Fixing My Mind, Thinking With A Purpose:
Whatever You Think You Become (Part 5)
Delivered by Trennie L. Williams
Christ Tabernacle Misssionary Baptist Church
Sunday, October 15, 2017
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts and questionings, answered them, Why do you question in your hearts? (Luke 5:22)
This question comes at a pivotal time in the midst of Jesus’s ministry. He’s totally about His Father’s business. Never does Jesus shift or sway from His God-given duty of proclaiming the Good News, healing the sick, casting out demons, and showing God’s love to everyone He came into contact with.
The question at hand, though, comes as he teaches the masses, with Pharisees and teachers of the Law coming alongside many others from all surrounding cities. There were neither airplanes, trains, personal automobiles, hoover boards, nor teleports to help get people from place to place. Must people depended on walking to their destinations. None of them had a problem getting to where Jesus was performing miracles and instructing about God’s Word.
There was one man, in particular, who was paralyzed. He had a couple of friends who helped him get to the house where Jesus was. The house was so crowded from the inside out. So the paralyzed man’s friends decided to go through the roof in order to get a healing touch from the Son of God.
Imagine what the people inside the house thought when the roof began to dismantle before their eyes. They may have wondered if Jehovah Himself was coming down on them. And what about the owner of the house? After realizing there were a few people tearing up his roof, he surely would have been nowhere close to happy about the situation.
Jesus knows what is going on, recognizes the faith of these journeymen, and says “Your sins are forgiven.” At the same time, the scribes and Pharisees began their irrational reasoning. They went as far as to say that Jesus was blasphemous. God’s son knew “their thoughts and questionings, answered them, Why do you question in your hearts?”
Let us clarify something: under no circumstances should we blaspheme (speak evil about or vilify) God the Father, His Son Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. There are eternal consequences of damnation and destruction when we express haughtily against the Lord. If you ever have done so, there is still hope for you to turn from your wicked way so Jehovah can heal the place in which you are living.
The question that comes to mind is not about the paralyzed man being healed. Nor is the question about how his friends tore through the roof of someone’s house. The real question fast forwards to your current situation that you are struggling with. There are a multitude of problems in today’s world where people are trying to find answers. Most of our answers are of our own accord, within our frame of mind without God being included in finding the answer to the days of our lives.
With the help of God (with the Holy Spirit), ask yourself these questions:
1. Does God know my thoughts?
b. Since the Lord knows what is on your mind, you should talk to Him, praying for His guidance to lead you in the right direction.
c. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
2. Should I question either God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit in my heart?
b. God’s way is sure and true. Nobody or nothing knows you better than He does. Since you are made in His image, you should render to Him without question, avoiding dissension and division between you and your Heavenly Father.
c. “Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.” Matthew 12:25
d. “And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” Matthew 12:26-32
e. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39