Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Stronger by Angela Thomas – Week 5

God is Stronger than My Attitude

Oy!  Jesus soooo has my number!  I am a moody person.  But I’ve been taught well about “maintaining my composure”, aka MASKING MY BEHAVIOR.  The sole benefit I see to this activity is this:  only God knows I’m sinning because He knows my heart.  I still need to confess and apologize.  Praise Jesus, He offers me a new attitude.  He promises a renewing of the mind when you wash in His Word.  I need a nice, long bath EVERY day!

I’ve also been a prideful person.  In fact, I’ve buried a few of my talents in the sand because of pride.  Now, I’m dusting those talents off and giving them back to Him to use. Hallelujah!  I’m taking more time to use His Word like a mirror as I wash in it.  I’m applying its principles to my life – not as well as I’d like, but one bit at a time still makes forward progress.  I’m giving myself and others more freedom to make mistakes and exercising greater forgiveness afterward.

I want to please my heavenly Father rather than men.  I want to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant” when I meet my Savior face-to-face.  I don’t want my reward to be the praise of people. I still need to remind myself of this sometimes.  I need to point to Christ rather than steal His glory.  I suppose if I’m more focused on Him, this behavior will become as natural as breathing.

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