Choose Wisely

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Romans 12:2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  (NIV 1984)

My Musings –  Attitude is a choice. Too often we choose “the pattern of this world,” which is a bad attitude.  This can cloud our judgment, making it difficult “to test and approve what God’s will is.”  We need to renew our minds (attitude) and be transformed.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace that day. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” (Chuck Swindoll)

My Advice – Keep renewing your mind and be more consistent in maintaining a positive attitude, despite obstacles, adversities and disappointments. It very well could make the difference between success and failure.  How?  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8, NIV 1984).  You’ll be surprised about what this can do for one’s attitude.

 

Overcoming the World

1 John 5:1-5Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.(NIV 1984)

My Musings – In life situations, sometimes having made the trip is more rewarding and satisfying than arriving at the destination.  But when you make the trip with Christ, arriving at the destination will be the ultimate in reward and satisfaction.

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome while trying to succeed. (Booker T. Washington)

My Advice – Don’t let obstacles stop you. They may slow you down as you learn how to overcome them, but do not let them overcome you.  Overcome them.  But do not just overcome the obstacles, overcome the world.   “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Remain True

Revelation 2:13 – “I know where you live-where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to My name.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – No matter how unGodly our environment (where we live, where we work), we have the ability to remain true to God and be a reflection of His light in a dark world.

My Advice – Watch yourself in your job. There may be practices that are more consistent with the devil’s work than with God’s. Despite this, remain true to His name.

Shadows of Fear

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Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We are afraid of many things, most of which are misplaced.  We are told elsewhere (Luke 12:4-5) to not fear those who can only kill the body and do no more.  Rather we are to fear Him (the Righteous Judge), who after our deaths, can condemn us to hell.  Perhaps this is another reason that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom?

But if we have a right relationship with the Father (through the Son), we need not be terrified of or discouraged by anything.  For when we are in a relationship with Him, nothing (neither life nor death) can ever separate us  from Him.  And to be absent from the body (physical death) is to be present (spiritual life) with the Lord.

My Advice – Don’t be a pussy cat.  Be a Lion.  Be strong and courageous.  After all, aren’t we related to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah?

At War On Foreign Soil

1 Peter 2:11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires that war against your soul. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – As Christians, we are at war (spiritual warfare) on foreign soil (this world is not our home).

My Advice – Be careful about getting too friendly with the things of this world. They will wear down your defenses.

Stop Hanging Around the Tree

James 1:14But each one of you is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Temptation will come. It will come and appeal to that part of our sin nature that captures our desire the most. We are enticed by that which appeals to us the most.

My Advice – Know your weaknesses. Those areas of your life that are most vulnerable to temptation. Then, do your best to avoid the situations that will appeal to those desires. Learn the lesson that Eve did not: if you don’t want to eat the apple, stop hanging around the tree.

Hold On Tight

Hebrews 4:14Let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Wouldn’t it be nice if we held as tightly onto our faith as we do to some of the sinful habits that we don’t want to let go of?

My Advice – Hold onto your faith tightly. There will be blatant and subtle, direct and indirect, expected and unexpected attempts to make you let loose. Be on guard.