TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
30th MARCH 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 23:7( NKJV)
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
If there’s one lesson I would recommend you take home from our ongoing conversation on the heart, in the last few weeks, it would be the lesson on thoughts; how powerful they are and the necessity of governing/taking charge of your thought life.
And if you recall, one of the powerful insights we emphasized was that thoughts are not just thoughts but words that come in through your ear/eye gates.
So, you don’t respond to thoughts with thoughts but with words!
Guess what? This lesson takes on more weight when we come to realize that apart from being the seat of emotions, faith, conscience etc., the heart is also the seat of your thoughts.
In Mark 2:6-8, scripture tells us that Jesus knew what they were thinking in their hearts, meaning that the heart is the centre of thoughts.
See what our text says.
When you reason with your heart, not with your mind, you’re reasoning with the deepest part of who you are. So when people doubt and it begins to seep into the heart, it is difficult to move the person from that place of doubt. This is why scripture admonishes you to guard your heart with all diligence.
You must be careful what gets into your heart through the gates of your life- your eyes, your ears, your feelings or whatever gate you are more sensitive to, so that they don’t come into your heart.
Listen, you need to guard your heart so that;
•Your conscience is right
•Your courage is intact
•Your desires are right
•Your emotions are in check
•Your inner man is strengthened all the time
•You are always in the place of faith.
Friends, if you don’t guard your heart, you won’t exercise mastery over all the inner workings of the heart that we’ve learned. If you don’t guard your heart, you who spoke faith before, will begin to talk doubt. But that’s not your portion.
Child of God, to successfully guard your heart, you must govern your thoughts. (Philippians 4:8)
Let the thought leadership of Christ’s word prevail in your heart.
Have I been taking charge of my thought life or have I been letting any and every thought slide?
-I am a man/woman after God’s heart. I have been given a new heart.
-My heart is right. My heart is established in grace.
-I exercise governance over my thought life. My heart is instructed to only think the thoughts that reflect who I am in Christ.
-I only think on what’s pure, lovely, gracious, authentic and true. These are the only things my thoughts are fastened/anchored on.
-I am not distracted by the voices masquerading as mere thoughts. Rather, I am intentional in subjecting them to the superiority of God’s word.
-Today, I enjoy daily benefits and 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