Set Your Mind on Things Above
by Felesia Burgess
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Colossians 3:2 instructs us to set (purpose, strive, keep) our minds on things above, not on (instead of) earthly things . When I first came (was born) into The KINGDOM (with HOLY SPIRIT). I had difficulty with allowing negative circumstances to dictate its’ control in my life.
For example: I remember when I was going frantic over particular things that were so petty. I used to be bothered whenever someone would call my house, just to hang up. I can still remember how upset I was when that happened, especially when they were repeating callers. They would call my home with an opposing attitude, as if I was lying to them because I told them that the person that they were calling had changed their telephone number. Needless to say, they had the audacity to continue to call and that’s when I noticed that I had lost it, for now I was angry with them and so I decided to start hanging up on them before they could even say “hello”. Clearly, this was evidence of the flesh (sinful nature) , so eventually, I gave up and finally humbled myself and went to GOD for HIS SOLUTION and HE led me to Colossians 3:2.
At my first thought, I said to myself “how can this help me?”. In reality, I wasn’t accustomed to living this “new Way of life” , which HE Purposed ; but HE knew that I needed to change within, instead of allowing my circumstances to change me. That’s when HE had me to start studying HIS WORD and in doing so, my attitude changed, then GOD changed my circumstances. GOD needed me to understand that whenever I thought in that manner, I was not only distracted from HIM; but I was also not trusting HIM at HIS WORD. GOD wants us freed from all our worries , so we can be blessed because HE LOVES us and UNDERSTANDS.
I grew up without knowing GOD personally and I was in a position many of you may be in today. The world, its’ laws and tricks had taught me and it said, “don’t believe it until you see it”. It took me several challenges in my life for me to truly come to terms with me needing GOD on a daily basis. Now, that I know GOD’S WAY IS BEST for me (if I want to live a long life, prospers, etc.), then by HIS SPIRIT, I’ll continue. GOD SAYS, “ FOR MANY (all) ARE INVITED (to have a loving relationship with HIM); BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN (are willing to believe & strive towards HIM)” Matthew 22:14. We cannot please (come) GOD with our five (5) senses because our senses are the very things that put limits on GOD; we must come to HIM on HIS TERMS with a sincere heart that’s sensitive to HIS WORD (VOICE). Thus, our understanding of HIM and HIS WAYS are also limited whenever such tactics are in use.
Therefore, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world (adapted to its’ external \superficial customs), but be transformed (changed) by the (entire) renewing of your mind (by its new identity), then you will be able to test & approve (prove for yourself) what GOD’S WILL IS… HIS GOOD, Pleasing and PERFECT WILL (in HIS SIGHT for you) ” because “Everyone who confess The NAME of The LORD must turn away from wickedness ”. So, “Let The PEACE of CHRIST RULE in your hearts” and “do everything in LOVE” Corinthians 16:14.
Prayer: For all those who want to have a personal relationship with GOD, pray this
HEAVENLY FATHER, GOD of ALL TRUTH, I come to YOU in The NAME of JESUS CHRIST and ask YOU to forgive me of my sins (openly admit). May YOUR MERCY and GRACE be with me as YOU “set my mind on the things above”. Show me The WAY that is pleasing to YOUR HEART, so I may grow into Our Relationship. Change my heart towards everything about YOU, so out of YOUR GOODNESS I may be blessed and may I have YOUR PEACE that surpasses all understanding, so I may brag upon what YOU”VE DONE for me . Help me to choose YOU, so I may live in YOU. Thank YOU. Amen.
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