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Summary: We all need an attitude adjustment from time to time, and Paul gives us just what we need. In this message, we learn of the FOREMOST Attitude that should be found in each of us!

"How To Have A Winning Attitude!"

Part I

"[4] Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

[5] Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. [6] Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. [7] And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

[8] Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. [9] The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you." -Philippians 4:4-9

PRAYER...

INTRODUCTION:

ILLUSTRATION:

Two schoolteachers who hadn’t seen each other in several years met at a convention, & they began filling each other in on what had happened in their lives since the last time they had visited together.

One teacher said, "I got married two years ago." "Oh, that’s good," her friend replied.

"Well, no, not really," the first one said. "My husband is twice as old as I am." "Oh, that’s bad," her friend replied.

"Well, no, not really," she said, "because he is a millionaire several times over." "Oh, that’s good," her friend replied.

"Well, no, not really," she said, "because he turned out to be mean, & he won’t give me any money at all." "Oh, that’s bad," her friend replied.

"Well, no, not really," she said. "He did build us a half a million dollar house." "Oh, that’s good," her friend replied.

"Well, no, not really," she said. "It burned down last month." "Oh, that’s bad," her friend replied.

"Well, no, not really," she said. "He was in it when it burned down."

Can you say, "CONFUSING!!!"

Folks, isn’t it true that...

-We have the hardest time knowing what we want, don’t we?

-We all have the tendency to be unsettled and dissatisfied with life, and life’s situations in which we find ourselves(often)!

-And we tend to have a poor attitude in situations, when a good attitude would have paid off for us so much more!!!

Thus, the reason that I want to explore this thought with you all this morning...[to have a WINNING ATTITUDE!]

-Why?

-Because I believe that in more times than any of us would like to admit...we DO NOT have the kind of attitude that we are proud of.

-And I want to bring to light the need for us to have HEALTHY...GOOD...and even, WINNING ATTITUDES...all because it BECOMES us, and it MAGNIFIES Christ!!!

Who needs an ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT this morning?!

Look at your neighbor and tell them, "You need an ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!!!"

Now, look up into Heaven, and say, "God! I need an ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!!!"

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ILLUSTRATION:

"The World" and "Human Philosophy" has its own way to promote this same need for a good attitude...

We say things like...

"Attitude is Everything"

"Mind over Matter"

"Think Positive"

"See the Goal, Be the Goal"

"Attitude is Contagious, is yours worth catching?"

All of these are quirky little attempts to get us to think about having a better attitude.

And, still and the same, we still struggle and grapple with having a good attitude.

-Proof positive that, once again, human philosophy cannot change you or make you a better person...

-That is the working of the Holy Spirit in you!

*Only God can change you and make you a better

person!!!

Human philosophy get us "burden bearers" laden down, all the more, with concern and responsibility to make ourselves better?

Then! We get in conflicts with each other, in order to VALIDATE our burdens?and to prove that we have the right to have a bad attitude!!!

-Have you been involved in these ?Bad Day Duels????

-You know how they go?

*Oh, you won?t believe the day I had at work?the boss really?

*Well, you should have seen you son?he did ?this and that??

*That is a shame, but then, I had this employee say this to me?

*Guess what?we got a call from the bank today and they?.but I fixed it!

*Let me tell you?I had?

-You have heard that kind of thing before?haven?t you?

-You have even been involved in that once or twice?admit it!

And, that is what ?human philosophy? and ?positive thinking? will get you?

-However?they may be going in the right direction?but they are taking the wrong boat!!!

-People trying to change from the outside?in?

-But God changes us from the inside?out!!!

Say??Lord! I want an ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT?!

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NOW! Let?s take a think on God?s ?philosophy??

Let us grow from HIS guidance and teaching for a better way?and a WINNING ATTITUDE!

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