Colossians 3:2-4 NKJV
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Situations, problems, people, symptoms, your job, or finances. There are many different things in this life that will try and take your attention. The spirit of this world wants you to be so consumed by the problems and routines of your natural life that you miss out on seeing who God really is and who you truly are in Him.
If you’re focus is set on the lower, natural problems of this life long enough you can begin to develop an image of yourself in light of your situation or circumstance. Some people then begin to identify in relation to their natural state, instead of identifying with who they are in Christ.
Here in this passage the Apostle Paul instructed us to “set” or “fix” or “anchor” or minds on those things that are above.
You see the enemy is afraid most of all by whether or not you are manifesting the image and likeness of your heavenly father here in the earth. He has an agenda to exalt himself above God. So believers become a threat to him when they begin to manifest their divine nature. The way he combats your ability to manifest the nature of God is by bombarding your life with natural distractions and pressure.
One thing that the Lord helped me to see some years ago was that the enemy had a mandate to blind. If it was his everything to blind us then it must become our everything to see! We see this in 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Our soul (mind, will and emotions) is under our control and it’s state or current condition is our responsibility.
Here the Apostle Paul said that we must “set” or “anchor” our mind on things above. Which goes to show that there are things in this life that will come to push our mind around and lead it astray. If you set your mind on temporary, every changing things in this life, then your mind and emotions and decisions will all be very unstable. You will find yourself up and down, up and down, up and down.
When problems come you’ll become depressed, when things are going good then you’ll be up! Our life shouldn’t be so controlled by outside forces in this way. You see God has given us the responsibility and the authority to do something with our mind and emotions.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMPC)
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Here again in Proverbs we can see our responsibility to “keep and guard” our heart. This word heart in this passage is the same Hebrew word that can be translated to “soul.” The soul is the mind, will and emotions.
If you want to guard the flow of the life of God in and through your life, you will have to guard you mind. It will have to be anchored in something that doesn’t change. If you want to be solid and stable, you will have to have your soul set on, or anchored to something solid and stable. Truth is eternal. Although everything around you might be changing truth does not change. Facts might even change, but truth never changes. Truth is the same yesterday, today and forever. The word of God is truth! The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth!
Jesus also said in Luke 21:19, that we ought to “possess” our souls! The spirit of this world, situations, troubles, will all try and fill you up in your thoughts, and influence your emotions and force your will.
If we want a soul that is stable, and steady through the storms of life it will have to be anchored, and fixed in the truth. Taking time to stay full of the Holy Spirit and the word of God, will give no place to the enemy in your life. Even though troubles may come your way and they will, (John 16:33) you can be “steady as she goes” all the way through!
You are an eternal being, you are a spirit. Don’t allow the problems, pressures and situations of this life to bully you around any longer. Anchor yourself in the truth of God’s word and stay full of the Holy Spirit. His peace will overshadow you when you do.
Philippians 4:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 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.
We all want the peace that passes all understanding to guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, however, this scripture tells us that we have to do something. Sometimes people just want a strong man or woman of God to pray for them so they can have peace, but the scriptures tell us that we have to choose to “be anxious for nothing, but in prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God!” There is a prerequisite to having this peace that surpasses your understanding.
When we anchor our minds, or set our minds on things that are “true,” “noble (or honroubale),” “just,” “pure,” “lovely,” “things of good report,” and things that are “praiseworthy.” You want peace? You want stability? Take time to address your thought-life. Fill your thoughts with the goodness of God, by spending time meditating in the word and praying in the Holy Spirit.
If you want to stay full of the Spirit, follow Paul’s instructions as seen in his letter to the Ephesians:
Ephesians 5:18-20 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. 19 Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [[a]and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord, 20 At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
Speak in psalms and hymns, sing and make melody in your heart to the Lord, offer up praise and thanksgiving, and sing a new song that comes from your heart before the Lord and at all times for everything give thanks!
“You might say, well that sounds like a lot of work!” For a person who is thinking about how good God is, it isn’t all that hard, your heart should be so full of the goodness of God that it overflows with praise and thanksgiving! Now, if your heart is full of the problem, then of course it will be difficult, and it’s a sign that you haven’t been “setting” your mind on the right things!
Make the switch today and get anchored in Christ, your hope of glory!
Pastor Jesse Knight has served for close to 20 years in ministry. He has a vision for awakening in Canada and a heart for God’s people, including pastors and the local church. Pastor Jesse has worked with multiple churches, traveled as an itinerant minister and traveled nationally and internationally teaching and preaching the kingdom.