Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:26-28
26 Then God said, “Let us make manin our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.”
As we start this message today is all about the kids, but we must remember we are also a kid. We are God’s kids. We belong to him; we have been bought with a price.
The greatest lessons I have ever learned, is when my kids are doing something that irritates me and my response of correction to them is Gods response of correction to me.
So, as I am “training up my children” my Daddy, ABBA Father is simultaneously “training up me.” Training is not a one-time event. Training is repetitiously, doing something the right way until it becomes part of you.
So, lets talk about Attitudes, Actions & Attributes.
Attitudes are the external reflection of your emotional response to the circumstances you are in.
How many of your kids have ever had a bad attitude?
The thing about attitudes is they are caught more than taught. Attitudes are like a virus, you don’t know where you caught it, you don’t know when you caught it, but you definitely feel the effects of it.
In my house we are trying to instill the attitude of “gratefulness” because there is an attitude of gripefulness that seems to prevail.
I find myself asking the question “Where did that attitude come from?” Many times, when I stop reflect on where it came from it is not something they brought in, but it was something I passed on.
Where attitudes are the emotional response, actions are the physical response to the circumstances you are in. We call it a re-action.
You do not know what kind of a parent you are until you have to tell your kid “NO”.
We say “He is a Good Good Father” but are your actions saying He is good when He says “No.”
Do we have conditional faith?
When God says “No,” do we quit? When the results do not come quick enough, do we walk away? When the promotion passes you by, when it doesn’t come over night or even over the year do we stop?
When the answer is “No” your next action is the gauge in which you can measure your maturity. Many times, it is not our faith that is the holding us back but our maturity.
Maturity says “That he who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it” even when the answer is “No.”
Attributes are the qualities or features regarded as a characteristic or the inherent part of someone or something. Attributes are the qualities or features that make you who you are.
God has put the attributes in you to kill the giants in front of you! The attributes in you must be redeemed and refined before they can be released.
Have you ever caught yourself thinking “Those darn kids!”
Usually that phrase comes when the little angels are doing something that you have told them not to do over a thousand times.
“Those darn kids!” is you simply identifying an attribute that hasn’t been redeemed. When the attribute is redeemed it becomes “Those determined kids.”
Determined Kids become Giant Killers.
God has put the attributes in you to kill the giants in front of you!
Before you get to the giant, He may need to redeem your attitude with some lions. He will refine your actions with some bears.
So, when the Giant comes you will have a redeemed or right attitude, refined actions, built on Godly attributes which is something God can put his anointing on.
Before we dedicate our kids this morning, remember you are a kid. I want you to reflect on this message for a minute. How is your attitude? How have your actions been lately? What attributes need to be redeemed?
I’ve said, “You are a kid.” but maybe this morning you are sitting in that chair and haven’t received sonship. God thinks so much more of us than “just kids” because he wants Sons and Daughters in His image. That all starts with Jesus Christ.
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