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Continued from yesterday…

As we rounded up yesterday, a myriad of things in your control actually influence your outcomes regardless of your specific experience. They include the following:

1. Perspective: Your perspective of an experience influences the quality of your response. How you see a problem, the interpretation you give to a situation or someone’s behavior will determine your attitude and response.  We look with our eyes but we see with our minds. The quality of our interpretation reflects the state of our mind. “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled” (Titus 1:15 NKJV).

That is why it is essential to allow the word of God to renew our minds, so that we may gain godly perspective to be able to see every experience and encounter through God’s lens. “And 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” (Romans 12:2 NKJV).

2.  The value you ascribe to the Word: What makes the difference is the value placed on the teaching, training and Word you’re receiving. “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I HAVE TREASURED THE WORDS of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12 NKJV). When you esteem God’s Word, you will hardly go contrary to it no matter the situation. “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19 NKJV). Every word, testimony and experience she received concerning baby Jesus, Mary pondered upon it and kept it in her heart. It shows value. David’s heart smote him for cutting the helm of the kings Saul’s garment, because he esteemed God’s anointing upon him. Though King Saul was wrong yet because of God’s holy oil upon his life David dared not raise an accusation or his hand against him and that affected how he treated the negative situation and the wicked king until God came through for him.

Even when Saul was killed David did not rejoice rather he smote the man that claimed to have slaughtered Saul. Instead of rejoicing he mourned (II Samuel 1:19-21 NKJV). That’s the value he placed on God’s anointed. Though the man was after his life for no just cause, he never saw his death as a triumph. Your value determines your action in any given situation. 

Recommended text or further reading: Genesis 39:9 NKJV, I Samuel 24:4-7.

To be continued…

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