Attitude is everything!
It's what dictates how we see ourselves. It's what shapes how we set our goals. And it's what determines how we handle adversity.
It's even interesting to note that if you assign each letter of the alphabet to a corresponding number (A=1, B=2, etc.) and add up the numbers that correspond with the letters of "Attitude", you get 100!
Attitude really is everything!
How much more important is attitude to a fighter?
Look at boxing, and when you consider the greatest fighters of all time, they have a few things in common, most of which was their attitude - they had an undeniable confidence, and swagger, if you will. They knew they were going to come out on top at the end of the 12 rounds….maybe even sooner!
The Apostle Paul was no different! He was a fighter amongst fighters, because he had the right attitude.
The Book of Acts, chapter 16, tells us of a time when Paul, along with Silas, was wrongfully accused of a crime, resulting in their beating and eventual imprisonment. All Paul had done was command an evil spirit to leave a woman in the name of Jesus, and Silas was simply an innocent bystander in the matter, but guilty by association. Yet because others were angry that they could no longer exploit this woman's condition, they went after Paul and Silas who were simply acting upon the will and the power of God.
I don't know about you, but I would have taken it upon myself to fight for my life, demand a lawyer, and fight back against my accusers. I wonder how far that would have gotten me…..
But Paul and Silas had a different attitude about them. They responded in a way that simply blows my mind, as I'm sure it does yours, but serves as an amazing encouragement to us all, even today.
Rather than defending themselves, Acts 16:25 tells us that just hours after their imprisonment, they started praying and singing hymns to God, while the other prisoners listened to them!
On Sunday, we looked at how our worship to God is like a battle cry that strikes fear into heart of the enemy and puts him on official notice that we are waging a war!
The result of their praying and worshiping in the midst of persecution was earth-shattering - literally! We read that there was a violent earthquake that shook the foundations of the prison, causing all the doors to swing open and all the prisoners' chains to come free.
But rather than fleeing immediately, Paul and Silas used this as an opport
unity to minister to the jailer. of all people, sharing the Gospel with him in order to save his life, and as a result, he and his entire household were saved!
What is our attitude when we go through something we think we don't deserve? Do we curse God and blame Him for our circumstances? Do we seek revenge after the one who wronged us? Or do we thank God for the opportunity to depend on Him, to worship Him, and to use our situation to positively affect the lives of others?
Attitude is everything.
Outside of Christ, our attitudes are shaped by the world around us. In Christ, our attitudes are conformed to that of our Savior!
And as we continue to fight, the proper attitude will make all the difference in us experiencing the victory that we already have in Jesus Christ!