Category: Attitudes

Attitudes

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The toxic effect of perfectionism

Perfectionists often have a hard time understanding God’s love, grace, and forgiveness towards us, because we feel like we haven’t done enough or been good enough. A deeply imprinted inner script convinces us that, “Anything less than excellent is not good enough.” Sadly, perfectionism obstructs our relationship with a God...

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Beware active or passive retaliation

A major stumbling block for believers who suffer injustices is the belief that we have the right to retaliate and set things straight. We are told that “what goes around, comes around.” The world glorifies “heroes” who teach the “bad guys” a lesson. Never mind if we blindly leave a trail...

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Drunkenness opposes the Holy Spirit

All food produced from God’s earth is good. The Bible points out that wine “gladdens the heart of man”. Unfortunately, mankind has a tendency to misuse God’s good gifts. Today, alcoholic binge drinking is socially tolerated and even glorified with stories of outlandish behaviour and missing memories. Many of us are unaware of the...

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Responding to our pregnancy difficulties

All human beings are created by God, who is the Father of all life. God’s Word shows that He tenderly forms each baby inside his or her mother’s womb and gives it a name. God calls every child a gift and blessing from Him. Hence, it can be heartbreaking when we...

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Practising wisdom

We can acquire vast amounts of knowledge but still make the wrong choices in life. It takes wisdom to decipher what is constructive, timely and appropriate for the long run. For believers, wisdom is not just the well-advised application of factual knowledge. Our wisdom comes from the ultimate Source of all...

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Please vent to God

Venting and articulating our inner frustrations and hurts helps release our emotional pains. Our bodies need a way to let our negative emotions out and not suppress them. There are, however, godly and ungodly ways to “let off steam“. It may surprise us to know that the healthy way to...

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The real reason why we are busy

Being busy doesn’t guarantee that we accumulate value. The Bible states that a meaningful life is one which is quiet, restful, peaceful and joyful. Instead, it is the “wicked” who have no rest. How can we slow down and resist the temptation to be busy all the time?    1 Thessalonians 4:11 NLT  Make it...

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Choose what you are stubborn about

Stubborn people who are headstrong, wilful and inflexible are unpleasant to be around. But there is a type of stubbornness that’s vital for believers of Jesus Christ. God is stubbornly faithful and steadfast in His love for us, and we need to be stubbornly loyal to Him and His commandments...

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Renewing the spirit of our minds

Mankind has made incredible progress in knowledge based on what we can observe over a few thousand years. Unlike us, God’s Holy Spirit is simultaneously present in every dimension in this immense universe and observes everything. He reads the minds of billions of people every nanosecond of our lives. Compared to...

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Seeking solutions vs. God

It is natural to be cautious about anyone who wants to be our friend just for some personal benefit, especially if they know that we have the ability to improve their lives. But what if that person is us? We treat God the same way whenever we pray only when...

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10 ways to reflect God’s humility

Jesus, in all His magnificent power and glory, is so perfectly assured and secure in who He is that He has no qualms in comparing Himself to a gentle baby lamb. This is the beauty of God’s humility. Human beings, on the other hand, are driven by a constant need to...

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The dangerous pursuit of happiness

Many of us have bought into the world’s view of happiness, which entails being secure, popular, entertained, in a relationship and self-fulfilled. Happiness, as the world preaches, may look fulfilling on the outside but is ultimately temporal. Deep contentment can only be found by resting in God’s unmovable love, peace,...

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Retraining our anger triggers

Anger can set off hot emotions and physical reactions in our bodies. Anger is usually triggered when we believe that someone is being unfair, unkind or unacceptable. If we cannot help but get angry at even slight agitations, we might need to ask God to show us the reasons why....

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Judgment and the abuse of wisdom

Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge are all good gifts from God’s Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, when we use such gifts without the fear of the Lord in our hearts, we can become judgemental and condemning. Exodus 31:3 NIV  and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding,...

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Fear, an ungodly use of imagination

Fear is often driven by us imagining the worst and asking “what if?” We needlessly “spin our wheels” going nowhere – until God releases the brakes and sends us off in His planned direction. All our initial anxious activity ends up bringing us no benefit whatsoever. Instead, it only exhausts us...

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The idolisation of comfort

Many who live in Asia enjoy extremely comfortable lives. Everything we need or want is just a short trip or click away; food, living essentials, family, friends, entertainment etc. There are none of the wars, diseases or hardships faced by millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, a life filled...

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Four lessons about money

God promises to take care of all our needs. Yet with all the advertisements, warnings and advice we get, many Christians unknowingly carry a “spirit of poverty” and feel insecure about their futures. Why are so many of us needlessly worrying about and in bondage to money?   Matthew 6:31-33...

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Ambition is a double-edged sword

We are all told to aim higher in life. Ambition is healthy when it helps us achieve goals that are a blessing to others. Unfortunately, ambition becomes unhealthy when we make it all about ourselves. The Bible calls selfish ambition “unspiritual” and “demonic”. It creates a playground for Satan to...

When our work ethics become unhealthy

When our work ethics become unhealthy

Work can give us great purpose, recognition and reward. After all, God created work. He gave Adam a job that comprised two main tasks; that was to tend to and to guard the Garden of Eden. God also assigned a helper for him named Eve.   Genesis 2:15 ISV The...

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When comparisons become sinful

Comparison is a form of social learning. When we use it to ask ourselves, “How can I be more like Jesus?”, it helps us grow to become more Christlike. If we use it to judge and envy other people with statements such as; “I am better than that” or “Why...