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by: Don Carmichael

11/15/2021

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What is our conditioned thought pattern, our “norm?”  Do we have ingrained an attitude of hope and accountability or one mixed with insensitivity and apathy?  Are we passing this on to our next generation, as we are?  For as we are so we beget.  We can only transmit what we are, not what we are not or will be, until we are.
There are so many examples of real people God recorded for our learning of right and wrong from His perspective, desiring us to follow His path of right:  Righteousness, His message of godliness (Jesus Himself).  The right attitudes and altitude (based on a trusting relationship with Him).
God had already called out “by name” David the younger of eight sons to be the next king, when he was still a lad.  But as a teen, he had already proven to be accountable through a simple trust of God.  He had killed lions and bears while tending his father’s sheep, trusting God to be with him, the right altitude, rather than apathetically calling for help or doing nothing.  Did he act any different when confronted by the enemy giant?  No.  “David said to the Philistine:  “I come against you in the name of Yahweh of Hosts, the God of Israel’s armies — you have defied Him, and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the LORD saves, for the battle is the LORD’s.  He will hand you over to us.””  Trusting God, he wielded his slingshot and felled the giant warrior. 
Father, teach us to rely on You for our own lives daily, in the midst of our engaging battles; allowing and trusting You to engage.
Attitude, altitude, apathy, accountability, and aspiration at peace.  How different we are when we understand our battles belong to our loving Father, and our place is to use our skills as we go with Him, in His love.  Walk with Him, on His plain, a step above.
1 Timothy 3:16, 1 Samuel 17:36-37, 45, 47 HCSB

What is our conditioned thought pattern, our “norm?”  Do we have ingrained an attitude of hope and accountability or one mixed with insensitivity and apathy?  Are we passing this on to our next generation, as we are?  For as we are so we beget.  We can only transmit what we are, not what we are not or will be, until we are.
There are so many examples of real people God recorded for our learning of right and wrong from His perspective, desiring us to follow His path of right:  Righteousness, His message of godliness (Jesus Himself).  The right attitudes and altitude (based on a trusting relationship with Him).
God had already called out “by name” David the younger of eight sons to be the next king, when he was still a lad.  But as a teen, he had already proven to be accountable through a simple trust of God.  He had killed lions and bears while tending his father’s sheep, trusting God to be with him, the right altitude, rather than apathetically calling for help or doing nothing.  Did he act any different when confronted by the enemy giant?  No.  “David said to the Philistine:  “I come against you in the name of Yahweh of Hosts, the God of Israel’s armies — you have defied Him, and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the LORD saves, for the battle is the LORD’s.  He will hand you over to us.””  Trusting God, he wielded his slingshot and felled the giant warrior. 
Father, teach us to rely on You for our own lives daily, in the midst of our engaging battles; allowing and trusting You to engage.
Attitude, altitude, apathy, accountability, and aspiration at peace.  How different we are when we understand our battles belong to our loving Father, and our place is to use our skills as we go with Him, in His love.  Walk with Him, on His plain, a step above.
1 Timothy 3:16, 1 Samuel 17:36-37, 45, 47 HCSB

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