Colossians 3:2 – Things Above #134

I am sharing a verse that I mentioned last week in my Unashamed post. Speaking of that post, I went to a conference this past weekend and Christine Caine spoke about her recent book Unashamed and another speaker also talked about shame. Clearly the Lord is trying to bring healing and freedom to the area of shame as it’s no accident the timing of so many sharing on the same topic. I had no idea that Christine Caine just released her book, but now it’s at the top of my list to read.

Now onto today’s verse. Colossians 3:2 is short and sweet and says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” So between the 1st and 2nd verse you are instructed to set your hearts and minds on things above. Have you ever prayed the Lord’s prayer before? “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” If you have said this before, you are asking God’s kingdom on earth to be as it is in heaven. You should desire the same thing for your heart and mind too.

Your mind and heart should always be fixed on the truth of heaven, which is also God’s Word. There is so much spiritual warfare going on around you. Not only that, but clearly the things of this world are filled with a lot of turmoil and chaos. It doesn’t help to focus on the news or the craziness of everything going on around you right? When you do make worldly things your focus, you probably notice you deal with a lot more fear and anxiety which is why it’s important to re-focus your attention to heaven.

The things of heaven are pure and right and they are filled with peace and joy. Don’t you want those things for your mind and heart? If you are seeking the things of this world more than things of God, repent and ask Holy Spirit to help you focus on His truth. Continue to check your heart and mind and make sure you pursue the mind of Christ in every area of your life.

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  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 08:17h, 16 May Reply

    Such a great reminder that I needed today!

  • Heather
    Posted at 08:53h, 16 May Reply

    Love this! Such a great reminder! If we stay focus on Him the things of earth grow dim! ❤️

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    Posted at 09:55h, 16 May Reply

    I needed this reminder as I’m currently walking through a season where chaos surrounds me! Love how God knows what we need at the right time!

  • Keri Underwood
    Posted at 10:32h, 16 May Reply

    Sometimes this is so hard isn’t it. For me (especially with playing a wedding) I get so caught up in my day to day life and goals for the future that I sometimes forget the bigger picture! Sometimes I forget that the wedding really isn’t important, it’s the marriage that is important. It’s Josh and I living out Christ in our marriage! This can be said about anything. Maybe your job is awful, you hate it, you want to quit. BUT God has you there for a reason. Sometimes it’s not about the “job” but about the people there. Are you using your job as a platform to share Christ? This is sometime we SO easily forget! Loved this reminder!

  • Lily
    Posted at 10:39h, 16 May Reply

    This is wonderful, Caroline! Definitely something that I need to work on more. Thank you! <3

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 11:00h, 16 May Reply

    We’re trying to find a new book for our JOY Bible study group & I really have been pushing to do that book. I’ll let you know which one we end up with.

  • Alexis
    Posted at 11:51h, 16 May Reply

    I love that we both heard Christine Caine last week! She must be a busy lady right now!

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 12:28h, 16 May Reply

    I’m doing the Unashamed devotional on my Bible app so I love the timeliness of this post! This is an awesome reminder to check your heart!

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 13:16h, 16 May Reply

    I love how setting my heart and mind on Him changes my entire outlook and my presence, gives me instant perspective and peace. Great reminder today!

  • Kristy
    Posted at 14:51h, 16 May Reply

    Love this. He’s been reminding me of this as well. He’s been challenging me to align my thoughts with scripture in order to refute the lies I’m so often led to believe. Thanks girl!

  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 15:48h, 16 May Reply

    I really like this verse a lot! Yes if its Gods desire it should be ours too.

  • Carrie Wisehart
    Posted at 17:09h, 16 May Reply

    I appreciate Christine’s books – and I, too, am excited to read her new book. I think we would live in an entirely different world if we felt the freedom to share our hearts in transparent and vulnerable ways. Let’s start a revolution of being unashamed!

  • andrea
    Posted at 19:48h, 16 May Reply

    me too – i definitely needed that reminder

  • Kay
    Posted at 20:27h, 16 May Reply

    Great reminder! We should always be focused on eternity!

  • Marie Wikle
    Posted at 20:28h, 16 May Reply

    Love this “Pursue the mind of Christ” such a great reminder.

  • De Bolton
    Posted at 20:44h, 16 May Reply

    This verse and Proverbs 4:25-27 are my verses for this year. Today alone God has reminded me of Colossians 3:2 I’ve gotten off track but my prayer for direction led me to read this as a reminder. Thank you

  • Amy
    Posted at 20:47h, 16 May Reply

    I keep getting this reminder -yesterday at church and today from you….My pride wants me to feel successful and earn an income, but I am being reminded that my thoughts should be staying with God and His will. Pray for me!

  • Tayrina
    Posted at 05:50h, 17 May Reply

    This is so important, to set our minds in the things above. Sometimes we forget to do it as part of our daily life. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Marissa
    Posted at 07:14h, 17 May Reply

    I have seen the unashamed book every where the last two weeks… if you read it will you let me know how it is? I am on the fence… 😉

  • Faith
    Posted at 07:42h, 17 May Reply

    I had never implied this verse to the concept of shame before. But it clearly applies. If we are focused on the things of the Lord, we will have no time to feel ashamed.

  • Allison
    Posted at 09:01h, 17 May Reply

    A wonderful reminder for today, thank you

  • Pamela
    Posted at 11:59h, 17 May Reply

    It’s so easy to get caught up in fashion, “things,” and right now politics — all things that aren’t wrong but become so when we have our minds set upon them. I like to read a praise verse each morning and it seems to give me something to ponder on throughout the day.

  • Tedi @ Running with Infertility
    Posted at 14:01h, 18 May Reply

    I’ve felt that peace that you spoke of. This is a great reminder that our focus needs to be on things of heaven – not our earthly things.

  • brianna george
    Posted at 22:57h, 19 May Reply

    Yes. Let me tell you — right now we are being bludgeoned with earthly needs. Satan is mocking us, but we have our sight set on Christ and we are free. It is when we allow Satana’s distractions that we waiver. It is NOT easy, but oh how Jesus provides.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 09:25h, 22 May Reply

    Our eyes fixed on heaven…Yes, friend, yes!!

  • Mardene Carr
    Posted at 08:37h, 28 May Reply

    Words to live by….the bible provides so much in terms of simple ways that we are to live. It is not that complicated…simple and direct. Thank you for the reminder

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