Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 29, 2013

“September 29, 2013 “An Attitude Adjustment”

“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria, so that he assisted them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel” (Ezra 6:22)

Good Morning Saints!

Some fifty years after the desecration of Solomon’s magnificent temple in Jerusalem, rebuilding of that place of worship had resumed…some rejoicing…some weeping, as noted in yesterday’s post. Others had another emotion…anger. In Ezra 4, we read, “When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel” they were bent on seeing that the project would never come to completion. They tried deception, feigning allegience to the project. When that failed, they tried persuading the Persian King Darius that this was a mistake and that these “temple builders” would become a threat to his kingdom. He listened for a time, but later, when it was demonstrated to him that his predecessor, King Cyrus, was supportive of its completion, he relented and agreed to assist in its rebuilding.

There are many ways to pray for God’s help. Have you ever considered that God just might change the attitude of someone, or even of a group of people, if you pray? God is infinitely powerful. His insight and his wisdom transcend the laws of human nature and have the power to change even the hardest heart. The first step in attitude changing is to allow God to change your own. When this happens, you learn to trust Him in even the most difficult of situationjs. King Darius’ attitude was changed. “For with God, all things are possible.” Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father: Change our attitudes when it comes to those matters we turn over to you. If there be doubt, turn it to confidence in your great promises. If there be despair, change it to faith in your ability. If there be discouragement, turn it to the joy of the Lord, our strength. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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