Attitude & Perspective

Grace AND TruthA positive attitude often leads to a positive perspective. Usually people with a positive attitude reflect a positive outlook on life. There are times when people with positive attitudes have their “head in the sand” to what is happening around them. I do think that there is a nice way to say everything, but sometimes the news is bad and there’s not a good way to spin it into something positive. Sometimes when bad things happen to us something good flows out of it. That is one of The Lord’s strengths. He makes good out of bad. There are also times when the consequences of our sin and bad choices are deep and long term. The Lord’s people faced such long-term consequences for their choices. The Lord pronounces a strong punishment. Check this out….

22 Should you not fear me?” declares the Lord.
    “Should you not tremble in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,
    an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
    they may roar, but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts;
    they have turned aside and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
    ‘Let us fear the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains in season,
    who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
    your sins have deprived you of good. (Jeremiah 5:22-25 NIV)

 

I really want to have a shapeable heart.

I want to have a heart quick to repent.

I want to have a heart that is quick to return to the Lord when I stray.

I want my heart to be like His.

I want Him to consume my heart.

When my heart is in pursuit of His heart, my attitude and perspective reflect His attitude and His perspective. That really sums up what He wants from me and what I need from Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Battle Perspective

iwo jima memorialIn a battle there are those in the midst of the battle – hand-to-hand combat. There are also those in command who are at a distance with perspective on the battle at hand. Then there are those who are the top leaders of the country who are looking from a perspective of not only this battle but all of the threats that the country faces. Check this out…

so the Lord Almighty will come down
    to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.
5 Like birds hovering overhead,
    the Lord Almighty will shield Jerusalem;
he will shield it and deliver it,
    he will “pass over” it and will rescue it.’
6 Return, you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted against. 7 For in that day every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold your sinful hands have made. (Isaiah 31:4b-6 NIV)

 

The Lord has every possible perspective and angle on any battle I face. He is Present. He is my Protection. He is my Provider. I will not fear because He is present. I will not give up or give in. He provides strength for the battle. He provides weapons for the war. I am really grateful for His leadership in my life. Each battle I face fits into the perspective of my life here on earth and the eternal life that is next.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Worship Perspective

Sunset worshipThis word speaks to a point of view toward a person, situation or thing. I sometimes have to really check my perspective regarding a certain subject or even a particular person. I believe that worship should have a proper perspective. Let me make it clear that Creator God should be the focus of my worship. He doesn’t share the stage of my heart with anyone or anything else. I have enjoyed reading the book of Revelation. The brother, John has seen some pretty crazy stuff. I think he really struggled for words to describe all that he saw. He even mistook the messenger for a moment. Check this out….

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. 9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!” (Revelation 22:8-9 NIV)

 

In “church world”, it seems that we have taken our eyes off the Lord and become distracted by music and style of worship. There are people I know who are adamant that contemporary worship style is the only way to worship God. There are also people I know who believe that traditional worship is the best. I think maybe this is a colossal case of “missing the point”. Our worship should be from deep within our heart. I should not put on a pedestal, the person or person’s leading worship. I should not put on a pedestal, the person bringing the Word of God. I should put God on the pedestal of my heart and ONLY Him!

We can worship God at work, play or anywhere at any time. It’s about the pedestal of my heart. When I worship God, I give Him the proper place of leadership in my life. I shouldn’t worship the journey that brought me here. I shouldn’t worship the people who influenced me along the way. I should ONLY worship Creator God and seek to follow Him and His Way.  If I loose perspective on worshipping God, I might just loose my way – period.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Hope

hope ave and change wayThis is a word that has incredibly deep meaning. I’ve been in a place of incredible hope and I know the opposite of hope, which is despair. Hope is anticipation, expectation & desire for something to happen. Hope often keeps me motivated and moving forward in the journey.  If I lost all hope, it would make it tough to keep being positive and moving forward. Paul writes to the church in Rome about this very subject. Check this out…

5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:5-6; 13 NIV) 

Hope changes perspective. Hope brings life with it. Hope pushes out despair and all sorts of fear and doubt. Hope gives me positive perspective and direction. My Hope rests in Christ as I face the every day and/or the mundane tasks of life. I have hope that this life is not all there it. I believe in eternal life with God in heaven. I have hope because I know Jesus, my hope is built on faith in Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne