DAY 21 – A New Attitude, A Changed Life | Firm Foundation Devotional

Saturday, November 21, 2020 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Philippians 2:5 (NLT), You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor

"A good attitude will not always change our circumstances, but it will always change us." [John Maxwell]

Because attitudes “grow” we have to pay attention to factors that affect our attitudes. 
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word "attitude" means "an internal position or feeling with regard to something else." Synonyms include: "Disposition, feeling, mood, opinion, sentiment, temper, tone, perspective, frame of mind, outlook, view, or morale."

Airplane pilots use the term "attitude" to describe their horizontal relationship with the horizon and the runway before they land. In aviation, maintaining the proper attitude is essential. Human attitude is your inward disposition towards people or circumstances. Similar to aviation, correct attitude is necessary when dealing with people and circumstances. When you become a believer in Christ, your new nature includes the capacity to develop new attitudes.

Philippians 2:5, Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus...8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Notice that Jesus' purpose shaped his attitude. He was tempted not to go through with the crucifixion, but his attitude was one of obedience to the purpose of God. As He said in the Garden of Gethsemane at the moment of His greatest temptation, "Nevertheless not my will, but Yours be done." (Luke 22:42)

Ephesians 4:22 (NIV), You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off the old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds.

You have the ability to change your attitudes. Old attitudes are unhelpful and will lead to bad outcomes. According to the Apostle Paul, there is a "new self" ready to be revealed with a change in attitude.

Reflection Question: What attitudes do you need to change?

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