Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” (Prov. 23:7).
READ: Romans 4:17-22
What you focus on, in any given situation, determines your outcome. Have you noticed that when you raise your eyes to look at something, you may be staring at several objects at the same time? Twenty people can face the same direction but no two will focus only on the same thing. This shows the need to look aright. May you focus only on what Heaven wants you to see always!
Numbers 13:33 says when the ten spies saw the giants, they saw themselves like grasshoppers. What they saw they eventually became. Although problems will come, never focus on them. Each time you set your heart on a problem, your worth diminishes and your God reduces in magnitude. Each time you focus on a problem, it increases in size and before long, it completely fills your vision. On the other hand, each time you focus on Jesus Christ—the Problem Solver, He is magnified and you become stronger and bolder, while the problem pales into oblivion. This simply tells us that you can either magnify or minimize a problem depending on your focus. What are you focusing on today? Are you daily staring at the problem or is your gaze on the Problem Solver?
Perception is key to fulfilling your destiny. Whatever you see has a way of manifesting itself. Never see yourself less than God sees you. In other words, God’s perception of you is your true picture, regardless of whether that picture has manifested or not. When Abraham was still childless, God saw him as the father of a multitude of nations and called him so. Although it took several years, did it not come to pass? The ten spies looked down on themselves. They saw themselves as grasshoppers before their enemies, no wonder they perished in the wilderness. Looking down on you is by no means humility; it is an insult to God. Any time you embrace the grasshopper mentality, you belittle God. Quite a number of God’s children cannot accomplish great tasks because they think small. You cannot be greater than your thoughts. Some people’s dream in life is to afford a room and parlour in a slum. That’s not humility but self-robbery. Why settle for the least when God has the best for you? In what ways are you limiting yourself through your thoughts? Change today!
Hebrews 12:2 says we should look to Jesus. Some people are facing the right direction but focusing on the wrong object.
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