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When we follow God, instead of ourselves, when we seek His will for our lives and pursue what He teaches us through the Bible, everything in our lives change. We die to self in order to live for Christ.

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

For a Christian to begin developing a positive attitude from a Biblical perspective, he must first let go of the idea that God is here to make dreams come true if what we're pursuing are our own plans and not His. We have to recognize that God is in control and that sometimes, horrible events happen that we have no control over. But those events can ultimately bring God glory in how we tackle them.

 When we make our lives about God, even the worst, hardest situations become tools that strengthen us and draw us closer to God.

 James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

There's no better prize than that, but it's not easy getting there. Just like becoming a better roper or bull rider takes time and practice, it takes time to learn and apply God's word.

 It's easy to show 'fruit of the spirit', attributes that grow in us as saved Christians, when circumstances are going our way but that fruit, like joy and peacefulness, can be present in a struggle as well as we grow in our faith.

Focusing on God, learning from His word and living out what He teaches us can't help but produce a positive attitude inside us. Out of the transformation that comes from salvation, putting our hope in Christ after receiving forgiveness for our sins through him, our actions become devoted to showing Christ to others and living in a way that brings God glory.

We let go of our own plans, seek God's will for our lives but as we live that out, we find something unexpected has happened. Even a struggling rodeo or bull riding career no longer feel like struggles because in how we live out our success or what we feel like are failures, we suddenly discover a life in Christ is filled with positivity. We may not have that buckle or be on tour with the PBR, be we realize that by putting God first, everything else falls into place. As we become more defined by our relationship with Jesus Christ, life events we once viewed as negative become challenges that are easier to overcome and we see the positive purpose they serve in our lives or the lives of those around us. We handle confrontation better. We handle trials better.

When we put Christ first in our lives, everything else falls into place and life is lived out better. We don't do this because we want to win the next bull riding or rodeo or have a better life. We do this because Jesus saved us from our sin through our faith and confessions to him as Lord and we find ourselves compelled to pursue Him through Biblical knowledge. Instead of turning to resources like The Secret and Psychocybernetics or false preachers that tickle our ears with positive-sounding messages that never teach us about sin or the need of a savior, we turn to Jesus where we find the strength to succeed in whatever God puts in front of us—God's plans, not our own. And as we seek Him more, those plans become clear.

1 Timothy 6:6-11  But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. Fight the Good Fight of Faith But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

We will face struggles. We will falter and fail. There will be times we wonder why we're never coming out on top but then we realize again, that's measuring success by this world's standards and our faith is strengthened, our resolve is more determined and day by day, our attitude toward life becomes more and more positive.

We don't pursue the Bible to become better bull riders, bronc riders, bull doggers, barrel racers and ropers. But we DO become better in our sport and everything else we do because we are pursuing  Jesus. In the eternal picture, we can't lose.

In our pursuit

of Christ,

life just becomes better without trying to make it happen

Part 10

What you might feel negative about:

There’s no quick plan for success in mastering God’s word and letting it change our lives. It takes work and commitment–and faith.

The new ‘positives’ to take away:

In our pursuit of God and becoming more like Christ, we find that everything we do gets better. It isn’t our motivation to pursue Jesus but success in life becomes a result.