Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Mental attitude toward self. Part 4.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Unless and until we learn to despair of the idea that self will ever change self, we will not enter into the rest of experiencing spiritual deliverance in Christ.

The path of faith is the most hateful path possible for the flesh.

The flesh will go to any degree of religious self-denial, or self-inflicted sufferings - anything but death!

But faith begins with this: we died with Christ, and now we live in Him.

We are being brought, by God’s grace, to agree with that sentence of death that has already been pronounced on our old man - thanks be to God that our self life was crucified with Christ.

The battle of Romans chapter 7 is necessary before living in the freedom of chapter 8.

Here’s a life-changing truth: mental attitudes are even more important than facts.

PRO 14:12 There is a way {which seems} right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Your life is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the mental attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

A great mental attitude not only gives you greater discernment but it allows you to perceive opportunities in your life that have always been there but have gone unnoticed.

Any problem facing us is not as important as our mental attitude toward it, for that mental attitude determines our success or failure.

This is why the way you think about a situation may defeat you before you ever do anything about it.

PHI 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Mental attitude is your acceptance of the natural and the spiritual laws designed by God, or your rejection of them.

We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way, we cannot change the inevitable, however, we can change our mental attitude toward these things.

Develop a mental attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown, and in the process discovering our own unique potential.

ROM 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,

Even spiritually adult believers can be in danger when they have a mental attitude test because it may knock them out of living the spiritual life if they are not humble enough to receive correction and recognize it.

Your alertness comes from objective, not subjective thinking.

GAL 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
1CO 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
PRO 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Focusing on the positive does not mean ignoring the negative.

A positive mental attitude is determined more by how you respond to situations than by how you perceive them.

A positive mental attitude is not achieved by turning a blind eye to the negative, but rather by responding to every situation in the most positive way possible.

Divine viewpoint mental attitude is part of the greatest delegation of divine power in human history.

People evaluate others based upon how they look, what kind of impression they make, personality, superficial evaluations, whatever one’s concept of success may be, admiration, approbation, and actually these things are not what is important.

Believers in TLJC have failed in the dynamic of the divine viewpoint of life.

MIC 4:12 “But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, and they do not understand His purpose;”
ROM 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
LUK 12:37 “Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes;”

ACT 20:31 “Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.”

1CO 16:13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
COL 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
1TH 5:6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

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