Philippians 2:5 (CSB): Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus,
Outside your relation with Jesus, nothing is more important to your happiness and joy than your attitude. Nothing has destroyed more homes, friendships, and opportunities & Nothing has restored more homes, relationships and opportunities than our attitudes. When you look back at the new testament, most of the problems that existed in the church could be linked to someone’s attitude. The same can also be said about the churche's success. It was Barnabas's generous attitude that united the church and cause an outbreak of generosity. Our attitude is more infectious and powerful than we give we give it credit.
When we settle for being products of our environment we rob ourselves of the power to be God's catalysts and change agents
Most of us don’t give our attitudes any thought. We’re like chameleons adjusting ourselves to our conditions. We're fair-minded and disinterested. We neither have a bad or good attitude. We're only reacting to our situations. If the situation is favorable we express joy and if it bad we express discontent and negativity. When we settle for being products of our environment we rob ourselves of the power to be God's catalysts and change agents. Our passivity becomes the altar we sacrifice our God given purpose and dreams.
4 TRUTHS ABOUT ATTITUDES I DISCOVERED:
TRUTH#1 YOU CAN'T ADJUST YOUR ATTITUDE UNLESS YOU OWN IT. If there is one thing we can learn from the great men and women of the Bible is that they owned their mistakes and attitudes. What made them great wasn't their failure free lifestyles, but their willingness to own up to their shortcomings. They didn’t make excuses for them, because excuses & explanations don’t validate our dysfunction and defective behavior. In the words of Mason Cooley "Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better." Feeling better by providing an excuse or explanation does not fix the affects your attitude has on your life and those around you. I’m not in the mood doesn’t justify negative behavior. Neither is saying things like "This is the way I am." It may be the way you are, but it's not what God has designed for you. Blaming others will only fuel your bad moods and negative behavior. Making excuses for them will only hide our shortcoming and keep us from giving it the attention it requires.
Philippians 4:11-13 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
In Phil 4:11-13 Paul Sounds like a man who owns his attitude. He refused to allow others or his conditions to dictate his attitude. He deliberately choose to adjust his thinking and perceive things from the perspective of his relationship with Christ. I can do all things, through who? Through Christ. We are not free to choose our conditions. Conditions are neutral they are neither bad or good. What makes the difference is how you and I respond. WE RESPOND IN CHRIST AND WITH THE ATTITUDE OF CHRIST (Phil 2:5)
TRUTH#2 THE ATTITUDE YOU APPROACH WITH, WILL DETERMINE YOUR OUTCOME. If you read your bible with the attitude that you already know everything it has to say, your mind will be closed to any new revelation. If you approach with the mentality that you are hungry and thirsty for truth. You will dig and look for more truth—eventually you will find it . Setting and achieving our goal is very similar. The approach we adopt determines whether we fail or succeed. If you begin to chase your goals with the mind set that that you will lose, you will look for every opportunity to quit. You're whip before you began. Our attitudes are prophetic and reliable indicators of our future. Winston Churchill concluded that, “an attitude is a little thing that make a big difference”
“an attitude is a little thing that make a big difference—Winston Churchill”
If God has a dream for all of us, and he does, why is it that some achieve them and some don’t. Is it Gods fault? Was it Gods fault when Israel didn’t enter the promise land? Not a chance! It was their approach. They tried to advance into the promise with an a disposition of doubt and defeat. They complained, whined and made excuses for their insecurities the whole way in. They lost before they got started. Can this be you and I? Is our attitude causing us to lose our battles before we even get started? Sometimes the only obstacle between you and happiness or you and your goal is an ADJUSTMENT IN YOUR ATTITUDE..
Sometimes the only obstacle between you and happiness or you and your goal is an adjustment in your attitude
TRUTH#3 Our attitudes have a ripple effect. Have you ever pulled into a parking and found the whole row of cars parked on or over the white lines? Do you think everyone intended to park outside the lines? It is very unlikely. What happen is one person decided to disregard the lines, which had a ripple effect on the entire row.
Galatians 6:7 for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Our attitudes are seeds. The law of the harvest tells us that every effect has a corresponding response. If you sew and cultivate negativity, you will reap it. It is an immutable law. Negativity breeds negativity, Positivity breeds positivity. All it takes is one energy vampire to suck all of the energy out of the room or one divisive remark to split the whole team. We may not like to admit it, but we are deeply affected by other people's moods and attitudes. We need to be consciously aware that our attitudes are infectious and contagious.
The great thing is that this ripple effect can work to our own benefit. An adjustment in our attitude can turn our situation around. With one slight adjustment we can restore a marriage, heal a relationships, revitalize our careers, etc.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 4 He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Here is what Solomon means in Ecc 11:4. If you wait around for favorable conditions before planting seeds you will never plant seeds, most importantly you will never reap a harvest. ZERO action always results in ZERO results. Our attitudes have a corresponding affect. If you wait around for others to offer forgiveness, or be kind, or to extend love, you might be waiting a long time. On the other hand if you are deliberate and take the initiative to plant seeds of forgiveness, kindness, and love, you will likely receive a reciprocal action.
What you harbor and feed on the inside will always manifest its existence on the outside
Truth #4 Your attitude is a reflection of the inside of you. Whatever seeds you are cultivating inside you will bear fruit externally. What you harbor and feed on the inside will always manifest its existence on the outside. We like to blame our attitudes on our problems, but it's the other way around. Typically our attitudes are the cause of our problems, because it is hard to conduct yourself inconsistent with your own thoughts.
Proverbs 4:23 above all else, guard your heart for everything flows from it. Our attitudes begin in the heart. Attitudes of unforgiveness, hate, jealousy, fear, anxiousness, coveting, anger, unbelief, offense are all attitudes we have cultivated on the inside. What is displayed visibly is only mirroring symptoms of what lies within. Listen to Jesus in Matthew 9:4, Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Jesus is claiming that whatever they decide to cultivate and fertilize internally will be mirrored on the externally.When we lash out in anger, it isn’t because the conditions made us angry. No, the anger was already there, the conditions only exposed it.
The solution is simple but difficult to do. It is a surrendered heart to Christ and a deliberate attempt to refocus our thoughts. Here is what Paul offers: Philippians 4:8 ESV “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” By adjusting our thinking, we adjust our attitude.