Rich Thoughts For Breakfast February 3, 2013

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I’ve always consider myself a positive person with a great attitude even in the midst of seemingly unbearable adversity.   But I’m convinced my attitude, shaped by faith in God, has not only sustained me but propelled me through the most difficult of times.

Philippians 2:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:].”

This prompted me to start thinking about attitudes.  It’s not unusual to hear someone say, “Don’t give me an attitude.”

What they’re referring to is a bad or negative attitude.

But attitude can be either good or bad . . . we have the choice. . .and frankly the basis for that choice starts with what’s programmed in our mental and spiritual hard drive (sub-conscious mind).

Attitudeis defined in the American Heritage Dictionary as:

“A state of mind or a feeling; disposition or an arrogant or hostile state of mind or disposition.”

In other words, your attitude is based on the choices you make . . .and those choices are based on what influences you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the poet, once said the difference between who we are today and who we will be five years from today is the people we meet and the books we read.

You have the ability to change your attitude and ultimately the direction of your life by your attitude.  What are you reading?

Philippians 2:5 in the Contemporary English Version of the Bible says:

“Think the same way that Christ Jesus thought. . .”

How do we think like Jesus thought?  How do we have the same attitude?

Well, the best answer is to look at the Word of God for direction about your attitude and your life.  Here are fifteen things you should know about attitude.

1.  Even when others turn against you . . .God never will.         

Genesis 31:5 in the New International Version says:

“He said to them, "I see that your father's attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me.”

2.  Having the wrong kind of attitude will cost you and those close to you.

1 Kings 11:11 in the New International Version says:

“So the LORD said to Solomon, "Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.”

3.  Your attitude can keep you from getting the one thing that can and will turn your life around.

Proverbs 14:6 in the Amplified Bible says:

“A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.” 

4.  A wrong attitude can cut you off from God’s prosperity flow.

Jeremiah 22:11 in the Amplified Bible says:

“I spoke to you in your [times of] prosperity, but you said, I will not listen! This has been your attitude from your youth; you have not obeyed My voice.” 

5.  Bad attitudes will lead to punishment and judgment.

Job 29:19 in the New Living Translation says:

“You should fear punishment yourselves, for your attitude deserves punishment. Then you will know that there is indeed a judgment.”            

6.  The word of God can transform every person regardless of their age or circumstance.

Romans 12:2 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” 

7.  The right kind of attitude is pleasing to God.

Romans 14:18 in the New Living Translation says:

“If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.” 

8.  A hunger for the word and a thirst for knowledge are essential for your personal growth and attitude.

Ephesians 4:23 in The Living Bible says:

“Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.” 

9.  Your attitude will be tested from time to time.

2 Corinthians 2:9 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For this was my purpose in writing you, to test your attitude and see if you would stand the test, whether you are obedient and altogether agreeable [to following my orders] in everything.” 

10.  Always maintain an attitude of humility.

1 Peter 3:8 in the New Living Translation says:

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.”

11.  Having the right kind of attitude toward the things of God will bring you abundance.

Numbers 24:14 in the New Living Translation says:

“But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.” 

12.  God can even change the attitudes of those you’re working with regardless of whether they are friend or foe.

Ezra 6:22 in the New International Version says:

“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because the LORD had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria, so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.” 

13.  Be enthusiastic in developing the God-kind of attitude.

Revelation 3:19 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].”

14.  The right kind of attitude will lengthen your life.

Proverbs 14:30 in The Living Bible says:

“A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away.” 

15.  Your attitude will help you in your daily interaction with others.

Romans 15:5 in The Living Bible says:

“May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ toward the other.” 

On the call this morning, I’ve shared the wit, wisdom and nuggets from the only book you need to read for a Total Attitude Makeover.  The Word of God has never changed and never will. . .but with the wisdom found in its pages. . .you and I can change forever.

Acts 3:19 in The Living Bible says:

“Now change your mind and attitude to God and turn to him so he can cleanse away your sins and send you wonderful times of refreshment from the presence of the Lord.” 

The reason God wants us to have the same attitude as Jesus is found in The Living Bible in Matthew 20:28:

“Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Now those are some Rich Thoughts for breakfast.