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A Mind Focused On Heaven

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photo credit: Melissa P.


Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Col 3:1-2

We read the verses above and the words sound so good. Yes, to be heavenly minded. But there is a part of us that doesn’t really believe it is possible and many others who just don’t know how.

There have been times when I have thought that this is only for those whom God has somehow blessed with supernatural spirituality or for those who are naturally strong. But we need to remember that all spiritual life is supernatural since we can’t muster up even the smallest spark of love for God.  And those whom we consider spiritual giants will readily admit that they feel weak. It is in our weakness that God’s strength is seen.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2. Cor. 12:9

So, if we are all able to have a mind that is set on Christ how do we go about cultivating that?

There is nothing new under the sun. If we want to have a mind that is focused on Jesus then we need to submerge ourselves in his word. It really is that simple and yet we struggle with it.

We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion.  Our problem is that we are lazy.
R.C. Sproul

This is a painful truth. It comes down to the fact that we don’t want to put in the time and effort it takes to read God word, think about it, memorize it, or maybe even do some research on it. We don’t want to get up early or stay up a little late. We don’t want to look up verses we don’t understand or read books or sermons that will help us apply the word of God.  We must repent of our laziness and dig into the words of life.

Another things we need to do in order to grow in heaven mindedness is to learn to meditate. Not the new age kind of meditation that tells us to empty our mind, but instead we fill our mind with scripture and think about it throughout the day. Let it mull over in your mind asking God to help you remember and apply the things you are thinking about.

A.W. Tozer said that many are guilty of just nibbling at the word. Let’s not just nibble and then walk away unsatisfied. Let’s feast richly on God’s that will never run out and will never become irrelevant.

Everything always comes back to knowing the word of God.

Do we want to grow spiritually?  Then we need to be in the word. Do we want to learn about God’s character? Know the word. Do we want to get better at praying, learn to be a better wife and mother, learn patience and kindness?  Then we must be focused on the word.

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
- C. H. Spurgeon

Looking to Jesus,
jen-sig

 

 

 

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  1. This bible studies has taught me the need I have to start each morning with God. In the past I have read my bible at all different times.
    Week 1 and 2 (of this study)most morning I have gotten up early but the days I didn’t, my study time has not be as focused. This week I have begun early every morning and it has helped me get through my busy day so much better. Thank you Lord that Your word has the power to change us in to who You want us to be like. Continue to have your way in me Lord.

  2. I have always know that getting in the word is so very important but (not trying to make excuses) I never really had a great example of this. As my relationship with God has become more important and grows, I understand how important it is to have a completely focused quiet time. When my husband is up walking around I am less focused than in the still of the morning when the whole world is still asleep!

  3. Thank you for your words on meditation. I’ve yearned for meditation guidance and could only locate the new age stuff. Just never could get anything from emptying my mind. Your description makes so much more sense. Would love to have more ideas on how others meditate. I use scripture as computer passwords and I like to think about verses while washing dishes or folding clothes – if that particular time is quiet. I also make notes in YouVersion, thank you for providing Good Morning Girls in YouVersion. What are some methods others use for meditation?

  4. To love God is to know God and the only way to know Him and His son Jesus, is to learn about them. If we want to learn, say, biology, we study a biology book. So to know about God and His plans for us to is study His book, the Bible.

    The quote is so true, we may be lazy at times, but also we allow this world and its struggles to overpower us and draw our minds away from God. May we all draw closer to Him today.

    Blessings.

  5. I just want to thank God for this study! For putting it on the hearts of all the ladies who are behind it :) I have been so focused on wrong things for about a year or so now. And this has been such a blessing! I’m renewing my relationship with the Lord and it’s been amazing!! Thanks again and praise God for his timing and unfailing love!

    • My mornings linger over the Word and I find myself awaking earlier and earlier in order to get into my study. Some explain it as sleeplessness in older age, but I awake with an excitement and hurry to be in my chair reading my favorite book. It’s like meeting my best friend for coffee. Meditations come through the Scriptures that saturated my mind and as I walk through the day, looking for God’s Presence expectantly. I find it an adventure to mention him casually in my “how are you?” conversations! Malachi 3:16-17 encouraged me to TALK about the Lord and have it written in a heavenly scroll (journal) of remembrance! I wished everyone loved my dearest Friend! Love your encouragements and love reading other comments about growing love.

  6. I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again now ~ i love this study! It has brought back a desire and need to study the Word and fellowship with God. I can’t seem to get enough of it since we started. Thank you all for doing what you do! Hope all of you have a relaxing & blessed weekend.

  7. I really love GMG and have loved doing this study! I have to disagree that “mind emptying” meditation is “new age”…it’s actually a part of religions that have been around for thousands of years as well. I was just a little disappointed in this uneducated, judgemental comment, and certainly think that some mind emptying and mind clearing would be a good thing so we CAN completely fill up with the word of God! However, I completely agree with the lazy part! Thanks for another great week of bible study! I’m looking forward to seeing what the focus of next week will be so I can be totally blown away again!:)

    • Ali,

      Thanks for thinking through the things that I have written and taking the time to respond. I understand that there are many kinds of meditation, and that the practice of emptying the mind is not exclusively “new age.” I didn’t claim that it was. But new age mysticism and meditation is a popular level religion that many are at least a little familiar with. I think the average reader would be less familiar with Daosim, Jainism, or Sikhism (I hardly understand them). So I pointed to new age meditation that largely draws from eastern philosophies and religions.

      My point in the post is that the biblical model of meditation is not emptying one’s mind (Scripture doesn’t call us to do that) but filling with with God’s truth. I suppose that if we are filling our minds with Scripture whatever does not belong there will be pushed out.

  8. So true, thank you for sharing…I love your blog and repost it on Facebook to help share God’s word. I even used one of your blogs for a Bible study I did recently. Keep up the good work!

  9. From words above, I am resting on a few points:
    “But we need to remember that all spiritual life is supernatural since we can’t muster up even the smallest spark of love for God.”
    “…all spiritual life is supernatural….” Reading this wakes me up to the remainder of what you have said here…that in my weakness, God is strong. He is supernatural and my dependence upon Him is all that matters and makes any difference in my spiritual life AT ALL.
    R.C. Sproul:”…Our problem is that we are lazy.”
    OUCH! But oh so true. I can see it written all over me and the interruptions, the tasks, the schedules that always SEEM to get in the way!
    Spurgeon: “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
    Mr. Spurgeon says it all so beautifully here, making grow in the desire to focus and focus again.
    I am so very grateful to have this study, AND that I am doing it because I want to with such a desire to grow.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  10. What a powerful reminder! I can’t say enough about these studies and helping me grow. Thank you for standing by the Word.

  11. NANCYS1128 says:

    I sooo love when one thing I get in my email relates to another. The following is the In Touch Ministries (Charles Stanley) devotion from yesterday. Note the verses it references at the top. Coincidence – NOT!

    Feb 06, 2014

    Transforming How We Think
    Read | Colossians 3:1-2

    Yesterday we saw that Romans 12 urged us not to think like the world but to be transformed by renewing our minds. That may sound like a daunting task, but it is possible through Christ (Phil. 4:13). Here are some pointers for transforming the way you think:

    • Acknowledge you have the capacity to think rightly (1 Cor. 2:16). If you’ve trusted Christ as your Savior, God’s Spirit lives inside you. Because He is holy and pure, His presence enables you to think holy, pure thoughts. And within you is the very same power that raised Christ from the dead (Eph. 1:19-20).

    • Seek spiritual things (Col. 3:1-2). When a muscle is worked, it grows stronger. Similarly, reading the Scriptures provides sustenance to your mind, but if you then exercise it through study and meditation, your thinking will become more Christlike.

    • Sift thoughts through the Word and will of God (2 Cor. 10:5). Too often, even Christians act impetuously without regard for God’s instruction or purposes. Avidly reading and obeying His Word and trusting the Holy Spirit’s guidance will help you avoid much heartache.

    • Choose to refuse certain thoughts (Ps. 101:2-3). Harmful thoughts are among those things referred to as Satan’s “flaming arrows” (Eph. 6:16). We may not be responsible for such thoughts popping into our heads, but we are accountable for our response to them. If you find yourself pausing on or entertaining unhealthy ideas, ask God to redirect your thinking. Then thank Him because Jesus Christ purchased your forgiveness at Calvary.

    • Cristina Ortega says:

      Hey there, Nancy! I also receive Dr. Stanley’s Intouch magazine. I saw that reading and thought it was awesome. Great how God works!

  12. Thank you so much for all you do for GMG. After much prayer and studying God’s word, this week’s challenge opened my eyes to the things I need to do. Philippians 4:8 and 2 Corinthians 10:1-5 helped me to stop being lazy with my thoughts. I need to filter them through Philippians 4:8 but also the “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” from 2 Corinthians 10:5. Another area of laziness has been allowing myself to OVERindulge in sweets to comfort myself, instead of being alert with my thoughts and reminding myself that because I’ve been raised with Christ, I will seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. As it says: in Colossians 3. I will cry out to Christ and seek Him when I need to be reminded I am loved and find rest. Like Jesus says in Matthew 11:28: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
    The song “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus” helps me to remember.
    In Christ’s Love,
    Gabriela

  13. Krista denmark says:

    S). Colossians 3:2
    (Kjv)…” Set your affection on things above not on things on the earth.”
    (Cjb)…” Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth.

    O). Ok, so I have to give (tell), you all a God story. I am completely blessed because of it. So here’s the story, I have two bible studies going and I always do the long study first. I also never look at this bible study until I get ready to do it.
    My first study was on Ephesians and my application went like this….( ” how can I apply Gods glory in my life, if I can not focus on His glory.? I have to set my mind on the things above, which is Him and all He has for me”.)
    Now, I am doing this study and I am blown away by how God just spoke to me using both of these bible studies.

    A). God speaks through any mean possible and when attention is being paid , He will help you through any circumstance.

    P). Father Your Word is a blessing to me. The message that You allowed me to see today was definitely for me today. You know the struggle that I’ve been dealing with and I can see You in this. Lord I love you and I thank you!!!!!!! In Jesus name amen
    Blessing ladies

  14. I love reading God’s word. Each time I read scripture, something new is revealed to me. :-)

  15. It is very hard to hear someone say that you are lazy but that is such a huge truth!! I am not a person who loves to get up early and as other mothers I find it hard to study when the kids are up. But I am going to have to learn to spend that time with God and getting up early really would be best so I can meditate on it all day.

  16. Great website. A lot of useful information here.
    I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious.

    And naturally, thank you in your effort!

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