Our Attitude

Attitude is informally defined as individuality and self-confidence as manifested by behavior or appearance; style. Our attitude may change with the circumstances, but the presence and influence of the Spirit compels an attitude of Yeshua. What was Yeshua’s attitude? There is an attitude that arms us against the temptations of sin. “Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.” (1 Peter 4:1) Yeshua was fully surrendered to the Father. All He did, said, and thought came from the Father. (John 5:19)

Scripture teaches, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24) Surrender is the highest form of humility, we might think of humility as being weak, timid, unsure or incapable, but that is a worldly perspective. It takes great strength to surrender ones own desires and preferences. True humility speaks and acts with certainty, confidence and wisdom because there is no pride, selfish concern or self-seeking motive. The word of God is a reliable truth detector of our innermost thoughts and attitudes. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Moses was a great leader, in part, because he was humble. (Numbers 12:3) This he learned through his failures, God’s grace and presence. In surrender to God, we do not carry our failures or try to punish ourselves with flaying. We can only surrender to the extent we are willing to trust, rely and recieve from God. This requires faith, to wait, listen, obey, and work as led by the Holy Spirit. If we want more of God we only need to let go of the things, lies, and fears of this world that fill our heart and mind. Nothing satisfies like God’s good and perfect will. (James 1:17) As good as it is, our fallen nature rebels and seeks its way; so it’s not easy to deny ourself, turn away from the world, its lure and false message, but we have a helper – Holy Spirit. John the Baptist had a right attitude saying, “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30) Yeshua defined the Believers attitude, “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)

Finally, surrender is our service. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1) This all may seem like a mountain of heights to climb, but remember, we are His sheep, His workmanship, He is saving us, sanctifying, and conforming us into His image.

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Retired Journeyman
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