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The Attitudes of the Heart

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Life ChangeI have been writing and preaching about attitudes lately – referring to an old saying of mine – Christianity Boils Down to Attitudethe condition and position of the heart. Today’s passage reminds us what impacts the attitudes of the heart. Namely the Word of God! Reading and understanding the Bible is essential as we mature in Christ. It is the key element in our training as Christians.

We have had a number of people put their faith and trust in Jesus lately at First Church (Praise the Lord). Something exciting is happening at First Church. Recently we have seen an increase in young adults coming to First Church. We’ve seen people accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Giving their hearts to Jesus. The best advice I can give them and others is to begin to read the Bible and join a Bible study where they can search together with others the truths of God. We’ve been calling people of late to train up in the Lord.

A Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church is meeting soon in St. Louis. Some important decisions are being discussed. Each day in 2019 I have been praying and calling other to pray that the Holy Spirit pour out upon the delegates and the church. Thanks to Central Conference delegates – mainly delegates from Africa – the church has held firmly to the Biblical – Orthodox understandings of the Scriptures.

The Bible can help us understand any and all circumstances of life if we read it and allow the Holy Spirit to help us understand it. It is the Biblical truth that judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Satan – working through the world around us – will constantly be trying to get us to move away from Biblical truths and a Biblical worldview. I pray that First Church – the United Methodist Church – and other believers will not be taken captive by the society we live in – but rather would hold firm to what we know to be true through the Bible. Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. If we must – we must stand alone on the word of God rather than succumb to the ways of the world.

The attitudes of the heart are so important. We need to be loving and welcoming – yet adhere to the Scriptures. It is not an easy walk – but one we cannot give up on. We had some deep discussions Tuesday in our two Bible Studies about the Special General Conference. I pray God blesses our discussions and the decisions the SGC makes.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Each day in 2019 – as we approach February 23rd and the Special General Conference of the UMC – spend 5 minutes praying for the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of the delegates. Thanks.

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