Colossians 3:2 - Being Heavenly Minded.

Colossians 3:2 - Being Heavenly Minded.

Colossians 3:2 (NIV) Set your minds on things above, not on 
earthly things. 

Colossians 3:2 (NLT) Think about the things of heaven, not the 
things of earth.  

Colossians 3:2 (MSG) Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, 
absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to 
what is going on around Christ - that's where the action is. See 
things from his perspective.  


   I get distracted easily. There is just so much to think 
about, so many responsibilities. We all have bills to pay, meetings to 
attend, people to deal with, families to care for. No wonder we can't 
keep our minds quiet during our prayer time with God. Many times our 
minds get pulled away from where they should be and focused on what 
they shouldn't be, putting us at risk of relapsing into old hurts, 
hang-ups, and habits. 
   It happens to all of us from time to time. It's not easy to 
stay focused on heavenly things when the earthly things are making so 
much more noise. The best and maybe the only way to stay focused on 
the right things is to always keep Jesus front and center. That 
means we understand that he is with us throughout the day, as close as 
our breath. He's always there to help us at a moment's notice, 
encourage us, instruct us, strengthen us, and protect us. 
   God knows who we are. He understands what we're made of. 
That's why he sent his Holy Spirit to dwell in us. He doesn't have to 
come from some faraway place to hear us and help us. When we focus on 
his presence within us, everything else will fall into place. 
[Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] 


It is impossible not to think of earthly things, at least some 
of the time. We still have to take care of day to day obligations 
and activities. But to set your mind on something means to "make it 
your heart's central focus." Paul knew that we would have to tend to 
earthly affairs. But earthly things must not be permitted to take 
precedence over the things of God - his word, his service, his praise. This 
must be the basis from which we pursue jobs, families and other 
important matters of daily life. [Quest SB] 

Our inherent tendency is to direct our lives on this earth 
according to what we perceive with our five senses. The fact is, if we 
have embraced Christ, our attachment to this physical world is no 
longer the defining element of our existence. Jesus himself is. The 
realities of heaven become the substance of our lives only when we set our 
sights on him in whom our life is hidden. [Praying Through The Bible By 

   The things of earth get right in our face and speak to us 
relentlessly. We have things to pay for, plans to arrange, people to please, 
and responsibilities to deal with - all of which make our to-do 
lists long and our bodies and souls tired. There's no way to avoid the 
things of earth - we do actually live here, after all - but we can't be 
totally preoccupied with them. They drain us of energy and resources if 
we are.  
   What does it mean to think about the things of heaven? It 
means knowing heaven's agenda: God's purposes and His ways. It means 
seeking visions of Him and His plans. It means living with heaven's 
values: a Kingdom culture of integrity, honor, purity, peace, 
generosity, and blessing. We understand that heaven is filled with radical 
worship right this moment, and we join in the praises. We learn to treat 
other people as eternal beings, even if we aren't sure of their 
eternal destiny - to see the treasure God has put in them rather than 
the junk that comes to the surface now. And we need to know that we 
are surrounded by spiritual beings: angels that minister to us and 
deceptive spirits that try to seduce us. Heaven's realities are described 
in Scripture, and we are fully encouraged to let them become the 
realities in which we live and move and breathe.  
   Whatever is happening visibly in your world today is only a 
fraction of your true life. The rest of the story - the most important 
parts of it - are invisible to your physical eyes. But they aren't 
invisible to your spirit or your thought life. Choose where to dwell, and 
fill your mind with the reality of heaven. Live out its culture, its 
values, its relationships, and its activities. [The One Year 
Experiencing Gods Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   Learn to live above your circumstances. This requires focused 
time with Me, the One who overcame the world. Trouble and distress 
are woven into the very fabric of this perishing world. Only My Life 
in you can empower you to face this endless flow of problems with 
good cheer. 
   As you sit quietly in My Presence, I shine Peace into your 
troubled mind and heart. Little by little, you are freed from earthly 
shackles and lifted up above your circumstances. You gain My perspective 
on your life, enabling you to distinguish between what is important 
and what is not. Rest in My Presence, receiving Joy that no one can 
take away from you. (John 16:33; 16:22) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 


   Our daughter came over with one of our grandsons in tow and 
asked to borrow a pair of tweezers. She needed to remove a piece of 
paper our grandson had rolled up and stuck in his ear! When asked why 
he did such a thing, he answered, "My mind told me to." Wow! At six 
years of age his mind is already suggesting things that are definitely 
not in his best interest.  
   Frankly, that's why most of us have hurts, hang-ups, and 
habits. We are losing the battle that goes on between our ears. We 
haven't learned to make the right choice when our minds are in conflict 
with our hearts. We learn that lesson only by listening to God, 
reading his Word, and filling our minds with things that are good, 
positive, and beneficial.  
   Of course it's still a battle. It will always be a battle! 
But it's a battle we are sure to win if we've trained our minds to 
know when something doesn't line up with God's principles.  
   I can't lie, my mind still tells me to do stuff - it's just 
that now I know when to listen and when to just say no.  
   Father, you are always looking out for me, always showing me 
the right way to go. Thank you for loving me with such a great and 
amazing love. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional 
by John & Johnny Baker mod.] 






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