Having the right mindset is a matter of choosing the world or the Word.
The last few years have been a struggle in various ways for my husband and I. Financial hardship has especially taken a toll. Therefore mindset has been negatively impacted.
As a result there have been many things we have wanted to do that have had to be set aside. Home purchase, vacations, replacing old furniture.
None of these things are critical. Yet I have sometimes allowed self pity over my situation to keep me focused worldly instead of diving into the Word. Human nature does that.
Keys to Happiness
In the secular world, material things and business success are supposed to bring you happiness. This is reflected in every aspect of our western culture from movies to music as people are portrayed as happiest when they are acquiring things or career success.
Those barely getting by are not applauded…in fact, they are often portrayed as inferior.
As Christians, we know things are not what makes us happy. The joy of a new home or a job promotion will fade.
We get it twisted
And while we know this to be true our human nature rebels against it.
We want the things. We want success. We want recognition.
When placed in appropriate context these are not necessarily bad. Unfortunately, our perspective is often skewed and we desire more world than we do Word.
Shifting from a world view to a Word view is essential in influencing the culture towards a relationship with Jesus. Looking at the world through the lens of the Bible shapes our lives, our homes, our communities and thus this world.
Satan prefers we remain focused on the world so he attacks with worry, hardships, fear, and the pursuit of power (success) to distract us. If Satan can keep you focused on chasing success and things, then he keeps you from Kingdom work.
All four of these verses point to peace and joy and a lack of fear when our gaze is turned on God.
Becoming Wordly Minded
Obviously reading your Bible helps get the Word in you. But it isn’t enough just to read it.
Life application and change only happens when you pursue a deeper relationship with God. That requires studying the Word.
Set aside time for prayer and meditation on what God would have you glean from your scripture reading each day.
Be intentional about your studies as you would were you in school. Take notes. Read multiple versions of the Bible. Use a good Bible commentary to enhance your understanding.
Progress not perfection
Give yourself grace in adapting to study of the Word. If this is not something you have ever earnestly pursued, it will take time…like any new habit.