Attitude Determines Altitude

The keeper of the
prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because
the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper

(Genesis 39:23).
  
Joseph’s life is an example of the attitude we should have
when things go awry in our lives. As a teenager, God gave him a vision of
himself as a leader. This vision changed how Joseph saw himself, and affected
everything he did. Because he saw himself as an overcomer, he rose above every
problem he encountered.
 
Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and sold Joseph to
some slave traders. The traders sold him to the household of an Egyptian leader
to be their slave. Because Joseph didn’t see himself as a slave, he became the
ruler of the leader’s household.
 
Joseph was thrown into prison after being wrongfully accused
of attempted rape. But Joseph’s attitude caused him to rise above the prison
chains. He became one of the leaders among the prisoners and helped the guards
greatly.
 
Finally, after correctly interpreting the Pharaoh of Egypt’s
dream, Joseph was appointed as Prime Minister of Egypt. No one but Pharaoh had
greater power than Joseph. And Joseph’s teenage dream of his family bowing
before was literally fulfilled when he was thirty years of age.
 
Joseph is a great example to us of the power of our attitude
to regulate us during hard times. Attitude
determines altitude
someone has said. You never rise above attitude. What
you think about yourself deep inside determines how you respond to life’s
circumstances.
 
Joseph saw himself as a winner and his attitude brought him
through being rejected by his siblings; through being sold as a slave; through
false accusation; and through being wrongfully imprisoned.
 
What attitude do you have right now in the midst of your
current circumstance? You never rise above what you think about yourself. I’ll
leave you with these scriptures to help you with attitude adjustments that we
all must make at times:
 
What then shall we say
to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare
His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also
freely give us all things?
(Romans 8:31-32) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who
loved us
(Romans 8:37).
Now thanks be to God
who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance
of His knowledge in every place
(2 Corinthians 2:14). For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us
(Romans 8:18) Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren,
whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into
various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of
your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let
endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work,
so that you may be people perfectly and fully developed with no defects,
lacking in nothing
(James 1:2-4- Amplified).

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