“Therefore, since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God” (1Pet 4:1-2)
Today is 13 weeks since I broke my ankle. I am felling much better. My bone is healed. I am still limping because of the weakness of the ligaments and muscles. But the improvement is clear and I am so grateful to God! There so many wonderful lessons that I had to learn during this trial of faith. The Holy Spirit helped me to simplify and clarify my mind. I was ignorant that there was a lot of unholy, unnecessary ‘dust’ settled on my mind, making it dull and slow. The pain in my leg and the limitation in my body helped me to rearrange my priorities. I had to think thru all these things, what is important and what is not.
Read the scripture above. Your mind is not just for thinking. It is designed by God to be a weapon against the attacks of the devil. ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he’. The mind purified by approved suffering in the will of God becomes one of the greatest weapons in spiritual warfare. As a child of God, you are commanded to ‘arm yourself’ with the mind of Christ! Your thoughts, your attitude to life will protect you from sin! The helmet of salvation protects your mind from anxieties, fears, confusion and useless distractions. You need to cultivate the same ‘attitude’ with our Lord Jesus Christ! He was humble and obedient to His Father unto death! As a Man, He learned obedience thru the things He suffered! He was tempted at all points as we are, yet without sin! He became the source of eternal salvation to all others who are obedient to Him! He is the Lion and the Lamb of God! His mind is my mind! His attitude is my attitude! That is what I pray for! That is what I desire!
Yesterday, My husband and I went to a beautiful mall in Miami called The Falls. There was a river gently flowing in between the shops. We entered a shop selling beautiful shoes. In the past, I will admire the shoes and even try some. This time I chose to sit down quietly by the water admiring God’s beauty. There was no need to try the fancy shoes I could have liked in the past. I still cannot wear high heals. I have to ‘manage canvas flat shoes’ because of my balance as I learn to walk again. But that is ok. The battle has been fought over my mind. The devil has lost it! Jesus is Lord!
I have peace in my heart as I know that God allowed this trial for my good. I lost the feverish restlessness to compete with the world! I le go of the anxiety to please men! I shook off the fears growing from the dirty soil of inferiority complexes! My life is simpler now, but more focused. My worship is free! I now love God with a purer love. I celebrate Him who loves me forever. To my amazement, I discover that shoes are not the most important things in the universe. I smile… There is so much more to life…
“Father, I adore You… May my life please You… In Jesus name, amen!”
(in the picture, the river flowing at the Falls Mall in Miami, Fl)