Setting our Minds on Things Above

 

               Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. . .  (Proverbs 3:5)

Hope:  Tomorrow will be a better day.

Expectation: Tomorrow will be a better day.

What tone of voice is speaking in our heads when we think these thoughts?

What attitude controls the outcome of hope or expectation?

When we think in terms of this world, we may tend to hope for something better but not be fully assured that it will come to be. Hope in this sense is an uncertainty that isn’t necessarily expected: “I don’t know, but I hope it will happen.”

On the other hand, our hope in Christ is an expectation with strong certainty: “I do know and expect that this will happen through Him.”

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (I Timothy 1:7)

 Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. (Proverbs 28:26)

 ATTITUDE:

It drives our moods, our behaviors, our relationships, our plans, our goals, our ability to reach out to others and make a difference for Christ.

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

EXPECTATION: 

It is our hope in Christ, the promise that we know will come to pass,  in our attitude of belief and trust in Him.

2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:2-4)

 MINDSET: ABOVE ⇑

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/14/18) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

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Abundant Gifts from God in Our Daily Routine– If We Just Knew

 

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink,  you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”

John 4:10

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I raised the faucet handle and instantly had water, hot to the left and cold to the right. I didn’t reflect about this experience. It was just a normal, daily routine that I repeated throughout the day. Yet, across the pond from me, the owners in that building were without running water for hours due to plumbing repairs. They anticipated the time when the water would be back on, so they could return to their normal, daily routine. . .

STOP and THINK.  THINK and BE THANKFUL.

A “routine” can affect our level of gratitude. It can make us forget to appreciate what is a daily gift that others don’t have as a routine experience. This daily gift of water is from God. It is life-giving and life-sustaining.  It is an abundant blessing bestowed on us from the Father who cares for us always. That is God’s love.

 The “routine” day-to-day experience becomes something else when we look at how God provides:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (Psalm 23:1)

 2“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; 3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent people you save me. “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies. (2 Samuel 22:2-4)

 Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:25)

 (38) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, (39) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

If we just knew “the gift of God” –we would receive the living water from Him.

Within our daily routine are unwrapped gifts from God.

Are we aware? Do we see?

STOP and THINK. THINK and BE THANKFUL.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/07/18) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word