OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2015. THEME : RENEWING THE MIND.

lamp-light1MEMORISE : And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the

renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,

and perfect, will of God. ROMANS 12 : 2.

READ : 1 CORINTHIANS 2 : 9 – 14.

9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered

into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love

him.

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all

things, yea, the deep things of God.

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is

in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of

God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth,

but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they

are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are

spiritually discerned.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : AMOS 1 : 1 – 4 : 5 AND MATHEW 8 : 18 – 9 : 8.

One striking thing about holiness is that it is what makes God who He is. If a

human being was asked this question: ‘ Who is God?’, you might get the answers

like: God is love, God is powerful, God is merciful, God is faithful etc. But if

Angels or celestial beings were asked the same question, they would chorus:

God is Holy! The theme of the songs of celestial beings in Heaven is the holiness

of God ( Isaiah 6 : 2 – 3, Revelation 4 : 8 ). Do you belong to God? Then be

prepared to live holy. Why? God’s people are a holy temple of Him ( 1 Corinthians

3 : 17 ). We are called to a holy priesthood ( 1 Peter 2 : 5 ), and we are described

as holy brethren ( Hebrew 3 : 1 ). The father chose His own, so that they might

be holy ( Ephesians 1 : 4 ). This is the reason why Jesus died for us ( Ephesians

5:25-27). The Holy Spirit was given, so that through the renewing of minds,

we might be holy ( Titus 3 : 5, 2 Corinthians 3 : 18 ). The Holy Spirit renews our

mind by convincing us and making us accept what God’s Word says about us or

about a subject-matter. This is critical because your mind controls your

actions. The Word of God is spiritual; only the Holy Spirit can bring the mind to

a state of conformity with its contents ( 1 Corinthians 2 : 14 )

Holiness simply means obeying God totally and consecrating yourself to His will

from the heart. It is difficult to do God’s will without knowing His mind. The

Bible, which is the word of God, is a compendium of God’s will. It is easy to

know the mind of God and renew your own mind when you meditate on the Word

of God. This meditation should however be a daily affairs. It is imperative for

every child of God to study and meditate on God’s word. Merely reading the

word of God is different from studying and serious meditation. Studying is an

application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of knowledge. It entails a

careful examination or analysis of the Bible – its promises, commandments,

warnings, blessings, questions and answers. Meditation on God’s word denotes

focusing one’s thought on it, reflecting on and pondering over it. In Joshua 1 :

8, Joshua was instructed to meditate on the word of God day and night because

constant meditation leads to good success. This happens progressively. First,

meditate on God’s word on daily basis. Second, be observant enough to obey it

unconditional. Doing this will assure you of hood success; i e. full- blown

success that is holistic, covering every imaginable area of life ( spirit, soul and

body ). Renewing your mind makes it possible to discern what the perfect will

of God is ( Romans 12 : 2 ). Do you desire to know the perfect will of God for

every aspect of your life? Renew your mind through constant studying and

mediation on the word of God. Keep God’s word in your heart, allow it to
permeate your entire being through the Holy Spirit and act on it.

PRAYER POINT :
Dear Holy Spirit , as I ponder on God’s word, help my mind to accept the truth
of what it says.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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