Friday, August 5, 2022

Where Does Your Mind Go?

Where Does Your Mind Go?

Been an interesting week.  Really was a mental week.  Had much in it both at work and at home.  But the true test is where did my mind go in these things that came up?  

In our world today we will be tempted to look anywhere else and in anything else rather than setting our minds on the things that are above.  We can and will convince ourselves that man-made plans and tools are the way towards building happiness, contentment and personal peace.  That we can hold off confrontation and criticism if we just do this or that. 

We won't be reviewed by Jesus for our physical welfare. It's the deeds done in the body for Jesus that will matter.  

We can set up things in our lives and not realize that they are idols.  Anything we set our minds to, apart from a life lived for Jesus that's focused on growing in Him, can be an idol. 

We will always be tempted to go an easier route that takes us away from suffering in Christ Jesus. The thing is...remembering Paul's final words to Timothy. He FOUGHT the good fight.  It was a daily battle for him to live for Jesus. He finished the race. He was focused on the race. He set his mind on the prize at the end. 

The things offered in this world will always try to get us off that road to Heaven.  Everything imaginable because Satan does not want people focused on a right relationship with Jesus above all else.  He wants us convinced, at the bare minimum, of Jesus AND this or that.  A divided heart. 

Where does your mind go in your day?  Do you at least try to set your mind on things above?  Do you get consumed with anything in this life and are not focused on the prize as Paul was?  Are you fighting the good fight or have you given in to worldly ideas?  

In your daily life are you at a minimum pointing people to Jesus?  

In your daily thinking is it on your walk with Jesus?

In your daily routine is it where it ought to be in Christ?  

Jesus seeks worshippers who worship in Spirit and in truth. 

Is Jesus all you really need? Or are you dillusional in thinking you need Jesus AND this or that.  That anything in this life is necessary plus Jesus in order to succeed. 

Mary was commended because she chose the greater thing of just being at the feet of Jesus rather than anything else. 

In looking at what you know about your life, of what you seem to think as important, be it health, wealth or prosperity or perceived personal happiness, would you really be commended by Jesus in any of it?  

Ephesians 4:15-16 NASB " but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, that is, Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love."

Growing in all aspects into Him who is the head, that is, Christ.   

If I point people to things in this world rather than Jesus, regardless of what it is, then I am pointing them AWAY from Jesus.  

Where does your mind go when it's idle? 

Where does your thoughts go when life gets difficult?  When this or that happens, do you press on in your walk with Jesus or look for worldly solutions to Spiritual matters?  

Setting our minds on the things that are above.  Being at peace in Christ Jesus.  

He is the Author and the Perfector of our faith.  Not anything or anyone in our world.  

Romans 12:1 NASB "Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship."  This ties in directly with Luke 9:23 NASB "And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me."

Is what we are thinking, what we are doing, acceptable to God?  Remember in the last days people will be lovers of self.  

Much to consider in daily living.  

Life is never living for Jesus AND anything else. Where does your mind go?

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