The theme for Pastor Jerry Savelle Daily Devotional for today November 4 2023 is ”SELECTIVE THOUGHTS.
SCRIPTURE: Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8 MSG
Paul is admonishing us to be very selective about what we allow to be planted into our minds. It is to your advantage to fill your mind with good thoughts. “Things that are lovely, honest, just, pure, and of a good report” (Philippians 4:8 AMPC). “You’ll do best by filling your minds on the best, not the worst” (MSG).
If Satan can plant negative seeds in your mind through your five physical senses, then the Word of God should be able to plant positive seeds, but you must be willing to make a commitment to begin shutting out all the negative influences around you and begin planting the Word of God into you daily. You have to control what you allow your ears to hear, your eyes to see, and your heart to be opened up to.
A single thought can lead to a disaster. A thought that is ungodly, that is not cast down and replaced by God’s Word, can limit you for a lifetime. Once a thought is received into the mind, it then drops down into your spirit, and your spirit will do its utmost to execute that thought or make it come to pass.
Your spirit doesn’t know any better. Your spirit is designed by God to produce. If you plant negative seeds, then it has no choice but to cause those negative things to come to pass. If you plant positive seeds, then in the same manner, it is designed by God to produce.
Matthew 12:35 says, “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”
Notice in both cases, people are getting results. The negative man is getting negative results, and the positive man is getting positive results. What is the difference? The good man thinks positive thoughts. These positive thoughts drop down into his spirit and become reality. On the other hand, the evil man constantly dwells on negative thoughts and as a result of it, they drop down into his spirit and become reality.
Don’t fall in the trap. Satan has laid a snare for us. He hopes that he can invade our minds by planting thoughts or making suggestions that will lead us away from God’s ultimate plan for our lives. It’s up to us to keep our minds pure and on the Word of God.
As believers, we are to think like Christ and guard our hearts. We must protect what we allow our eyes to see, and our ears to hear. We are to think the thoughts of Christ.
Confession: I choose to plant positive, Godly seeds in my life today. I will control what my eyes see, what my ears hear, and what my heart is exposed to.
Author: Jerry Savelle