TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
GOVERN YOUR THOUGHTS
7TH MARCH 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE:Proverbs 23:7a(NKJV)
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Do you realize that often, it doesn’t matter if you know the word more, the real question is, are you thinking about it or reflecting on it? From our study yesterday, I realized that Abraham’s ability to consider the promise also points to being able to bear in mind and to take into account what the word says.
It’s so important as believers that you are able to take charge of your thought life because if you don’t, your focus will be directed in the wrong place. And if you recall from our lesson on the roadmap to transformation a few days ago, what comes in through your ear/eye gates ultimately affects the way you think and spirals down to even forming your decisions and character.
So if you are always thinking about the problem over the promise, it’s a sign that you are listening to the voice of the problem.
Do you know that when thoughts come to your mind, they are not just thoughts?
It’s funny how we take our thoughts casually.
Listen! Thoughts are not thoughts!
And that’s why you don’t respond to thoughts with thoughts. Thoughts are WORDS spoken to your head. They are voices that come to your mind as mere thoughts but are actually words.
And so, we must aggressively respond to THOUGHTS with WORDS.
Because when you start to consider something, that becomes the highway or the bridge between the realization of that thing and your heart.
This is why you must guard what you are thinking and seeing.
You must keep an eye on your thoughts. Don’t let them slide.
In Philippians 4:8, scripture shows us the importance of fixing our thoughts and in fact, what to fix them on.
One translation puts it this way- “Fasten your thoughts on the glorious work of God”.
To fasten speaks of a deliberateness and consistency in exercising mastery over your thought life.
Dear believer, to guard your heart, you must take charge of your thought life.
Today, consider carefully every thought and respond aggresively by speaking words that affirm your identity and the promise.
-I am born of God. This is not just my identity, it is also my response to life.
-I take the truth of God’s word and the promise diligently.
-I am careful to give attention to the promise over the problem.
-My heart is instructed to always think carefully, bear in mind and take into account the promise. Each day, I am deliberate in voting for promise over the problem.
-I refuse to be distracted by the voice of the problem masquerading as mere thoughts. Instead, I aggressively subject them to the superiority of what God’s word says.
-My faith is strengthened to earnestly anticipate the manifestation of the promise regardless of what I feel or see or hear.
-Today, I enjoy daily benefits and testimonies abound for me because the Gospel works. Hallelujah!
HEARING BY THE WORD
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