ARE OUR ATTITUDES PLEASING TO GOD?

God was not pleased with the attitude of the Israelite people. They continually griped and were constantly disobedient. In the eleventh chapter of Numbers, because of their negative attitudes, God said that generation will die before the people could enter the promise land. What is your attitude like?

In studying the seventh chapter of Ezekiel: 1 – 4 – “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to the land of Israel: The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land! The end is now upon you, and I will unleash my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will surely repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” Because of the Israelites lousy attitude  and their detestable practices, God was going to punish them severely. 

Do you have a problem trusting God, accepting His promises or do you hear an inner voice predicting only bad things are going to happen? Do we concentrate on what Scripture tells us or do we listen to what Satan is saying, who wants to defeat us?

Life is full of hindrances. Many of our problems may result from the temperament we were born with. A perfectionist may not try something unless they can do it perfectly. Often they find it difficult to make decisions because they never want to be wrong. Other temperaments have weaknesses as well as strengths.

How important is our attitude? Our attitude can be our most important role in determining our future. How do we respond to any given situation, particularly a serious problem? We have many attitudes toward many things. We can have a favorable attitude toward blue and a negative attitude toward gray. We also have an attitude or philosophy toward life. You may dwell on the unpleasant things or see things through rose colored glasses. The world is not perfect and life presents many obstacles. You may be faced with a divorce, loss of job, a financial disaster, educational issues or health problems. Different people may handle each in various ways. As bad as the situation may be, worry will drain one’s energy and possibly cause unhealthy conditions.

We must understand our attitudes can affect God blessing us. Have you ever considered God will either bless us or withhold His blessings based on our attitude and how we might handle His blessing? God wants each of us to become more Christ-like. He also knows how we will handle His blessings. God will continually bless us if we are maturing spiritually. God wants us to improve and He wants what is best for us. However, if we cannot handle a blessing He will not give it.

The more we study the Bible, the greater we become more spiritual and Christ-like and the greater will be our motivation; we will become more energized, enthused and it usually raise our productivity. We have a greater commitment to following the teachings of Christ. We become more trusting and obedient to the commandments of God. As our attitudes change and become more positive, we learn to love rather than hate, to forgive rather than be unforgiving. As our spiritual condition gradually changes our perspectives on life should change. We can overcome the hindrances of being critical, jealous, greedy, prideful, unbelieving, and lustful.

Negative attitudes have a tendency to produce stress. Our attitude determines what we see in life. What we think is who we are and what we become. What are two very important points found in the Bible? It is having a life filled with peace and joy. Joy and peace produce healthy bodies. Lack of joy and peace can produce unhealthy bodies. Having participated in sports and as a coach I found those with normal positive attitudes healed quicker than those who were more negative. I don’t think most realize the importance of having a positive, Christ-like attitude when it comes to health issues. Christ-like attitudes do not guarantee healthy lives but it improves the possibilities.

Scripture repeatedly emphasizes that God wants us to have our needs met. In fact, He talks about true believers being prosperous and having abundance. If you don’t expect it, chances are you will not pursue it. You can’t be positive all of the time. That would be disillusional. However, Christians are told they can do all things through Christ who gives them strength. Whatever Scripture says you can do, believe it and don’t be a doubter.

Remember, attitudes are not something you learn, they are acquired. Who are you and how do you see yourself? Do you feel unworthy of being successful or prosperous as too many do? Have you been told you will never amount to anything? Do you accept everything you hear?

Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

A person with a positive attitude has a tendency to be a giver. A person with a negative attitude often is a taker. How can you be a Christian and not be positive and a giver? Can you be Christ-like and be negative most of the time? Only if you imagine Christ being negative and there is no indication of that.

Do negative thoughts come as a result of a lack of trust in God? Maybe you do not understand God’s unconditional love for you. Do you see yourself as a child of God?

Proverbs 11:25 – “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” NLT

Proverbs 13:21 – “Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.” NIV

Proverbs 28:25 – “The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.” NIV

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