Quite often, we slip into a dry spell. We experience lack of enthusiasm. We get unmotivated about life in general. We forget that our attitude is a choice and we let circumstances influence how we are doing.
If the weather is bad, if we have a handful of problems from work, if we are struggling with a key important relationship, if we are overwhelmed with one personal problem, we can let these negative circumstances control our attitude and motivation.
That is why the Bible is such a gift. Each and every passage has the power to help us deal with this. Psalm 119 helps to identify issues that drag us down so we can address them with wisdom from above. After all, a lack of enthusiasm isn't a problem with emotions; it's a spiritual problem that can't be corrected with a pep talk or even a happy experience. The psalmist's lengthy poem about the Word of God holds the keys to regaining a Christ like attitude.
If we think of the spirit as needing food, the problem is often malnutrition. God's Word—His written Truth—provides the Christian with all the nutrients and true enthusiasm he or she can absorb. Coupled with the indwelling Holy Spirit's motivating power, God's Word can virtually transform a life. But the effects are not instantaneous. You can't reverse the effects of physical starvation with just one meal.
If Psalm 119 says anything, it says we must be willing to consume a steady diet of truth from His Book and digest the principles it contains. Pore over it. Pray over it. Read it. Study it. Memorize sections of it. Meditate upon it. Let it saturate your thinking. Use it when problems arise. Filter your decisions through it. Don't let a day pass without spending time alone with God, listening to the silent voice of His eloquent Word.
Read through Psalm 119. Let God speak to you personally. Listen to Him.
As we are in the current series, Finding 2020 Vision, I have been very encouraged to review each passage of Scripture about what God's will is. I have tried to picture each passage, the surrounding passages and memorizing some specific verses. The result - hope! Joy! Freshness! An Alive Attitude To Tackle Life!
According to John 6, God’s will is to daily look, come and believe in Jesus.
According to Eph 5, God’s will is to be filled with the Spirit.
According to 1 Thess 5, God’s will is to JPT always.
According to 1 Thess 4, God’s will is to celebrate and protect God’s gift of sex and sexuality.
According to Rom 12, God's will is to daily offer your life as a living sacrifice to God.
How is your attitude these days? Is it being energized by God's living Word?
Seeking God's 2020 Vision together,
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.