Hearts and Minds

“I the LORD, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”   Jeremiah 17:10 (New International Version)

Do you ever wonder… “How will I ever make it through the day (or the night)?” Do you worry yourself sick, put yourself down or beat yourself up? Unable to unwind and relax physically or mentally? Living under a cloud of shame, guilt and regret? Do you just exist at a distance from God? We all need a fresh focus and perspective.

Consider the commands to Christians in Colossians 3 and Philippians 4…

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set you minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1 – 4 (New American Standard Bible)

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:4 – 7 (New American Standard Bible)

Don’t just let life happen to you.

Don’t be controlled by your emotions.

Don’t be a victim of circumstances.

We all have troubles and our “funny moods”.

But we also have the choice everyday to rely on God’s strength, to be more optimistic and to be more proactive.

Will you submit to God in obedience? Regardless of our feelings, sincerity, power, “goodness”, education, position, intellect or possessions, we can’t truly make it our own.

In the war for our souls, God wants to win our hearts and minds!

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