TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
25th MARCH 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: 2 Chronicles 25:2(KJV)
And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart.
For the believer, as the world keeps progressing and advancing, you’ll find that the world will cease to make sense. Scripture in Isaiah 60, says darkness will cover the earth. This means your mindset and the world’s mindset can never match.
And so, it is important that as things lose sense, you must gaurd very diligently in your heart, the ways of Christ.
Looking at 2 Timothy 3;1-6, there’s a clear admonishment for believers on what will happen as the world progresses.
When scripture says the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), it’s the truth. If you’re not in the way, the mindset of God and you allow yourself be swayed by the opinions and narratives of the world, it’s only a matter of time, you’ll begin to contradict scripture.
Guard your heart. It’s where your life flows from. (Proverbs 24:3)
You must make sure that regardless of everything that’s changing, you remain aligned to this over-2000-years-ago-inspired words of scripture (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s okay to be archaic or old-fashioned and preserve your heart rather than follow the trend and lose your heart.
Listen, God requires your heart before service and not your service first because it’s possible to have proficiency in service but your heart is not right.
Passions and convictions can fail or the span can can last for just a short while but you must realize that your heart is the place where only God can fill. In fact, your heart is designed in the shape to take God alone. Nothing can occupy your being in totality as only God can. (Ephesians 3:19)
If you don’t get your heart right, it doesn’t matter how good what you do is, you won’t do it with the fullness of who you are.
Take a look at Amaziah in our text today. The question is, how do you do what is right in the sight of God but not with a perfect heart? So you see that it’s not about behaviour or competence but about heart.
Think about it, what was the difference between David and Saul? The testimony of David was that he was a man after God’s heart. (1 Samuel 13:14)
Guess what? David actually committed more atrocities/sin than Saul did but regardless of his shortcomings, he saw God as his source and his heart was constantly attuned to God’s heart.
When he was asked to make a choice between God dealing with Him and facing an alternative punishment for his action, he chose to fall into the hands of God than the hands of men(1 Chronicles 21:9-13).
David’s heart had a posture- it was in total alignment to the heart of God.
Are there areas where my heart’s conviction is shifting in line with the trends and away from God’s heart?
-I am born of God. In Christ, I have become a new man.
-I am a man/woman after God’s heart.
-I have received a heart transplant. My heart has taken the shape of God’s heart alone, His perspectives, His mindset and leaves no room for other realities or narratives.
-Because of this, my outcomes reflect the fulness of who I am and my inseparable union with the heart of God.
-I am careful to maintain and guard the state of my heart with the word of God.
-Daily, my convictions in God’s word are deepening and unyielding in spite of the constantly changing trends.
-My heart is right and perfect and loyal and I do all things from this place, wholeheartedly.
– I am daily loaded with benefits. Testimonies abound for me because the Gospel works. Hallelujah!
HEARING BY THE WORD
Listen to The Believers Heart – Guard Your Heart >> Dr. Phil by The StandPoint Church on #SoundCloud