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Ch 1: It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s an Attitude!

Attitude Indicator – central instrument for flying plane. 

Airplane attitude – position of the aircraft relative to the horizon. Airplane’s attitude dictates its performance. 

  1. Nose-high -> plane go up
  2. Nos-down -> plane go down

Also – our attitude dictates our life’s performance.  Philippians 2:5 said that our attitude or mindset should be the same as that of Christ. 

Philippians 2:3-8 NIV
[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 [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!

  1. What should be our attitude in Philippians 2:3-4? (Selfless)
  2. What can we learn from the Lord’s attitude in verses 6&7? (High self-esteem, secure)
  3. Describe the Lord in verse 8? (Submissive & obedient)

David’s 3-fold process of Praise

 – in times that David was fearful and frustrated in a cave surrounded by his enemy when he wrote Psalms 34. 

Psalm 34:1-3 NIV
[1] I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. [2] I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. [3] Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

1.  Praise begins with the will. 

How did David’s attitude affected his determination to praise God in verse 1? Does it bad situation affected his desire to praise God? When do he plan to extol the Lord? 

2.  Praise flows to the emotion (verse 2)
Why would David praise the Lord in verse 2 when he says “let the afflicted hear & rejoice?” Can you relate in personal your struggle?

3. Praise spreads to others (verses 2,3)

How did David encouraged others to praise God? How can we do the same?

David’s action resulted to triumph when God saved them. It begins with an attitude. 

Psalm 34:22 NIV
The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Further study:

  1. What is an attitude and why it is important?
  2. What are the necessary ingredients for a high-performance attitude?
  3. What causes an attitude to become negative, disappointing?
  4. How can a wrong attitude that is working against us be turned around to work for us?

Application:

  1. Have I checked my attitude lately?
  2. How would I rate my attitude? 
  • Never been better
  • Never been worse
  • Nose-high
  • Nose-down

3. What is an attitude indicator (something that reflects my perspective) in my life?

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