Subject...Step Up Your Attitude (1 of 4)
Scriptural Text (New Living Translation)... Deuteronomy 10:12 "And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul."
Introduction: In Genesis God made humanity and called mankind good. Of our own will and volition, good went bad, and the only way for man to be good again is if bad yields to God. God is calling us in this series to Step It Up! and return to good, by returning to God.
Transition: Covenant promises aren't received without a commitment to fulfilling our responsibilities as the people of God. That identity alone, bares the incredible weight to Step It Up!
Exposition: God requires for us to get a grip on our attitudes with ourselves, with God and with other people...
1) With Ourselves...At some point in our lives, it becomes urgent for us to accept responsibility for our own attitudes. If not, we become internally toxic, waiting to self-destruct. A high view of God, causes us to have a healthy view of ourselves.
2) With God...We aren't to be terrified of God, but we should reverence/honor God. Without question, God deserves our honor because of his track record. This is reason enough for us all to live for God with humility.
3) With Other People...The respect that we have for God, should be translated into progressive relationships with other people. If we truly love God, we would treat everyone (good or bad) in a respectful way.