Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
– Colossians 3 :1-2
As a professional counselor, I have visited the hearts and minds of countless individuals. It’s important for me to know how a person feels and thinks before I can identify, with help from God, the root or source of the person’s wounds and then help him or her heal.
In the same way, the Lord desires to uproot the areas of our hearts and minds that bear rotten or painful fruit—or perhaps no fruit at all. Our God is passionate for us to have a thriving garden in our hearts and minds. If our minds are focused on our problems, our failures, our weaknesses or our inabilities, we will produce the fruit of doubt and fear. If our hearts are focused on our past hurts or failures, or we hold on to unforgiveness, our hearts will produce the fruit of bitterness.
I don’t know anyone who needed more uprooting in her heart and mind than I did. For years I struggled with self-defeating thoughts and feelings. My mind felt like a prison with no way out, and my heart felt enchained. As a counselor and as a woman who has been healed and set free, I plead with you to set your heart and mind on Christ. Read God’s Word and do not let your mind wander from His truth so that your life can become like a well-watered garden that bears much fruit.
Lord, I choose this day to set my mind on what is true and to believe Your Word. Thank You that as I set my heart and mind on You, You will produce good fruit in my life.
Journal: Write down any thoughts that are causing bad fruit to grow in your life. Ask God to heal you of the wounds that He reveals are in your heart.