TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
31st MARCH 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: Exodus 35:29(NKJV)
The children of Israel brought a freewill offering to the Lord , all the men and women whose hearts were willing to bring material for all kinds of work which the Lord , by the hand of Moses, had commanded to be done.
We all have people who we label as strong willed, either because they are not easily swayed from a course of action they have decided on. And as we learned, the heart is the seat of your courage/decision-making power.
This means that the development and expression of a man’s will begins from the heart.
From our text today, we see that the people’s offering was willing because of their hearts. So you can cajole people, you can force them but if their hearts are not there, it won’t be sustainable. They may do it for awhile while complaining and grumbling or they may do it for awhile and get tired
So, it’s better to do things with a willingness that comes from the heart.
And that’s the way God wants you to live and be. If you serve in the children’s department in church or play the piano, do it from the heart.
A heart that is right knows that your place of service is necessary for building up others.
For example, if I were playing the piano, I am instrumental to leading the people in collective worship and to experience the free flow of the Spirit.
Now, imagine that happens and because of a small offence, I begin to talk or water down that place of offence or demand a reward for what I did, it means I didn’t understand what or why I was serving in the first place.
What the force of your will does is that regardless of the challenges or pain, you can’t say you’re not in the mood to be a blessing. That’s not your conversation.
Imagine Jesus said He was not in the mood to die for us, what would have become of us? What if Jesus, wonderful, kind Jesus who had done good works of healing and raised the dead suddenly insisted that the most important work of his death pass from him, where would we be?
Hear me, if you keep allowing your feelings, circumstances decide your availability before God, your state before people and the work He has committed to your hands, you won’t respond from your heart.
But when you respond from your heart, you can draw strength from your inner man to deliver the mandate.
So there’s never a time where you say, “This Love walk? Not today.”
In John 4, Jesus was hungry and weary and sent his disciples for food but before they returned, he was passionately doing His assignment, preaching to the Samaritan woman and when they asked him about food, He said His food/meat was to do the will of the one who sent Him.
Jesus attributed His sustenance and strength to the force of the will of the Father. His will was the Father’s will.
That even hunger could not stop Him from bringing people into eternal life.
That’s the way you should be.
In the day of adversity, will you choose where your heart is or where your feelings are?
-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.
-My heart is willing and empowers me for my mandate.
-I am fired up and unwavering in my place of service/purpose regardless of the circumstances.
-I am not influenced by my feelings. I yield to the instruction of my heart. I am always in the mood for service.
-The Father’s will is my will. I am full of His will.
-I am strengthened in my inner man by the Spirit of God in me.
-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