Summary: When God examines your attitude, is He pleased? Are you sinning against God – not by what you do – but by your bad attitude?

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What do…

Ricky Davis,

Milton Bradley, and

Kevin Johnson

… have in common?

Well, they are all great athletes who have played for Cleveland teams. But the phrase that comes to my mind is “bad attitude.” I, for sure, don’t know the details of the stories with these men and you certainly can’t believe everything you read in the papers. But it seems that in spite of their great talent, these men lost their jobs here in Cleveland because of attitude issues. I remember a quote from the great Green Bay football coach, Vince Lombardi:

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.

Someone said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” It makes a big difference on a team, in an office, in a family. And it’s a big deal to God. He’s looking for players – for Christ-followers – with great attitudes.

You know me, O LORD; You see me; and You examine my heart’s attitude toward You.

Jeremiah 12:3 (NASB)

When God examines your attitude, is He pleased? Are you sinning against God – not by what you do – but by your bad attitude?

Book. Booklet. Last week, many of us confessed sins of thought. If you are just joining us today, start on p. 8. Pick up booklets in the foyer and the books in the bookstore. A word about why and how to add this to your time with God…

Lots of opportunities here at CVCC:

Spiritual growth classes catalogs.

Examining the claims of Christianity. May 2 at 11:45 in room 140.

Fresh Start (Sunday AM at 10:00 and 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7:30pm)

Scripture vs. tradition. May 2 at 10:00 in room 106.

We want prosperity as a nation and as individuals, but why are we experiencing so much calamity? Why are there so many broken marriages and so many rebellious children and teens? The division and the broken relationships and the bitterness in our homes and churches and businesses are epidemic.

Are you truly prospering? Or do you know calamity?

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. How blessed is the man who fears always, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Proverbs 28:13-14 (NASB)

We conceal our transgressions by acting like we’re OK when we’re really not. We don’t confess our sin from a broken and contrite heart. We don’t passionately forsake our sin; but we tell God we’re sorry while harboring thoughts of going right back to the sin as soon as we finish the confession. We harden our hearts to the conviction of God’s Spirit by saying, “It’s not really that bad.” So, we don’t prosper. We know calamity. We have an incredible need for spring cleaning.

Revival begins when we understand that we are under some measure of well-deserved discipline from God. My sins have caused Him to hide His face of blessing. His face is in some way turned away from us. We’ve grieved God and caused His fullest blessing to be held back. We’ve seen some results, but they are meager compared to what God would like to do with and through and in us.

Not enough prosperity? Too much calamity? This comes from not enough fear of God. Too much concealed sin. Too much compromise. Not enough confession. Not enough forsaking of sin.

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