Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Creating Our Destiny with God's Help
Good Afternoon to All.
For those of you who did the Bible Challenge on Sunday, please accept my apologies for not getting back with the Bible Challenge answers. But hopefully you kept them handy on a piece of paper, so here goes:
1. a) God (Genesis 3:19) 2. a) Cain (Genesis 4:9) 3. d) Ruth (Ruth 1:16) 4. c) Isaiah (Isaiah 52:7) 5. b) Paul (Galatians 2:20) 6. c) Jesus (Luke 16:22) 7. d) Jesus (Matthew 6:24) 8. a) Peter (Matthew 16:23) 9. b) Isaiah (Isaiah 40:31) 10. d) Paul (1 Timothy 6:7)
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23 amp.)
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (KJV)
Attitude is so important. they are our makeup. They determine how we perceive ourselves AND how others see us.
If we have a bad attitude, it will not only show others what is in our hearts, but it will ultimately affect us in our inner-being as well.
If we have a good and positive attitude that will also effect others as well as ourselves. Have you ever notice how you can be in the best of mood, but start talking to someone and get depressed? That is because their "attitude" is effecting you.
Our attitudes begin with thoughts. This brings to mind the scripture of Philippians 4:8 about whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure lovely, whatsoever things are , whatsoever things are and , whatsoever things are of good report, think on these things. This verse has lifted me up many a time.
We must work to keep our attitudes positive because attitudes (thoughts) create behavior, behavior creates habits, and habits are a subconscious pattern or our behavior. What we make of our live comes from our attitudes good or bad.
Romans 12:2 says: And not to be conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Ephesians 4:22-23 states that we should put off concerning conversation (or lifestyle) in the "old man, which is corrupt according the deceitful lusts; (23) and be renewed in the spirit of our minds.
When we think of "attitudes" we should bring to our remembrance the "Fruits of the Spirit" and let those guide us to a healthy attitude; love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (self control). These are the attributes of a "true" Christian. While we fight against our flesh to achieve these things we must remember that our "flesh' and "spirit" are adversaries and constantly war with each other, so we must strive to be the person whom God created us to be which means to be on constant guard of our attitude.
We must make a conscious effort to keep Philippians 4:8 in our hearts and bring it to mind when the bad attitudes and thoughts start to subtly creep into our minds.
The Holy Spirit was sent by God to teach us and guide us into all truths, but bad attitudes such as bitterness, unforgiveness, mean-spiritedness, disrespect, and more can hinder the Spirit. Not only that, if we get down and depressed, and don't try to uplift our spirits, we will eventually "get in a rut". Where the only way to get out of it is with God's help. By then it will be much harder because our frame of mind will be beat down by by Satan telling us there is no hope, no one can help us which of course are lies because Satan is the "father of lies". Any way he can keep you from giving God glory he will.
"Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny." (A Chinese proverb)
What is ahead for your destiny?
Good Night and May God Bless!