September 12, 2012

Navigating Our Attitudes

I remember my father explaining to me how planes fly.

My father's occupation is in aviation mechanics and he has always held a passion within the art of flight, as well as occasionally in his life gleefully pocketing a pilot's license.  I remember him many times getting ahead of my current level of intellect in his passionate excitement to explain every detail.

Airplane pilots use the term "attitude" to describe their horizontal relationship to the runway during landing.  A plane must make contact with the ground at just the right angle or it will cause them to crash; if their attitude is not aligned properly.

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Attitude is defined as -
  1. A settled way of thinking or feeling, typically reflected in a person's behavior.
  2. A state of mind, reflected in a person's manner.
  3. A manner or feeling with regard to a person or thing.
  4. A position of the body implying an action or mental state.
Some synonyms include - posture, pose, position, stance, stand, bearing, disposition, mood, feeling, opinion, sentiment, temperament, perspective, outlook, and view.

In other words, attitude is both how we think, feel, and believe toward any person or circumstance and our outward physical and verbal response to it.


Proverbs 23:7

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he."

Before we enter into relationship with our Savior, our spirit dead, no connection to intimacy with His Spirit, we are carnal beings.  We learn to read circumstances and people from our flesh --> inward; from the outside, in.  We say, "How does this effect me?"  Then we react out of our carnality only through how we feel it has effected our mind, will, and emotions.

But when we become Christians, according to God's Word, we are a new creation; and part of this new creation is a development to respond differently to circumstances and people.  Our spirit becomes alive in Christ, and it is only through the resurrection power of His Spirit that we are now able to have Godly / Biblical attitudes and respond accordingly.


Ephesians 4:22

 "Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion."

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Attitude is an airplane's relationship to the ground; and for it to make connection to the ground without proper alignment can have devastating results to the plane and anyone on board.

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Attitude is our beliefs, feelings, thought processes, and outward behaviors in response to every circumstance and person; and for these to make connection without proper alignment to Christ and His Word can have devastating consequences in our relationships with people, our witness for Christ, our faith in His plan, and even how we believe He views us.

An attitude not in align with Christ's causes us to crash and burn.

Philippians 2:5

"Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus."

While a pilot is both dependent on his/her navigation equipment and learned instinct to maintain right relationship to the ground, we as followers of Christ are totally & completely dependent upon the Truth guidance of His Word and the voice of the indwelling Spirit of Him within us.

We must bring our attitudes into obedience to God's Word, applying discipline in our thought life.

2 Corinthians 10:5

"[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)"

To disregard our temptations to continue to react in our carnal selves, with determination to embrace His Truth, outlook, and disposition is an act of faith.  We must equip our attitudes with the Truth - 

Philippians 4:8

"For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]."


Galatians 5:16

"But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God)."

Galatians 5:22-26

"But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.] Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another." 

Here's to coming in for good landings today - Cheers!  :)

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