Memorize : Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee” Psalm 73:25
Devotional Reading: Psalm 73:1-28
Our perspective and disposition to life is a function of what is in our mind. The mind is the gateway to life, the issues of life proceeds from it in conjunction with our hearts. We are in the last month of the year 2021, it is the best time to guard and adopt a new mind ahead of the new year; you need a renewed mind to get new results, you cannot do things the same old ways and expect new results. Many people have gone through a lot in the past 2 years, the minds of many have been negatively affected due to the negative impact of Covid and the various variants that sprung, many lives have been affected, businesses have crumbled and closed down, people have lost their jobs, many have been affected mentally and psychologically; people are hurting and anxious due to the degree of uncertainty introduced by what seems to be a never ending pandemic, In the midst of all of these, we must make progress in life and not allow our lives to be trapped into stagnation, this requires us to guard and renew our minds.
A Scottish preacher, Andrew Bonar, wrote in his diary: “This day 20 years ago I preached for the first time as an ordained minister. It is amazing that the Lord has spared me and used me at all. I have no reason to wonder that He used others far more than He used me. Yet envy is my hurt… Lord, take away this envy from me!”
The psalmist narrated in the text how he nearly abandoned his faith in God when he considered the prosperity of the wicked. He thought that if God was angry with the wicked, why do they prosper and appear to live well? The prosperity and progress of the Godless who are not suffering any visible or immediate consequences for their actions affected his determination and consecration to follow the Lord.
This continued until he went into the sanctuary and received enlightenment that the prosperity of the wicked, like a dream, vanishes, the same way their lives will suddenly end in eternal damnation. We have seen the demonstration of this in recent times. Knowing this, the psalmist renewed his mind and re-consecrated himself to follow God till the end. Focusing on the possessions of others is the quickest way to become envious and unhappy. It makes one lose perspective or vision of greater values of life which should be our priority and pursuit.
The above influences occurred due to the content in the mind.
God wants you to place priority on the spiritual above the physical, focus on God and not on your problems, pursue the eternal above the temporal by the renewing of your mind according to Romans12:2, the end is at hand, we don’t have much time. The world is in the final preparation to come to an end and usher in a New World Government. We are the generation that will witness this prophecy written many years ago and we have heard.
Many believers today have been distracted and derailed from following the path of holiness and righteousness, the great success of unbelievers around them has suddenly affected their perspective which eventually had a knock on effect on their faith, it stemmed from the content in the mind, If you feel, you have been affected, you must renew your mind.
The change that brings proper vision takes place in the inner life. How? Repent of all sins, ask God for pardon and cleansing in Christ’s blood, invite Jesus into your life as your personal Lord and saviour, adopt a new mind in Christ Jesus and you will be saved. Salvation is the basic spiritual experience that opens the door to all other blessings (Matthew 6:33). Without it, earthly life will be full of needless hassles while hope of a blissful afterlife will be a mirage. I need you to understand that the ultimate goal in life is not prosperity or earthly riches but living in His presence here on earth and having the hope of eternal life with God hereafter, which is to make Heaven. Make heaven your goal my brothers & sisters so that all your labour’s & suffering will not be in vain.
I pray for you today that you will not miss Heaven because of a wrong mind and worldly distractions in the name of Jesus.
Prayer point: They that wait upon the LORD, shall renew their strength, wait for God’s perfect time, don’t run ahead of God
Key Does: O LORD, renew my strength as I wait on you in Jesus name.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
In His Presence Christ Tabernacle