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Ch 3: The Attitude – Why is it important? – part 1

Attitude Axiom #1: Our attitude determines our approach to life. 

Pessimist Bucket – There has never been a life as disappointing as mine. I always leave the well full but I returns empty. 

Optimist Bucket – There has never been such a happy life as mine. I always come to the well empty but I go away full. 

Our attitude tells our attitude in life – nose up/down. Our attitude and action towards life determines what happens to us. 

Galatians 6:7 NIV
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 

We can’t change the world and circumstances around us, but change can come from within us. 

Philippians 4:4-6 NIV
[4] Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! [5] Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. [6] Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

— Rejoice & be thankful at all times.

Philippians 4:11-12 NIV
[11] I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. [12] I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

— We can learn to tailor-make our attitude to our situation. Paul was in prison but learning contentment, he was encouraging other people to be happy. Happines is a decision that starts fron contentment.

APPLICATION:
What is your attitude now?

  1. Make the world go away. 
  2. Raindrops keep falling on my head. 
  3. I did it my way. 
  4. Oh, what a beautiful morning!

Attitude Axiom #2: Our attitude determines our relationships with people. 

The Golden Rule:
Matthew 7:12 NIV
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

— Christians effective ministry to one another is based on relationships. 

John 10:3-5 NIV
[3] The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. [4] When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. [5] But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

  1. Relationship to the point of instant recognition (He calls his sheep by name). 
  2. Established relationship built on trust (His sheep hear his voice and come to Him).  
  3. Modeled leadership (He walks ahead of them and they follow Him). 
  • Stanford Research Institute says that the money you make in any endeavor is 12.5% knowledge & 87.5% by your ability to deal with people. 
  • Teddy Roosevelt said “The most important single ingredient to the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. 
  • 68% of customers do not return because of a bad attitude of one of the employees. 

When the attitude we possess places others first and we see people as important, then our perspective will reflect their viewpoint, not ours. 

APPLICATION:
For one week treat every person you meet, without a single exception, as the most important person on earth.  You will observe they will begin treating you the same way. 

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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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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?