Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional ; Tuesday, 21st May 2019 ;
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc., DD ;
EDUCATING THE INWARD MAN ;
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind… (Romans 12:2).
The highest potential of human nature isn’t in the outward man but in the inward man, the human spirit. This is why the premium must be on the education of your spirit.
The best education in the world is an attempt to inform, refine, and develop the mind through the senses of the outward man. However, it’s the education of the inward man, the human spirit, that ultimately gives light and wisdom, and it’s only achievable through receiving and meditating on the Word of God.
God’s Word helps you discover the real you and improves the quality of your life from within. Read our opening verse again and notice that it talks about the spiritual education of the inward man: “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind .”
Now, in education, there’s practice and exercise. Thus, in educating your inward man, you practice the Word; you practice living, seeing, and relating from your spirit. You refuse to relate to things from a natural or physical standpoint.
Remember part of what we read: “…be not conformed to this world…” ; meaning you shouldn’t live like them, or think like them, or see from their perspective. Instead, be transfigured and translated by the renewing of your mind; by feeding and nurturing your spirit with the Word, you change the way you think.
For example, hitherto you thought you were a failure, but now you think differently because the Word says you’re a success. You thought you were a mere sinner, failing to please the Lord, but now you think and see yourself as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You have a new mindset—the mindset of the righteous which indeed is a result of the education of the inward man.
I have the mindset of the just. I’m positioned at all times to receive direction, inspiration, counsel and wisdom from the Spirit of God! I’m yielded to the guidance of the Spirit; therefore, I walk in consistent victories and triumphs, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Psalm 16:7 AMPC
7 I will bless the Lord, Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.
1 Peter 3:3-4
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
John 10:1-21 & 2 Kings 6-7
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Mark 12:1-12 & Numbers 24