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Ch 2: What is attitude?

Attitude- is an inward feeling expressed by behavior. 

– Fellows, your abilities say “win,” but your attitudes say “lose.”

– A 5th grade with failing grades but has an aptitude test showing he’s intellectually capable was suggested to have a “bad” attitude by his teachers. 

– You have a terrific attitude!

1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Jeremiah 17:9 NIV
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

— God looks at the heart but humans often look at outward behavior or appearance. However, human hearts are difficult to understand and human beings normally rely on the outward behavior to determine the person’s attitude. We say the behavior is the window to the soul.  

— Our attitude can be masked outwardly but not for long.  The bible say that there’s a  constant struggle within us. 

Romans 7:19,23-25 NIV
[19] For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. [23] but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. [24] What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? [25] Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Only through obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ we can fully grow spiritually and improve our attitude. Trust & obey. 

John 2:1-10 NIV
[1] On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, [2] and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. [3] When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” [4] “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” [5] His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” [6] Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. [7] Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. [8] Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, [9] and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside [10] and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

  1. You are not in the right place – v2. But to experience God’s blessings we must be obedient to Him even if we are not at the church. 
  2. You have a lot of problems – v3.  Problems should bring us closer to Jesus rather than away from Him. Christian renewal normally jappened when we focused on God’s power rather than our problems. 
  3. You are not encouraged – v4. Despite discouragement, Mary laid hold on the possibility of a miracle. 
  4. You have not walked with Him very long – v5. The servants just met Jesus and disciples had just followed the Lord yet they were expected to obey. 
  5. You have not seen Him work miracles in your life. This is the first miracle of Jesus with no previous account of miracles yet they are all expected to completely obey the Lord. 
  6. You don’t understand the entire process. Doing Jesus’ instruction without fully understanding the whole process – biblical definition of obedience. 

APPLICATION:

  1. Choose a friend and evaluate his attitude. Describe and share to the team. What is his attitude indicator?
  2. Do the same to yourself. 

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