Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo;
Sunday, August 9th,2020;
SCRUTINISE WHAT COMES IN
(Refuse To Allow In All “Contraband”)
👤 Pastor Chris Oyakhilome;
📖 TO THE BIBLE
Romans 12:2 “…Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
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When you look at the English translation of the word “prove” in our opening verse, you may not immediately get the best expression of what Paul, by the Spirit, tried to convey. The Greek meaning of “prove” is “dokimazō”: “to discern or examine” or “to scrutinise.” To get this, think about the customs service section at the entry port of your country. They’re mandated to scrutinise passengers, and in high alert cases, use more sophisticated machines to provide animated images of suspicious, contraband items.
Right there, the traveller’s eligibility is ascertained, either for entry or denial into that country. That’s what the Spirit is telling you today: you’ve got the responsibility to “prove” or scrutinise what you allow into your world! Contraband items—things that aren’t consistent with your divine nature in Christ—like sickness, death, poverty, anger, bitterness, frustration, etc should be allowed into your life! Remember that the Bible says, “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts” (Proverbs 4:23 MSG).
You’re to consciously mount a garrison, a blockade, over your heart against the negativities of life. It’s your responsibility, and you have the power and authority to do it. More than ever, be resolute about not allowing “contraband” in your life and in your environment. Vehemently refuse the works of evil and forbid them in your body, family, school and around you. Allow only divine realities into your world, things that are consistent with the perfect will of God for your life.
If you don’t take a stand, nothing will change; and it begins with the renewing or transformation of your mind. With a renewed mind, you’ll think, permit and express only God’s thoughts, His righteousness, love, kindness, joy and peace in your life, and in your environment. Hallelujah!
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🎯 Go Deeper
Romans 6:13; Romans 8:13 AMPC
Dear Father, thank you for the power to determine what comes into my world. I disallow every kind of illegal transaction in my life. I vehemently refuse sickness, poverty, death, and everything that hurts and binds. Only things that are consistent with the God-life are permitted in, and around me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
📚 Daily Bible Reading
Romans 11:25-36, Psalms 82-84
Luke 14:15-24, Judges 17
Meditate on Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:19