A Paradigm Shift

1 John 4:4-6 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”

A paradigm is a standard, perspective, or set of ideas. The way you look at something or someone is your paradigm. When you change paradigms, you change how you think about something. Once a paradigm (or model) is established or accepted, an interesting thing happens, it shapes how you interpret facts. 

What causes a shift in your paradigm?

The way you see the world is determined by your perspective. If you live in the remote jungles of the Amazon basin you would view the world differently than if you lived in New York City. If you listen to conservative talk radio, your perspective will probably be different than if you listened to a consistently liberal perspective. If you lived in the 2nd century during the time of Claudius Ptolemaeus, you may have thought the earth was the center of the solar system but if your era was around the 16th century, you might have followed Copernicus and believed the sun was the center of the solar system.

Wherever you may come from or whomever you gain your influence from, your paradigm often reflects your perspective.

A Spiritual Shift

King David prayed for a shift in his paradigm. Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” Isaiah prophesied of the coming day of the Lord when Jesus would change the worlds perspective regarding truth.

Isaiah 29:18 “On that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of the deep darkness the eyes of the blind will see.”

700+ years later, Jesus fulfilled all that Isaiah had said concerning Him:

Matthew 11:5 “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”

When a we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit does a miraculous work in our lives—He changes our paradigm! He takes us from a world view of walking in darkness and transforms us by His light. A greater understanding is imparted as we grow in the knowledge of God’s character and love.

The moral law is a demonstration of God’s character.

Psalm 19:7-8 “The Law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart the commandments of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

Godly Thinking

To have the mind of Christ requires being unified in His purpose and love. The more we submit to the revelation of His glory in us, the more we see how God wants us to see.

Jesus always looked past the obvious and peered into the heart of the matter. Whether it was the woman at the well in Samaria or the prostitute thrown at His feet, He wouldn’t be overcome by the cultural expectations that mankind tried to relegate Him into. Jesus saw the value in people regardless of their failures. He would not discriminate according to someone’s character flaws or past mistakes, He would simply tell them to go and sin no more.

To come to the spiritual insight Jesus exercised is a possibility for all who have been filled with His Spirit.

  • The shift that must first take place is a realization of who we are. If we can’t see ourselves in the light of our sin before Gods holiness, we will never be able to submit to His authority in our lives.
  • We then must recognize what it takes to make this commitment unto salvation. The humble obedience or trusting in Christ alone is not as easy as it seems. The self-righteousness of the world coupled with a hard headed determination to make it on our own inhibits many from coming to the cross.
  • Once a person in filled with the Spirit unto salvation, the sanctifying process of obedience to God’s lead directs and heals as we grow in Him.

The further along we come in learning to trust, the greater the knowledge and understanding of God we gain. The Lord is not singular in understanding, consider the multitude of ways He has manifest His presence, declared His name, and revealed His glory. It will take a lifetime and beyond to fully appreciate the magnitude and reach of God’s hand in our lives.

A shift in thinking can bring wisdom if it directed by God’s hand in our lives. The way we see ourselves in light of His grace can be another hurdle that is difficult to comprehend.

Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Life takes on a completely different perspective when it is filtered through God’s light, walk in it and you’ll see the world from a heavenly perspective.

Fear dissipates with this perspective in mind.

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