Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
Briefing: Do you have "cop eyes"? Do you look at situations at work differently than you do when you are off duty? Do you usually have the ability to see criminal activity no matter if you are on or off duty?
Dispatch (Assignment): Read Matthew 6:22-24. At the conclusion of this lesson, check your sight.
On the Street: We addressed the question of "cop eyes" in the briefing. Now I want to ask if you have "spiritual sight". Are you able to see God at work all around you? Are you able to see a situation and know that God is in control?
What do you think Jesus was talking about here when He was asking about good eyes versus bad eyes? Where do your eyes gravitate? In my experience, they tend to look at where my heart says to look. In other words, what my heart desires is usually what my eyes look at. If I desire a new gun and there are two magazines in front of me, one is a boat magazine and the other is a gun magazine, which do you think I will pick up? If your eyes are constantly looking at objects that you covet or lust after, can you guess what your heart is wanting?
As a teen, my favorite rock group was Petra. One of my favorite songs of theirs was "Computer Brains", written by Bob Hartman. The song is based on 2 Corinthians 10:5 which says, "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ". The chorus says, "Computer brains, put garbage in. Computer brains, get garbage out".
The question we have to ask ourselves is, "what kind of stuff are you allowing into your heart?" Would God be pleased by the images you look at?
Just as we have a "duty to act" as a law enforcement officer, we also have a "duty to act" as a Christian. We have to take a stand and not allow the filth of this world to enter into our hearts. We have been trained on how to take someone captive. We need to learn how to train our mind to take our thoughts captive.
Investigational Resources: Romans 7:7-8:39, 1 Peter 1:13, Philippians 4:8-9, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Matthew 15:11-20.
Officer Safety Principle: Our spirit is at war with our flesh. We will choose to serve one or the other. Which one will you serve?
from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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