Set your mind on things of God

“From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”
But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Matthew 16:21-23

If we do this:

“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.”
1 Colossians 3:1-4

“Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God…”
Psalm 123:2

“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.”
Hebrews 3:1

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Philippians 4:8

The Lord’s promise in return:

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.”
Psalm 91:14-15

Food for thought:
“When you fix your thoughts on God, God fixes your thoughts.”
“Focus on God, not your problem. Listen to God, not your insecurities. Rely on God, not your own strength.”
“My relationship with God is my number one focus. I know that if I take care of that, God will take care of everything else.”

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Big Sky Little Trees

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