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Attitude Adjustment

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Today, Pastor Chris teaches on the last part of the discipline of Submission. He will explain how our attitudes get in the way of living lives truly submitted to Christ and each other.

Have you ever been in trouble and a parent said, “You need an attitude adjustment!”? In my house, it usually meant one of us was getting a butt whoopin! Don’t worry, we’re not going that direction, but I do believe that we need to correct course before we get a spiritual whoopin.
Today, we are finishing up on our study of the discipline of submission.
Remember, the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary says,
Submission is the voluntary placement of oneself under the authority and leadership of another (Gk. hupotasso).
As I was praying about this word, I thought about everything the Lord has show us thus far.
Matthew 16:24 NLT
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.
We’ve also seen how understanding this discipline is a critical part of Following Jesus. It requires us to choose a Master, to lose our lives, and to deny ourselves. The process of learning submission will only truly sink in if you give Him all of you!
There was a pharisee, trying to trap Jesus, who asked Him what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asked Him what the law said -
Luke 10:27 NLT
27 The man answered, “ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
Then He told them that this was the greatest commandment. To love God with all of our heart & soul, strength & mind. I look at this as your spiritual and physical self. Ultimately, it’s this scripture that calls us to respond.
*I want to talk more about this, because I believe our attitudes are more than just our feelings and they can stop us from receiving all that He has planned for us.
Philippians 2:1–5 NLT
1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Attitude defined as -
the way a person views something or tends to behave towards it, often in an evaluative way
a position of the body indicating mood or emotion
a testy, uncooperative disposition.
A pastor friend of mine and I were talking about verse 5 above. He’s very studied in the Greek and he said that the word here “φρονέω(sounds like fro-nay-oh) “ means -
To develop an attitude based on careful thought - It’s not always about whether you will have thoughts or attitudes that are against the will of Christ, it’s about what you do with them!
I am reminded of something I remember a pastor saying, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” This is another way of saying, you can get in the way of what God has for you.
That reminds me of the freedom we find in living out this discipline.
Living a life yielded in Godly submission -
• Frees us from trying to be who we were not created to be.
Did you know that it’s not our end goal in life to be “in-charge”? There is someone who is better at being the boss than you, His name is Jesus. When considering this, we should consider Him as the Ultimate Authority in everything. This allows us to change our response to others to go from “Can I trust the person in authority over me?” to “Am I trusting that God is leading this person to lead me...” See the difference?
Another way to look at this is to remember that the flesh wants things to go according to my preference instead of Gods!
i.e. I don’t like the way they prayed. They should pray like this…Watch out now!! Jesus show us how to pray, is that too simple?
It made me think about my children. None of my children talk to me the same way(not talking about respect, etc) I am talking about personality & their own unique passions for different things. Even when they agree on something, each still have a unique perspective. God made us that way & I love that in my children. Guess what, I am pretty sure He does too!
It’s here that I am reminded of a word spoke to me months ago. The Lord said, “Break the mold of who you think you are supposed to be, to look like, to sound like, to preach like....just be who I called…You!”
It’s here that we find that each of us have a war that we wage.
- - It’s the battle against the “old man” or your flesh.
I heard another leader say, you weren’t just made into a better version of yourself, you’ve become a NEW creation! 2 Cor 5:17 (in Christ!)
Galatians 5:17 TPT
17 For your self-life craves the things that offend the Holy Spirit and hinder him from living free within you! And the Holy Spirit’s intense cravings hinder your old self-life from dominating you! So then, the two incompatible and conflicting forces within you are your self-life of the flesh and the new creation life of the Spirit.
So, taking up the attitude of Christ is to say with Him, “YOUR will, not my will, be done!”
I want to encourage you this morning, because we love God, we must learn to walk in submission to Him and the authority that He’s placed in our lives. In fact, scripture shows us that submission to authority is a mark of spiritual maturity.
I’ve got a built in attitude test here, are you ready? If the response of your heart to the teaching on submission sounded something like, “I don’t need this, it’s too basic/simple. I don’t need this, I am X years old...” if either ring true, then it’s a great indicator that you do need this!

Here are some ways that you can start praying and seeking to obey God in submission -

Remind yourself of how God views authority.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)

Pray for the authority that God has placed in your life.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1–2)

Repent of the grumbling or defiance in your heart or in your actions.

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” (Philippians 2:14)

Pray for a reset in your heart, so that you can see how to be obedient to the authority placed over you.

Give grace to those who have a different opinion than yourself, asking God to give you a respectful heart.
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution . . . .” (1 Peter 2:13)

Watch your mouth!

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” (Proverbs 13:3)

Look for ways to speak well of those in authority over you, even if you don’t agree with their decisions.

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” (Titus 3:1–2)

Serve with your leaders, encouraging and helping them in the weighty task they’ve been given.

“I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you- that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” (Romans 1:11–12)

Closing & Prayer

I didn’t just pick 7 random points in scripture. I believe that if we read and pray these scriptures (along with others) and allow ourselves to be led by the spirit, we will see the truth and transformation of submission in our lives.
Can I let you in on a little secret? I don’t know many people who have this 100% figured out. It’s a process, I just encourage you to allow yourself to live it out in joy and don’t try to fit in a mold of comparison to someone else. Your journey will look a bit different than others, but we are all here to support each other.
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