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Matthew 28:19–“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. If you have been blessed by Pastor Ken Jones and Highest Praise Ministry and want to share in our vision to touch the nations, one life at a time, with the gospel of grace, we invite you to partner with us. Your giving will help us broadcast the life-changing gospel of grace through our radio ministry and our other missions to include: Wilson Pregnancy Center; Gideon’s Bibles; Orphanage in NC as well as
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TIDBITS OF TRUTH
Have you ever taken the time to notice just exactly how many situations, and how many things, and how many people, just seemingly have this capacity to get way down deep under our skins? It’s not that we don’t want to live right and do right and be a good testimony for Jesus Christ in our world, it’s just that every time we try, suddenly there is an “unexpected incident” that abruptly throws itself right in the path of our lives.
And how do we handle it? More often than not, we “lose it,” we end up “going ballistic” when we should have otherwise kept our cool. Or else we retaliate by turning loose a verbal barrage and giving somebody “a piece of our minds” that only God knows how desperately we needed to keep…AND THERE GOES OUR TESTIMONY…right out the window.
Or perhaps you’ve had a good day and then, something is said, something is done, (and whether it was truly meant to be hurtful or whether it was purely an unintentional word or deed said or done out of ignorance) our minds just won’t allow us to turn loose of it. It stews in us and brews in us and the more we think about the madder we get, and then our anger turns to resentment, and resentment eventually becomes bitterness, until before the day is over ALL OF GOD’S JOY LEAKS OUT OF OUR VESSELS! And then, for days and weeks (for some its months and even years) we allow the devil to pound his “Wedge of Division” ever deeper into our hearts until our attitudes become putrid and wreak of death and rot just like some decaying carcass lying on the side of the road.
Saints of God, this ought never to be if we truly take God at His Word as we so often claim that we do. Scripture teaches us that “THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH,” so hardly can we be powerful Believers if we are so incapable of retaining our joy.
Often we put the emphasis on the things that we need from God. But the fact of the matter is this: “Sometimes, the very thing that we need from God the most isn’t a miracle, it isn’t a healing, it isn’t even to be filled with the Spirit or the Fruit or the Gifts of the Spirit. Sometimes, what we really need the most from God is a “MAJOR ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!”
Not that this is new to God, for, the Word informs us (Hebrews 4:12) that “…The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (These are the feelings and purposes of our souls—especially including our ATTITUDES).”
But the great thing about God is that He knows just exactly what is necessary to allow to come into play in each of our lives in order to bring each of us to the place where we will be willing to confront and make a few, “ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENTS” of our own.
So if you happen to be one of God’s children that have some real “Attitude issues” you had better brace yourself because, “God is most assuredly going to allow some things to develop in your life to help you to learn how to GET OVER IT!” And if you don’t pass the test the first time, not to worry, God will see to it that you get the chance to keep on taking the test until you do pass it—even if it takes you the rest of your life!
I’m not throwing stones because there are times that “ALL” of us need to cry out to God and say, “God please help me, because I’m in desperate need of an attitude adjustment! However, if we are going to profess ourselves to be children of God, then we need to make certain that our attitudes come in line with His Word.
What do our attitudes say to those in this world who are around us every day? Simply put: Our attitudes are a direct reflection on our trust and confidence in the promises of God…or on the lack thereof!
If we worry about everything, if we allow the struggles of Life to keep us in a constant state of anger, or sorrow, bitterness, or resentment, hardly can we make the claim that we have learned how to “CAST ALL OUR CARES UPON HIM BECAUSE (we know) THAT HE CARES FOR US.”
No, it’s not an easy thing to do, to have the right attitude all the time, and I’m sure that it is something that all of us can improve upon. “BUT WE OUGHT TO HAVE THE RIGHT ATTITUDE SO OFTEN THAT THE DEVIL WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO KNOW WHETHER EVERYTHING THAT HE’S THROWING IN OUR DIRECTION IS HAVING ANY EFFECT OR NOT!”
How do we get to the place that we possess the right attitudes more often than the wrong ones? I think the Apostle Paul gave us some of the best advice on this subject when he said, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
God, please help each of us to possess excellent and upbeat attitudes that truly reflect the greatness of the “Christ” whom we proclaim as our Savior and our Lord.
Food For Thought,
Pastor Ken Jones
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