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Phil. 2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” (NKJV)

(A POSITIVE GODLY ATTITUDE)

 

HOW DO YOU OBEY THIS VERSE?

  1. HAVE THE DESIRE TO OBEY THIS VERSE

 

  1. It’s when we have to get out of the potholes of life that we change.

There seems to be three times in life when we are more prone to change.

  1. When we hurt so much that we are forced to change.

   

  1. When we are bored and become restless.

 

  1. When we realize we can change.

 

SO HOW DO YOU WORK ON CHANGING?

 

  1. LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME

 

NOW TO LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS WE NEED TO DO.

  1. Stop thinking about the hurts that happened yesterday.

 

Phil. 3:13, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” (NKJV)

 

Matt. 6:34, “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” (TLB)

 

III. CHANGE YOUR THOUGHT PATTERNS

 

  1. Two things we must realize about our thought life

 

  1. We can control our thoughts

 

  1. Our feelings come from our thoughts

 

  1. Our thought life, not our circumstances, determines our happiness

 

How do you let the mind of Christ be in you?

 

 

 

  1. DEVELOP GOOD HABITS

 

 

  1. Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought.

 

  1. The following formula will assist you in changing bad habits into good

    ones.

 

  1. List your bad habits.

 

  1. What was the original cause?

 

  1. What are the supporting causes?

 

  1. Determine a positive habit to replace the bad one.

 

  1. Think about the good habit, its benefits and results.

 

  1. Take action to develop this habit.

 

  1. Daily act upon this habit for reinforcement.

 

  1. Reward yourself by noting one of the benefits from your good habit.

 

  1. CONTINUALLY CHOOSE TO HAVE A BIBLICAL ATTITUDE

 

The hardest thing about milking cows is that they never stay milked.

Attitudes never stay positive.

 

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Phil. 2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)
(A POSITIVE, GODLY ATTITUDE)

How?

I. Enlist the cooperation of a friend.

A. Here is the kind of friend you need to help you.

1. A friend you can see or talk to daily.

2. Someone who loves you and is an encourager.

3. Someone with whom you have mutual honesty and transparency.

4. A person who is successful in overcoming problems.

5. Someone who has a strong faith in God.

II. Associate with the right people.

A. Birds of a feather do flock together.

1. If you do not have the mind of Christ, there is a good chance the people you are
hanging around with don=t either. Do they?

2. Changing an attitude from negative to positive often requires changing with whom you
hang around.

2 Cor. 6:14-18, “Don’t be teamed with those who do not love the Lord, for what do the people of God have in common with the people of sin? How can light live with darkness? And what harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a Christian be a partner with one who doesn’t believe? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For you are God’s temple, the home of the living God, and God has said of you, ‘I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people.’ That is why the Lord has said, ‘Leave them; separate yourselves from them; don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you and be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters.’” (TLB)

3. Many times people blame circumstances for their problems, but most of the time it is
the crowd with whom they run.

III. Select a model to follow.

Phil. 4:9, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (NKJV)

IV. Learn from your mistakes.

A. How to learn from your mistakes.

1. Recognize and admit you have made a mistake.

2. Review how you made the mistake.

a. A smart person is big enough to admit his mistakes, figure out how he makes
mistakes, and strong enough to correct them.

b. The only difference between the unsuccessful and the successful person is that the
unsuccessful person is mistaken three out of five times.

3. Repress your personal weaknesses.

2 Cor. 12:7-10, “I will say this: because these experiences I had were so tremendous, God was afraid I might be puffed up by them; so I was given a physical condition which has been a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to hurt and bother me and prick my pride. Three different times I begged God to make me well again. Each time he said, ‘No. But I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people.’ Now I am glad to boast about how weak I am; I am glad to be a living demonstration of Christ’s power, instead of showing off my own power and abilities. Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite happy about “the thorn,” and about insults and hardships, persecutions and difficulties; for when I am weak, then I am strong the less I have, the more I depend on him.” (TLB)

4. Readjust to the circumstances in your life.

5. Re-enter your goal to improve after you make a mistake.

a. You are never a failure until you just quit trying to do better.

V. When you fail in one area, turn immediately and do something that you know that you can do
well.

A. This will erase the sad feelings from our recent failure and give us the attitude to try again
on what we failed to achieve.

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Phil.2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

This will conclude our study of Phil. 2:5, one of the most important things we can do as a Christian.

I. GOD HAS PROMISED TO HELP US BE ALL THAT WE SHOULD BE AND WHAT HE WANTS US TO BE.

John 14:15-18, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (NKJV)

Rom. 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.” (NKJV)

A. The Problem is that many Christians quench the Holy Spirit.

1 Thess. 5:19, “Do not quench the Spirit.” (NKJV)

II. FOR EVERY POSSIBLE PREDICAMENT OF MAN, GOD HAS A CORRESPONDING
ANSWER.

A. To say it another way:

1. For every particular human need there is a particular supernatural resource.

2. For every hurt there is a cure.

3. For every weakness there is a strength.

4. For every confusion there is guidance.

III. HOW DO WE FIND THE RESOURCE, THE CURE, THE STRENGTH, AND THE
GUIDANCE TO BE WHAT GOD WANTS US TO BE?

A. Through God’s Word – the Bible.

1. When the truths of the Bible permeate our mind and heart, our attitude can only improve.

Psa. 119:11, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!” (NKJV)

a. The Word of God is the standard for what is right or wrong.

Deut. 12:8, “You shall not at all do as we are doing here today every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes.” (NKJV)

Judges 17:6, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (NKJV)

b. When God is not allowed to be God in a nation or in our own personal lives, then we
begin to do what WE think is right or wrong.

B. Through prayer.

We learn five things from the man of prayer in Psalm 25 which will help us pray in an effective way and get answers to our prayers.

1. We see the direction to look for help.

Psa. 25:1, “To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.” (NKJV)

2. We see in whom to trust.

Psa. 25:2-3, “O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.” (NKJV)

Prov. 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (NKJV)

3. We see another purpose of prayer.

Psa. 25:4-5, “Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” (NKJV)

a. The purpose of prayer is to first change us, not our problem.

4. We see the basis of prayer.

Psa. 25:6-7, “Remember, O Lord, your tender mercies and Your loving kindness, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.” (NKJV)

a. God is a God of tender mercies and loving kindness.

5. We see the outcome of prayer is sure.

Psa. 25:8-10, “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.” (NKJV)

Rom. 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (NKJV)

C. The Holy Spirit.

I John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is IN YOU is greater than he who is in the world.” (NKJV)

The formula for Spiritual Success.

1. If you want to be distressed – Look within.

2. If you want to be defeated – Look back.

3. If you want to be distracted – Look around.

4. If you want to be dismayed – Look ahead.

5. If you want to be delivered – Look up.

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