What is a paradigm?
A paradigm is like a set of lenses from which we view life. We embrace this view as correct and often expect others to agree. In other words, we accept these views as fact. It is the world as it really is . . . through our eyes.
One definition of a paradigm is the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time. Thus depending on the time and disciplines you grew up in, your paradigm will reflect those views. For instance, if you grew up in the 50’s, your view of the role of men and women was significantly different then that of today.
Our paradigm provides a proverbial ‘mental hooks to hang things on’. In other words, I understand your line of thinking because I already accept similar perspectives.
How can I hang something without a hook?
Here is where the problems come. You have a set view of how you understand life, natural and spiritual. You are settled and happy. Then someone presents something that unsettles your comfortable homestead! This causes a discomfort against which your mind will fight. It is a psychological principle that your mind will resist that discomfort and work quickly to eliminate it.
If you are unaware of these dynamics, you will resist the discomfort and return to your settled paradigm. This desire for comfort has the potential to block or eliminate the entrance of new truth. You need a paradigm shift.
How can I change my paradigms?
The Bible says that wisdom from above is open to reason and full of good fruit.[i]
Step one is to be open to change. Accept the unsettled feelings and embrace the fact that God promises to give wisdom to all who seek it without doubt or wavering, that is a promise.[ii]
Be willing to wait and willing to be open to new ideas and concepts. Be unwilling to succumb to fear! Remember, the Anointing within you will lead you into all truth.[iii]
Why is it not instantaneous? Because God often must work in our lives in order to bring us around to a different view. He moves us from the ruts of our thinking, thus giving us new hooks on which to hang things. Have you ever heard the term “I need to be able to wrap my mind around that”? Even people of the world recognize that process.
On one ministry trip as I worked with individuals I found myself challenging them in several different areas of thought.I felt like a super-ball bouncing from challenging subject to challenging subject. The Holy Spirit showed me that what I was doing was analogous to digging a retention pond. Without the carving out of the ground, it could not hold water. My challenges were doing something very similar in their thinking processes. Their minds were being opened to new ideas and thoughts.
Another analogy of the process:
God wants to speak to you about a lake, but you have never seen a lake. Because of that He leads you from one tree to another, going through the forest until you arrive at the lake. You must trust Him in the journey through the trees. When you arrive and see what a lake is, He can speak to you about it and give you revelation.
How can He speak to you about something you have never seen?
Your journey into the unseen requires faith and patience.
Understanding the dynamics of the journey
makes it much easier.
[i] James 3:17 Amp
[ii] James 1:5 Amp
[iii] 1 John 2:27
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