Rev. Ralph Graves Jr.

By PASTOR RALPH GRAVES | Cornerstone Community Church

What is it that really makes life alive and full of vitality? 

Is it following the scriptures or strict adherence to a plan for your life? Living according to God’s word is important, but of equal importance is the individual’s attitude of heart as they comply with scripture.

Sometimes attitudes of defiance or hostility underlie outward the behavior of following God’s word. This does not develop healthy relationships. A proper attitude of heart is the basis for living out God’s plan for our lives.

Many people today live as though they are card-carrying magicians. They are very adept at creating illusions. Some people create the illusion of intimacy in their marriages; others portray an illusion of spiritual closeness, which I like to call churchiness.

Others give lip service and appear to be living out God’s word in their lives, but their actions do not spring from the right attitude of the heart. Some people are deeply devoted to following God’s scriptural roles for them. Others respond grudgingly or discard or misinterpret the clear teaching of scripture. 

It is important for each of us to periodically take our own temperature concerning the attitude of our heart. Is your spirit open to God’s leading? Do you have a deep desire to allow God’s word to be reflected in your life? Do you perceive God’s guidelines for your life to be personally limiting or liberating? 

You know your heart.

God knows your heart.

You can’t change your heart.

But God can change your heart. If you need him to work in the spirit of your heart, let him do so. He knows what he’s doing, and he wants the best for you.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23).

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