Attitude Is Nothing

We sometimes read on a T-shirt or somewhere that Attitude is everything. The person that exhibits that motto and lives according to it is proud and believes that God is unnecessary. To God that person*s attitude is nothing. It is vanity. God is Everything. If our attitude is that the only person or thing that is indispensable is God, that attitude IS everything. That attitude is humility before the Lord.

1 Peter 5:6: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

James 4:6: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

The due time when He will exalt you will be after you become humble and it will not be when you are proud. It will not be while you are exalting yourself. Humility is indispensable and God is indispensable. Everything is always all about God whether we know it or not. Everything is always all about God whether we enjoy it or not. So we might as well welcome Him into everything and enjoy His presence everywhere and all the time. Trying to exclude Him will be no picnic.

Revelation 22:13: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Satan would have us believe that nothing is about God. Unbelievers try to leave God out of every area of their lives. Christians are unable to leave God out of everything but we do leave Him out much too often. Leaving Him out is foolish. Including Him is wise. Remembering to include Him in more areas of our lives more of the time is a cause of spiritual growth and evidence of spiritual growth. Christians that are head-and-shoulders above the rest of us include God in their lives more often.

Satan would like us to keep God at arm*s length or father away as often as possible. He wants us to be independent of God. We are totally dependent upon God. The better we know that and live as if we know it the better.

Matthew 6:10b: . . . Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Heaven is and will be all about God. And it is and will be wonderful. We are still living on earth. So we ought to pray: Thy will be done in my life, as it is in heaven.

When that prayer is sincere, God will answer it and make remarkable changes in our persons and our lives. He will make us the persons He wants us to be.

Psalms 143:5: I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

What a joy it is when we can meditate on the works of God that are upon our own persons and in our lives, the works of God that are upon me and in my life, and the works of God that are upon you and in your life. When we taste that joy we will want more of it. The way to have more of it is simply to have more of God and more of His will.

1 Corinthians 10:31: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Food and water are not greatly spiritual things. If we are to glorify God in insignificant things like these, we ought to glorify Him in the more important things. He deserves to be included in everything. When we try to exclude God from anything, it is sin. It is no wonder that trying to exclude Him makes us miserable.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-17: Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing.

Psalms 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD*S name is to be praised.

This article entitled Your Defining Relationship was written by Evangelist Wil Rice on John 8:53: Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

I love history. I think we, as a culture, are very short-sighted. We rarely think about what life was like one day before we were born or will be like one day after we are gone. Most of us have no context for our lives or the times we are living in. We are living in an extraordinary, *watershed* time in history.

With that being said, most of us end up defining our very identity by who we were and not who God is. Jews who were proud of their heritage in Abraham asked the God of Abraham, *Art thou greater than our father Abraham? . . . whom makest thou thyself?* You may not be Jewish, but you might have a godly heritage or, at the very least, a heritage that begins with you. I love my family, and I am thankful for the enormous heritage I*ve been left. If I am not careful, I can define my life by who my grandfather was instead of who God is.

Your relationship to God Almighty is the defining relationship of your life. If you are right with God, you will be right with your spouse, children, and parents. You can*t be right with the God that you cannot see if you are not right with the people you can see (I John 4:20). Thank God for the good heritage you enjoy, but don*t let the piety of your heritage dim the truth that the defining relationship of your life is your relationship to God and His Son.

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