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Dealing with an “I Can’t” Attitude

Posted by admin May - 3 - 2016 - Tuesday

Attitude is one of those words that we use a lot but… I’m not sure if someone pinned us down, we could really define it! Think about it!!???
My Word Finder describes “Attitude” as: disposition, outlook, point of view or demeanor. OK. That makes me think of how someone is ACTING. However, attitude has its origin or basis in my mind. What we’re thinking or feeling on the INSIDE directly influences our behavior.

Wherever we go, we take our “attitude” with us. The story of the Israelites approaching the Promised Land is a great example of this. For 400 years they’d been captives in Egypt. They had developed a “slave mentality”— they lacked the ability to make any decisions for themselves. Consequently, when the spies came back from checking out this “land of milk and honey”… ten of the twelve described the people in the land as “giants! We are like grasshoppers compared to them.” Only two of the spies had the right “attitude” and exclaimed that they could take the land!

From a spiritual standpoint, Joshua and Caleb (the 2 spies with the positive attitude) had developed the capacity to see things from God’s perspective. The other 10 were defeated even before they faced their foes! This “I Can’t” attitude spelled doom from the git-go!

We need to view every situation or circumstance through God’s eyes. I like what Pastor Bob Gass said: “You stop looking at the Devil’s picture of defeat and focus on God’s portrait of success.”

I’m not talking about pop psychology or some name it-claim it theology. I’m encouraging all of us to stand on God’s Word and declare, “I am God’s masterpiece.” (Ephesians 2:10) and “I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength to accomplish it.” (Philippians 4:13)

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