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How Do You Think Like Jesus?

Ever wish you could tell someone, like Jesus did to the Pharisees, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you...”
Wish you could see through the murkiness of all the details to answer like Jesus when the Pharisees brought the woman “caught in adultery”? 
Where was the man?
I suspect one of the Pharisees. 
Jesus didn't answer them. But wrote in the sand. 
The Bible doesn't say what He wrote, but I suspect he wrote names of other Pharisees who practiced adultery who were standing right there.
The Bible does say that the Pharisees went away, "beginning with the older ones." John 8:1-11.
Wonder what to say to someone grieving? 
Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.” 
Martha thought he was teaching her a doctrinal lesson, Jesus was giving her hope now.

Of course Jesus was God and knew what was in all hearts.
And we can't read other's minds.
But the Spirit was sent to live in our hearts at our salvation.
He is there to direct, convict, and make known His will.
That includes telling people what they need to hear.
Stephen in Acts 6 was selected to serve and solve problems with the widows.
He was described as "full of grace and power, doing great wonders and signs among the people."
His response when those from the synagogue questioned him shows how he knew the Word and depended upon God to choose what words to say.
Those who gazed at him, "saw his face was like the face of an angel." (Acts 6:15).
How well do you hear the Spirit?
Are you even listening to Him?

He’s not there as a passive resident. He’s there to rule.
As we submit to His initiative, we hear Him better.
But it’s more than just listening.
It’s slowing down our schedules, our lives, our wills so we can listen.

Jesus spent much time in prayer.
That means—he wasn't healing and helping people all the time.
He talked with His Father. A LOT.

Which means He knew what His Father had already told Him in the Scriptures.
He knew the Torah, not just the stories of their history, but the law.
He had spent time (as a boy going to the scribes) meditating on the Word.
(Wouldn't you like to have been His teacher for that?
—I wrote a Easter program from His scribe's perspective. HERE)
He brought the Scriptures to life, because He was the Scriptures. 

We want God to bless our 5 minute rush devotions before we run to do our things for our day.
And then we add a quick “bless me” prayer.
Jesus’s day was prayer—being constantly in touch with His Father.
And Jesus was saturated with the Word.

Do we want to talk like Jesus?
Then we must do like Jesus.
That begins with His Word.
Spend time in His Word, not reading what people say about His Word, but just His Word.
Meditate. Chew it up. Eat it. Make it become part of you.
When we do, we see what He desires.
It becomes what we desire.

Ever know twins who finish each other's sentences?
Or a couple who think so much alike they anticipates what the other needs before they ask?
Or siblings who say the exact same response?
Why? Because they spend a lot of time with each other. And talk. 
How do we get like that with God?
(We will never know the mind of God, but we can think His responses from His Word.)
TIME.

Know what that means.
Other things have to go.
Those influences that steer us from thinking on Him—social media, tv—we eliminate.
So we can focus on just Him.
With no distractions.
Is it hard?
No, because that is what we desire too.
Yet, it is hard because we are easily distracted. 
We say, "yes" to a good thing, but that wasn't what God wanted us to do.
That service takes us away from Him.

God brings opportunities to tell others about what He has taught us.
As we share, God brings the words to say.
They meet the needs of the hearer.
We are blessed to share.
They are helped to hear.
And God is praised.

How do we think like Jesus?
We must saturate our lives with His Word. 
And eliminate all else.
Listen and obey His Spirit.

​Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship,
And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 
Romans 12:1.2.


Share a testimony where you responded like Jesus.
 

I spend a lot of time talking and emailing with my cousin who is suffering so much after losing her husband in January. I try to share what she needs to hear without saying too much and it's a blessing when she lets me know I said just the right thing she needed to hear. It's not always easy, some days she is hurting so badly and I feel so helpless, yet I'm there for her and she knows it.

Your article sends my mind to thinking more about thinking like Jesus and it's only through His word that we can learn what that is. And you are right, rushing through our devotion time doesn't do it, so I'm consciously spending more time with Him each day. One of the blessings of being "retired."

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