The Power of Attitude
Last week, we established that a thermometer only reflects what’s going on in the environment. The person who is a thermometer always complains. While on the other hand, a thermostat changes the atmosphere. As children of God we are supposed to change our environment. We change the atmosphere by prayers.
Today, we will look at the power of attitude.
If you are going to be a thermostat, the first thing you need to do is to change the way you react to circumstances around you. Your attitude determines your altitude. Your attitude affects your overall situation in life.
50% of the battles we fight as Christians are battles that revolve around our attitude to things. If you don’t have a right attitude, chances are that you’ve lost the battle even before the war.
Genesis 40:6-7 tells us about Joseph, his trials and his attitude in those situations. As Christians, we should take a learning from Joseph. He had the right attitude even in dire situations. From the beginning of his story, Joseph faced diverse hurdles but after every trial, he maintained a joyful attitude. As a Christian, you must decide not to let your challenges get the better of you. A radiant attitude attracts favor and help. A bad attitude always attracts bad people. Always keep a cheerful and happy attitude.
Sometimes the devil is so scared of the greatness of our future that he goes about trying to distract you. 1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Also, Joseph was always in good spirits. He was so cheerful that when he saw others who were downcast, he even tried to cheer them up. He didn’t let the fact that he was thrown in jail for no cause get to him. He was always helping those around him. It doesn’t matter what you are going through, if you can change your attitude, you can overcome that situation
1 Corinthians 10:13 sheds light on what our mentality should be like during periods of trials.
It says that there’s no temptation that is not common to man. Whatever you are going through is not new. Sometimes, we like to take solace in the farce that our temptations are peculiar to us. But the Bible says that no temptation is new. God is trying to teach us that to triumph, we must first understand that there are people going through the same experience that we are encountering. Your case is not the first nor is it the worst, so please, stop the pity party.
When you encounter challenging situations, remember these words
If you don’t lose your peace then you won’t lose the battle.
As a child of the Most High God, you are a lion and you don’t turn away from the devil, rather, he flees from you. Proverbs 30:30, James 4:7
Four points to remember whenever you are going through tough times:
- Whatever you are facing is common
- God is faithful
- Your temptations are within the confines of your strength
- God will make a way.
God’s best is never in the past