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Summary: You do not see things as they are, you see things as you are. Your attitudes? Your perspectives? Your motives? All these come into play when you make choices...

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THE BATTLE OF ATTITUDES?

HOW DO YOU GET YOUR ATTITUDES, PERSPECTIVES, MOTIVES?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

YOU SEE THINGS AS THINGS AS YOU ARE!

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

INTRODUCTION:

I ran across this little saying...

YOU DON'T SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE...

YOU SEE THINGS AS YOU ARE!

I agree with it?

I don't agree with it?

A. ATTITUDE:

OPINION OR A WAY OF THINKING...

BEHAVIOR REFLECTING THINKING...

FEELING... HOW ONE FEELS ABOUT SOMETHING...

YOUR POSITION...

B. PERSPECTIVE:

relation between to visible objects...

MENTAL VIEW of relative importance...

C. MOTIVE:

A FACTOR THAST INDUCES A PERSON TO ACT A CERTAIN WAY...

Incentive, cause, reason...

I. WE IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM WILL QUICKLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE POWER OF WORDS.

WRITTEN WORDS AND SPOKEN WORDS HAVE GREAT POWER... BUT THERE ARE FRUITS

OF THE WORDS WE SPEAK AND LISTEN TO...

A. THERRE IS A BIGGER PICTURE THAN YOUR WORDS AND YOUR MOUTH...

THERE ARE ISSUES OF YOUR APPETITES AND YOUR ATTITUDES...

Proverbs 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips

shall have destruction.

B. YOUR WORDS COME ... THE FRUIT OF YOUR WORDS

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat

the fruit thereof.

Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

II. WE CAN NOT SEE THE COMPLEXITIES OF LIFE CLEARLY. THE POWER OF

THE TONGUE BUT NOW WE MUST SEE THE POWER OF ATTITUDES...

A. Repressed feelings and thoughts that influence behavior.

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?

for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

B. Words have a birth placed ... your heart... YOUR HEART...

C. YOUR ATTITUDES...

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good;

and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the

abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

III. YOUR PERSONALITY IS VERY COMPLEX, AND FEW EVER REALIZE THE

POWER OF ATTITUDES. MANY WILL TALK ABOUT THE POWER OF WORDS...

THE POWER OF ATTITUDE HAS A CORRELATION WITH EVEN OUR WOORDS...

FROM WHERE DO ATTITUDES, PERSPECTIVES, AND MOTIVES COME...

YOUR BEHAVIORIAL TENDANCIES COME FROM SOME WHERE...

1. SOME SAY OUR ATTITUDES COME FROM THE GENES, INHERITED:

A. Gene: unit of heredity composed of DNA/RNA and forming part of a chromosome

that determines a particular characteristic of an individual.

B. Heredity: Passing on of physical/ mental characteristics genetically...

C. Have you ever heard of stories of identical twins being separated at birth.

There is a story of two Indian braves, twins, separated at birth...

One stayed in the wilds of the wilderness, one was taken to England and brought

up as a noble with a very formal education and lived in a palace so grand.

The Indian in England loved the out doors. He often camped out.

He loved to hunt and fish. He spent his time out in the woods, even though his

up bringing was much different.

The Indian twin loved nature and was found there?

2. SOME SAY ATTITUDES COME FROM THE ENVIRONMENT:

A. Surroundings that effect live.

Conditions or circumstances of living...

B. Sure, part of who you are comes from WHERE YOU ARE RAISED...

C. A person raised in Africa will probably be much different than one raised in

China?

A person raised in the inner city will be different than a person raised on the farm?

D. A person raised poor may have a different attitude than a person with a silver

spoon in their mouth? How do we value things...

3. SOME SAY FRIENDS HAVE GREAT INFLUENCE ON OUR ATTITUDES,

PEER PRESSURE HAS GREAT FORCE, WATCH COMMERICALS AND SEE

HOW THEY USE PEER PRESSURE:

2 Cor. 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what

fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion

hath light with darkness?

A. A big sister or a big brother can have a great influence over the younger...

Many of life's great lessons are taught by a parent...

B. Peer: person who is equal in ability, standing, rank, or value...

C. Birds of a feather flock together...

D. YOU WILL NEVER BE ANY BETTER THAN THE GROUP OF FRIENDS THAT YOU HANG

WITH...

E. I was teaching the 6th grade. I had a beautiful girl that was very smart.

She was a straight A student. She started hanging with some very rough teens.

The teens did drugs and were active sexually.

My heart was broken as I saw my good student drift into dangerous areas.

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