With this being said, though, it is still a constant effort to keep my mind fixed on Christ. Every moment of every day there is a continual war in my heart as to what thoughts will occupy my mind. Yes, Jesus is the Lord of my life, but I am still a sinner forever bent on my own ambitions, in need of a Savior. Even as I was writing out this testimony on the influence of your thoughts and attitude, my thoughts and attitude were on myself. Once again I had allowed myself to become distracted from my walk with the Lord. From doing a lot of reading and studying, it seems that the only way to truly “set our mind on heavenly things” is by staying in the Word and in talking with the Lord every single day.
It is so true that the Bible is “living and active, sharper than any two edged sword.” And we can never underestimate the power of what God can do in our lives when we know what His Word says. I have been incredibly blessed to have godly people in my life who have challenged me to treasure the Bible and to commit as many verses as I can to memory. In times of temptation or trials, it is only God and His Word that will keep me focused on Him.
When I was about thirteen, I got a bad headache that just wouldn’t go away. We’ve been to dozens of doctors and tried every remedy we could possibly think of. Yet here we are over five years later and nothing has changed. I have learned so much through these last few years, I can’t even begin to tell you. One thing I am realizing more and more is that staying in communion with the Lord is critical to living a life that is pleasing to Him, whether it’s talking to Him about my struggles or praising Him for His faithfulness. What a beautiful privilege it is to be able to pray to the Lord about our lives! Another thing I have continued to see throughout the past few years is that there is so much strength and hope to be found in God’s Word. It’s during the times of pain when I especially need to remember that I have something worth living for. To be completely honest with you, I often become discouraged and weary. It’s on these days that Job 42:2 often comes to mind, which says, “For I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” I need to be reminded again and again that He is God! And He does indeed know what He is doing. He knows when I’m having a rough day, and He is always right there beside me. He could easily take away my headache if He wanted to. But since He hasn’t, He must have an even better plan in mind. Another verse that often comes to mind is Psalm 55:22, which says, “Cast your burdens upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” What a beautiful promise this is! He will sustain us when we give our burdens to Him. There is nothing else that even comes close to the peace and contentment that is found in Christ when we offer our problems to Him and fix our minds on His Truth.
I hold on to the promise that one day we will stand before the Lord and no longer be tempted with impure thoughts and attitudes. Until then let us hold on to Jesus Christ the hope of glory, always looking to Him, as He is the only One worth looking to. As Colossians 3:1-2 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”