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Attitude Determines Your Altitude (Philippians 2:5)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

Joseph, a man destined for greatness, is in prison. A man that had committed no crime, yet in prison. What a sad place to be, especially when you've done nothing wrong. He was there as a result of being mistreated by his family. You expect some people to mistreat you, but not your family. However, notice Joseph's attitude while being in prison. He kept a positive attitude and remained true to his character. Joseph had a passion to serve. Some people look for a reason not to serve. Some people think up excuses. I've seen laborers around the church that will work harder trying to keep from working that they would if they would go on and do the job. But Joseph had a passion to serve.

Not only did he have a passion, but he also had patience. Some people mess up by being impatient. We must admit that some things don't happen overnight. If you're going to accomplish goals in life, it takes a while to accomplish those objectives. It took Abraham a hundred years to get a son; it took Sarah ninety. They had to wait. It took Moses eighty years to be the Great Emancipator. He spent forty years in the school under Pharaoh and he spent forty years in the wilderness with his father-in-law Jethro.

It took John the Baptist thirty years before he could stand on Jordan and preach, "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." It took Paul fifteen years to move from the statement he made, "Every time I have a desire to do good, evil is always present." to the point where he said, "I can do all thing through Christ which strengthens me." Some things don't happen overnight. You will have to exercise patience. If you're going to arrive, you need to learn how to wait on God. Your attitude can determine your altitude. You can be free but have a bad attitude and it will send you down. Or you can be bound but with a good attitude, and you can make it through in flying colors.


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