May 23rd Message: Points to Ponder

Living by God’s Principles

Attitude determines Altitude

Philippians 2:1 – 2

My attitude determines my altitude.

Paul told the Philippians 2:5 “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.”

The "attitude" of a plane is its orientation relative to the horizon. The plane’s attitude is controlled by movements, that is, it's roll, pitch, and yaw.

Roll: Attitude of the wings in relation to the datum/horizon.

Pitch: Any attitude of the nose of the plane above or below the datum.

Yaw: Attitude in terms of whether the plane is flying straight.

Daius Foroux: “People are aware of life principles but 99% don’t do what they know”.

The importance of following Biblical principles regarding our attitude:

Philippians 2:5 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”.

Paul teaches Biblical principles based on the Old Testament, that advise how to maintain a positive attitude.

Philippians 4:8 – 9 “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious — the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into His most excellent harmonies”

(The Message).

Proverbs 3:1 – 4

Thoughts on how to improve attitude:

  • Always act and live with and for a purpose.

  • Stretch ourselves past our limits every day.

  • Take positive action without expecting immediate results.

  • Use obstructions to improve our skills.

  • Seek out those who share our positive attitude.

  • Don't take ourselves so seriously.

  • Say "thank you" frequently.

Principles – Cultivating a Positive Attitude

  • Gratitude: Psalm 118:1; Ephesians 5:18-20

  • Humbly Ask for Help: Psalm 121:1-8; Matthew 11:28

  • Follow God’s Instructions: James 1::22- 25; Exodus 19:5

  • With God’s Help, resist Doubt, Unbelief, and Hopelessness: Phil. 4:8-9

  • Live for a Purpose Beyond Yourself: Romans 12:2; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; 1 Corinthians 10:31

  • Philippians 2:3 – 4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others”.

Winston S. Churchill “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Chinese saying: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

Saint Francis of Assisi: “For it is in giving that we receive”.

Phil. 2:8

Paul uses the adjective “kenoun” meaning “emptied”. Jesus gave, of Himself until there was literally nothing left to give. He emptied Himself of all His divine privileges and rights.

Luke 14:11;

Luke 18:13-14 (9-14)

Matthew 23:12

Philippians 2:9-10

Jesus’ new name: “kurios”, meaning Lord, master, and owner of all. King of kings.

ATTITUDE The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day, regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past … we cannot change the fact that people will react in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens And 90% how I react to it.

- Charles Swindoll