Your Attitude Determines The Season You Enter
Everyone discusses Attitude. You will hear a lot of statements such as, "You need to keep a good attitude." You need a check-up from the neck up." "Your Attitude will determine your altitude." These are more than just catchy phrases. They reveal an invisible awareness of the importance of your mood birthed by your chosen focus. Most people with wrong Attitudes do not even realize they possess them. They use angry words, sarcasm or cynicism to create a desired response from others. They use their Attitude to rule and reign over those under their authority. Children learn to use wrong Attitudes as weapons quite early in their life. Stomping their feet and screaming, a two year old can make a mother drop everything she is doing to respond and console an angry little baby boy. The game works. So, eventually in their lives, they begin to develop the opinion that their Attitude of anger can produce a desired result.
Behavior permitted becomes behaviour repeated. So, each of us often develop our Attitudes from childhood, right or wrong. Your attitude is the behavior and mood created by something you have chosen to focus upon. It is a view point, a state of mind toward something. Your Attitude is more powerful than your gifts and talents. Attitude is the powerful force that attracts others toward you or moves them away from you. Many gifted and talented people never taste the rewards of their skills because their Attitude makes them undesirable to be near. Your Attitude is the force that determines whether you multiply or decrease, grow or die, attract or repel the company of other successful people. The scriptures instruct you to correct your own Attitude. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
The scriptures command you to walk in love toward others. "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour."
The right Attitude is the behavior and conduct produced and desired by the Holy Spirit for you on any given occasion. You see, the Apostle Paul instructs in his letter to be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving one another. Why? God has forgiven us.
You are responsible for changing your own Attitude. That is why the Apostle Paul instructs us, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to initiate changes.
Your Attitude is the power tool used by God to reconstruct the circumstances around you. It minimizes the effect of negative things. It enables you to pleasure the Holy Spirit, keeping Him present to defeat your enemy.
Your Attitude can be an effective weapon for victory. Regardless of what satan throws at you, an Attitude of thanksgiving and praise will attract angels and demoralize demons assigned to abort your dreams and goals.
When you change your Attitude, you will change the world around you. That is why the Apostle Paul said that he had learned to be content and happy, regardless of the state or situation around him. His Attitude of rejoicing made the difference.
Any wrong Attitude is often comunicated through your posture, and even by the way you walk. Have you ever watched people at the mall? Of course you have! You can sense instantly whether they are brisk, alive and vibrant or whether they are demoralized, discouraged and disappointed with life. Their Attitude is easily evidenced by their body posture. That mood was created by something they have chosen to think about, meditate upon and build their life around.
What you magnify in your mind is controlling your Attitude. If you meditate upon your own mistakes, you will become very discouraged and self-critical. Eventually, that turns to an abnormal criticism of others as well. When a husband/wife focuses on the mistakes of the wife/husband, his/her Attitude will become sarcastic and cynical.
Dear heavenly Father, I thank You that You make all things new. Thank You that there will be a time when You will make everything so new that there will be no more crying or sorrow, no more pain or death. I pray that today You will make me and my Attitude new. Help me to get rid of any mind-set that would keep me from becoming more like You and receiving the blessings You have for me. If I have a negative attitude about anything, help me to throw it off and put on a positive new one. Make me more and more into the image of Christ.
I pray that You, heavenly Father will help me to not grow weary in well doing. Keep me from giving up when times of discouragement happen and it seems as if doing the right thing isn't working. Help me to continue on in what I know of You and Your ways and not take matters into my own hands and try to do things my way. Help me to refuse to be discouraged, for I know by faith that there will be a reaping of good things because I have sowed good seed.
Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not loose heart.
It is well with my soul,
Pastor-Mother Patricia Morgan
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