TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
8TH MARCH 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE:Philippians 4:8(TPT)
So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.
Looking back at yesterday’s study, I realized a powerful lesson that your decision to take charge of what you see or hear(your thought life) is actually a safety precaution for you because the inflow of your thoughts is traceable to what comes in through your ear or eye gates.
In Genesis 3, the serpent came to Eve with a narrative that was contrary to the narrative God had given them. I wish she knew that in the first place, the fact that the serpent was talking was a strange occurence.
Think about it. How could the serpent tell Eve that eating the fruit would make her be like God (verse 4) when she and Adam were already created in His image?
So do you see how important what we hear or see is?
Look at how many gates were activated here;
-First, the serpent SPOKE to the woman.
-Secondly, she SAW the tree and it looked desirable(Verse 6)
You know, the question I have to ask here is- Was the tree there before the serpent came or did she take note of the tree after the serpent brought it to her attention?
All the while, the tree may have looked good for consumption but because there was an instruction, she didn’t see it that way until the serpent brought it to her attention.
Hear me, what is brought to your attention is very important. You must be careful of what catches or gets your attention because it ultimately determines your thoughts, feelings and decisions.
It’s interesting how she never saw the tree as good for food or something to make her wise until the serpent said it.
In the same way, somethings are probably in your view or memory but suppressed until attention is brought to it.
For example, if I asked you to buy corn on your way to church, you’d notice all the women selling corn on your way but if I didn’t make that request and I asked you if you saw women selling corn, you would most likely not be able to tell if you did or not.
This means that what you want to see or what you give your attention to is what you will see.
If you expect to see failure or weaknesses, that’s what you will see and if you expect to see goodness, you will.
Child of God, I really can’t overemphasize this so I’ll say it again- Guard what comes in through your eye or ear gates.
What easily draws or gets my attention?
-I am born of God. Christ is now my life. Although I am in the world, I am not of the world. Therefore, I cannot be subject to the influences of the world’s narrative/realities.
-Daily, I take safety precautions to guide my ear and eye gates.
-I take careful charge of my thought life and I am mindful of what gets my attention.
-My heart is instructed to screen every narrative that comes in through my ear or eye gates and weigh it against the truth of the gospel.
-I have the mind of Christ and so I only interprete through this.
-I fasten my attention on the right pictures of what I want to see and as I behold, I become.
-Today, I enjoy daily benefits and testimonies abound for me because the Gospel works. Hallelujah!
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