Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2 NIV
One of the unique aspects of being human is the ability to think differently than the way we feel. Like a toggle switch in your mind, you can flip to another focal point for your thoughts. I didn’t say this was easy, but it is possible.
Paul says you can be heavenly minded and still be effective here on earth. In Philippians 4:8 we are encouraged to think about whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.
Whatever exists in heaven is fair game to let your thoughts marinate. These will include the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Paul says there is no law that can stop you from thinking and living in these fruits.
I would add some other combination switches for you to explore. Find Bible verses which help you redirect to the heavenly perspective.
- Unforgiveness – Forgiveness
- Pride – Humility
- Entitlement – Serving others
- Worry – God’s Abundant Provision
- Anger – Preferring others as more important
- Judging and cursing – Verbally and mentally blessing
- Lust – Thankfulness and Contentment
You don’t have to be perfect at switiching your thoughts, but you have the capability to flip the rerun channel in your mind especially with the help of the Holy Spirit. He leads and coaxes you by turning on the light for the areas of darkness your mind was pursuing. Follow His words which are Spirit and truth.
Don’t let your feelings lead the way. Your emotions are not supposed to be directing the train engine down the tracks. I find that worship (singing and telling God His worthiness) is a great tool to help guide my emotions. David would help King Saul with music to calm Saul’s heart. It really does matter what you listen to.
Bring God’s heavenly perspective into your emotional turmoil to refocus your thoughts. I.E “Today, I can’t stop thinking about finances and the bill that is due” – BUT ”your Word says to not worry about what I will eat, wear or where I will live, seek first the kingdom of God and trust you. I repent for not listening to you when you nudged me not to purchase the item. Please forgive me and lead me in what to do next.” My focus has switched from the problem to looking to God for the solution. I have placed my worry into His hands of provision.
As I said before, this is not easy, but it is possible. Take the baby steps today of refocusing your mind on thing above and not on earthly things which have on temporal value.
Blessings Love y’all