JOURNEY TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY
The Jeremiah Institute is pleased to offer this section to all Christians as an aid on their spiritual journey into more Christlikeness (Ephesians 4:11-16). Our articles will be instructive and encouraging, as well as usable in personal devotions and church settings. Hope to meet you here often.
When I wrote Winning Through a Positive Spiritual Attitude 30 years ago I believed attitude was important. After all the years since writing the book I now believe more than ever in the power of a positive spiritual attitude. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. Attitude is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a home, company, team, church, and government.
Everyday we are given a set of circumstances with which we must deal. The amazing thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will choose to embrace the day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that certain people will always act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable dates with death and the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). We can, however, choose a positive spiritual attitude toward every event in life. Charles R. Swindoll wrote, “I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”
Our thoughts, beliefs, habits and behaviors drive our attitudes which in turn are influenced by our friends, family, co-workers, the media, books and magazines we read. We can choose which thoughts we accept as guest in our minds. Paul gives us a spiritual thinking agenda in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think on these things.”
We grew up learning how to model the attitudes of others. The first models were our parents, teachers, peers, and even media personalities. Truthfully, many of these attitudes were not spiritual attitudes. As Christians there is only ONE attitude that serves as our model: The attitude of Christ. Here is Paul’s admonition to us, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). This can only become a reality as we “set our minds on things above, not on things that are on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).
Our attitudes show up in our body language, words, behaviors, facials expressions: frown or smile and in many other ways. Your attitude is always showing. What are people seeing in your attitude? Is it spiritual or carnal? It’s time for a check-up from the neck up.
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