Shepherd Daily Devotional – Change Your Mind

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Proverbs 23:7

In the parable of the lost son, Jesus shared a story of a man who had two sons. The younger one demanded for his share of inheritance and left home. After he had spent everything on reckless living, an economic recession hit his country. To survive, he had to work in a farm where he was assigned to feed pigs. Apparently, the money he earned from his boss wasn’t enough because he found himself longing to fill his stomach with the food of the pigs. This went on until one fateful day when he suddenly realized that while he was starving to death, the servants in his father’s house had food to spare. So he got up and returned to his father. When you carefully study Luke’s account of this story, you would notice that the son didn’t arrive at that decision until “he came to his senses” (Luke 15:11-32 – NIV).

This story illustrates the power of the mind. Nothing changes unless you change your thoughts. If the prodigal son hadn’t come to his senses, he wouldn’t have made the decision to return home. If he hadn’t changed his mind, he would have remained in that farm, feeding pigs and wishing he could eat their food. But when he came to his senses, he experienced a turning point. That decision saved him from dying. Are you in a similar situation? Perhaps, you’ve declared independence from God. Instead of asking God for help, you’ve been trying to do things your own way. Now things are tough and you feel stuck in an area. I want you to know that you can still bounce back. Recall that when the prodigal son changed his mind and then returned to his father, he regained his privileged position. Change your mind.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for my prodigal ways. Amen.

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Isaiah 41:13; Isaiah 40:29; Proverbs 16:9;

Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.

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