"Let this same attitude and purpose and humble
mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Let Him be your example in
humility," Philippians 2:5 (Amplified Version)
"It is not man's opinions that you should seek
after - not his interpretations, nor inclinations, but My Spirit, My will for
you. Seek Me and you will find all I desire for you, not only for your
needs, but for My need to be expressed through you. Lift Me up...lift up
My righteous attitude, aim, and purpose...not man's opinions or
desires. My Spirit encompasses all who humbly come. It embraces the
weak and fallen, the willing, the reaching, the honest, the needy. It
cannot reach the proud, the haughty, the hardened, the rebellious, the
self-reliant. I will come to all who will receive, but to those in
darkness who stubbornly hide there, I cannot come. They shut Me
"It is not primarily man's opinions, tastes
and preferences that keep him in or out of right standing with Me, but
his heart attitudes do if they are not aligned with My Word and Spirit.
Life is lived out according to inward attitudes...by both the righteous and the
unrighteous. It shows. It cannot be hidden. The attitude which
rules man's heart is the mark, the evidence of his behavior and ways.
Choose to walk in My Word. Live in My Spirit, and your attitudes will be
Mine. It will be evident to those about you...just as the opposite is
"I watch and I am concerned about man's attitudes
toward his opinions. Is he willing to review them in Light of My Word and
My Spirit? Is he willing to see if the things he desires to cling
to hold up under the Light of My Truth? Do His opinions cause others
to stumble on their way to meeting Me? Are they hindrances to the common
good of all My children, or are they stepping stones into My Presence?
"Consider your tastes, preferences, opinions.
Be not bound to them, but allow My Spirit to move freely through any and all of
them, reaching through your life into the lives of those not yet acquainted with
Me. Do your attitudes produce behavior that hinders others from coming to
Me? Do they cause pain and turmoil in the lives of others? Are they a
stumbling block to those about you who need to see Me through your
ATTITUDE: manner, disposition; a
person's position or bearing as showing his purpose
AIM: something intended by
one's efforts; purpose;
PURPOSE: aim; intent,
resolve, plan, result aimed at or attained; the reason for which something
For a Christian these are directed toward an
object: JESUS: His Light, Word, and Spirit; Intention: to be changed to be like
Him in manner and disposition.
For those whose behavior is anything other
than the above, (this shows that) their attitude, aim, and purpose is
directed toward a different object. Attitude, aim, and purpose directs the person.
OPINION: a view; a
judgment formed in the mind about a person, thing, or situation; an
estimation; a belief stronger than an
impression but not based on absolute knowledge (revelation knowledge of
ATTITUDES are rooted in the heart,
the spirit of man. These characterize a person.
OPINIONS come from the mind
and they come and go to suit the occasion. Opinions often reveal attitudes, and if not washed by the water of the
Word, they will give rise to wrong attitudes that can become entrenched in
us. The only way right attitudes are established is as a result of an
humble and honest heart with God as well as with others.
"Father, show each of us clearly, the differences
between our attitudes and our opinions. Also, show us, through
discernment, the true intent of our heart that Your perfect purpose will be
established in our hearts and minds by Christ Jesus!"
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is the SAME...yesterday, today, and forever!" Hebrews 13:8