The Mindset of a Believer – Focusings on Above

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While it is true, our current situation looks bleak and at times, even very hopeless. Try as I might, I even find myself dwelling on all the bad news and awful predictions. However, as Christians, we are called to a higher way of thinking and a higher way of viewing the world, even in the midst of great crises. 

The Bible teaches us our mindset and perspectives matter. The way we view the world, ourselves, and our circumstances within the world is very important. 

The book of Proverbs tell us this,

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” Proverbs 23:7 KJV

We are not the first generation of Christians to go through a worldwide crisis, or even a pandemic for that matter. Yet, even through world wars, oppression, pandemics, and severe persecutions, the Church remains. We need not live in fear. God knows how to preserve His remnant and He has not forgotten us.

I find comfort in these words from the book of Psalms,

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalm 37:25 KJV

God will care for His beloved Church and I’m not referring to any building or location. I’m referring to the true remnant of God, the true and dedicated followers of the Messiah. Those who obey the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus Christ. See Revelation 14:12 

If at times, you, like me, find yourself with a cast down spirit, remember to address your mindset and your perspective. God has not called us to dwell on every doomsday headline or every new spectacular conspiracy. Even if many of these conspiracies be true. This will only lead to fear and a gross over-reaction, which will only serve to crush our spirit and cause us to be useless to the Kingdom during a season when we are needed the most. I’m looking in the mirror when I make these suggestions. 

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13 KJV

We are called to have faith and to dwell on the things above. May God replace our fears with a renewed and unwavering faith. May we dwell on only good things, true things, and just things, while keeping our focus on the great mission for which we are all called, to spread the good news of Christ, Jesus, and the Kingdom of Heaven. 

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV

S. L. Ozbun
Shawn L. Ozbun is an independent podcaster, author, and commentator of many biblical topics, most notably eschatology. Shawn is a student of the scriptures, ancient writings and biblical Hebrew language. Focused primarily on end times prophecy, biblical history, apocryphal text, and dead sea scroll documents. Most importantly, Shawn is passionate about delivering the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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