For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. (Isa. 55:8)
Paradox: a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a truth.
In the Kingdom we find many paradoxes. The unrenewed, natural mind cannot grasp the way God’s kingdom works. But the transformed heart can ‘see’ the spiritual principles of God and walk in them. Only when we spiritually understand the paradoxes of the Kingdom can we rest from our own efforts and works. Consider the following:
1. Exaltation through humility.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:10)
2. Strength through weakness.
For when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Cor. 12:10)
3. Giving to receive.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. (Luke 6:38)
4. From freedom to servanthood.
Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness. (Rom. 6:18)
5. Losing all to gain Christ.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Phil. 3:8)
6. Dying to live.
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. (John 12:24)
7. Hating life to keep it for eternity.
He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25)
Only a ‘new creation’ man or woman can understand these spiritual keys. Once we understand how the Kingdom works, stress and worry are no more and the joy of the Lord is our strength!