel chapter 2, verse 31: “’You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome.’” This is Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. “’This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great MOUNTAIN and filled the whole earth. This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king.’” Daniel goes on to tell the interpretation. It is very clear: a mountain represents a kingdom, the kingdom of God in this case.
Let’s go to Isaiah chapter 2, verse 1: “The word that Isaiah the son of Amos saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the MOUNTAIN of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the MOUNTAINS, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the MOUNTAIN of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” This is obviously speaking about the Millennium, but showing that God’s kingdom is a MOUNTAIN that will sit atop the MOUNTAINS of the world (the nations of the world). So without a doubt, the Old Testament shows us that kingdoms are MOUNTAINS.
Now let’s turn to the New Testament: Luke chapter 3. Notice how we are taking the Old Testament, physical, and looking at New Testament, spiritual. Luke chapter 3, verse 4: “.as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every MOUNTAIN and hill brought low; and the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”’”
Continuing in verse 7: “Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, ‘Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.” For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.’”
Now doesn’t this open up in a way that you never saw before? It speaks of the stones, the family of God, the MOUNTAINS that are going to be brought low and of a voice crying out in the wilderness about this (that being John the Baptist).
Now let’s turn to Revelation chapter 6, verse 14: “Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every MOUNTAIN and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the MOUNTAINS, and said to the MOUNTAINS and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?’”
Now isn’t that a lot easier to understand? The MOUNTAINS that are brought low are the nations, and God’s holy MOUNTAIN (His kingdom) will be established over the nations in the last days. That is why there will be mighty men and commanders and freemen alive on the earth when Christ returns. Obviously if the earth got shaken so badly that the MOUNTAINS all fell down on them, there would be no people left! That would be a cataclysm of immense proportions. This helps us to understand the mind of God and the thoughts of God. Using these four principles we can now see how wonderful God’s plan is, instead of standing here in total abject fear of what the future holds in store.
So this leads me to another interesting thought of God. God wants to convert mankind and save His creation, yet it looks like all will get destroyed. We see many scriptures in the Bible that look like everything on the earth is going to get destroyed. Perhaps 90% to 95% of all human beings, and maybe all life will get destroyed! Well, as we have been talking, we must not get too physical in our thinking. We must not be minimalist. It is not good to be a minimalist. We have to have big thinking in order to keep up with God’s thoughts.
I am often asked, “How come you do not think the world will be destroyed and 90% to 95% of the people killed?” Well, by applying the four principles that we just saw, we can understand what God says, and He means what He says. We can read these things and have confidence.
Let’s go a little further into this subject. Turn to Isaiah chapter 45, verse 18: “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’” So God proclaims He did not make this world in vain! He created it to be inhabited.
Now when you take your Strong’s, a tool that we spoke of earlier, and you look up that word vain, it is #8414, which is tohu. Tohu is the same word used in Genesis 1:2 when the Spirit of God moved upon the earth and found it without form and void. It was tohu and bohu, which means (#8414) to lie waste, a desolation of the surface, worthless, empty, waste. When God made Adam, He found the earth in that state, and He is not going to let it happen again. That is exactly what He says here. Can He mean what He says? Do the scriptures back this up?
When you look up that word inhabited, it is #3427, which means to sit down, to dwell and remain and to marry. We know Christ wants to marry His Church, and He knows He wants people to sit down and dwell in safety. So He wants this to be a safe earth under His government and to be inhabited, not to be destroyed. Satan is the destroyer. God is a builder.
Let’s look at some verses that might be confusing if we did not use our principles that we studied at the start. Turn to Revelation chapter 8, verse 7: “The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.” It sounds like a calamity has hit the earth and destroyed a third of all living things with one blow – with one trumpet sound, with more to come. Look up that word grass in your Strong’s, and you will find in the Greek that it is #5528, which means a court, a garden, a pasture, herbage and vegetation. But its primary meaning is a court. It is a court for God’s people. There is an inner court from where the Kingdom of God will be ruled from after Christ’s return, and an outer court for mankind.
ISAIAH 40:7 “THE PEOPLE ARE GRASS”
Turn to Revelation chapter 11, verse 1: “Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, ‘Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple.’” That is the outer court. The grass is the court. It is a garden and it is a pasture. A pasture is what God uses to feed people. They are herbage and vegetation. We will examine this more in subsequent studies. For now, let’s look other scriptures to find out what God means by grass.
Turn to Matthew chapter 13, verse 25: “’.but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?” He said to them, “An enemy has done this.” The servants said to him, “Do you want us then to go and gather them up?” But he said, “No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”’”
Now what does this have to do with grass? It has to do with the harvest of the people. Because we are no longer an agrarian society, most of us no longer realize that wheat is a form of grass. Just so you do not have to accept my word on that, I am going to read from the World Book Encyclopedia. “Wheat is the world’s most important grain crop. Wheat kernels are ground into flour to make bread and other products. Wheat is a grass-type plant. It belongs to the group of grains called cereals. Other important cereals are: rice, oats, corn, barley and rye.” In the scriptures you will find mentioned barley and rye, and you will find wheat.
We understand from the holy days (God’s plan) that Christ is of the barley crop, that is, the first of the firstfruits. We, the people, are of the wheat crop. Now let’s look at the wheat crop. We just saw that there is the Pentecost harvest and the fall harvest, called ingathering or the Feast of Tabernacles. Two harvests were spoken of with the wheat. Reading on from the article in the World Book, it says wheat, especially when it is young, looks like grass. The wheat plant is a bright green color. There are two general groups of wheat: winter wheat and spring wheat. The kind planted depends primarily on the climate.
Winter wheat is planted in the fall and harvested the following spring. Winter wheat gets a start before cold weather begins. Growth stops during the winter and then begins again in the spring. If the winter wheat is planted in the spring, it ordinarily will not produce a head, which is a crop. It will not bear fruit. Spring wheat, the second type of wheat, is planted in the spring and ripens the same summer. If spring wheat is planted in the fall, it will not live through the winter.
Now, we have a form of grass called wheat, which undeniably is meant to produce a crop. But if it is planted at the wrong time and harvested at the wrong time, there is no fruit. So God says in His plan, which we just saw in Exodus 34, there is a Pentecost crop (spring crop) and a fall crop (Feast of Tabernacles, the crop of ingathering). Now this study also branches out into many other areas that are interesting, which we do not have time to cover today; but there will be future mini studies on our website. These are studies that will help you as you learn more about this.
OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE
Now I want to look at one more subject today. I want to look at consuming fire. We just saw in Revelation a consuming fire, and this is tied to the subject we just finished. We read about a consuming fire that killed one-third of the trees and all of the grass in Revelation. What is this consuming fire? We are going to do this little study.
Isaiah chapter 33, verse 14: “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: ‘Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?’” Now if that is all we read and did not apply any of our principles, we would think that is talking about the fire in Revelation that kills everything. But we have to read on and apply the principles that we have learned.
Who is going to dwell with this fire? Verse 15: “He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, he who despises the gain of oppressions, who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil: he will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him, his water will be sure.” So the Bible interprets itself right here. Who will dwell with consuming fire? The righteous will dwell with the consuming fire.
Who is this consuming fire? What is this consuming fire? Turn to Hebrews chapter 12, verse 28: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a CONSUMING FIRE.” Jesus Christ is a consuming fire! How does He consume?
Let’s turn to Acts chapter 2, verse 1: “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” This is the Feast of Pentecost, the firstfruits we just read of in Exodus 34. Continuing in verse 2: “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.” The Holy Spirit is the consuming fire! That is how Christ consumes, and that is how we can dwell with that fire because it is in our mind. When the grass, the court, gets consumed, it has been accepted by Jesus Christ into the body of Christ. It is ready to be harvested!
So that is how you see these ways of studying are powerful tools to plumb the depths of God’s mind. Now we have just scratched the surface on three of God’s thoughts. There are many, many more! But with physical eyesight and thinking, we can miss out on this wonderful understanding and, indeed, terrify ourselves about the future! We can spread a message of no hope to others. Or, with this wonderful way of looking into God’s thoughts, we can see things that give us hope. It helps us to give others hope.
A beautiful thought of God is something that can be turned into an awful thought or can just be awesomely wonderful! It depends on our point of view! It depends if we are being physical or spiritual with the way we look at it. God’s mind is perfect and beautiful, and God’s thoughts are way above man’s. God’s word is deep and rich and wonderful. Present God a beautiful mind, and He will fill it with beautiful and perfect thoughts!