Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Right attitude towards life

Galatians 5:19-21

19.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20.  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21.  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God

According to Galatians 5; man has a bad nature of speaking loosely, being lousy, lazy, abusive, lying etc., but as Christians we have access to God’s nature and the very fact that we are born again and we have access to God’s nature enables us to build around it so that we can inherit and expand. We should not let our nature work against us.

God can never raise the proud. Many marriages break because of pride. Instead of being proud and arrogant we should posses the fruits of the Spirit of being lowly and meek in heart as Jesus was.

What should your attitude be towards God?

  • God is loving, not task master
  • God isn’t in need of our help, but provides us help.
  • God isn’t a wicked master, but a faithful master
  • God isn’t behind your problems. As you continue blaming God because of your problems, they become worse. Instead seek and depend on Him for the solution. Never accuse God for your problems. Never contend with Him and expect to prosper. Always know that God is eager to rescue you.
  • God is not depending on us but He is the only dependable solution (if He was hungry He won’t tell us because He has thousand cattle on thousand hills)
  • We give to God’s work as a privilege, but we don’t give to favour Him
  • The Pastor does not preach to pamper you to give.
  • God’s commandments are not grievous.
  • God is not a deceiver, but He is faithful and committed to raise and reward us

What should your attitude be towards Life?

  • Life is a gift and privilege, not a right. Every gift we refuse to acknowledge stands to be withdrawn.
  • Life is not a bondage. Life  is not a grief, but it is a contribution, giving not a possession. Life is the art of giving.
  • You are where you are by grace, not by merit.

What should your attitude be towards money?

  • Money is a medium of exchange for goods and services.
  • It is good to have money, but it is dangerous for it to have you and spoil you heart
  • To have money in your hand is valuable, but it is dangerous to have it in your heart. Don’t  live for money because you will be and die miserable.
  • Money is answer to all things, but when not misused. Love of money is the root of all evil. Do good for mankind with money. It does not matter what you have but it matters what you do with it
  • Be rich in God’s work. The purpose of money is to do good to people, distribute to all in need but with discretion e.g. orphans, jobless, old people
  • Don’t be only a receiver, enriching yourself and not helping anyone because accumulated money/wealth will destroy you and take away your faith like it did to Solomon
  • Distribute money with discretion but don’t accumulate it
  • We should give by the measure in which have been blessed
  • God will bless us with money not to be consumers only but to be blessers also. We should be good stewards of what He has entrusted unto us

Your attitude determines your altitude

  • God will not bless you beyond your readiness to be blessed
  • Five power channels that God uses includes information, purpose, commitment, attitude and skill

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