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Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ. - Philippians 2: 5 If as we go through life, we have an attitude as that of Christ, just think how much easier life would be. When we are faced with temptations, if we have the mind of Christ, we will handle all situations as our Lord Jesus Christ would. All of our conduct will be affected. We need to be humble as Christ was. We are to have the same character, thus identifying us. Jesus: he was humble, loving, laborious, and patient. When he was twelve and in the temple, he said he needed to do the will of his Father. That should be our wish, to do His will.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:5-7 (KJV)

God sent his Son, Christ Jesus, who was the foremost example God was able to provide. The Lord Jesus Christ should be our model, we should fashion our lives in harmony with His wonderful example.

Jesus took upon himself to be the most humble, lowliest man. He performed the lowliest of offices, thereby benefitting us.

The attitude or views that Christ made apparent is the meaning of the mind of Christ. This is what we are told in Philippians 2 :5(NKJV).This has been seen - outlook determines outcome. Many people today think that they can't manage their moods or attitudes. Christians are not slaves to their attitudes. We must have a particular attitude as did Jesus. A resemblance to his life is what we must bear if we are to have the benefit of his death.

Without the Spirit of Christ, we are none of His.


How is our association with God influenced by our negative attitudes? Often we become too engrossed with other things to utilize our time to the work of the Lord. If we became too dismal and then in turn have a negative attitude. Satan would be ecstatic because of this, but it would cause destruction to the work of God. One having a negative attitude would not be prone to work for the Lord.

Do you know of anyone who would want someone with an unhappy attitude trying to teach others about God? I don't think anyone would, that I'm sure of. The sight of an unhappy person wanting to teach others about the Lord is a picture that would not be welcome anywhere.


What are the benefits of a positive attitude? By having a positive attitude, we willingly will do God's work. Are you countering a seemingly hopeless dilemma at work, at home, or at school, by performing each small task and doing your best?

We have many Biblical examples describing to us how a person's positive attitude helped them.

Let's reflect upon two stories about how God turned odds around for two men: Joseph suffered years of mistreatment, but continued to maintain a positive attitude. The Lord turned Joseph's situation around. He will see your endeavors and can reverse even overpowering odds.

Positive attitudes can impact others. The children of Israel were belligerent and hopeless, but Moses assured them that God would rescue them. Moses had a positive attitude! When it seemed as if they were trapped, Moses called upon God to intercede. Instead of giving in to despair, we should borrow Moses' attitude to "stand firm" and see the deliverance that the Lord will achieve.

A circumstance occurs in which our life is altered. This could be a catastrophe within our family or friends or a loss of a job or the loss of good health. Our perspective at any event that we encounter either helps us or hinders us. If an unpleasant incident occurs, we need to stop and consider our blessings. Positive attitudes will help overcome adversity. What is your approach when the task you have been given is not up to your true capability? The task at hand may be all you can do, or it may be the work God wants you to do.

Everything that you do is affected by the attitude that you possess. When someone has a negative attitude, it could turn them away from God. All that you do and say is being observed by others.

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The observation is being done when you are unaware. Someone is always watching you. Your example is so significant. Negative attitudes lead to wrong choices. So many times our attitudes and conduct are formed by the values and actions of others. Have you ever made an incorrect choice because you desired to be like everyone else? We need to be cautious that the standards of our friends or heroesdon't pull us away from what God has said in His Word. Anytime God's family wants to be like unbelievers, they are on the path leading to spiritual disaster.

For years, I worked in a school system and had to keep paperwork. On one of my notebooks, I placed the first two illustrations where I could see them. They were read by me daily and seemed appropriate.

Roses Among Thorns

"The sentence which has most influenced my life is, 'Some persons grumble because God placed thorns among roses. Why not thank God because He placed roses among thorns?' I first read it when but a mere lad. Since that day it has occupied a front room in my life and has given it an optimistic trend." (Benjamin Franklin)

To be meek is to have a disposition to see the roses among the thorns, rather than to complain about the thorns among the roses. Which do you see? Your answer will help you to judge whether you possess that meekness of which our Savior spoke.

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I, for my part, have learned, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, (Heb 5:8), to be content in every state.
Unflappable to the serenity of the Christian, whose adequacy isn't in itself, but in God (2Co 3:5 )
Thy heart is not right in the sight of God. (Acts 8:21)
Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it flow the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom. 8:6)

In this last verse, we are told that the worldly person is alive in the physical sense, but he is spiritually dead. The inner person is dead to God in all that he does and says. Even though someone might be moral, even religious, he lacks the spiritual life. We find in Romans 8:2 he needs the life we have in Christ Jesus.

What we steadily, consciously, habitually think we are, that we tend to become.
John Cowper Powys

There is little difference in people... the little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
Clement Stone

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Lesson 1

Lesson 2
The Mind of Christ

Lesson 3
Imitate Christ

Lesson 4

Lesson 5
Taming the Tongue

Lesson 6
Our Legacy

Lesson 7

Lesson 8

Lesson 9

Lesson 10

Lesson 11

Lesson 12

Lesson 13
Improper Language

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Lesson 14

Lesson 15

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Lesson 17

Lesson 18

Lesson 19
Strength to
Endure Suffering

Lesson 20
Grieve Not
The Spirit

Lesson 21

Lesson 22

Lesson 23

Lesson 24
Purity in Heart

Lesson 25

Lesson 26

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Lesson 27

Lesson 28

Lesson 29

Lesson 30
Inner Peace

Lesson 31

Lesson 32
Our Example

Lesson 33

Lesson 34

Lesson 35
Testing Of Our Faith

Lesson 36

Lesson 37

Lesson 38
Problems Concerning

Lesson 39
Practical Results

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Lesson 40
Good Works

Lesson 41
Women Teachers
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Lesson 42
Women Teachers

Lesson 43
Good Friends

Lesson 44
Choosing a Husband

Lesson 45
Choosing a Wife

Lesson 46
The Exemplary Daughter
Part 1

Lesson 47
The Exemplary Daughter
Part 2

Lesson 48
The Ideal Mother
Part 1

Lesson 49
The Ideal Mother
Part 2

Lesson 50
The Home As God
Would Have It
Part 1

Lesson 51
The Home As God
Would Have It
Part 2

Lesson 52
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Lesson 53
Marriage As God
Would Have It
Part 1

Lesson 54
Marriage As God
Would Have It
Part 2

Lesson 55
The Virtuous Woman
Part 1

Lesson 56
The Virtuous Woman
Part 2

Lesson 57
The Virtuous Woman
Part 3

Lesson 58

Lesson 59

Lesson 60
Pride & Haughtiness

Lesson 61

Lesson 62

Lesson 63

Lesson 64

Lesson 65

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Lesson 66

Lesson 67

Lesson 68
Infinite God

Lesson 69
Holiness of God

Lesson 70
of God

Lesson 71

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of God

Lesson 73
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83113: Absolute Surrender

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