Where Is Your Mind Fixed?
“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You – on both inclination and character], because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]” (Isaiah 26:3, AMP).
The desire of the Lord is that our minds will focus solely on Him. However, we live in a world that tells us different. A world that tells us it is okay to believe in God (something greater than yourself), but to be successful one must be solely occupied by the desire to succeed in our chosen field. As amazing as this idea may be, the end result is far from where God would want us to be, because success in our chosen field does not necessarily translate to living a peaceful, full and satisfied life. The Lord tells us: “…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (John 10:10b, AMP). Meaning, having a satisfied and enjoyable life is attainable, BUT only in Christ Jesus! Such a life has his mind firmly planted in Him. All his thoughts are centered completely and fully on the Lord Jesus Christ! Beloved, what occupies your mind?
A man cannot rise above what occupies his mind. That which occupies your mind is your master: “…For you are a slave to whatever controls you” (2Peter 2:19b, NLT), because what is on your mind shapes your words, your attitude and character and ultimately dictates the direction of your life. For instance, Gehazi was a man that seemingly loved the Lord since he was in the service of Elisha. But a chance circumstance exposed his mindset. Remember, what occupies a man’s mind is what directs him: “Gehazi, the attendant of Elisha the man of God, thought: My master has let this Aramean Naaman off lightly by not accepting from him what he brought. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him” (2Kings 5:20). For a few change of clothing and some silver, Gehazi derailed his destiny. Beloved, a man may pretend for years, but when the circumstances are right, his true nature will be exposed.
If you are plagued by anxious thoughts, worries, fears, depressive thoughts and the likes, it is because your mind has strayed from Your Stabilizer, Who is Jesus Christ! Beloved, as we grow and mature in God through the study, meditating and practicing of God’s Word, our minds become pure and anchor on Christ Jesus. This will equally turn our thought process to what is right. This purity pushes out the pollution of the world that had been programmed into our minds. No wonder, we were warned: “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
Finally, Beloved, consciously sweep out thoughts that are not of God from your mind. This you cannot do without studying God’s Word, meditating on and practicing what you had read and heard: “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]” (Philippians 4:8, AMP). May the Lord grant us the Grace to have our minds constantly fixed on Him, in Jesus Christ name. God bless you!