So, tell me, what are your thoughts? How do you rate your mood at this very moment? These questions are a great way to kick off a thought-provoking conversation, but they do much more. These are the types of questions we need to ask ourselves (and one another) regularly since the responses show the route that our train is taking. Because of this, the Bible is so helpful in settling our anxieties because it points us in the direction of the appropriate kind of thoughts that should be going through our minds.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Paul had just given us some advice two lines earlier, telling us “not to be nervous about anything” (Philippians 4:6). Then, Jesus provides us with the instruction to “let [our] supplications be made known to God” since having faith in God’s promises—such as “ask, and it will be given to you”—brings a peace that is saturated in hope and guards the heart against being broken (Matthew 7:7). In verse 8, once he has done describing all of these positive outcomes for the future, he invites us to “think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8). To put it another way, the concentration of the mind is necessary. We must put our trust in the right institutions for our happiness.
The secret to a stable spiritual mindset is found in meditating.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what that good is, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
For this reason, one must make time in one’s schedule for reading the Bible, memorizing passages, and praying. In-depth study of the Bible, as promised by God’s Word, will result in an overflowing sense of hope as well as “joy and serenity in believing” (2 Peter 1:4). (Romans 15:13). In 2 Corinthians 10:5, we are in a better position to “take every thought captive.”
Strengthening our faith correlates to the amount of time spent in worship and prayer.
“But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.” Psalms 73:28
We should put daily efforts into trying to draw nearer to the Almighty God by faith which may be directly correlated to the amount of time spent in worship and prayer. They serve as guiding lights for us each day and provide the gasoline to the fires of our faith in God.
To put it another way, if you are having a difficult day, you should make an effort to keep your thoughts moving forward through prayers and worship. Where do you want to point the trust generator that you have developed? “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2). After giving these items your undivided attention, the next step is to “think about these things.” (Phil. 4:8)
Putting your faith in something different requires effort and time. Prepare for conflict by gathering your supplies in advance (1 Timothy 6:12). However, engaging in combat is almost always a sound strategy. As a direct consequence of this, you will be able to put your faith in the Lord (Hebrews 10:23), have hope (Romans 5:5), feel joy (Romans 15:13), and think clearly and honestly (Romans 15:13). (James 1:5). (Romans 12:3).
Your inner being will be transformed as you learn to focus your attention on Jesus Christ via the spiritual training that consists of reading, memorization, meditation, prayer, and daily application of the valuable truths found in the Bible. You must tackle your spiritual discipline with the same amount of seriousness as you do your fitness or another daily program. Our immoral actions start to alter as we establish new habits of obedience and adapt to God’s plan as we go through this process. It will become more straightforward and easier to live a pleasing life to God as we practice these new ways of thinking daily as part of our spiritual training. The Holy Spirit may plant all that we have learned into our hearts and thoughts when we spend time with God by reading the Word, studying the Scriptures, and praying. This will allow God to communicate with us directly via prayer. If you give up on spiritual training and self-discipline, you will never become more like Christ.
It is essential to keep in mind that maturing into a godly person is a process that takes time. It’s a necessary step in the process of sanctification. It’s something we need to keep working on every day until we eventually meet Christ, comprehend who He is, and are changed into the image of Christ. Even though the full manifestation of our status as God’s children is yet in the future, the Bible teaches us in 1 John 3:2 that we now have that status. When He does arrive, though, we are confident that we will be identical to him because, at that point, we will have realized who He is in his whole. What a remarkable prophecy about the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Amen.
- Make room in your life for the Holy Spirit to do whatever He wants with it, and begin being obedient now.
- Take the time to develop your spirituality because it will serve you well throughout your life.
- I beg you not to be content with only acquiring knowledge about holiness; rather, I encourage you to work toward achieving perfection in every facet of holy living. Purity should be reflected in all of our behaviors, not only the ones we do in religious contexts.
- Make the practice of holiness a way of life that guides all of your choices rather than seeing it as a set of rules to be obeyed to achieve it.
Hallelujah! I hope these words have enlightened you and caused you to seriously think about how you may develop a “spiritual mindset” in your quest to become holy. Have God’s blessing on your activities and give Him credit for everything you accomplish.