Monday, August 11, 2008

Bad Spirit or Good Spirit

When I was growing up if I was in a bad mood my Mother would say "You've got a bad spirit today." or if I was in a good mood she might say "You're in good spirits today." What she was really saying was I either had a good or bad attitude. As I sit here drinking my cup of coffee I am rehearsing in my mind the lesson that we learned yesterday in Sunday School. Our church has Sunday School from 9:45 - 10:15. Even though I am nearing 35 I still am in the Young Adult class. Don't laugh, I don't want to move up to the Senior Adult class. My hair isn't gray yet! (but it is getting there) I'd like to try to rehearse what I remember from the lesson.

We were taught about what the bible calls spirits. In today's language we call it attitudes, but in most cases it is the same thing. Our teacher made a statement that I use here on my blog. He said we should turn obstacles or problems in opportunities.

First he made reference to Proverbs 22:9. He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. You probably all have that one person in your life that has "The Midas Touch"; everything they touch turns to gold. The person that you put them on a rock, all alone, with nothing, and they'd figure out how to sell the rocks or dirt around it to make a living. That's the person that always is chipper, always has a positive attitude, and even when something goes wrong they look at the problem as an opportunity to do something better. I want to have a bountiful, positive spirit.

Then he went to Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Do you have a faithful spirit? Are you the person that all your friends come and tell their secrets to because they know you won't tell anyone? or are you the person that all your friends knows can't keep a secret? I want to be someone that will keep my friends confidence. I want to have a faithful spirit.

Next he went to II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. How many times here on my blog have you heard me say "I'm afraid of ..."? Especially in these last few months as I've journeyed into what feels like foreign territory. Well, he taught us that God did not give us a spirit of fear, that we shouldn't be afraid. If we are doing what God wants us to do, then go boldly with God's help. It reminds me of another verse Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. I want to have a spirit of power, love and of a sound mind.

The last verse that he referenced was Psalms 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. In this passage he taught us about a good spirit or a positive attitude. I am asking the Lord to guide me with his spirit, and keep me in his will.

I wish that everyone could have heard the message that he taught yesterday. It was very uplifting, encouraging, and a wonderful life lesson. I wish that I could remember every word that he spoke so that I could reiterate here to you. I am neither as knowledgeable in God's word or as well spoken as my Sunday School teacher, but I hope that I have conveyed his message to you and that it brightens your day.


Jen said...

You know our Sunday School class has an age range from 27 thru 40.....we all love each other...our number most Sundays is around 32...the sermon sounds good. We love our church and our friends.....

Mamarazzi said...

thanks for stopping by my blog today and for the kind words!!

i hope your week is WONDERFUL!!

i love your message, thanks for that! also love the review on the vac seal bags...i wondered about those!

hope to see you again soon!

Mari said...

It sounds like you had a good class yesterday. I appreciate you passing it on. I love that you are in the young adult class!

Valerie said...

You wished that we all heard that message....we just did! Boy did I need to hear this. This is wonderful. Thank you so much for this message from your class. See how this blogging thing can turn into a ministry. How uplifting! Love ya! Val

Heather Cassell said...

It's so neat to see that you wrote about our Sunday school class. It seems like all week I've been pondering on the subject that he taught. I have a place that write sometimes everyday, sometimes not for a few days, but I wrote about our sunday school class as well. I learned so much on sunday. I look forward to sunday shool every week so that I can learn more.

Tammi said...

Doesn't it feel good to go to church and then seem to take away so much back home with us?

I have recently had surgery and been away from blogging for a while. I missed reading your blog. Keep up the great work!