Devotion for the Week of March 22, 2015
CHANGE MY LOUSY ROTTEN ATTITUDE (LRA)
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Ever had one of those days that your attitude was so rotten that you didn't want to talk to anyone for fear of blowing your Christian testimony? Perhaps today is one of those LRA (Lousy Rotten Attitude) days for you. There is a secret that I keep tucked away in my heart for those difficult times. I remind myself of words like--pray! Re-focus! God help me! Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10). These have become reminders to me of where my help comes from. David proclaimed, My help comes from the Lord! (Psalms 129:8).
The first step is to recognize that I have the LRA. Second, I must search my heart for the root cause. Is it unforgiveness, anger, resentment, selfishness, pride, or unresolved conflict? Perhaps it is poor diet, lack of rest or exercise. After determining the root, I must admit to God, in prayer, of any unrighteous attitude. To get rid of the LRA I need to release any harbored sins of anger and ask God for grace and strength to forgive. Next, I ask for the peace of God to guard my heart and mind (Philippians 4:7). Lastly, I trust God and receive His peace.
Great formula! Don't you think? But sometimes, I just can't make it happen! What then? My answer always comes through the quiet times when I pull away from everything, put on music filled with proclamations of God's love, grace and awesomeness, and become still in His loving presence. This is the time I let God do his surgery on me. This is the time I need a new heart--a heart of love, a heart of flesh in exchange for a heart of stone and bitterness (Ezekiel 11:19). Only God can renew my spirit. Only God can heal me of LRA. It really doesn't take a long time--only a willing heart. When you feel a LRA brewing, you can slip away quietly for a quick moment of adjustment as you speak to your Heavenly Father and let him bring light into your present circumstances.
Dear God, Thank you for reminding me today that you are the answer to every problem I face--even my lousy rotten attitude. Give me a new heart. Change my struggle into peace and my anger into forgiveness and inner joy.
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