TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
PUT ON YOUR CHRIST PERCEPTION
3rd January 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Yesterday, we dwelt on the subject of the Mind of Christ that we have received, how that it has become our identity and how important it is for us to enjoy the advantages of this identity as we begin a new year.
The mind of Christ is His disposition, His default, His perspective, His word on any situation or issue. Our text instructs to take in His word so robustly in all wisdom. So the mind of Christ is wisdom for life.
But you see, it is not just important to hear the word but to believe it, receive it and apply it.
Let’s do a quick check; think about it, in the last 24 hours, has there been any thoughts, challenges or circumstances threatening your experience of the realities that you now have in Christ?
Truth is, these thoughts or circumstances often come across as “normal” but they are insidious.
And so it is important for the believer to live life cautiously, always measuring or filtering thoughts against the truth that the mind of Christ upholds.
I believe strongly that thoughts are not just thoughts so you shouldn’t take them lightly. Address them with the right words that mirror your true position in Christ.
Take for instance, the word says you are healed (Isaiah 53:4,5) but this recurring pain won’t go, rather it seems to worsen, then the thought comes- “What if you are supposed to live with this pain?” or “What if God doesn’t want to heal you for a reason?”
I beg your pardon? No! Don’t accept it. If He didn’t want to heal you, Jesus wouldn’t die the gruesome death He did or suffer the punishment He did for our salvation which is a full package that is inclusive of healing.
And if you can believe that He died for your sins and you’ve been forgiven, then you should be able to believe that His sacrifice on the cross is also capable of granting you healing.
But until you address that seemingly harmless thought with the perception of Christ (as we saw yesterday) which is a perception of victory- remember He said it was finished on the cross, until you are deliberate in putting your Christ perception to practice, you will take it in and begin to accept that pain as a reality.
Look, say to yourself- Not anymore.
This new year affords you the opportunity of a new slate, a new slate to lay hold of every promise of God that Christ has qualified you for.
2 Corinthians 1:20- “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
So, perceive every situation just the way Christ will, especially when the circumstance seems to be louder in opposing the truth of your identity in Christ. Especially then. Engage your Christ- perception meter and throw away like hot potatoes any reality that doesn’t make the scale.
You have the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ is wisdom for life.
His perception is your perception.
Use it. Wield it. Win.
Do I perceive and respond to situations with the mind of Christ?
Thank you father for the mind of Christ that we have received. May we be grounded and rooted in the reality of this gift. Help us by your Spirit to intentionally engage situations and life through the lenses of the mind of Christ.
Our response will be the response of the mind of Christ.
HEARING BY THE WORD
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