Summary: Becoming aware of debilitating attitudes and finding power through Jesus to correct them.
Stinking Thinking 1
‘He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.’
We have inside of us the potential to mature and grow in God. The reality of abundant life is within our reach. We CAN become stronger, closer, wiser, and better. We CAN become more unified, more spiritualified, and more glorified. Every test and every trial pressures and motivates us to dig and search internally for an uncommon resolve.
The fear of failure, of hypocrisy, of inadequacy can be overcome! We can prevail over our dependency of other’s opinions, our addiction to self, and our need to lean on the wisdom of man!
Its not good fortune, good luck or good looks that give us victory; its FAITH! I hear, I believe, I become. Our attitude is one major factor to either healthy belief or destructive unbelief. Too many times we are bothered with Stinking Thinking.
A bad attitude= negative, blaming, dissatisfied, critical.
Good – Positive, responsible, content, helpful.
We could be poisoning everyone and everything around us and because of false pride and arrogance we never realize it. We affect others around us. Our attitude is contagious. Then when everything gets bad, we blame others. Stinking thinking blinds us from realizing and recognizing our own problems, and magnifies other people’s.
This is the stumbling block to progress for many. This becomes the wall that keeps us from moving closer, getting wiser, maturity.
2 stinking attitudes:
Lip Service & Grandeur
Lip Service – shamming. Mouthing insincere statements. Telling others what they want to hear. Superficial compliance. A sham to make self look good.
Not lying: lying is out and out fraud. When we lie, we know we are not being truthful and hope we don’t get caught. Lip Service is more like wishful thinking. We half believe what we are saying or praying. Totally sincere at that moment, but lack the follow through.
You can’t flap your lips and wish your words will come true on their own. Talk is cheap. Victory requires action, change, commitment and work.
Lip Service is dangerous to spirituality because we start to think that quoting scripture and talking religiously and saying AMEN at the right time is the same as looking honestly into our hearts and exchanging the scandalous in for the splendorous.
Lip service won’t work because we can fool man, but not God. If you find yourself saying:
‘I promise I’ll never do it again’
‘I learned my lesson this time’
‘I think the Bible is great, but…”
‘I’m going to pray it through and get over it as soon as…’
Remember: we usually believe our own lip service at the moment. Following through is how you tell the difference from a fraud and a fact. It’s not what we say; it’s what we do that counts.
Don’t just be a ‘pleaser’. So folks will be nice. So folks will stay off your back. So you can get your way. Lip service is INSINCERITY. I think there is sin in that. The opposite of Lip service is commitment.