Attitude Is Everything Pt.II

Attitude is everything part 2

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Cor 10:13 (KJV).

Knowing when to run is as important in spiritual battle as knowing when and how to fight, see 1 Timothy 6:11. Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the Christian life: run, pursue, fight, and hold tightly. Some think Christianity is a passive religion that advocates waiting for God to act. On the contrary, we must have an active faith, training, working hard, sacrificing, and doing what we know is right.

Our discipline and obedience largely define whether or not we will be contributors or merely spectators. Some of the challenges we face in life may be very difficult ones, but God never allows more to come upon us than we can bear. The Scripture above not only says He provides a way out, but it also says He gives us the strength to bear up under trials with patience. That means we can go through them with a good attitude! Maintaining a good attitude in the midst of something unpleasant is the key to victory, and it enables us to enjoy the journey.

The word "flee" in this verse isn't passive, so the word "follow" isn't passive either. The Greek word from which "follow" was translated is "DIOKO" which means, "to run swiftly in order to catch a person or thing, to run after, to pursue" (Thayer). Paul is telling Timothy that he has to pursue righteousness, faith,
charity, and peace; they don't come naturally. Our minds were corrupted through the old man and they will naturally tend towards condemnation, unbelief, hate, and depression. If we do what comes naturally, fleshly lust will be the result.

Make this confession: “I can maintain a good attitude during trials, knowing that God provides my way out.” Leviticus 20 - Psalm 25 - Ecclesiastes 3 – 1 Timothy 5

- Paul Fakunle

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