Attitude is EVERYTHING

Series: Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Title: Attitude is EVERYTHING

Date: April 22, 2018

Scripture: Various

 

Intro:  Today we will continue our series entitled, “Spiritual Spring Cleaning.” Ever since I announced this series the weather here has turned back into winter. Now, I know what a meteorologist feels like.

 

Today, we will be looking at many different Scripture references. All of them will be on the board and you can follow along or you can get your Bible out and be ready for SWORD DRILLS.

 

We will start with our first verse for today and it comes from Luke 1:37.

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

 

What a great verse and what a great attitude that Mary possessed. This verse is perfect because we will need it as we dive into our sermon for today which is called, “Attitude is EVERYTHING!”

 

Main Idea: Our attitude affects everything that we do and this includes our spiritual lives.

 

Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

 

 

Main Points:

  1. Attitude toward difficult situations – Job chapter 1 and 2
  • Job lost:
    • All his wealth – 7,000 sheep; 3,000 camels; 500 yoke of oxen; 500 female donkeys
    • Almost all his workforce
    • All his children – 7 sons and 3 daughters

 

  1. Job – When everything was lost He didn’t blame God but praised Him
    1. Read Job 1:20-22

 

  1. Job’s wife – When everything was lost she wanted Job to curse God and die
    1. Read Job 2:9
    2. Job 2:9 – Curse = Renounce
  • Blamed Job for his loyalty toward God
      1. Job would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings on behalf of his children
      2. Job’s wife saw his loyalty as meaning nothing
  1. Angry at God because He didn’t stop the problem

 

  1. Her anger was never directed at the right target, SATAN!

 

  • Your attitude toward a difficult situation affects how you will respond to it

 

 

 

 

  1. Attitude toward self – Luke 18:11-14
  • Read verses 11-14
    1. The Pharisee – Saw himself as being self-righteous – God was lucky to have him
      1. I am not like other people = I am way better than those heathen
      2. I fast twice a week – I do religious acts
  • I pay tithes – I make sure people see how much I give to God

 

  1. The tax-collector – Saw himself as THE sinner in need of God’s mercy
    1. Felt unworthy to get to close to the inner part of the temple
    2. So ashamed that he wouldn’t even lift his eyes toward heaven
  • Beat his breast = A show of extreme grief
  1. Pleaded for God’s mercy
      1. The Greek word used to describe mercy holds the idea of ATONING SACRIFICE.
      2. What this many was really saying was, “God, be merciful to me through Your atoning sacrifice for sins, because I am a sinner.” (Guzik)
  1. Saw himself as THE sinner – He focused only on himself and no one else

 

  • Your attitude toward yourself affects how you view your need for God

 

  1. Attitude toward serving God – Isaiah 6:8-11 and Jonah 1:1-3
    1. Isaiah – Isaiah 6:8-11
      1. God called out, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”
      2. Isaiah responded, “Here am I. Send me!”
        1. Notice:
          1. Isaiah didn’t ask God for a brief job description
          2. Isaiah didn’t ask God for the benefits package
          3. Isaiah didn’t hesitate in his response
          4. Isaiah didn’t try to volunteer someone else
        2. Isaiah was willing to serve His God

 

  1. Jonah – Not today, I’m outta here!
    1. God called out to Jonah, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.”
    2. Jonah responded – Not today, I’m outta here!
      1. Notice:
  1. Jonah fled to Tarshish > Example of fleeing – A person running from the cops
    1. Jonah was trying to flee was the presence of God – You can’t out run God and you can’t hide from GOD
      • God is ALL-KNOWING and EVERYWHERE PRESENT!
    2. Jonah paid his own fare to escape God’s presence – Desperate
      1. Jonah was not willing to serve His God

 

  • Your attitude about serving God affects how you respond to Him
    • Some of us are like Isaiah and some of us are like Jonah
    • Examples: (Isaiah is like the over-eager child wanting to be picked; Jonah is the person who walks away while making excuses)
      • God says, “I send someone to clean toilets.”
      • God says, “I need someone to teach kids that no one else wants to teach.”
      • God says, “I need _______.”

 

  1. Attitude toward the gospel – 1 Corinthians 1:18
  • The gospel is: the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • Read 1 Corinthians 1:18

 

  1. Foolishness
    1. That which is silly
    2. That which is absurd

 

  1. Power of God
    1. That which is miraculous
    2. That is mighty
    3. That which destroys the bonds of sin
    4. Makes you clean

 

  • Your attitude toward the gospel will affect your eternity
    • If you see the GOSPEL as foolish you will perish
    • If you see the GOSPEL as the power of God you will experience salvation

 

Changing our ATTITUDES:

  • Praise God at ALL times
  • Recognize that you are a SINNER that needs help
  • Availability is your best ability
  • Surrender to God’s power and love