Holy Spirit Attitude
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Holy Spirit Attitude
Holy Spirit Attitude
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word "attitude" means "an internal position or feeling with regard to something else." Other words often used as synonyms are: "disposition, feeling, mood, opinion, sentiment, temper, tone, perspective, frame of mind, outlook, view, or morale.”
Airplane pilots often use "attitude" to describe their horizontal relationship with the runway then they land. If their attitude isn’t aligned properly, the plane will make contact with the ground at the wrong angle and it will cause them to crash.
"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."- Zig Ziglar
In essence, your attitude is your inward disposition toward other things, such as people or circumstances. As in with an airplane, attitude is applied whenever you must deal with something other than yourself. According to God’s word, when you become a Christian, a part of your new creation is the development of new attitudes — your attitude should become like that of Jesus. - Check Your Attitudes - Dale A. Robbins
A Bad Attitude
Most of us can easily identify bad attitudes when they are displayed outwardly in our words or actions, such a negativeness, criticalness, rebellion, defiance, impatience, uncooperative, apathy, discouragement, independence, presumption, arrogance, self-centeredness, rudeness and such like. These are examples of bad attitudes which Christians should reject. However, keep in mind, attitudes are inner dispositions of the heart and thoughts — they are the hidden intentions which will eventually serve as the basis for our actions.
"Paul never developed a negative attitude. He picked his bloody body up out of the dirt and went back into the city where he had almost been stoned to death, and he said, "Hey, about that sermon I didn't finish preaching--here it is!” - John Hagee
"You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations."- Zig Ziglar
A renewed mind and Life led of the Spirit leads to good attitudes and heart motivations that lead to good actions.
A Renewed Mind
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. - (NLT)
Bad Attitudes Stem From Lies Produced From Fear
Our Supernatural Identity - Wendy Backlund p.21-23
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things - (NIV)
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. - (NIV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. - (NIV)
"Spiritual strongholds begin with a thought. One thought becomes a consideration. A consideration develops into an attitude, which leads then to action. Action repeated becomes a habit, and a habit establishes a "power base for the enemy," that is, a stronghold.” - Elisabeth Elliot
What is the lie that I am believing that produces fear and bad attitudes?
A Bad Attitude Is Not A Personality, It Is A Distorted Perception That Produces A Wrong Behavior.
"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.” - John C. Maxwell
A New Attitude
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. - (NASB)
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off the old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds." - NIV
"Attitudes determine our actions, for good or bad."- Dwight L. Moody
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The “Works” Of The Flesh
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. - (NLT)
The Works of the flesh are the result of bad attitudes that are produced by not renewing our minds.
The “Works” Of The Flesh Are As Follows:
1. Sexual immorality (porneia [4202, 4518]) includes adultery and prostitution. This is the word from which we get pornography. (cf. ; ).
2. Impure thoughts (akatharsia [167, 174]) could refer to that which was ritually unclean, such as unclean food, but came to be a general term for sexual misconduct. Undoubtedly, Paul would have included impure thoughts and contemporary sexually explicit humor in this category (cf. for sexually dirty living).
3. Lustful pleasures (aselgeia [766, 816]) included sexual excess, wantonness, perverted and reckless living, and the idea of complete disregard for all ethical standards (cf. ; ).
4. Idolatry (eidēololatria [1495, 1630]) refers to the worship of an image or any God-substitute (cf. ; cf. also ; ).
5. Sorcery (pharmakeia [5331, 5758]). Originally related to the dispensing of drugs (hence, English “pharmacy”), this term became directly associated with potions and poisons and was thus related to those who practiced witchcraft or used evil and demonic spirits to affect others (cf. ).
6. Hostility (echthrai [2189, 2397]) includes hatred and was associated with troublemakers (cf. , where Christ came to bring an end to such hostile ways).
7. Quarreling (eris [2054, 2251]) includes rivalry and divisiveness (cf. ; ).
8. Jealousy (zēlos [2205, 2419]) can mean zealousness in a positive sense, but in the negative, it is closely related to envy and involves an unhealthy longing for that which belongs to others (cf. ; ).
9. Outbursts of anger (thumoi [2372, 2596]; cf. ; ; ).
10. Selfish ambition (eritheiai [2052, 2249]), a word that originally meant earning money but came to have a negative meaning associated with self-seeking (cf. ).
11. Dissension (dichostasiai [1370, 1496]) or divisions (cf. ).
12. Division (haireseis [139, 146]) originally carried the meaning of a choice and later developed the sense of belonging to a party or group in either a positive or negative sense. Here the term has the definite negative connotation of party divisiveness (cf. ). The term was used later during early Christian debates and has come down to us in the word “heresy.”
13. Envy (phthonoi [5355, 5784]) implies a malicious spirit that vies for another’s status or possessions (cf. ; ).
14. Drunkenness (methai [3178, 3494]) denotes intoxication (cf. ; ; ).
15. Wild parties (kēomoi [2970, 3269]) means participation in orgies, usually associated with drunkenness (cf. ; ).
The list is not exhaustive, so Paul adds his catchall statement covering other similar activities (5:21) “and other sins like these..”
Apparently, Paul had given the Galatians similar advice at a previous time because after listing these vices, he reminded them that he had told them before that practicing such evils would prevent them from inheriting the Kingdom of God.
The list of vices implicitly results from human effort, while the virtues are the product of God’s graciousness and the spontaneity of the new life (cf. Burton 1921:313; cf. also Barrett 1985:75–76). Dunn (1993:308) pushes the images even further to suggest that the plural “works” reflects human divisiveness and the singular “fruit” the unity of the Spirit.
Paul assumed that his Christian readers no longer lived in the realm of the flesh and were rather manifesting positive spiritual characteristics by living in the Spirit. He did not simply repeat his exhortation to “walk” in the Spirit (5:25; cf. 5:16). Rather, this exhortation (to them and to himself: “let us”) was to “follow directly in the steps” (stoichēomen [4748, 5123]) set by the Spirit. This instruction answers both the legalist and the libertine. The way of Christ’s followers is not the way of undirected liberty (libertinism) nor the way of direction by a code or list of prescriptions (legalism); it is a direct, personal, step-by-step leading of the Spirit in the Christian’s life.
Mohrlang, R., Gerald L. Borchert. (2007). Cornerstone biblical commentary, Vol 14: Romans and Galatians (pp. 321–327). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
"Every human activity, except sin, can be done for God's pleasure, if you do it with an attitude of praise."- Rick Warren
A Holy Spirit Guided Life
“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’ - (NLT)
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. - (NLT)
A Spirit Led Life Is A Spirit Filled Life
Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness (corruption, stupidity), but be [continually] filled with the [Holy] Spirit and constantly guided by Him. - (AMP)
The Fruit Of The Spirit
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit [Harvest] in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. - (NLT)
But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the [sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.
25 If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit]. 26 We must not become conceited, challenging or provoking one another, envying one another. - (AMP)
“Fruit,” is singular, indicating that all the fruits exist as a unit (like a bunch of grapes rather than many different pieces of fruit) and that all are important to all believers.
So Paul conveyed the meaning of a full harvest of virtues. Also, “fruit” is a by-product; it takes time to grow and requires care and cultivation. The Spirit produces the fruit; our job is to get in tune with the Spirit. Believers exhibit the fruit of the Spirit, not because they work at it, but simply because they are filled with the Holy Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit separates Christians from a godless, evil world, reveals a power within them, and helps them become more Christlike in their daily lives.
The characteristics fall into categories. The first three are inward and can come from God alone:
Love (agape)—Love as shown by Jesus, whose love is self-sacrificing and unchanging, and as demonstrated by God who sent his Son for sinners (). Love forms the foundation for all the other fruit listed. Elsewhere, Paul breaks love itself down into various components (see ), so that “love” turns out to bear little resemblance to the emotional meaning so often given to the word.
Joy (chara)—An inner rejoicing that abides despite outer circumstances. This characteristic has little to do with happiness and can exist in times of unhappiness. It is a deep and nourishing satisfaction that continues even when a life situation seems empty and unsatisfying. The relationship with God through Christ remains even in the deserts and valleys of living.
Peace (eirene)—An inner quietness and trust in God’s sovereignty and justice, even in the face of adverse circumstances. This is a profound agreement with the truth that God, not we, remains in charge of the universe.
The next three concern each believer’s relationships with others:
Longsuffering (makrothumia)—Patiently putting up with people who continually irritate us. The Holy Spirit’s work in us increases our endurance.
Kindness (chrestotes)—Acting charitably, benevolently toward others, as God did toward us. Kindness takes the initiative in responding to other people’s needs.
Goodness (agathosune)—Reaching out to do good to others, even if they don’t deserve it. Goodness does not react to evil but absorbs the offense and responds with positive action.
The last three fruit present more general character traits that ought to guide a believer’s life:
Faithfulness (pistis)—Reliable, trustworthy.
Gentleness (prautes)—Humble, considerate of others, submissive to God and his Word. Even when anger is the appropriate response, as when Jesus cleared the temple, gentleness keeps the expression of anger headed in the right direction. Gentleness applies even force in the correct way.
Self-control (egkrateia)—Mastery over sinful human desires and their lack of restraint. Ironically, our sinful desires, which promise self-fulfillment and power, inevitably lead us to slavery. When we surrender to the Holy Spirit, initially we feel as though we have lost control, but he leads us to the exercise of self-control that would be impossible in our own strength.
Egkrateia [self-control] is that great quality which comes to a man when Christ is in his heart, that quality which makes him able to live and to walk in the world, and yet to keep his garments unspotted from the world.
Against such there is no law. God gave the law to make people aware of their sin and to restrain evil. When the life of the believer expresses these qualities, there is no need for the law. Those who “live by the Spirit” (v. 16) produce fruit reflecting the character of God that the law could not (3:21). Because God who sent the law also sent the Spirit, the by-products of the Spirit-filled life harmonize perfectly with the intent of God’s law. A person who exhibits the fruit of the Spirit fulfills the law far better than a person who observes the rituals but has little love in his or her heart. - Barton, B. B. (1994). Galatians (pp. 187–189). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.
The Evidences Of The Spirit Filled and Spirit Led Life
The Holy Spirit’s work and fruit includes the characteristic of love
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The Holy Spirit fills believers with the love of God
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The Holy Spirit enables believers to live with one another in love
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The gift of the Holy Spirit results in practical love
Love is essential in the exercise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit
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Manser, M. H. (2009). Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser.