I have struggled with the emotion of fear controlling my mind and my thoughts, driving my behavior, stealing my peace, obstructing my freedom in Christ. Jesus wants us to live triumphantly, victoriously, successfully as His reputation is at stake.
“For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2 Corinithians 2:15. My life through the lens of the world needs to be pleasing, satisfying, acceptable, delightful, and gratifying. This won’t happen with a mind set on earthly things.
The scripture of Romans 12:1-2 has been brought to mind:
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
I want to be saturated in my mind with the truth of the word, be stretched and inspired by the writings of great men and women of faith, meditate on the goodness and glory of Jesus, and pray continuous for the Holy Spirit to renew my mind that I will move forward in life through faith.
This poem, May the Mind of Christ, My Savior by Kate Wilkenson, expresses my heart’s desire.
May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.
May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.
May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.
May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.
May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.
May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.
Where are you in this faith journey? Where will this discipline take me? May God be glorified in my thoughts, words, deeds. May I know Him more clearly, nearly, and more dearly.