Summary: We often mess up two words: alter and altar. We can change, alter, our attitudes by spending time on the altar of God. The terrible battle of bad attitudes is won or lost on the altar. You can change, if you want to...
ATTITUDES? WHO IS BUILDING YOUR DREAMS?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
THERE ARE TWO WORDS I LOVE: ALTER AND ALTAR!
*** ALTER: To change, to make a difference,
Have you ever seen how alcohol or drugs can alter a persons behavior
***ALTAR: a place on which sacrifices and gifts are laid unto God, a platform or table used as the center of worship,
CAN WE GROW BAD ATTIDES AND WRONG PERSPECTIVES?
Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 17:22 (MSG) A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
I read about a committee of DEVOTED ATHEIST going to Washington DC to plead their case for an ATHEIST HODDAY. They claim 7% of the USA are atheist or at least agnostic. There are more atheist than Mormons! There are more atheist than Jews! There are more atheist than Muslims/Islamism.
Their committee said Christians have EASTER, CHRITMAS. Jews have Passover. WE HAVE NO HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE? A child screamed out of the crowd: SIR YOU HAVE APRIL THE FIRST EACH YEAR, APRIL FOOLS DAY.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Philippians 2:14 (MSG) Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed!
15 Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night
A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don’t change it, you will not go very far.
THE GREATEST DISABILITY OF ALL, IS THE DISABILITY OF A BAD ATTITUDE.
How about these two attitudes: I CAN’T and I WON’T, vs I CAN and I WILL!
Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
What are you expecting? Bad attitudes? Do you ever feel like round #1? Followed by round #2? Fight? Fight? Tis struggle will lead me to more struggles? DO WE LIVE IN A DAY OF ENTITLEMENT? You owe me? Do we walk from “bad attitudes” and then more bad attitudes? IS LIFE JUST ONE POWER STRUGGLE AFTER ANOTHER?
Are we using anger and temper fits to try and manipulate our bad attitudes on to others?
ARE YOU GOING TO TRY TO MAKE EVERYONE ELSE CHANGE THEIR BAD ATTITUDES BUT YOU?
HOW ABOUT ARGUING WITH PEOPLE TO FORCE THEIR ATTITUDE TO CHANGE?
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Dale Carnegie said: THOSE CONVINCED AGAINST THEIIR WILL ARE OF THE SAME OPINION STILL.
How about arguments within the family what are you really changing?
DO WE REALIZE WE HAVING THINKING PATTERNS AND WE TEND TO NOT BE ABLE TO BREAK OUR PATTERNS/ You count to ten? 20? 30? You tell them to do something? You scream? They scream back?
Identify how you are handling your problems and develop a new PLAN/STRADEGY?
WE FACE A REAL BAD ATTITUDE WHEN WE START THINKING NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE?
1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth:
We need BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION… God help us to change our bad attitudes with a better plan.
THE ENEMY IS ATTACKING OUR CONFIDENCE? Those with little confidence they can will seldom achieve much.
Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
IF YOU FAINT YOU ARE WEAK…
LOVE NEVER FAILS…
BE HONEST, HAVE WE EVER ACCEPTED THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR YOUR OWN ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR? DO YOU LOVE WHERE YOU ARE? DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING? DO YOU LOVE THOSE AROUND YOU? DO YOU LOVE WHO YOU ARE?
GOLDEN RULE: ANYTHING THAT IS WORTH DOING ARE THE THINGS WE DO FOR OTHERS…
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
WE CAN ALLOW THE ATTIITUDE THAT SUFFERING WILL KILL US, OR WE CAN GROW THE ATTITIDE THAT LIFE CAN BE HAVE THE POWER TO OVERCOME PROBLEMS AND TRIALS.