Colossians 3:2 Where Are Your Thoughts?

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2

In life there are many things to think about. Getting up in the morning most people start thinking about what they will wear for the day. As they start eating breakfast their mind may start to think about work or the tasks at home that day.

The big focus of many people deals with the problems in their lives. They are concerned about their health, or their job, or their retirement. They are trying to figure out how to make things better. In these, and many other things, people are focused on how to get a certain position, or certain items, or a certain dollar amount.

While none of things are necessarily bad, all of them are temporary. They are the things of this earth. While it is great to have a large bank account, it will not help you when you die. Having the things of this world are only good for a short time.

If you are a person who has chosen to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus you have been changed. Jesus has taken away your sins and made you a child of God. As a child of God you are now sitting at the side of the Father with Jesus (Colossians 3:1).

With this in mind, your mind should be with God where you are seated.
What is God thinking about? His mind is on how to save every person from their sins. His focus is on how to make every person perfect so they can be with Him. His focus is to have a close relationship with every person.

When you go to the store are you more focused on getting something, or being a witness to someone as you get that item? When you go to work, are you more focused on just getting a paycheck, or is your focus on being His witness as you earn that paycheck?

Do not stop life, but in your life keep your focus on what God wants. Strive to be more like Jesus. Jesus obeyed the Father perfectly and was a perfect witness to every person around Him. Keep your mind focused on the things of God more than the temporary things of this earth.

I pray today that you will know the mind of God; that God will reveal His heart to you; that you will seek the things of God; that you will be content with the things of God; and that God will show you how to be His witness daily.

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2 Corinthians 4:18 Correct Focus

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

Everyday every person has struggles of various types. Some days the struggles are very large, while other days they are small little ones. As people go through struggles they often get worn down and tired. Some of these struggles will actually tear the body down. Yet, Paul stated that these struggles are worth it in the end because of what they are accomplishing in light of eternity.

This is where focus comes into play. Believers are not to focus on the things that can be seen. These are things like, bills, a new car/house, latest fashions, illness, work, money, or anything like these. All of these things are things that the world strives to get and keep. Yes, a person can see them, but they are all temporary things. All these things will pass away eventually.

Think of life-like traveling down a road. As you are driving you come to a huge mountain that you must get over to the other side of. It is a difficult long drive to go up over, or around the mountain, but it must happen. As you pass over the mountain, you hit snow, bad weather, and steep climbs, but eventually you make it on the other side to your destination, despite the difficulties of the mountain and it is worth it.

In life you will have struggles, but the things that are not seen make it worth the struggle. You cannot physically see love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or eternal life. Yet, all these things you will get and more as you make it through the struggles. It is all these things that are eternal and never go away or can be taken from you.

Focus on Jesus, who you cannot physically see. Watch what God is doing in your life and in this world today. Use your spiritual eyes to see the value of living the Christian life. Do not let the things of this world get you down or crush you, they are only here for a short time, (even though it feels like eternity right now).

I pray today that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will focus on the things of God and what lasts for eternity; that you will not fear the things of this world; that God will help you not to be crushed by the struggles of today; and that God will make you more like Jesus.

Luke 22:40 Forgotten Prayer

“On reaching the place, he said to them, Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:40

The disciples and Jesus had just finished the last supper together. They went to the Mount of Olives. Jesus had told them that one of them would betray them and He would get crucified. Now was a time for prayer. He tells them to start praying to not fall into temptation.

Jesus knew the troubles the disciples would be facing over the next few days. He would be crucified and anyone who followed Him would be severely persecuted. They would have to face the decision of whether to continue to stand with Him, trusting Him when everything showed not to.

He would be dead. Would they trust that He would rise again or give in to the pressures to not follow Him anymore?

This is where the time for prayer comes in. In themselves, they would not have the strength to overcome the temptation to deny Him. They would need the strength of God’s Holy Spirit in them.

It is no different today. You will go through times of troubles in which you may doubt God or turn from Him into temptation. The devil and the world will seek ways to get you to sin against God.

Long before that time comes, you should be in prayer asking God for strength to escape the temptation to sin. God will always provide a way out, then you must be willing to take that step. You must be willing to flee from all temptation.

Seeking God for help before temptation comes gets your eyes on Him first. When your eyes and thoughts are focused on God, you will be able to flee from temptation. You will not fall into temptation. Do not allow yourself to fall asleep and not prayer.

Keep your eyes and thoughts focused on God today.

I pray today that God will give you strength to not fall into temptation; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that God will reveal ways to avoid temptation; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; and that God will give you strength to flee all temptation.

Hebrews 13:15 Sacrifice of Praise

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15

Now everyone is urged to offer God a sacrifice of praise through Jesus. This sacrifice is the fruit that comes from openly professing the name of Jesus. Each day one must be willing to talk about Jesus. How is this called a sacrifice? Think about what you talk about throughout the day each day. Often people talk about work, the family, the weather, sports, news, and other things in their lives. While none of these things are necessarily bad in and of themselves, the question must be asked as to where Jesus is in it all.

If Jesus is in the center of your life, He should also be in the center of your talk. What is Jesus doing in your life today? What is He saying about the situation currently happening in your life? How is He providing for your needs? What comfort or strength is He bringing to you? What is He teaching you? These and many more things should be in the center of your talk.

It is not easy to talk this way, because we are human and often look only to our own selves, rather than to God. In this way talking like this becomes a sacrifice. You have to put down your own self to lift up Jesus. Words talking about how Jesus is working in your life brings God glory and praise. Remember that all things were created by Him and for His glory, thus everything happening is ultimately for His glory.

Today let Him be the focus in all that you say and do. Talk about how God has blessed you with your job; how God has provided the money to purchase that new item you bought today; how Jesus had brought about a good meeting with a friend today; and how He is working in your life today in all other areas. Do not allow your praise to be just on Sundays or when around other believers. Let your praise continually be on your mouth that the whole world will see God in you.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to His work in your life; that God will help you speak of Him daily in all your conversation; that all of your talk will bring praise to God; that your talk will filled with God; and that God will help you to not be ashamed of speaking of Him daily.

Hebrews 3:1 Fixed Thinking

“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” Hebrews 3:1

As you go through the day where are your thoughts? Often as you are driving down the road heading home from work you may be thinking about what to eat that night; then you start to think about what you have to do the next day; then you start to think about what happened at work; then you start to think about what happened last week. Your mind continues to wander with all kinds of thoughts. Most often our minds wander in fear of how to deal with something, such as paying a bill, or a sick relative, or car repairs. Other times the mind will wander into thoughts and fantasies of a sinful nature.

The author here tells us where our thoughts should be–focused on Jesus Christ. What does this mean? We should be thinking about: what Jesus had done for us; what Jesus taught and did; what Jesus is currently doing for us; what Jesus will do for us; and how great Jesus is. All these thoughts will do two things: 1) keep us from sinning 2) give you something to praise God for.

If your eyes are focused on Jesus you will not get distracted by anything going on around you; you will not fall into temptation to sin; and you will not get off the path God has set before you. Jesus will not guide you wrong. He will only lead you on the path that will lead you to God.

Today I pray that God will strengthen you to be able to fix your eyes upon Jesus alone; that you will be able to take every thought captive for God and God alone; that you will not be distracted by anything in this world.

Hebrews 2:1 Pay Careful Attention

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Hebrews 2:1

The author here tells us to pay the most careful attention to what we have heard. What is it that we have heard that he is talking about? It is the mighty moves of God in the Old Testament; the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets; the many teachings of God; and the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. We have heard about how God is in control, and how Jesus provides salvation. The Bible tells us how to live our lives. Now the author says to pay the “most careful attention” to all this information.

What is most careful attention? How often do we listen to someone talking and then they ask for a response and we have to ask what did you say? Or how often are we told by someone about something coming up and the two days later have already forgot about it. It is very easy to overlook common things, or things that are not very “important”. Yet the author here talks about most careful attention.

We need to keep a close eye on all the details of the Bible. It is very easy to overlook the small things in the Bible, but this is also what we must pay attention to. Everything in the Bible was put there by God for a purpose. As soon a a person forgets the details and what he has learned, that person starts to drift. A person driving down the road must pay attention to the speed limit, turns in the road, other traffic, wild animals, anything on the road, where he is at on the road, how much fuel he has, how hot the engine temperature is, and many other things to safely drive down a road. If he forgets to look at any of these things on a regular basis, problems can occur very quickly and possibly result in a castrophic event.

In life if you start to forget or ignore the teachings you have learned in the Bible you also will start to drift. One will start to slowly pull away from God and drift into more and more sin. The end result will be eternal punishment in hell.

I pray that today you will examine your life and see if you are drifting already. If you are seek God to get back on track. I pray that God will touch the hearts of everyone reading this and bring to remembrance everything he/she has learned from the Bible; that He will give you strength to stay focused on the path He has for you; and that He will not allow you to drift off the path.