Oh, boy, I had a horrible attitude yesterday morning. I say at first I didn’t know where it came from, but after a while, God gently pointed to where it was. I lost my cool the night before. I spoke to a CR at a store. I didn’t like the flack that they taught him to give customers. I wasn’t as rude as I could have been in the past, yet I wasn’t nice or gentle, either. I had a problem on the account and I expected this person to fix it. I didn’t even stop to consider whether he could.
So when I got off the phone, my husband didn’t listen to me complain. He tended to my daughter, so I felt a little let down that I couldn’t dump all this on him. It just wasn’t the time, nor was I in the right attitude.
I worked out a little of my “hurt” feelings in prayer that night. I thought I was OK. Yet the next morning, I just didn’t have a good attitude. It wasn’t a morning to stay home and work it out, I had service I agreed to do. Fortunately, I didn’t dump this attitude on my daughter, as I’ve been known to do in the past. I got her off to school then submerged myself in prayer. As the night before, I tried to focus my prayer on the others I would serve or be in contact with over the next few hours.
Right before going in, I asked God to do the work for me. I knew I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I knew I still struggled to give my full attention and listen, yet that is what I needed to do. I knew it would only get done if I allowed Him full control and get it done.
Please don’t be surprised that He did show up and did His work through me. I thanked Him for how well it went. Then He gives me a principle after my service was done. That as a Christian, I am called to “reset” worldly thinking to a Holy Spirit filled/lead life.
Wow, this is the first time I experienced the revelation after the answered prayer. It goes back to God often prepares my heart to receive the message He has for me. I know I would not have got this message had I not had the bad attitude.
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
This passage was preached on while I watched TV and walked on my treadmill. When I was sick a while back, I started to watch more TV, other than what I normally watched (HGTV or GMC). I began watching a reality TV show about weight loss as well. Some of the words, the underlining message and attitude of guest on show (talk show) began creeping into my life. At times I felt God ping me that it wasn’t good to watch. I sometimes changed the channel or turned off the TV. I sometimes said, ‘oh that scene is past, I’m ok.’ God would also weigh on me that this isn’t what He ordered for my day when I asked Him to arrange it so I would get His work done.
The program I watched furthered God’s message to me on resetting my thoughts. I need to put off my old self, I need to take ever thought captive. I have a new attitude.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
He showed me that these programs were corrupting my thinking. Even in small ways. I was allowing Satan a foothold into my mind. Satan used programs that pleased my old self. Things I enjoyed when I was self focused.
I’m thankful for this message. I praise Him for answering my prayers. I thank Him for sanctifying me, for making me new. I will not allow anything to set itself against the knowledge of God. For it is the only truth. Everything else if foolishness.