Tuesday, 5th December, 2023
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
“But test and prove all things [until you can recognize what is good; [to that| hold fast” (1 Thessalonians 5:21 AMPC).
In Romans chapter 12, the Spirit of God, through the Apostle Paul, lets us in on something absolutely remarkable. He says,"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). How do you renew your mind?
It's by changing your way of thinking, exchanging your thoughts for God's thoughts. And when that happens, you'll be able to "prove" the good, the acceptable and the perfect will of God.
The English rendering of the word "prove" doesn't give us the best expression of what the Spirit conveys in that verse. The Greek word is "dokimazo"; and it means to examine or scrutinize. It parallels the activities at the customs service section at the entry port of any country. Passengers are scrutinized, and in high-alert cases sophisticated machines are used to provide animated images of suspicious items. At that moment, the traveller's eligibility is ascertained either for entry or denial into that country.
You're God's man or woman who decides, after scrutinizing, to allow only things that are consistent with the good, acceptable and perfect will of the Father to come into your world. This is easy to understand because we are His righteous ones; we give vent to His glory; we give vent to His will. It's our calling. Hallelujah!
Recall the words of the Master in Matthew 16:19: "...whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." When you disallow or permit something on earth, heaven gives the authority and backs what you've said.
Consciously and vehemently refuse the works of evil and forbid them in your nation, in your body, family, job and around you. Allow only the divine realities of the Kingdom into your world. 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 your environment. Hallelujah!
"Dear Father, I'm yielded to the transforming power of your Word, enabled to discern and walk in your perfect will always. I'm your agent in the earth, allowing only that which aligns with your perfect will to come into this world and vehemently forbidding anything contrary to your purpose, in Jesus' Name. Amen."
Mathew 16:19 AMPC; Philippians 4:8 KJV
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
2John &Daniel 5-6
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
John 18:1-9 &2Chronicles 1-12