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ATTITUDE CHECK! is about encouraging the reader to always keep the right attitude at all times, and in all situations. The way we relate to our God depends a great deal on the attitude that we maintain towards Him and towards things that concern Him. And the attitude that we apply to the various situations that we encounter daily go a long way in determining the way we handle those situations.

THE GOD OF THE THEN AND THE NOW

I hope you know this song:

“The God of the mountain, is still God in the valley,

When things go wrong, He will make them right,

The God of the good times, is still God in the bad times,

The God of the then, is still God in the now.”

There are two principal messages in this song. One is obvious, and the other, though more crucial, is less obvious.

The more obvious message is that God, who was with you ‘in the mountain,’ where His presence and power can be strongly felt, is still God in the valley, where it sometimes feels like you’re on your own. The Bible makes references to God dwelling in the mountains, and to the need for men to go there to seek His face and help.

But He is God everywhere! Even in the valleys, which refer to vast open places that aren’t as secure as the mountains. Valleys represent those times and places where we find ourselves beset by troubles, and it feels like God is far from us. When you find yourself in such a place, remember: HE IS GOD EVERYWHERE! Right there where you are, HE IS watching over you, and is taking care of issues on your behalf, though it may not look or feel like that way!

Psalm 46:1 says it all: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (NIV) He is God in the good and the bad times! If He did it then, He can do it now!

The other message is rooted in the words “is still God”!

Never forget this supreme fact! No matter what, where, when, GOD IS GOD! Believe it! Stand on it! Hence the message:

PRAISE HIM BECAUSE HE IS GOD! Whether things are going great or not, whether you can feel His blissful and comforting presence or not, PRAISE HIM BECAUSE HE IS GOD! In fact, the reason you don’t feel like praising God is the very reason you should! When trouble assails you and doubt and despair weigh you down, be careful! Those are times when you should muster all the faith that you can find within you, and burst out in praise of His holy name! Because come what may, rain or shine, HE IS GOD! A mature believer is one who has learned to praise God when he doesn’t seem to have any good reason to. He doesn’t only praise God when things are going great for him. Rather he praises God because He is God, and is ALWAYS deserving of our praises!

Maybe God is simply allowing the issues to buffet you to teach you to love and praise Him no matter what. Maybe it’s just the devil attacking your faith in the hope to break you and cause you to abandon your God. I pray that you will always prove to your father in heaven that you are His child, and that come what may, He can count on your absolute faith in Him, and on your heartfelt and joyful worship and praise of His mighty name!

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in ATTITUDE CHECK!

 

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LOOK AT THE SCRAPS AND BELIEVE!

Will God show up on time? Will He come through for me? What if…

We’ve all been there; at that place where the pressure from what we need to see done builds up, and we wonder if the Lord would come thru for us. Sometimes we struggle to even remember that we have a God who can provide the solutions or interventions we seek.

This is the predicament the disciples found themselves in when they got into a boat without the Lord Jesus, and got caught in a tempest. They became deathly afraid that they might perish in that storm, and forgot that they served a Master who could never let a storm kill them. After all, He Himself told them to get on the boat without Him. (See Matthew 14:22-33 for the story.)

But there was something that the disciples had with them inside the boat. They had the 12 baskets full of the leftover scraps of miraculous bread that the Lord had just fed the 5000 just a few hours ago! Remember that the Lord had told them to gather those scraps and take them with them. (See Matthew 14:14-21 For the story.)

So right there in that boat, in the midst of the terrifying storm, the disciples had the evidence that they served a Master who is all-powerful, and can deliver them from the deadly storm. But they were totally focused on the raging storm, and failed to see the significance of the scraps.

All around us there are scraps of old miracles that the Lord had done for us in the past! There are things that the Lord blessed us with in miraculous ways. There are things that ought to remind us of the great and faithful God we serve! Look around you and remember the story behind some of the things that you have all around you. Remember that if it weren’t for the Lord who provided…! Maybe your house has grown too small for your family, and doesn’t look as good as it once did; it now looks like ‘scrap’. But remember how it looked like the best house in the world when you first bought it, and how God miraculously helped you purchase it then. Your car may be all dilapidated now, and embarrasses you. But remember how God moved someone to bless you with it years ago when you desperately needed a car. Don’t know how you’ll pay your next bills? Remember those many other times when you were in that same kind of predicament and God helped you pay your bills. See your children and remember how He showed up and healed them when they were ill.

Brethren, let us grow in our walk with the Lord to the point where we learn to never forget that He is God! Let us learn to see all around us the evidence that we serve a God who is real, who is all-powerful, and who is faithful to deliver His own! In those times of extreme darkness, when it is near impossible to see the light of God, look around you and see the things He’s done in the past, and let those scraps remind you that you serve a great God who is able and faithful to deliver you from the issue that is troubling you.

THE LORD CAME WALKING TOWARDS THE DISCIPLES RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM! There’s a huge significance in the fact that the Lord appeared right in the middle of the storm and started walking towards the disciples: It symbolizes the fact that HE WILL ALWAYS EVENTUALLY APPEAR IN THE MIDST OF THE ISSUES WE’RE DEALING WITH! The issue may last for mere moments, or for days or years, but EVENTUALLY, the Lord does show up in the midst of it to put an end to it!

Until He does, look on the things He’s done in the past to remind yourself that He who did it then, can AND WILL do it again!

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2014 in ATTITUDE CHECK!

 

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JOY: YOUR SOURCE OF POWER!

The man hated his job so much that one day he just couldn’t take it anymore and quit. What was missing from the man’s job? Joy. He didn’t have any joy in doing that job at all. Now remember the job you loved doing so much that you actually looked forward to going to work every morning? You liked what you did and was proud of your achievements on the job. You loved what the job was about, and felt like it was worth doing, and for that reason you applied yourself to doing it excellently. What gave you the drive to do that job well? Joy. The joy that you had in doing that job gave you the motivation, pleasure, dedication and challenge to not just show up for the job, but to want to excel at it.

Jesus too was able to do His work on earth by no other power than JOY! This joy is what is known as joy in the Holy Spirit. We read in Hebrews 1:9 “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” (NIV)

The entire chapter of Hebrews 1 is about how Jesus was made God’s Son, was placed above all else, founded the universe, walked in obedience and righteousness, redeemed sinful mankind from death, and went back to His throne to reign forever. And we learn from this verse 9 that JOY is the source of the power by which He was able to accomplish all this. God enabled Jesus to accomplish all these great acts that set Him above His companions by anointing – empowering – Him with joy!

If joy was the source of the Lord’s strength that enabled Him to do the incredibly hard work that He did in the universe and on earth, you’d better believe that you and I could never succeed in living for Him and in serving Him without the strength that comes from joy.

Isaiah 12:3 says “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

This passage says it all. It likens salvation to a set of wells, each of which contains at its bottom one of the blessings of God that believers are to enjoy for being saved. We became saved from the various bad and evil things of this world, therefore, salvation brings the saved person into the good things that God intends for His people to have.

But the characterization of salvation as a set of wells reveals something powerful, which is that salvation doesn’t automatically bring the good things of God into the life of the saved person. Rather salvation only brings a person into the place where the good things of the Kingdom of God are available for him to have. What remains now is for him to do what must be done in order for those good things to come to him. In order words, salvation is like being brought into a room where there are several wells, and you can now draw from the wells. What you draw out is what you get! What you don’t draw out, you don’t get.

So for example, in salvation we have a well of good physical health, a well of healthy and blissful marriage, one of prosperity, another one that contains favor from God, and so forth. Therefore it goes without saying that if you do not actively and consciously work at drawing any of these blessings from the well that carries it, you will not experience that blessing in your life, though you may be a genuine child of God in good standing.

There are principles that govern the release and the working of each and every blessing from God in a believer’s life. ‘Drawing’ The blessings from the wells simply means observing the principles that release and put to work the blessings of God in our lives. It is by following the commands that God has given us in His word (the Bible) concerning any of His blessings that we get to ‘draw’ those blessings out the wells that contain them.

Thus, a married couple WILL enjoy the love, joy and peace of God in their marriage if each spouse observes the commands that God has given husbands and wives on how to treat one another. A believer will know and enjoy financial success if he or she observes the commands and principles put forth in the word of God concerning wealth acquisition and sustenance, and the ability to enjoy wealth. The same goes for every single other promise of blessing made by God unto His children.

So there’s work to do in order to get the blessings of God to work in our lives. And it is no easy work, hence the analogy to the strenuous act of drawing water from a well, and hence the need for the same kind of power that Jesus Himself had to rely on to successfully do His own work: Joy in the Holy Ghost!

Joy is the source of this indispensable power and strength because Joy in The Lord is that which keeps us sane in the midst of the most wicked of challenges. Joy is the opposite of unhappiness, sorrow, grief, bitterness. While sadness, bitterness and depression could knock the wind of life out of a person and not only try to keep him from getting out of bed, but also try to get him to end his own life, joy is that source of strength and positive feeling that helps a person get out of bed no matter what, and keeps him hoping for a better day ahead! JOY IT IS THAT HELPS TO KEEP OUR HOPE AND FAITH ALIVE IN THE LORD!  As long as we are able to maintain our joy, we WILL be able to keep our heads above the swamps of sorrow, grief and bitterness that life and the enemy of our souls sometimes throw us into, and we WILL, thereby, be able to forge ahead in our walk with our gracious Father!

Never lose your joy in the Lord! If you’ve done everything you believe the word of God says to do and you have not seen the expected result, do not despair! With joy keep observing the word of God. Though the desired results may tarry, they will come! With joy keep drawing them out till they’re yours! Wells are deep, and sometimes it may seem like it’s taking forever to draw out the water. So don’t let discouragement, sorrow and bitterness that come with hardship cause you to throw in the towel on your marriage. With joy in the Lord keep doing your part as a husband or as a wife. With joy keep drawing that marital bliss that you seek from its well! It will be yours in the end! Never tire of sowing! Keep drawing divine prosperity from its well by keeping up with the principles of sowing and reaping. You will reap indeed! Do you desire the peace of God in your life? Draw divine peace from its well by observing God’s commands and teaching concerning peace. This is why it is the truth that THERE IS A SOLUTION FOR EVERY PROBLEM IN THIS LIFE IN THE WORD OF GOD! Whatever you’re dealing with, find the ‘well’ that contains its solution in the word of God, and draw out that solution! Find out what the word of God teaches on that issue and what solution it has offered on the issue, and with joy don’t cease to apply that word to the issue until you have gotten the solution you seek!

May our gracious Lord release more of His powerful joy upon you in Jesus’ great name, AMEN!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2014 in ATTITUDE CHECK!

 

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IS YOUR FEAR OF THE LORD INTACT?

We all know about the event called ‘The Transfiguration’, during which the Lord Jesus was revealed to Peter, James and John in a higher dimension. We read in Matthew 17:1-8:

“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us[a]make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” (KJV)

The crucial thing to understand about this event is the reason for which it took place. And that reason is found in the very preceding chapter, Matthew 16, towards the end of which we have the story of the time when Peter dared to rebuke the Lord after the Latter had told His disciples of His upcoming suffering and death on the cross (see Matthew 16:21-23).

The fact that Peter could dare talk this way to the Master made the Latter realize something: His disciples were getting too familiar with Him, and were beginning to lack the level of respect that He deserved from them. So the Lord had to do something about restoring the appropriate level of reverence that His disciples were to have for Him, and what He decided to do was to reveal to His top three disciples who He truly is in the spiritual realm.

Witnessing the Transfiguration – seeing the Lord  in the spiritual realm wearing a garment that was whiter than white, and conversing with spiritual giants like Moses and Elijah – did the trick alright! After that kind of divine encounter with the Lord’s true image, Peter’s fear of, and respect for the Lord were solidly reestablished!

Has the wrong attitude toward the Lord been hindering you from truly worshipping Him in spirit and in truth? Has it kept you from seeing Him as your all-and-all Master and from giving your all to Him? Have religiousity and denominational doctrines blinded you from understanding His words in the proper light? Have political correctness and the fear of offending people kept you from seeing Him as a sovereign God whose sometimes unpopular laws must absolutely be kept by His true followers?

Before the Apostle Paul found Jesus, he was highly zealous in the ‘things of God’. He was as zealous as a man can be in the service of ‘the God of Israel’. Except, he was serving God under the wrong terms. But then came the day the Lord decided to reveal Himself to Paul, as narrated in acts 9. Verses 1 to 6 say:

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”

Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”” (KJV)

And verses 17  and 18 say:

17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[b] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.”  (KJV)

When the Lord shone His light on Paul, the light blinded him; and in order for Paul to see again, scales fell off his eyes. Though this happened in the physical, there’s a more significant spiritual dimension to it, in that as the scales fell off his eyes, he began to see and understand ‘the things of God’ differently.

It took a divine encounter between Paul and the Lord for Paul’s eyes to be literally opened to see Jesus in His glory, and for him to fall in love with Jesus with a passion that led him to declare that his most earnest desire is that he “…may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10, KJV)

So I ask you again, what is dimming your sight of the Lord??? What scales have covered your eyes and are preventing you from being in a constant state of awe and utter reverence towards Him?

I plead with you to cry out to God and beg Him to bless you with the kind of spiritual encounter with Him that will produce in you the right kind of attitude towards Him – an attitude of total awe, love and deep devotion and commitment.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in ATTITUDE CHECK!

 

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BE ALL OUT FOR GOD!

When the Lord set out to wash the feet of His disciples, Peter objected to the idea of having his Master wash his feet. But when the Lord Jesus said to him  “if i do not wash you, you have no part with me…”  (see John 13:5-11 for the entire story), Peter then said “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”

Let this attitude that Peter had be in us! Once we’ve discovered what a great thing it is to know and serve the Lord, our utmost desire ought to be to be all out for Him! It ought to be as that of Apostle Paul, who declared “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death…” (Philipians3:10, KJV)

Let our attitude towards our walk with our Great God be as fiery as that of these great men of old! Therein lies the secret of their great success in Him!

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in ATTITUDE CHECK!

 

BE ALWAYS OF GOOD CHEER!

No matter what you might be going thru, keep a positive attitude!

Keep your faith alive in Jesus, knowing that you know, that you know, that you know that He is in charge of all issues in your life, and that He designed the end of every single issue you’re dealing with even before that issue arose in your life!

Keep at heart these words of our Lord: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (KJV)

So keep your head high because you know that He who has promised you victory in ALL things, is the One who holds your tomorrow!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in ATTITUDE CHECK!

 
 
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