My husband does not like to ride in a car with another driving. He prefers having control of the wheel. Most of us, like him, want control over the things that happen to us.
Two weeks ago we entered 2017, a new year full of potential. Many unknown events lie ahead of us that we have absolutely no power to control. But, whatever comes, GOD has promised to be with us, and to help us (Hebrews 12:5-6). And HE cannot lie Numbers 23:19).
However, even with all the unknowns, we have been given control over two things, our focus (what we look at) and our attitude. The first, what we choose to look at and think about, will determine the second, our attitude. Our choice, will define whether we have peace and joy, or struggle with discontent and anger. Our focus will regulate whether we cope in troubles, or fall apart.
If we renew our minds in the Word of God, HIS thoughts and perspectives influence our own. As we agree with those thoughts, they become a part of our belief system and affect the words we speak and the way we behave. Soon, our lives will begin to resemble the truth we fill our hearts and minds with.
But if neglect GOD’s word and listen to the world around us, it will be a totally different story.
Three weeks ago we celebrated our LORD JESUS CHRIST’s birth, let’s now consider –JESUS attitude when HE came to earth. It is an attitude we are told to emulate every day of the year.
Let this attitude that was in CHRIST JESUS be in you.
who didn’t grasp at HIS rights
but laid aside HIS power and glory, and took the very nature of a servant,
humbled HIMSELF and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross.
1-The word says Let–allow-it won’t just happen. I must allow the word of GOD to motivate me, and deliberately choose to adopt HIS attitude over any snide innuendoes from the enemy. And believe me the liar will sound pretty convincing!
2-If I take this command of GOD seriously, I will NOT be saying “it isn’t fair!” What in JESUS’ life on earth was fair?
3- I won’t balk at cleaning up a mess someone else made. JESUS who knew no sin, became sin that we might be made righteous in HIM. HE has and does clean up our messes.
4- I won’t refuse to carefully consider the suggestions of someone less experienced, less educated, or less trained than me. JESUS- ONE of the eternal triune GODhead, Creator of heaven and earth- was raised by poor uneducated Joseph and Mary. The eternal GOD, the LORD of hosts submitted to them and did what they said.
5- I will not hesitate to quickly obey the clear directives GOD gives both in HIS word and through HIS nudges.
For it is GOD who places in me (1) to will (motivation, a knowing I should do this) and (2) the ability to do according to HIS good purpose (Philippians 2:13).
Therefore, I will work out into my daily life- that which GOD places within me (Philippians2:12).
Are you, am I, deliberately turning to look at, and to GOD? If we do, we will learn to see differently. Are we choosing to renew our minds daily in the Word of God? Are we allowing HIS thoughts and perspectives to influence our own? If so, we are step by step, being transformed to resemble our GOD, and actually share in HIS divine nature, just as HE says will happen in HIS word (2 Peter 1:1-4, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 12:1-2).
What ate you looking at?
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of my faith.