September 19, 2012

Study The Word Wednesday: How Can I use God's Word To Change My Attitude

How Can I Use God's Word to Change My Attitude?

We can possess a godly attitude if we look to God, for He has supplied us with the Guidebook on how to live. The Bible instructs us to become imitators of Christ, who was humble in spirit and cared for the unlovely. “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love”. 
"Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person - such a person is an idolater - has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." EPHESIANS 5:1,5
It may sometimes seem difficult to imitate Christ... many times we find ourselves surrounded by people who do not in any way imitate God or the things of God. The work place, and some women groups are full of people just trying to fit in. All of us want to be noticed, and sometimes we will act or do whatever it takes to get attention.

We need to remember, that no matter what, God hates a bad attitude. He wants us to have a gentle spirit. 
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." PHILIPPIANS 4:4,5
Besides hiding God’s Word in our hearts, we can keep our attitude in line by keeping good company. If we hang out with negative people, it will affect us. 
"Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."" 1 Corinthians 15:33 
Although we are to be witnesses to the unsaved, God never intended for us to build strong relationships with people who do not respect God’s laws.

To obtain the kind of attitude which God desires, we must put aside the persons we were before Christ.
 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
As Christians we need to get into the Word of God. God has outlined His purposes for our lives through the Scriptures. Not only does the Word give us instruction but it also gives us examples to follow by looking at other people’s lives. We can learn much by looking at people of the Bible. God realized that we struggle sometimes, but He wants us to know that we can overcome and live godly lives.

What we put into our hearts will pour out.

 “As he thinks in his heart, so is he” Proverbs 23:7. 
If we absorb God’s Word and cover our lives with prayer, God will work in our hearts and help us to change. Although we will never be perfect this side of heaven, God can do mighty things in our lives if we allow Him. We all can use an attitude adjustment from time to time. When will we learn that only God can do the adjusting!

Ask God to help you study His Word more so you will know the guidelines He has given for a Christlike attitude. 


1 comment:

MrsP said...

One of the turning points in my Christian life was when I understood that I could, with intention, change the way I think and feel and willingly begin to mold myself to God's Word. Now that was a good day.