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Set Your Mind

Your focus changes everything. If you focus on your problems, you will become overwhelmed by your problems. You will worry. You will become stressed. Your attitude will darken. When you focus on Christ, you realize for Whom you live and you are reminded of His Word. Focusing on Jesus helps you to live by Christ, to trust in His promises, and to embrace the eternal.

In Colossians 3, we read about seeking God, about focusing on Christ. Paul wrote for us to set our minds on things that are above—the higher things. Verse 1 says aim at and seek. This says so much. When you aim at something, you have to focus intensely on the target. When you focus on the target, you have to be facing the target. It is all about the target and reaching the target—making contact with the target. When you seek something, you go forward, toward the object. You attempt to find the object. With Christ, this is so very easy. The Bible says, seek and you shall find. The Bible says when you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him.

Today consider how you are aiming at Christ, how you are seeking Jesus. Are you focused intensely on Jesus? Are you facing the direction of Jesus? Do you make contact with Jesus? Are you moving in His direction? Are you seeking wholeheartedly?

“If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead’, aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds, and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not the things that are on the earth.” – Colossians 3:1-2 [AMP]

Foolish Disguise

Every time I read today’s verse, I ask myself why Jehoshaphat would even go with Ahab into the battle with this request. Ahab decides to disguise himself so he would not be recognized. Yet he tells Jehoshaphat to wear the royal robes so everyone can tell that he is the king. Something happens though—things do not go as Ahab was hoping.

Ahab was hoping his disguise would save his life. If anything, Jehoshaphat would be targeted due to his attire. But Ahab couldn’t understand that God’s plans cannot be thwarted. You can hide. You can dress differently. You can do whatever you like to avoid something, but God sees you and His plan cannot be thwarted. Not only was Ahab hit, but Jehoshaphat was kept safe.

Remember that you cannot wear a disguise in front of God. He knows your inward parts. He knows every piece of your life. He knows everything about you—things you might not yet know. So don’t put on a foolish disguise. You’re not fooling Him.

“The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘As we go into battle, I will disguise myself so no one will recognize me, but you wear your royal robes.’ So the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.” – 1 Kings 22:30

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