June 30, 2020 Blog Admin
In Devotionals

30th June 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The love of the Spirit that you have received is very separate from anything that is fleshly. It’s not sympathy or familial love. It’s a product of the gospel, a fruit of hope(Colossians 1:4-5).
My prayer for you today is that you will stay focused, your mindset established in the hope of the joys of heaven. That you will set your mind on things above and not things that are here.
Above all else, I want you to come to a resolution in your heart, that the things of God, the things of heaven, the hope of heaven will take its rightful place in your heart.

I say this because this is the reason why when we compare troubles or trials, they look like light challenges. That’s why Paul would say in 2 Corinthians 4:17, that they are light afflictions and only for a moment.
It’s because there’s a relative comparison within his spirit of the joys of heaven and the present trials of life.

What do you think about when you are sad or in hard times?
Do you think about how to get out of it? Do you think about the problem itself? Do you think about upset you are at the trial?
If you do, you are still stuck with here but when you are sad, when you are hurting and in pain, what should you think about?
Let it be the focus you have put on the hope of the gospel.

Look, this is the believer’s anchor! This is what makes you go through life. It’s the reason you will say “light affliction” when it is painful.
Paul was writing to the Colossian church while in jail and he didn’t talk about his prison experience, instead he was saying, “I thank God for your faith in Christ.”
The reason why this was more important to him was because his affection was set above.

Dear believer, when you are sad, don’t be thinking about the person who annoyed or hurt you or the money or job or spouse that has not come yet. And when you do, learn to switch. This is the gospel. If you don’t do this, you’ll find yourself complaining like unbelievers. So you switch by moving from the object of the pain to the hope of the gospel.
Don’t play with your heart, learn to switch for even the smallest offense done to you. It is Satan’s idea to make you feel that your battle is natural but you must stay aware that even though it may be small but it can become a stronghold so you need to cast it down(2 Corinthians 10:4)

Switch by looking at Jesus. The hope of the gospel will keep you whole and healthy even in the midst of down and hard times.
You can cry and feel the pain deeply but SWITCH.
Even Jesus switched from being sorrowful to the point of death to praying and He was able to go through the experience of the cross because He knew how to switch(Matthew 26:38).
Don’t take it lightly when your countenance is weighed down by circumstances, switch and move to the hope of the gospel.

Cultivate the habit of making relative comparisons between the hope of the joys of heaven and present trials.

-I believe in the gospel, therefore the seed of the gospel produces fruit in my life.
-I don’t just know the gospel, I live the gospel. I am transformed by the gospel. The gospel is working through me.
-This gospel produces the genuine markers of authentic believers; of Faith, Love and Hope in me.
-I am filled with the love of the Spirit, separate from anything that is fleshly.
-Because this love is the fruit of hope, the realities of heaven take their rightful place in my heart.
-I cultivate the habit of making relative comparisons between the hope of heaven and the troubles or trials I face.
-Daily, I learn to switch by looking at Jesus. I see trials and troubles as light afflictions.
-I protect my heart by switching from the object of pain to the hope of the gospel.
-This hope makes me whole and healthy.

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