Philippians chapter 2 verses 1-11 NIV is our text for this study today in ground school. Have you ever thought how one instrument might indicate our spirit-craft flies best having its designed attitude of flight? Read what the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Philippi: The Humble Attitude of the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) Christ (Messiah) that we are to imitate.
To see an actual attitude indicator, click here and view a close-up photo of the VMS Artificial Horison so that you can see some details. Like the compass, this is only a means of showing us an attitude of straight and level flight. To describe how it functions, we can think about a gyro. A gyro is the principle of the stability needed to simulate what is straight and level. It will not change as long as it has power to keep spinning. (When we turn off the airplane power system, the gyro slows down and stops, and when it stops, it tilts over to one side or the other.)
Within our heart is an empty space that is designed by God for His Spirit. This was a quote from Pascal, a French mathematician, theological philosopher, and physicist who had a positive attitude of his Christian faith. His heart was made right, and the gyroscope of God was filling the vacuum for him to live into his 39th year. His gift burned himself out!
There are four functions of the attitude of Christ that we can parallel with the four indicator operations of the actual artificial horizon:
“Artificial Horizon works on a Gyro. Either self conatined as in a standby attitude direction indicator or from a seperate Vertical Gyro or an Inertial Navigation unit which senses attitude changes by the use of a laser and mirrors in a self contained unit. The Apollo moon missions used a Delco “Carousel” an Inertial navigation unit developed by Delco a subdivision of General motors. That used a mechanical Gyro and calculated within its self contained computer Unit, weighed about 90 pounds without its emergency battery backup unit.
“Airspeed is computed by Pitot and static pressures. Rate of climb on older planes computed by static pressure. On newer aircraft it is computed from an Inertial reference unit which uses mirrors and a laser. And altitude is computed from static pressures. (comment quote from Wulf Flieger RCGroups.com)
The text in Philippians has four parts that go something like this,
“1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
“5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:”
RATE OF CLIMB
“6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
“9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Maybe the foregoing seems confusing so we should try to bring ourselves back into the ground school classroom.
I heard someone say in the meeting I went to today. And this may get me in trouble with these persons, but I have to address this point. He said,
“I am not a religious person although I am a believer in God, we have to be flexible. . .” And she said, “Dale Carnegy said that.”
This reflects an attitude, but is it humility? It depends upon how one applies the word flexible.
Jesus (Yeshua) was not religious. He didn’t have to be. He became the object of an anti-religious religion. That’s probably not a fair description, but how did he walk around with a heart filled with his Father’s Spirit and words coming from his heart that spoke directly to that empty vacuum in the hearts of the hurting common Jewish people of his day. It was the humble hearted people who caught his words, because of his words, they had spirit and life.
The power of holiness is found in the humility that is concerned to serve the needs of others. Religion doesn’t even come close to describing that, and there is little flexibility here either, and there should be no doubt.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James/ Y’akov 1:27).”
What is the attitude we have to learn for spiritual flight? Encouragement, comfort, tenderness, and compassion. What is the airspeed that will get us to lift off the runway? Relationships to one another. What is the rate of climb needed to lift off? Not considering being equal to God, taking the nature of a servant, he humbled himself to die on the cross. And what is the altitude indicator in flight? God exalted his Son, to put his name above all names — in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, and every tongue will acknowledge Christ (Messiah) as Lord (Adonai) to the glory of God the Father.
The proper attitude is far beyond religion. It is adapting our heart into an agreement with the words in the last paragraph. The inertial navigation unit includes the combination of attitude with direction, air speed, rate of climb, and altitude. As our spirit-craft body rotates around its center, our mind (computer) can first indicate what attitude we are flying in. Attitudes are called by several names that are controlled by the steering wheel, the steering column, the pedals, and the throttle. . . climbing, pitching, descending, turning, and yawing. The steering wheel with pedals operate the rudder and the elevators for direction and pitching. The steering column controls the turn and banking attitude of flight. It is a little more complex than a car, and needs an attitude indicator. But as flight is controlled by moving controlled-surfaces attached to the wings, the wings will not lift without thrust provided by engines, for the weight is so affected by gravity. Watch your attitude indicator, and keep it straight and level!
In the same way, our spirit-craft is pulled down by the enemy, but only the power of the Holy Spirit will overcome the gravity of Satan, the accuser. The flight of our spirit can lift off in its redeemed state. Physical gravity has no more power to keep the spiritually regenerated heart from high flight.
We need to be caught-up in our spirit being — filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit. This is not done alone. Our spiritual airspeed is based upon our relationships with one another. Can we see our heart in the spirit spread its wings to the hearts of our fellowship in the Body of Christ (Messiah)? The purpose of our church (synagogue) is to be lifted up in the power of the Holy Spirit, as God exalts his Son — who is in us, we are exalted as our tongue acknowledges Jesus (Yeshua) as Christ (Messiah) to the glory of God the Father.
Video: Attitude Makes All the Difference YouTube: Zig Ziglar