Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Secret of the Mystery.Part 166. How to handle the unseen with our portfolio of invisible assets.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Mental attitude is the one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship with God and deepening it.
Each experience through which we pass is to operate ultimately for our good.
Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Mental attitude determines how well you do it.
It is our mental attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
The greatest discovery of this generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their mental attitudes of mind.
We are injured and hurt emotionally, not so much by other people or what they say and don’t say, but by our own mental attitude and our own response.
Your life comes to be what you think, not what you feel.
You should be exposing yourself to Bible doctrine daily so that your thinking comes to divine viewpoint, and so that your battles in the soul are won.
ROM 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
Satan has so many distractions today to deaden thinking so that born again believers become mindless imbeciles, struggling through life looking for some emotional experience to pull them through.
God has delegated to every Church-age believer all of the power to handle any problems or difficulties in this life.
LUK 12:37 “Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes;”
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.
You will know when you have failed the mental attitude test especially when you enter into the sins of the tongue which inevitably will also lead to overt sins.
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.
Your living 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.
Any fact facing us is not as important as our mental attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.
The single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of mental attitude.
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.
Mental attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our mental attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
It is easy to let life deteriorate into making a living instead of making a life.
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.
1PE 5:8 Be of sound mind, BE ON THE ALERT. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
EPH 6:11 Pick up and put on the full armor from God, that you may be able to hold your ground against the schemes or the strategies of the devil.
Schemes - verse 11 - “methodeia”
That strategy is not always a frontal assault, direct and easy to recognize; most often it is subtle, infiltrating another realm entirely.
Here it means “thought” or “mind.”
“We are not ignorant of the fact that Satan has his sights set on our minds. His strategy, then, is to get to our minds to lull us into
mediocrity - to dull the edges of our thinking - to cloud our reasoning.”
The average believer does not even know anything about God’s superior power or how God has delegated it to us through thought.