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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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The Mustard Seed

Mark 4:30-34

The Parable of the Mustard Seed
30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or by what parable can we present it? 31 It is like a mustard seed that when sown on the ground, although it* is the smallest of all the seeds that are on the ground, 32 but when it is sown it grows up and becomes the largest of all the garden herbs, and sends out large branches so that the birds of the sky are able to nest in its shade.” 33 And with many parables such as these he was speaking the word to them, as they were able to hear it.* 34 And he did not speak to them without a parable, but in private he explained everything to his own disciples.

SINS TO AVOID:

  1. Hearing the word of God but has no impact on your everyday life.

PROMISES TO CLAIM :

  1. The word of God will ultimately grow in people’s hearts according to God’s timing, and will be useful in the expansion of His kingdom.
  2. Waiting expectantly  for God to do miracles in our lives.

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Explain biblical trurths to our spiritual children (young Christians) as Jesus exlplained each parables to His disciples.

COMMANDMENTS TO OBEY :

  1. Keep sowing the words of God in other people’s heart.

SOME OTHER TEACHINGS:

  1. The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed – very small at the beginning but when God let it grows, it becomes very big and useful to everyone around it. Like our life, it will be a light to the dark world around us.

MY REFLECTION:

Practice Godly principles in my daily walk in life by reading a part of the scripture and medidating on it everyday, and having an attitude of wonder towards our majestic God.  Encountering the Lord is a daily task that each believer should desire.

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Victory in Jesus!

Objective:

For Christians to live a victorious life that Jesus paid for.  Victory starts the moment we believe in Jesus Christ – it starts now!

Prezi Presentation

 

Key Verse: John 16:33

John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

 

INTRODUCTION:

There is an ongoing spiritual war between the forces of darkness and the Kingdom of God.  In this war, people’s eternal destiny is at stake whether our friends and our love ones -the people we love the most – will have a chance to encounter the Lord. Unbeliever will never read the four gospels but they might be looking in your life’s testimony. If you fail in this warfare, they might loose the opportunity of encountering God through you.

In every war, there are many battles. And everyday we face battles that need to be won with God’s help.  Satan and his demons are busy everyday in their diversion tactics to misled people to be busy on temporary things. They wanted us to won the battle in the temporary realms such as to be the wealthiest person or the most famous person or the most influential person on earth for a span of 80-100 years but lost our eternity.

Mark 8:36 (ESV)
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

Our God knows exactly what we need since He designed us. He knows that we need these materials things so God included these in His battle plan of redeeming humanity. God knows that you and me, like everybody else, aspire to have financial security, good relationships, knowledge, acceptance, respect and whatever else we desire so God told us to seek first His kingdom and all righteousness then He will add all of these in our lives.

Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

God’s battle plan is holistic because he considered both our eternal and physical needs. Just like any battle plan, each soldiers must do his or her part bravely and trust in his or her commander-in-chief orders. If we take orders from God – the all-knowing all-powerful all-loving being – then let’s follow all the way because we know that God wanted us to be victorious in our daily battles, and ultimately to take part in the victory in the war between darkness and God’s kingdom.

Romans 8:31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us?

Are you wondering if it’s alright not take part in this war? Honestly, neutrality is not an option here because Satan will devour anyone without God’s protection. Unless you fight with God you already lost the battle.  Have you ever encountered defeat in your daily struggle?

  • When was the last time that you were so stressed out in work?
  • When was the last time that you had money problems? Or relationship problems?
  • Do you always worry?
  • Are you happy with your life? Are you satisfied?
  • Do you think someone’s life is better than yours?
  • Do you find life worth living?

You only live once so listen to me carefully as I tell you what does the bible says about life in general so you don’t waste yours.  Who could describe life best than the author of life Himself – the Lord Jesus Christ.

Life 101

1.  Life is sacred because God created each human being in His own image. Life is a gift from God so we need to value and cherish it.

Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
So God created man in his own image,in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them.

Psalm 139:14  (ESV)
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.

2. Human beings have to work as originally designed by God.

Genesis 2:15 (ESV)
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (ESV)
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

3.  Satan tempted Eve to sin and until now Satan seeks to misled many people. Sin separates man from God. For every sin there is a consequence. Man needs to labor & toil as one of the consequences of our sin.

Genesis 3:17
And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life

1 Peter 5:8  (ESV)
8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

4.  God is so merciful and gracious. He blesses us despite our disobedience.

Genesis 3:21 (ESV)
And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

Matthew 5:45 (ESV)
… For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

5. Jesus Christ overcame the world! The Lord Jesus Christ came to save us and give us victory over death and give back us our life. God is fighting for His children.

John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 10:10 (ESV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Deuteronomy 20:4 ESV
For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’

The Lord said I have overcome the world, so we are not fighting for victory but rather we are fighting in the stance of victory. The Lord had already won the war for us, all we have to do is to hold our ground. But even still – Satan and his demons will do everything to defeat you in your daily battle. And to withstand it, we need God to survive.

God provides grace to all but He is fighting for His children!  God has a plan for the redeemed and He gives special protection to them against the attack of the enemy.  So let me ask you, “Are you a child of God?” Do you have God’s special protection in your life?

Numbers 23:23 (ESV)
For there is no enchantment against Jacob,
no divination against Israel;
now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel,
‘What has God wrought!’

Romans 2:29 (ESV)
But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

 

Principle#1: Believers fight in the stance of Victory! God gives special protection & favor to His children.

If you have made the decision to make Jesus Christ your Lord, God, & Savior, CONGRATULATIONS! You will have eternal security in heaven. However, Satan would still attack you so that you will become ineffective in the advancement of the Kingdom of God.  As Jesus said that we will continue to have problems so we need to fix our eyes unto Jesus Christ as we keep our ground. What you are experiencing now has been experienced by bible heroes and let me mention some of them who overcomes to encourage you.

  • Job – lost  all his children and his properties. From being one of the richest to nothing. He even had a skin-disease (boiled) that his wife told him to “Curse God & die.”

Job 2:9 (ESV)Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.”

  • Joseph – was sold as a slave by his own brothers because of jealousy and was falsely accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife. Joseph was imprison but later become the 2nd most powerful person in Egypt.

Genesis 41:41 (ESV)
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

  • Daniel – was an exile to Babylon. He was thrown to the Lion’s den by praying to God but God saved him. His enemies was later thrown to the Lion’s den and were eaten.

Daniel 6:16

So the king gave the order, and Daniel was brought and thrown into a den of lions. The king consoled Daniel by saying, “Your God whom you continually serve will rescue you!”

  • Paul – He put Christians to jail but when he encountered the Lord Jesus Christ he authored 14 of the 27 new testament book. He was imprison because of his faith Jesus but continued to encourage the believers. He died as a martyr just like the other Apostles.

Philippians 4:4  (ESV)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

I don’t know what are you going through right now, but I’m sure you haven’t been martyred yet. Our troubles seems so little compared to these bible heroes so take heart! Be still and know that our God is in control. Take your ground of victory!

Luke 5:1-6
5 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.

 

Principle#2: Total dependence to God who is in control. There are days that we will fail but we continue to fight. We don’t lose heart because we believe that God is in control and the war was already won. Just like Simon Peter, we need to wash our nets to be ready for the next day’s fishing. Fishing net in the old times are not very sturdy and it needs to be cleaned and dry after every use to prolong its life. Despite a night of catch-less fishing, Peter didn’t give up and was ready to try fishing again the next day  – that’s why he took care of his fishing net.

Proverbs 24:16  (ESV)
for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

 

Principle #3: Be excited everyday in meeting God and experience Him working in your life. You can find joy in God’s presence if you make the decision to love God wholeheartedly.

Before you begin your day book an appointment with God, and be excited to talk to the most powerful & loving being in the universe! Be excited every time you wake up because God is waiting to have a communion with you. Like Joshua, he finds joy in God’s presence.

Exodus 33:9-11  (ESV)
9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord[a] would speak with Moses. 10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.