TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
2nd APRIL 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 4:21,23(NKJV)
Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
One lesson that’s been repeated over and over since we got on the heart conversation has been the need to monitor what comes in through your ear/eye gates. If you’ve been applying this lesson, you would begin to see how important this is.
And I find this is emphasized in scripture as well.
Let’s look at the life of David. Yes, he was a man after God’s heart but do you realize that he inspired this same pursuit and focus in his son, Solomon?
Overtime, Solomon must have been exposed to see the truth about God’s heart towards him. He must have learned how important it was to guard his heart from anything that is contrary to the word.
Here’s how we know this. In Proverbs 4:20-23, he instructs us to keep the word of God in the midst of our heart. Interestingly, we also see in Psalms 119:11 where David also says that he has hidden the word of God in his heart.
This goes to show how important it is to instruct your heart as a believer. So not only did David condition his heart to follow after God’s, his son also mirrored the same pattern.
In the same way, just as Jesus mirrored the Father’s heart while He was here(John 5:19), we who are now sons(John 1:12) are called to mirror His heart by keeping His words in our heart.
It’s a discipline we must observe.
This is so necessary because the word of God keeps your focus on your identity as a son.
And when your focus is aligned here, you don’t have to carry the emotions of bad circumstances that may come.
Rather, your focus on the promise of God’s word keeps your joy intact.
Scripture says in Hebrews 12:2, that Jesus endured the pain of the cross because of the joy that was set before Him. That is, the joy of winning us to His love and making us sons.
Dear son, what promise has been set before you?
Discipline your heart to keep that word secure above everything else.
And just as we do with buildings, always carry out security checks.
Have I observed any remarkable changes from minding what comes through my ear/eye gates?
-I am born of God. I am a son.
-I am a man/woman after God’s heart. Therefore, I mirror the Father’s heart.
-My focus on God’s word is unshaken. I keep the word in the midst of my heart always. I will not let the word out of my sight.
-As I take charge of my ear/eye gates, I inspire others to in the same way, guard their hearts.
-I keep looking at the promise not the problem. As I actively anticipate the fulfilment of the promise, I rejoice in hope.
-My joy is intact. I am a carrier of godly emotions.
-Today, I enjoy daily benefits and testimonies abound for me because the Gospel works. Hallelujah!
HEARING BY THE WORD
Listen to The Believers Heart – Stay with the Promise >> Dr. Phil by The StandPoint Church on #SoundCloud