Archive for the ‘Attitude’ Category

The Attitude of the Church

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose…Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:2-5

Make Jesus central. The chief project of life is cultivating closeness with Jesus.

Love one another. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Every day we have a choice to get bitter and hard or to forgive and walk in love. Decide today to be an agent of love.

Have faith in God. The language of faith isn’t just a set of principles—it’s based on our faithful, trustworthy God. Because Jesus rose from the dead we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

Follow sound doctrine. Read the Bible! The Word of God is the plumb line that will keep us from veering off into the ditch of false teaching or trends (Ephesians 4:14-15).

Keep crystal clear vision. Let the Gospel of Jesus inform every other area of your life. Jesus will keep us focused and keep us out of secondary issues.

Have a mind to work. Church culture should be an army of people with a spirit of faith and love who put their hands to something meaningful (Nehemiah 4:6).

Commit to the mission. This is all for Jesus. If you’ve never made Jesus Lord of your life, ask Him to be your Savior. If you’ve been apathetic, recommit yourself to finding that original spark. If you catch yourself murmuring and complaining, repent. There is beauty and power in commitment, when you follow through and say “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

God bless you and your family!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

A Tenacious Life

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Te•na•cious (verb): holding or grasping firmly; forceful and persistent; holding together firmly; tough or cohesive. Collins English Dictionary

Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4

Your commitment makes a difference. The world right now needs people who have backbone, who persevere through challenging circumstances.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. —Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

The righteous live not by the mustering of one’s own human courage, but by faith. If you’ve received Jesus, tenacity has been downloaded into your heart. The resurrection power of Jesus is at work in you, and the power of God is looking for areas of expression in your life, but it has to be obtained by a tenacious attitude of faith. Sow to your spirit daily. Remember that you are a spirit being who has a soul and lives in a body. Pray in the Spirit and confess the Scriptures. God’s words are spirit and life (John 6:63), and they will sharpen the places that have been dulled by life.

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Hebrews 10:35-36, 39

Perseverance is its own reward. Though life is brief, it has eternal consequences. Stop living a dull existence and get back into that gritty tenacious life for which you were designed. God can do a lot through one persistent, obedient, faith-filled person!

More than a conqueror,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Get an Attitude Adjustment

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14

Stop finding fault. We live in a culture that has exalted fault finding to virtue status. It’s easy to grumble – “to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly”* – but grumbling or complaining doesn’t improve anything. Paul talks about how the Old Testament Israelites were destroyed by their bad attitude, and he exhorts the Corinthian church to avoid the same pitfall and not “grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer” (1 Corinthians 10:10). The ones who grumbled got in a place of destruction and saw no breakthrough.

Adjust your attitude. Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll once said, “The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day . . . I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.” Paul was in the middle of a terrible situation in prison when he wrote his letter to the Philippians – yet, he told them eight times to rejoice! “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

And there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:4

Develop a habit of giving thanks. In everything give thanks. If we’re going to have habits, we might as well have good ones. The flesh is inclined to look at whatever is negative. Discipline yourself to look at what is praiseworthy and what is right in a situation. Murmuring is contagious, but so is a thankful and grateful heart.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright ©2010 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. *”grumbling.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 07 Sep. 2010.
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Attitude

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

We have been given the opportunity to choose our attitude in life. The bad report wants to indoctrinate our thinking. But when we go to the Word, we can get an attitude adjustment by “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV).

This doesn’t mean you need to bury your head in the sand; however, you are to guard your thoughts and not focus on the problem, but on what brings peace to you and glory to God. Turn every problem into a prayer. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 Phillips).

Attitude is defined as “a position assumed for a specific purpose.”* We are to assume the position of real Christians who look for broken moments and God-given opportunities to share the love of Jesus in a tangible way. That kind of attitude will change the world.

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 the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failure, 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 act 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 to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you . . . we are in charge of our Attitudes. —Chuck Swindoll

Press on!
Pastor Jeff

Copyright © 2009 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. John Bertram Phillips, The New Testament in Modern English. London: G. Bles, 1958.

*Attitude.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009.