Valuable Insights 11 How to maintain a Jesus Attitude
“Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ” TLB
“Our attitude tells us what to expect from life. Like an airplane, if our “nose” is pointed up we are taking-off; if it is pointed down we are headed for a crash. What is your attitude direction?” (John Maxwell)
We can all alter our lives by altering our attitudes. In hearing the adage, “Attitude is everything” we are encouraged to choose a “Jesus attitude” in all that we do and toward the people we serve. God desires “His Son’s attitude” to manifest and be alive within us and seen by the world on a regular basis.
With humility we need to realize that even though we have the Holy Spirit’s help and the imperishable Seed of God in us, along with free access to the written word of God, we can still mess up and have a “non-Jesus attitude”.
The reason why this takes place is simply because we are not perfect. Even Peter, Paul and Barnabas were not perfect. Though we mess-up, effectiveness needs to be restored; we need to put things back in order.
“For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.” AMP
Every challenging situation is like a storm against our Jesus attitude. Each storm will bend us but we must spring back up as soon as possible, maintaining a Jesus attitude. We must be flexible like the trunk of the palm tree, which bends in any direction. It springs back up as soon as the storm passes.
(Character quality to reflect on)
Flexibility vs. Resistance
“Not setting my affections on ideas or plans which could be changed by God, others, or circumstances.” (IBLP)
If a palm tree does not spring up quickly after being bent by the wind it will be torn to shreds. The older and taller a palm tree is, the more it can bend.
Therefore, spiritually speaking, as we become more mature in the things of God we will be able to bend more through the storms. And as we bend, rather than break, we can continue in what God calls us to do.
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Here is a bodily example: The vertebrae of a person’s back are made of individual segments that allow the spine to bend likewise with the palm tree.
Taking this into consideration we need spiritual segments in our life so we can bend in a storm that is against our Jesus attitude. As a believer we need spiritual segments enabling us to bend when the storms of life hit.
What are spiritual segments, then? They are portions of God’s word with application. Each portion of God’s word in our life helps us bend through a storm that is against our Jesus attitude.
Here’s a scenario: If someone says to you, “you are a worthless person,” this would be an attack on your identity. At that point your attitude towards that person is hit.
In this situation here is how the spiritual segments work:
First you need to know who you are in Christ Jesus. (Click here for video)
Secondly make faith statements to confirm it. (Faith statement are spoken out loud)
“For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.” RSV
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” RSV
So what we can do in response to being told, “You are worthless person, you have no value, you are not important, etc.”?
The following verses are segments needed to help us bend as our Jesus attitude is under attack:
Proverbs 12:16 (Segment)
“The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent man ignores an insult.” RSV
Proverbs 17:27 (Segment)
“He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.” RSV
The prudent person keeps his cool and ignores an insult.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (Segment)
“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” RSV
The old person is in the tomb of water baptism. (Romans 6th chapter)
Colossians 1:12 (Segment)
“giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” RSV
Qualified means: able sufficient, competent or worthy, adequate.
Our heavenly Father has qualified us through His Son Jesus Christ to be wise of heart.
Proverbs 16:21-22 (Segment)
“The wise of heart is called a man of discernment, and pleasant speech increases persuasiveness. Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it,” RSV
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (Segment)
“He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord." RSV
Romans 5:17 (Segment)
“If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.” RSV
Righteousness is a condition acceptable to God.
Psalms 121:3 (Segment)
“He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber.” RSV
Since we mentioned that the vertebrae of a person’s back are made of individual segments that allow the spine to bend, exercise is needed to take care of the vertebrae. Therefore, let us develop and exercise our spiritual vertebrae so we can bend through storms and maintain a Jesus attitude.
Here are some spiritual exercises for our spiritual vertebrae. (James 1:22) Speak the following faith statements out loud
to confirm our identity involving any insult received (Romans 10:10):
Faith statement. “I am a prudent man and I ignore all insults.”
Faith statement. “I am a new creation through Christ Jesus.”
Faith statement. “I am qualified, able, competent, worthy and adequate to serve God.”
Faith statement. “I have a condition acceptable to God because of what Jesus did and who He is.”
Faith statement. “My foot will not be moved”.
Faith statement. “My spiritual vertebra is working great, each segment is working properly, and I am bending and maintaining my Jesus attitude, no matter what anyone says to me, praise God!”
We need to continually build our spiritual vertebrae so we can bend rather than break when the storms of life hit. The more segments we have in our vertebrae the more we can bend and be used by God. Spiritual segments are equivalent to our “bending capabilities” and will assist us in maintaining our Jesus attitude in the midst of storms.
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” New Living Translation
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