Hubby and I are going through a tough time financially. Actually, we have been for most of our marriage. But something our Kind Father is teaching me is that every instance is an opportunity to either serve, witness, or grow.
When something isn’t put away, it’s an opportunity to serve him or her by putting it back for them. If I’m challenged by a tough circumstance, it’s an opportunity to show others the amazing peace Christ gives, and it’s always an opportunity to mature in my Christ-likeness.
The bible has several commands regarding how we are to deal with our mind. You know what that means? It means we can and are expected to control our thoughts. So when our enemy entices us to think anxiously, doubtfully, lustfully, bitterly, or anything ungodly, we actually can choose what and how we think. We, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and through knowledge of the Scriptures, can set our minds on Christ and meditate on things that are pure, holy, good, praiseworthy, or perfect.
We don’t have to have bad thoughts. We can control our mind.
So, here’s some Scriptures to encourage you.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1, 2 NKJV)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8, 9 NKJV)
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (II Corinthians 10:4, 5 NKJV)
Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13 HCSB)
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 HCSB)
If the enemy can get to your mind, you’re done for. Trust in and lean on God’s understanding by studying and reading His Word daily and meditating on it throughout the day (speaking it). Train yourself to see every instance the way Jesus would see it. Then, you’ll walk in peace and joy through everything.
Praying for you saints,