I like how one minister friend of mine said, “A bad attitude is like a flat tire; you aren’t going anywhere until it is changed!”
There’s few things that will hold up the work of God in your life, than not having the right attitude about what is going on in your life. Are you thankful that God loves and cares for you, or are you blaming Him for your problems? Are you forgiving others and loving them as Jesus requires of us, or are you allowing yourself to become upset, angry, and unforgiving towards them? Jesus said that if we are unforgiving, it turns us over to the tormentors and also prevents God from forgiving our own sins.
It’s one thing to be going through a trial or hardship, but it’s our responsibility to determine our attitude in the midst of the trial. While we can’t change what was done to us, or sometimes what is being done to us, we can choose how to respond to it. This is the very reason that many women who are raped end up in spiritual bondage. It’s not the rape, but their response to the rape which invites the work of the enemy in their life.
We need to be like Paul and Silas and have a heart filled with thanksgiving even while sitting in the prison with rats running about our feet! Do you know what happened? They didn’t stay in that trial long because their hearts towards God moved the very heart of God to send down an angel to remove them from that seemingly hopeless situation!
What if Paul and Silas didn’t praise the Lord in the midst of their trial? There’s a chance that would have put an end to their preaching the gospel… as harsh as that sounds, that’s the facts.
A lot of Christians live their entire lives in the same place spiritually because they are trying to go places with flat tires. If we want to reach God’s next step for us, we need to make sure that our flat tires are changed.