Our mind is a powerful force. Now I don't mean that in a new age, mystical way, I mean that because the Bible says so, because God says so. He created you and me, He should know.
Philippians 4:8 instructs, "Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."
Why do you think we would be instructed to think and even take it a step further and meditate on positive things? Well, I have a few people in my life who are glued to the news channels. I feel so sorry for them because their mind is continually fixated on all that is negative. Their hearts are consumed with fear. Mine would be too if I continually fed it bad news. Our minds are much like our bodies, fill it with all that is bad for us and we will become sick.
We are to renew our minds daily with anything praiseworthy, not with continual bad news. That does not mean one cannot listen to the news, but we are not to be consumed with this Covid, riot ridden, economically depressed world.
Colossians 3:2 encourages to "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."
Based on this scripture I encourage you to turn off the TV, iPad, iWatch, iPhone, computer, and go for a walk in nature. Ask God to fill your mind with things above. What does this mean? I can tell you what I heard when I did this very thing, but God is creative so be open to whatever He reveals and share in the comments a little piece of your story.
I came back from my walk, refreshed, renewed and ready to spread the good news of the gospel of Christ which is the best news ever. I scheduled time through the month of August for one on one with both old and new friends in my back yard. I look forward to the God conversations the Holy Spirit will orchestrate and just loving on my friends.
I too am reminded that our life is so very short, and while things do bang against us, we have that sweet hope in Jesus. I am so thankful he takes good care of us and meets our every need.
I have been feeling incredibly grateful for Holy Spirit recently. He is our teacher, helper, counsellor, intercessor, He leads us to truth, He is our source of revelation, wisdom and power. Job 36:4 says that "one who is perfect in knowledge is with you". This means that we have access 24/7 to our own personal counsellor and life coach. How blessed are we! God has been leading me to rely on Holy Spirit more each day and showing me increasingly more things to rely on Holy Spirit for. It feels truly amazing to walk through life each day knowing that you can call on Him anytime and He will lead you to truth of what is best for you. Jeremiah 33:3 says...Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Who could ask for a better gift?
Dear Suzie, These words are a wonderful addition to the blog and sum up what it means to live in the Spirit. Thank you for taking the time to share a little piece of your story and encourage others.