Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 1 Peter 5:6-10
The hardest molecules in the world to move, seem to be the one’s inside our head. Changing our attitude or ‘mindset’ is not easy, but makes such a huge difference in life. Sometimes I get stuck in a way of thinking. But, as a Christian who prays, I find that God can lead me into His mindset. Peter gives us a few elements that make for a healthy mindset: humility is first. Humility properly ascribes to God what is His, and leaves our part to us. He is willing to take the anxious thoughts we have and offer us His care. Next, we are to be sober, alert, and ready for what comes our way. In other words, be proactive, not passive. Acknowledge that there is an enemy of God and of our soul. Resist him and exercise our faith. Realize, you are not unique in suffering- its a common human experience and there are many around the world in whom God is accomplishing His will through the same experiences. So, be a learner in suffering. Look then to the eternal reality and eventual perfection you will achieve when in Christ Jesus’ presence. In the meantime, let Him confirm, strengthen and establish you.
How is my mindset today? What can I entrust in my thinking to God in prayer? What is He asking me to do that is uniquely my part?
God, as this day continues- I thank You for grace that covers my sin. Please protect my family from the evil one. Let us all shine with the glory from above as we set our minds on heavenly realities and serve You with fervor. May I accomplish what You’ve put before me, as You accomplish what is necessary within me. As a man thinks, so is he. I will set my mind upon You.