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by: Don Carmichael

10/03/2022

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A paradigm is an orientation, a mindset, the way we think about something, regardless of what that something is.  We can refuse or accept to understand.  We can accept truth or not, to our own good or demise.  We can expect rain in our lives, or expect blessings as God freely gives His “mercy drops.”  When was the last time you had to pay for a sunny day, other than perhaps a sunburn, which was not the sun’s fault?  Paradigms of thought.
Consider this concluding thought.  “What, then, are we to say about these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He did not even spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all.  How will He not also with Him grant us everything?”  The first thing we see here is our thought process, our paradigm, with “if” being a setup word.  In the Greek language, “if” also represents a precept, being truth, as in, yes, God is for us.  Jesus said, “If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself.”  What He is saying is He is going away, with certainty and purpose, not an if.  The if is an assurance, not a question as we use the word.  If here is a certainty. Secondly is the assurance that God is for us, His own creation.  It’s our rebellion that He disdains and must be dealt with in order for us to be with Him.  This also He provisioned through Christ — that we might not be without Him and might fulfill His plan for each of us, a gift in the giving.
Father, so many times we question what You are saying, due to our lack of both understanding and faith.  Help our unbelief to look to see what You are saying, giving You the credit as God to be God have our best interests at heart. 
“Set your mind on things above (as your orientation), not on earthly things.  The LORD is in His holy temple; His throne is in heaven.” 
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31-32‬, John‬ ‭14:3‬, ‭‭Habakkuk 2:1, Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬, ‬‬ ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭11:4‬ ‭CSB‬‬
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A paradigm is an orientation, a mindset, the way we think about something, regardless of what that something is.  We can refuse or accept to understand.  We can accept truth or not, to our own good or demise.  We can expect rain in our lives, or expect blessings as God freely gives His “mercy drops.”  When was the last time you had to pay for a sunny day, other than perhaps a sunburn, which was not the sun’s fault?  Paradigms of thought.
Consider this concluding thought.  “What, then, are we to say about these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He did not even spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all.  How will He not also with Him grant us everything?”  The first thing we see here is our thought process, our paradigm, with “if” being a setup word.  In the Greek language, “if” also represents a precept, being truth, as in, yes, God is for us.  Jesus said, “If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself.”  What He is saying is He is going away, with certainty and purpose, not an if.  The if is an assurance, not a question as we use the word.  If here is a certainty. Secondly is the assurance that God is for us, His own creation.  It’s our rebellion that He disdains and must be dealt with in order for us to be with Him.  This also He provisioned through Christ — that we might not be without Him and might fulfill His plan for each of us, a gift in the giving.
Father, so many times we question what You are saying, due to our lack of both understanding and faith.  Help our unbelief to look to see what You are saying, giving You the credit as God to be God have our best interests at heart. 
“Set your mind on things above (as your orientation), not on earthly things.  The LORD is in His holy temple; His throne is in heaven.” 
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31-32‬, John‬ ‭14:3‬, ‭‭Habakkuk 2:1, Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬, ‬‬ ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭11:4‬ ‭CSB‬‬
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