TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, June 12, 2018:
The manner, disposition, feeling or positioning with regard to a person or a thing; state of mind or feeling about some matter.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.
Let us therefore have this attitude.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
There are many things in life that we have no control over, but our attitude is not one of them. The attitude we have in life is in our control. It is our attitude that is reflected in how we conduct ourselves in life.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2:5 that we are to have in ourselves the “attitude which was also in Christ.” Jesus had a servant’s attitude. Jesus is the ultimate example of selfless humility. He demonstrated His servant attitude by washing His disciple’s feet. The washing of guest’s feet was done by the lowliest household servant. This attitude of humble servanthood is what the Lord desires of us. The attitude we take in life is our choice. Our actions are often determined by our attitude.
We can choose perseverance over defeat. Perseverance is an attitude that says we will not give up, regardless of the valleys and obstacles we encounter. Success requires hard work, effort and sacrifice. Perseverance will assure you the completion of your God given goals.
We can choose faith over worry. Worry robs us of joy, peace, and even health. In John 14:27 Jesus said for us, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” Faith is not a hope or a wish but the confidence that God will take care of us through every situation we face.
We can choose calmness over stress. Our society today suffers from ulcers, high blood pressure, migraines and much more. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
One can choose contentment over comparison. God has His own unique plan for each one of our lives. In Philippians 4:11, Paul said, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am in.”
Here are just a few more thoughts for you to consider: You can choose forgiveness over bitterness; productivity over laziness; humility over pride; companionship over loneliness; intimacy with God over isolation.
We may not be able to change many of the circumstances we face in life but we can choose our attitudes. We should each think about our attitudes. Are our attitudes that of the world’s attitudes of selfishness, pride, jealousy and lust for power, or are they the attitudes of humility and servanthood which is the attitude of Jesus, our Lord and King? Changed attitudes result in changed lives.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Isaiah 40:31.
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Help me today to work on my attitude so that in all that I do I use the talents you have given me properly. Help me to choose choices that will honor Your name and allow me to be a true representative of You in this cruel and evil world.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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