Journal Entry ~ 03/22/19
1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. - Colossians 3:1-2
I just love this verse. It is essential to our relationship with the only One who can bring us lasting peace. It helps us to understand that the disruption of our own inner peace centers in the ‘mind’, not the body or in external circumstances - it is what we set our minds on.
Our peace dissipates when we set our minds on the things of the world, or on what we see in front of us. If we want His perfect peace - the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding, then we need to choose to fix our minds on Him. When those fearful or anxious thoughts begin to creep in, or those angry or bitter feelings crash our thoughts - we can say no to them. When despair starts to pull us down into the pit, we can redirect our thoughts to Him.
As my family is walking through the very difficult season of losing both my mother and my mother in law in the past month, I am overwhelmed at the peace He has given my husband and myself in this trial. When you choose to follow His Word, when you choose to act in obedience, He is faithful to His Word. He promises us peace and He delivers. It’s not easy to set our minds on the things above when we are weak from trials - our minds want to race away with despairing thoughts. We have to guard our thoughts with His Word to know His peace. Some days it takes great effort to continually capture our thoughts and bring them back to Christ, but He is always there with His peace as the response.
We choose what we think about, and He plainly says to set our minds on Him. Meditate on His glory, on His grace and His mercy, on all of the blessings He has bestowed on us - just set your mind on Him. The place where our minds need to be fixed or stayed is on God alone.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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