Replacing a Bad Attitude

I want to continue the flow of thought from the last 2 days. If we know that the substance of our faith is in the confidence and trust we have in God, and that we are to reflect that faith in our attitude, then why do we still struggle with bad attitudes?

The answer is in John 10:10…which tells us that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy that which God freely gives. If our attitude of faith is the evidence that will draw others to the kingdom of God, you can be sure the enemy is all about killing that evidence! And what better way than to attack our attitude?

This means we have to be mindful of where he can direct those attacks. What attitudes can we reflect that would shadow or darken an attitude of faith? To name just a few:
  • An attitude of pride
  • An attitude of bitterness
  • An attitude of fear
And how can the enemy stir up these ‘bad attitudes’ in us? Scripture tells us he cannot control our behavior or our attitude…he can only influence it with tricks, lies and deception.
  • An attitude of pride can be triggered when we listen to the enemy whispering into our ear that we are not being treated fairly. That we deserve better. Counter that with an attitude of faith that says “I am a child of God and look forward to the good and beneficial home God has prepared for me. The things of this earth are just temporary. I choose to fix my eyes and heart on Him and not on me. I choose to reflect the light of God and not the shadow of pride.”
  • An attitude of bitterness can be triggered when we listen to the enemy remind us of the way we have been unfairly treated or judged or when we did not get the reward recognition we felt we deserved in a situation, especially if we have a memory of a time when someone else got the reward or recognition that was rightfully ours. Counter that with an attitude of faith that says “I am a child of God and look forward to the good and beneficial home God has prepared for me. The things of this earth are just temporary. I choose to fix my eyes and heart on Him and not on me. I choose to reflect the light of God and not the shadow of bitterness.”
  • An attitude of fear can be triggered when we listen to the enemy reminding us of how we were hurt in the past, how we failed in the past, how others were not there for us in the past and so on. Counter that with an attitude of faith that says “I am a child of God and look forward to the good and beneficial home God has prepared for me. The things of this earth are just temporary. I choose to fix my eyes and heart on Him and not on me. I choose to reflect the light of God and not the shadow of fear.”
There are many attitudes we can reflect…but ultimately only one reflects the light of Christ that leads to the fulfillment of God’s calling on our life. So whatever attitude the enemy may try to stir up in us from past experiences, we just call out to God to replace it with an attitude of faith.
Ask God to remind and reassure you of the promise of a good and beneficial home He has prepared for you. Ask God to fill you with an attitude of faith that surpasses understanding.

Romans 5:1-5 tells us that we are justified by faith and in this we have the peace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand and REJOICE in hope of the glory of God.


No bad attitude can rejoice…but we can rejoice in any situation purely by the faith we have in the hope of the glory of God! Our ability to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God is why we can reflect an attitude of faith no matter what is going on in our lives. And sisters in Christ, if we are not stirred up by this calling on our lives, to bring Glory to God, we need to dig deep and find out…why not?

If our spirit is not moved by the hope of bringing glory to God, then our spirit is still bound in ‘self’. Bound in the hope of bringing of glory to ourselves. Bound in the hope of a self fulfilled life without Christ. Bound in the hope of an easy life. Bound in the hope of riches and fame.

Christ was crucified, made dead as a sacrifice to cover our inequities. Without that sacrificial covering, God cannot even look upon us. We may not feel we are ‘that bad’ of a person, but the smallest sin at the youngest age is enough to make us unholy. God can only look upon that which is holy. This is why He sent His son to be a pure and holy sacrifice. When we accept this sacrifice made on our behalf, when we confess to God that we are sinners but accept the blood of Christ as a covering for our sin, then we can enter into fellowship with Him. And in this fellowship we receive the faith that can reflect the attitude that brings glory to Him.

God, let me be a woman that reflects an attitude of faith so that others may be drawn to seek You, the author and source of that faith.
God Bless and Keep You,
Tami

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