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 your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1, 2 NIV)
The scripture talks about setting our hearts and our minds on things above, which are eternal and not on earthly things, which are temporary. The first part of the scripture emphasize that we have been raised with Christ. Before I became a christian, I used to live a sinful life. And sin leads me to death but because of the precious blood of Jesus and his resurrection, I also been raised from my sins and live a new life through Jesus Christ. This new life that I found in Him requires me not to set my heart and my mind in the worldly things anymore.
1. Setting our hearts on things above.
The bible always talks about guarding our hearts. In proverbs 3:23, it says there that we need to guard our hearts, ABOVE ALL, for it determines the course of your life. In our hearts, different kinds of emotions flow from it. And emotions are real but if we just let our emotions determines the course of our life, we are already in a danger zone. Most of the time, when we are emotional, we cannot think properly. And this happens to me. Being an emotional person, there are times that I just follow what I feel. God always reminds me to guard my heart. It doesn’t mean it feels right, is really right.
God gave us the heart so that we can have emotions. Thats our unique characteristics from animals. Without it, we cannot feel how to love. But we need to set it in a right way.
2. Setting our minds on things above
The heart and the mind are connected with one another. But most of the time, its the heart that affects the mind. Whatever we feel, affects what we think. Thats why the bible says, above all else guard our hearts.
God reminded me to think like what Jesus would think. Sometimes we tend to think negative towards the situations. The way we view certain things become different as well. I strongly believed that whatever we put into our minds, affects our way of thinking. Let say, we read more of unhealthy articles that doesn’t really help us spiritually, we tend to become negative more. The best way to fill our minds with positive things is by reading the bible.
I guess that’s why God puts our minds over our hearts because He wants us to think first our actions carefully before doing it. We need to examine first our hearts and think whether it is something that will build others up or will it destroy. We need to identify whether is it pleasing to God or pleasing our flesh.
So many things I need to repent, but I thank God for reminding me with this. I thank Him for not giving up on me despite of me being too emotional.
My decision is to focus on God. Always remind myself how would Jesus think or react on a given situation. And to have an intimate connection with God.
I was reading all my prayer list on my phone and I can’t helped myself but to be amazed on how God answered my prayers. Even at this time. I will be attending the Philippine Discipleship Conference in Manila together with my parents. It was one of my prayers that I had to attend the conference. Looking back how I almost lost hope of attending this conference because at first my boss don’t allow me to take leave because it’s our busy period in our company and during that time I was having a financial struggle. But God is sooo good. He made all things possible. And here I am now riding on a plane and few hours to go will be reaching to my home town and see my parents.
God has been so good to me all this time. And He has done so many miracles in my life. I prayed before for my parents to become a disciple too so that they could experience the joy of having a relationship with God. Since I am working abroad and my parents were in my home country, I don’t have much faith that it would happen. At first I thought that I need to go back home for them to reach them out. But God has its own ways.
When I celebrated my birthday this year, I went back to my home country to celebrate my birthday with my family. I only have 4 days leave. My birthday was sunday and so I asked my parents to come together with me. I didn’t expect much that they would really come because when I told them about that on Saturday, they didn’t respond to me. But that night, I prayed to God. The next day, I just saw them already dressed up ready for church including my aunt and nephew. I introduced them to the disciples there. At first they felt shy. The lesson that was given on that day really convicted them and even myself and the fellowship that they experienced with the disciples made a lot of difference. I am truly grateful how God works.
God made me realized that I don’t need to rely on my own strength and capability but rather I should get it from Him. I just need to rely on Him. He also made me realized how powerful He is that nothing is impossible to Him as long as you believe. With the little amount of faith that I have to reach out my parents, God makes His ways to increase my faith by displaying His miracles.
Even though I am back in singapore, my parents continue attending church service in our sister church in pampanga and they are now studying the bible. I remember that my birthday wish is for them to become a disciple. And I can see how God is about to grant that wish.
Now, Im going home and it makes me more excited to see my parents. I felt that they are a new person now because God changed their lives.
This is just a part of my story how God works into life. He has done so many wonderful things into my life that sharing to you for one day may not be enough.
I hope that my story will inspire you and encourage you to never stop dreaming and believing in Him. That when it seems impossible to achieve, for God it is not, as long as you believe.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22 NIV)
2 corinthians 1 its convicting how God used suffering into our lives: - it teaches us to patiently endure the sufferings (v.6), - it teaches us to be hopeful in God (v.7), - it teaches us not to rely on ourselves but on God alone (v. 9), - it teaches us find comfort through Jesus (v. 5), - it teaches the sufferer how to encourage others who are also suffering. #qt
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