Summary: Sharpen your attitude in the Lord and avoid complancency.
The goal of my sermon this morning is to help you make an attitude adjustment in your outlook on life and walk with the Lord.
* In 1977, in Tallahassee, FL, Laura Shultz, who was 63 at the time, picked up the back end of a Buick to get it off her grandson’s arm. Before that time, she had never lifted anything heavier than a 50 pound bag of pet food. Although she didn’t like to talk about the event, it began to make her think about life. She said, “If I was able to do this when I didn’t think I could, what does that say about the rest of my life? Have I wasted it?” Laura had always loved rocks, but her parents lacked the money to send her to college. At age 63, with some encouragement from friends, she went back to a local college and began to study geology. She eventually got her degree and went on to teach geology on a college campus. You may good years in front of you. Decide that you are capable of doing anything you want and start working toward it now. Do you believe your attitude determines your altitude?
Let me share with you principles today from God’s Word to build your faith.
I. Be Spiritually Dynamite (17:12).
*Stormin’ Norman Sutton was a dynamite spiritual leader in my home church. At the age of 95, he was out front, leading in prayer, ministry, encouragement. One day, he placed his hand on my shoulder and said, “David, have you ever considered God may be calling you to preach?” We need more people like Stormin’ Norman because too many Christians and churches are stuck in discouragement and defeat instead of encouragement and victory.
In Joshua’s day, the Manassite tribe were spiritually stuck. They wanted everything their way and didn’t want to do the necessary work to live powerfully in the promised land.
*Growing up in America and in the church, it’s easy to let the Manassite attitude come on us. Instead of being eager to grow and take new territory for the Lord, we lose the passion. None of us means too, but it’s easy to make it about us and not God. Burger King appeals to our selfish desires and even says, “Come to Burger King and have it your way.”
*At a former church, one man would come up to me Sunday after Sunday and share with me what was wrong with my sermon and often complained I was not hard enough on sin. He wanted me to preach more about the sins of homosexuality, abortion, drunkenness, etc. Those were the major sins of the day, but sins such as anger, complaining, gossiping, greed, selfishness, laziness, were very minor sins in his book. Like the Manassites, he could conquer a little, but didn’t want to do the work to conquer his anger problem. I am guilty of doing the same things when I complain about my sad lot in life, and fail to see the abundant goodness of God.
*Vampire author, Anne Rice, has recently stated she is through with Christianity. Rice states, “I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or being a part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”