Breaking Rank with unproductive or non-constructive thinking moves the dial between what we assume and what we discern. Breaking Rank requires devouring the Word of God to learn of Him. His Word must be our daily bread. The Holy Spirit then discerns the source of our thoughts and intentions. Otherwise, our assumptions are often mistaken as discernment.
Here’s something I’ve learned the hard way. When I’m at my wits end and bad mouthing myself for being stupid, undiscipline and hopeless, God is not! He’s never at His wits end. When I am, the Book of Proverbs is often my go-to book. I always find in it an immediate truth that redirects my thinking and shakes my independent tendency to lean to my own understanding.
Reading a Chapter of Proverbs that coincides with the day of the month is an effective way to break rank with all that is not wise, especially when we’re not wise. For example, Proverbs 3;5-6 is popular among most believers. Re-reading these verses is a healthy wake-up call.
Here’s the breakdown:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Yeah, yeah, we know that one. But knowing about a verse doesn’t equate to living it. Being intimate with it brings accountability. Trusting God should cause us to question whether our whole heart is engaged in trusting Him. Our heart is made up of our mind, will and emotions. So let me ask you something:
- Do your emotions demonstrate how much you trust the Lord?
- Or do you give in to how you feel?
- Is your will (intentionally) trusting in the Lord? Or do your intentions waver?
- Is your mind a mix of Godly wisdom and worldly ‘best practices’?
- The questions here debate where our mind, will and emotions are leaning. Why?
Because where we lean reveals where we’ve put our trust! If we acknowledge Jesus as author and finisher of our faith, we live knowing we are a work in progress not a finished masterpiece.
It all comes down to the path resulting from where our mind and understanding lean.
Want to change your path? Change where your trust is leaning.
Thinking like Jesus requires that we guard our heart and expect course corrections.
“ABOVE ALL ELSE GUARD YOUR HEART FOR IT IS THE WELLSPRING OF LIFE.” Proverbs 4:23
BREAKING RANK REQUIRES BREAKING DAILY BREAD TO SHARPEN OUR DAILY DISCERNMENT. WHAT SPIRITUAL LEANING DOES THE PATH YOU’RE WALKING REFLECT?