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Ch 9: The Crash from Within

There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity.  – Douglas MacArthur

There are three things from within us that must be constructively dealth with to bring inner peace and a wholesome attitude. If not, these could result to an attitude crash.

1. The Fear of Failue

Failure – we hide it,
deny it,
fear it,
ignore it, and
hate it.

We do everything but accept failure. Accepting failure in the positive sense becomes effective when you believe that the right to fail is as important as the right to succeed. It is impossible to succeed without suffering. If you are successful and have not suffered, someone has suffered for you and if you are suffering without suceeding, perhaps someone may suceed after you. But there is not success without suffering.

John 12:24-25 NIV
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. [25] Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Jesus said that dying, not living, was the key to effectiveness. The Lord became a visual example at the cross in Calvary of His words “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends – John 15:3. ” Apostle Paul understood this teaching.

Galatians 2:20 NIV
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, grow, feel, change, love, live.

Attitude is the determining factor of whether our failures make or break us. The persistence of a person who encounters failure is one sign of healthy attitude. Winners don’t quit.

In times of failure a key is to look at our Creator and chief motivator. There will be times that only yourself and God will stand by you – everybody else will desert you.

 

2. The Dread of Discouragement

In 1 Kings 18 Elijah demonstrated boldness, faith, power, & effective prayers as he stood with the worshippers of Baal but his attitude turned sour into blaming God for his troubles in 1 Kings 19 Elijah.  Observes the four thoughts of discouragements in 1 Kings 19 that affected Elijah’s attitude.

A. Discouragement hurts our self-image (v4)
while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

B. Discouragement causes us to evade our responsibilities (v9)
There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

C. Discouragement causes us to blame others for our difficulties (v10).
He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

D. Discouragement causes us to blur the facts (v18). From 1 follower of God to 7000?
Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Don’t be discouraged. Think that God is always in control.

Romans 8:28 NIV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

3. The Struggle of Sin

Knowing what is good and failing to do it brings sadness to many believers.

Romans 7:15-25 NIV
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. [16] And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. [17] As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. [18] For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. [19] For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. [20] Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. [21] So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. [22] For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; [23] but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. [24] What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? [25] Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 8:1-2 NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, [2] because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Paul writes about a conflict between the flesh and the spiritual nature. There is hope in Jesus Christ as there is no more condemnation if anyone is in Christ.

Forgiveness is one thing; however, overcoming sin is another. David prays for purifyng power in Psalms 51:5-13 after he committed adultery and murder.

Psalm 51:1-13 NIV
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. [2] Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. [3] For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. [4] Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. [5] Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. [6] Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. [7] Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. [8] Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. [9] Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. [10] Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. [11] Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. [12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. [13] Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

David’s prayer reveals the eight steps to have deliverance over the power of sin.

  1. v6 – “Help me understand the turth about myself.”
  2. v7 – “Allow the blood sacrifice to be applied to my heart.”
  3. v8 – “Fill me with joy and gladness.”
  4. v9 – “God, remember my sins no more. I can’t always have them thrown up to me.”
  5. v10 – “Give a new heart which naturally does good.”
  6. v11 – “Assure me of Your presence.”
  7. v12 – “Give me a will that wants to do what You want me to do.”
  8. v13 – “Allow me to teach others what I have experienced.”

If your attitude is threatening to crash, see if you are afraid of failure, dealing with discouragement or struggling with sin.

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