‘You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.’ Philippians 2:5 NLT
A flying instructor will tell you that periodically your plane needs to be ‘trimmed’ or ‘balanced in flight’. After flying through storms, it gets knocked out of alignment and needs to be adjusted.
The same thing happens on your spiritual journey. The storms of life can ‘knock you out of alignment’. Unexpected ‘weather conditions’ like sickness, depression, unemployment, divorce, disappointment, and death can force you to change direction and strategy. That’s why your attitude needs to be regularly checked and adjusted. So what are you dealing with that calls for an attitude check? Paul writes, ‘You must have the same attitude Christ Jesus had.’ Is such a lifestyle possible? Yes, but you must make it a priority and pursue it each day.
Joshua wanted to turn an army of complainers into an army that could conquer the Promised Land. So God gave him this formula for success: ‘Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.’ (Joshua 1:8 NLT)
Try the ‘card technique’. Each week identify a Scripture that relates to an area in which you want to grow, write it down on an index card, and memorise it. In one year you’ll have fifty-two Scriptures you can recall and stand on. Think how that will impact your life! Not only will wrong attitudes become right attitudes, but your life will begin to move in the right direction.
SoulFood: Jer 10–13, Mark 15:33–47, Ps 17, Pro 14:13–16
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