Saturday, May 30, 2015

Maintaining a Circumspect Mindset

 
 
A person's mindset determines everything.
Where our mind is set determines where our actions go, where our words may go, our influence, and so forth.
 
Have you ever once thought to yourself . . .
 
. . . Why is it that I am able to stay awake during a thrilling adventure-packed film or a sappy romantic chick-flick and yet doze off once or twice throughout a  pastor's sermon? 
 
. . . Why do we spend so much time working on our outward appearance and yet trying so little to work on our inner self and building spiritual character? 

. . . Why can we so willingly read a fanciful fiction novel and revel in it for hours because it seems like such a tedious burden to pick-up the Bible instead?
 
. . . Why is it that folks respect the laws of this world and readily accept their responsibility to obey them and yet try to disprove the law of God and show little regard for His authority today?
 
 
Are we trying hard enough to focus our minds on Christ, or leaning more towards satisfying the flesh?
 
In Romans 8:6, the Apostle Paul writes, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
A Christian is to be spiritually minded, which means their mindset is what it ought to be.  Paul again states this concerning our mindset, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5).
Christ had the proper mindset!
 
In Colossians 3:2 we are told to “set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”  In order to set your affection, you must have the proper mindset.  This simply means that you're keeping God, people, and things of this world in their proper place in your mind, maintaining a balanced and controlled mindset.
 
You may ask, why is this so important?  You might think that you're getting enough spiritual balance in your daily walk, but have you really stopped to consider how much more you might be focusing on carnal and self-pleasing activities?
In the Bible, Jesus stressed the importance of having our hearts (minds, intellects, emotions) in the proper place when he said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:21). 
According to Jesus, where your mindset is will determine where your treasure is, which will in turn affect the way you live in this world.  Paul stated the same thing when he told us to set our affections on things above.  It is important that our mindset is in the right place.
 
“Once your mindset changes,
everything on the outside will
change along with it.”
 
Has your mindset become like your Savior’s?  If the answer is yes, then that means your affections are on things above.  Those around you will notice a change in you because your dress, speech, and actions will express it in how you live your day-to-day life.
 
Choose to maintain a circumspect mindset and your very attitude towards God’s Word will reflect those things which are pure and holy.
 

4 comments:

  1. This is a really convicting, encouraging post Cryslyn! <3

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  2. Ooh I love this post very much! Thank you for the encouragement! :-) <3

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  3. So very encouraging, thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Ashley

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  4. Good and thought-provoking post, Cryslyn!

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