Spiritual Attitude – I Can Do is the Right Mindset

Last update: Monday, July 11, 2016
Spiritual Attitude
Summary

Your Spiritual attitude…

Your Spiritual attitude influences your natural / human mindset. If you are a born again believer, you now have two lives, natural and spiritual. Often we have problems adjusting to the less-familiar spiritual part of you. Paul spoke of this conflict in Romans 7. Your natural / human attitude differs from your spirit-led opinions and acting or reacting.

This Bible study focuses on your Spiritual feelings or opinions of a person, place, object, or event.

Philippians 1:6 God began to do a good work in you. And I am sure that he will keep on doing it until he has finished it. He will keep on until the day Jesus Christ comes again. (WE)

1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 My friends, we beg you to warn anyone who isn’t living right. Encourage anyone who feels left out, help all who are weak, and be patient with everyone.

15 Don’t be hateful to people, just because they are hateful to you. Rather, be good to each other and to everyone else. 16 Always be joyful 17 and never stop praying.

18 Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do. (CEV)

Child of God you were called for a reason, to live up to His purpose for your life. Know that He is working in and through you to make it happen. Even in hard times, by faith you can and you will do it. Now let’s begin…

Key Points:

  1. Let faith in God be your foundation in all of the good things you do. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 That is why we always pray for you, asking our God to help you live the kind of life he called you to live. We pray that with his power God will help you do the good things you want and perform the works that come from your faith. (NCV)
  2. It’s not all about you, your focus should be in helping others. Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (RKJNT)
  3. Maintain a positive Spiritual attitude! Remember all the help you need, the Holy Spirit, is with you always. John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever. (NKJV)

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Spiritual Attitude
The Spiritual Nature Attitude (Study 1)
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Maintain a positive attitude

Corrupt vs. Spiritual Nature

Romans 8:5-9 Those who live by the corrupt nature have the corrupt nature’s attitude. But those who live by the spiritual nature have the spiritual nature’s attitude.

6 The corrupt nature’s attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature’s attitude leads to life and peace.

7 This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God’s standards because it can’t.

8 Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can’t please God.

9 But if God’s Spirit lives in you, you are under the control of your spiritual nature, not your corrupt nature. (GW)

Attitude definition

A state of mind or being that consists of our thoughts, beliefs, personality and moods about someone or something that is shown in our actions. Hopefully, that definition helps in understanding the Spiritual attitude.

You as a Spiritual person should follow your Spiritual nature and not your corrupt (human) nature. After all our struggle, according to Galatians 5:16-17, is flesh versus Spirit; human (corrupt) versus Spiritual (righteous).

Seeing the Beautiful

A lady, paying an early morning visit to a neighbor, was ushered into a rather untidy room for which her hostess profusely apologized, but her visitor smilingly replied, “I had eyes for nothing but these lovely roses,” pointing to a vase of beauties which occupied a prominent place on the table. Just as the eye sees what it looks for, so the soul that is itself beautiful finds all that is best and noblest and most worthy of praise in the men and women. (from Illustrations of Bible Truths Copyright © 1995, 1998 by AMG International, Inc.)

Philippians 2:3-4 Do not act out of selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility think of others as being better than yourselves. 4 Do not be concerned about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others. (ISV)

Not about posture

Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17

God is looking at your heart not what physical position (attitude) you are in when you pray. He knows if you respect Him or not by the way you live. One thing to consider, we are to pray always*. It is not possible to always kneel, bow or lay prostrate when praying. Learn to communicate with your Lord in any position / activity.

Luke 16:15 Jesus (to the Pharisees): 15 You’ve made your choice. Your ambition is to look good in front of other people, not God. But God sees through to your hearts. He values things differently from you. The goals you and your peers are reaching for God detests. (The Voice)

[*Read Luke 18:1-8 (key verse: 1); Luke 21:34-38 (key verse: 36); 1 Thessalonians 5:12-21 (key verse: 17)]. Note: Traditionally[1], attitude relates to ones posture when praying. Depending on the custom, place and the persons mind-set there were / are as many as nine different positions / postures to show adoration, respect and supplication. This is not covered in this study.

1 Peter 1:13-16 Therefore concentrate your minds, with the strictest self-control, and fix your hopes on the blessing that is coming for you at the appearing of Jesus Christ. 14 Be like obedient children; do not let your lives be shaped by the passions which once swayed you in the days of your ignorance,

15 but in your whole life show yourselves to be holy, after the pattern of the Holy One from whom you received your call. 16 For scripture says — ‘You will be holy, because I am holy.’ (OEB)

Question for spiritual attitude – study 1: Do you have a new spiritual attitude?

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Spiritual Attitude
Renewed Mind (Study 2)
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“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],”
Ephesians 4:23 (AMP)

Right mindset

Ephesians 4:23-24 You are renewed in the spirit (vital principles) (attitude) of your mind (understanding). 24 Put on the new man, that in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (NSB)

Having the right attitude—a spiritual attitude—can make a difference in all things. When you decide to do any good thing, know that you have all the help you need through Christ. Trust God to come through for you.

Ephesians 4:23-24 and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], 24 and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation]. (AMP)

Trust in God

Joshua 21:43-45 So the Lord kept the promise he had made to the Israelites. He gave the people all the land he had promised. The people took the land and lived there. 44 The Lord allowed them to have peace on all sides of their land. This is what he had promised to their people who lived long ago. None of their enemies defeated them. The Lord allowed the Israelites to defeat every enemy. 45 He kept every promise he had made to the Israelites. No promises failed. Each one came true. (ICB)

They failed and disappointed God at times, we do that also, but God is true to His word and will deliver. Before becoming a child of God, you did not have a solid and predictable source to rely on, but now you have the Lord. He is your rock, your protector, and Savior; your God, the Lord is your strength, put your trust in Him [read Psalms 18:1-3].

Hebrews 6:18 These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he says something, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. So these two things are a great help to us who have come to God for safety. They encourage us to hold on to the hope that is ours. (ERV)

Can do Spiritual attitude

My dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand the treasure that we have in Jesus our God. I encourage you to put on that ‘can do spiritual attitude‘. Get to know what God has in store for you. Hold your head up, put a smile on your face. You have help, you no longer have to try to do anything, step out on faith and do it!

Philemon 1:6 And I pray that the sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ Jesus. (RKJNT)

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Spiritual Attitude
I Can Do Attitude (Study 3)
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“‘Can Do’ attitude with the help of the Lord”

I can do…

Philippians 4:11-13 I’m not saying this because I’m in any need. I’ve learned to be content in whatever situation I’m in. 12 I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little. 13 I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me. (GW)

Whatever you are going through, you can make it, just have faith that God will get you through. Realize and say, “I can do it” knowing that God has given you the power and help you need to make it. Put on the ‘I can do’ attitude; remember what Shadrach (aka Hananiah), Meshach (aka Mishael) and Abednego (aka Azariah) said while in the furnace:

Daniel 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. (KJV)

Stand on your faith God is able to do all things

Matthew 9:28-29 And when he had come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to him, Yes, Lord. 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it done to you. (RKJNT)

Two blind men came to Jesus to be healed not trying to be healed, but they believed He could and would heal them. Before doing so Jesus asked, if they believed He was able—they responded, yes, Lord. Jesus made a very important statement when he touched their eyes, ‘According to your faith be it done to you‘. We end this with the words of Paul: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Remember to give God the glory and credit!

Endure – go through

1 Corinthians 10:13 The only temptations that you have are the same temptations that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation. Then you will be able to endure it. (ERV)

I urge you to by faith in God, take on the ‘I can do’ attitude in Jesus name.

Question for spiritual attitude – study 3: Do you have an ‘I can do‘ attitude?

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Spiritual Attitude
Start Doing (Study 4)
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“Stop trying – start doing”

Stop trying – start doing

I know it sounds harsh and uncaring, but please ‘stop trying and start doing‘. Don’t just put forth effort (trying), get it done (doing). With the help of our Lord, we can do all things, our help comes from God.

“… The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. [from Luke 18:27 (KJV)] ♦ “…God is my helper…” [from Psalms 54:4 (ASV)] ♦ “My help cometh from the Lord…” [from Psalms 121:2 (KJV)]

Trying – making an effort or attempting to do or complete something. FYI, trying found twice in the KJV, James 1:3 and 1 Peter 1:7, refers to the trying or trial {testing or proving} of your faith; not a person making an attempt to do something. The word try also never refers to attempting to get a thing done. One final point, attempt, attempted or attempting are not found in the KJV either.

Doingfulfilling, performing (caring out), getting done {finishing; completing; achieving or accomplishing}. Let God who can do the things that are impossible for people make the impossible for you possible.

2 Corinthians 3:4-5 And this is the certain faith which we have in God through Christ: 5 Not as if we were able by ourselves to do anything for which we might take the credit; but our power comes from God; (BBE)

The ‘Can Do’ with God

Sometimes we must change our approach and way of thinking to complete a task. Eventually, change what we say—”I can do” is better than “I will try“. With God’s help, we do not have to try to do anything, start doing it and He will help finish. Even Jesus stated “I can do nothing by myself” [from John 5:30 (RKJNT)]. So why would you try to do anything without Him.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He who abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. (RKJNT)

Are you tired of trying and failing?

The problem with ‘trying’ is that it gives the impression that we are attempting to do something without the mindset that we will get it done. Have a ‘can do‘ attitude knowing that God adds the can do to you. All it takes is faith. Start doing with God’s help and get results meant for you—become a ‘can do‘ child of God.

From childhood to now, I knew that I could do anything I put my mind to do. This attitude was and is a result of my faith in God. Knowing that my helper, the Holy Spirit, would make sure I did not and will not fail.

Matthew 21:21 …if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain… (from NLT)

The spiritual attitude is positive knowing that through your faith in God you can do, if you do not doubt.

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Study Outline / Scriptures
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Spiritual Attitude Outline

  • Summary: Philippians 1:3-11 (key verse: 6); 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 (key verses: 14-18); 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 [(key verse: 11); cross reference: Romans 1:8-17 (key verses: 12 and 17)]; Matthew 5:13-16 (key verse: 16)
  • Spiritual Nature: Romans 8:1-17 (key verses: 5-9); Philippians 2:1-4 (key verses: 3-4); Luke 16:14-18 [(key verse: 15); reference: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (key verse: 7)]; Luke 18:1-8 (key verse: 1); Luke 21:34-38 (key verse: 36); 1 Thessalonians 5:12-21 (key verse: 17); 1 Peter 1:13-21 [(key verses: 13-16); cross reference: Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7]
  • Renewed Mind: Ephesians 4:17-24 (key verses: 23-24); Joshua 21:43-45; Psalms 18:1-3; Hebrews 6:13-20 (key verse: 18); Philemon 1:4-7 (key verse: 6)
  • I can do attitude: Philippians 4:10-20 (key verses: 11-13); Daniel 3:8-18 (key verse: 17); Matthew 9:27-31 (key verses: 28-29); 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (key verse: 13)
  • Start Doing: Luke 18:24-30 [(key verse: 27); compare: Matthew 19:23-30 (key verse: 26); Mark 10:23-31 (key verse: 27)]; Psalms 54:4-5 (key verse: 4); Psalms 121:1-2 (key verse: 2); 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 (key verses: 4-5); John 15:1-8 (key verse: 5); Matthew 21:20-22 (key verse: 21)
  • Conclusion: Colossians 3:12-17 (key verses: 15-16); Ephesians 5:1-7 (key verses: 1-2); Philippians 2:5-11 (key verses: 5-8)
Spiritual Attitude
Conclusion

Always be thankful and loving

Colossians 3:15-16 Let the peace of Christ have power over your hearts. You were chosen as a part of His body. Always be thankful. 16 Let the teaching of Christ and His words keep on living in you.

These make your lives rich and full of wisdom. Keep on teaching and helping each other. Sing the Songs of David and the church songs and the songs of heaven with hearts full of thanks to God. (NLV)

Live in peace. Be thankful at all times. Follow the teachings of Christ (the Scriptures). Teach and help each other. Finally, live your life in a loving manner. Love is essential to the right mindset–the right Spiritual attitude.

Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore, continue becoming imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and be walking about [fig., conducting yourselves] in love, as also Christ loved us and gave Himself [or, handed Himself over] on our behalf, [as] an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell [or, a sweet-smelling aroma]. (ALT)

Be like Christ

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this attitude be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, though being in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in form as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (RKJNT)

FYI, the word attitude is not used in the KJV, NKJV and only once in RKJNT {Philippians 2:5}. The use in Philippians is the phrase ‘mind be’ from phroneō (fro-ne’-ō) meaning:
  • to feel, to think
    • to have an opinion of one’s self, think of one’s self, to be modest, not let one’s opinion (though just) of himself exceed the bounds of modesty
    • to think or judge what one’s opinion is
    • to be of the same mind i.e. agreed together, cherish the same views, be harmonious

Take on the spiritual attitude of Christ Jesus, act like Him, think and believe like Him. Jesus gave up everything (during His time in the flesh) to become a servant. The creator of all lowered Himself (became a person who suffered abuse) and faithfully remained obedient ’til death.

Have the right Spiritual attitude

Embrace your Spiritual nature. Allow the Lord to renew your mind with the right mindset. Pursue the right way of acting and thinking. Take on each task with an ‘I can do’ attitude and start doing right / good.

Most of all maintain this positive Spiritual attitude with the help of the Lord. God is on your side my friends—be blessed— Tim.

Related Bible studies:

Maintaining A Positive Attitude and Changed Life || Trying Vs Doing || I Can Do {Facebook page}

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  2. Awesome Bible Study! Great way to start my day, Blessings for a Beautiful day Honey!


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