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Summary: Gaining and maintaining a Positive attitude is essential to our growth in Christ.

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THE EXPERTS SAY THAT IN ORDER TO SUCCEED IN LIFE, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.

THESE WORDS ARE FOUND ON A PLAQUE IN THE OFFICE OF GOLFING GREAT ARNOLD PALMER.

“IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BEATEN, YOU ARE.

IF YOU THINK YOU DARE NOT, YOU DON'T.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO WIN BUT THINK YOU CAN'T,

IT'S ALMOST CERTAIN YOU WON'T.

LIFE'S BATTLES DON'T ALWAYS GO

TO THE STRONGER OR FASTER MAN,

BUT SOONER OR LATER, THE MAN WHO WINS,

IS THE MAN WHO THINKS THAT HE CAN.”

AS CHRISTIANS OUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH BEGINS WHEN WE FIRST ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US TO GROW IN CHRIST.

2 PETER 3:18 – GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

THE NEXT THING WE NEED TO DO IS TO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GROW WITH GOD’S HELP.

PHILIPPIANS 4:13 - I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.

SCRIPTURE DEMANDS THAT IN BECOMING A SPIRITUAL PERSON WE SET TWO GOALS FOR OURSELVES.

FIRST WE NEED TO STRIVE TO DEVELOP CHRIST-LIKE BEHAVIOR

2 PETER 1:5-8 – ADD TO FAITH, MORAL EXCELLENCE, THEN KNOWLEDGE, THEN SELF-CONTROL, THEN, PERSEVERANCE, THEN GODLINESS, THEN BROTHERLY KINDNESS, LASTLY LOVE. FOR IF THESE QUALITIES ARE YOURS AND ARE INCREASING, YOU WILL BE NEITHER USELESS NOR UNFRUITFUL IN THE TRUE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

SECOND – WE NEED TO SEEK TO DETERMINE AND DEVELOP OUR FUNCTION IN THE BODY OF CHRIST. FIND OUT WHAT WE ARE GIFTED BY GOD TO DO!

ROMANS 12:3-5 - FOR THROUGH THE GRACE GIVEN TO ME I SAY TO EVERYONE AMONG YOU NOT TO THINK MORE HIGHLY OF HIMSELF THAN HE OUGHT TO THINK; BUT TO THINK SO AS TO HAVE SOUND JUDGMENT, AS GOD HAS GIVEN TO EACH A MEASURE OF FAITH. FOR JUST AS WE HAVE MANY MEMBERS IN ONE BODY AND ALL THE MEMBERS DO NOT HAVE THE SAME FUNCTION, SO WE, WHO ARE MANY, ARE ONE BODY IN CHRIST, AND INDIVIDUALLY MEMBERS ONE OF ANOTHER.

AS THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS, CHRISTIANS NEED TO CREATE GOOD HABITS THAT WILL SLOWLY AND SURELY HELP US TO REACH THOSE GOALS.

HABITS THAT CHANGE OUR WORLDLY BEHAVIOR. LIKE BIBLE READING, STUDY AND THE DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER.

1 PETER 2:2 - AS NEWBORN BABIES DESIRE THE PURE MILK OF THE WORD THAT YOU MAY GROW THEREBY.

HABITS THAT DEVELOP OUR FUNCTION IN THE BODY OF CHRIST LIKE ASSEMBLING TOGETHER, PARTICIPATING IN WORSHIP AND MINISTRY.

HEBREWS 10:24-25; LET US CONSIDER HOW TO STIMULATE ONE ANOTHER TO LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS, NOT FORSAKING OUR OWN ASSEMBLING TOGETHER, AS IS THE HABIT OF SOME, BUT ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER; AND ALL THE MORE AS YOU SEE THE DAY DRAWING NEAR.

AS WITH ANY CHALLENGE TO GROW AND CHANGE, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT CHRISTIANS NEED IS A POSITIVE ATTITUDE!

WE REALLY NEED TO BELIEVE THAT ALL OUR WORK WILL BE WORTH IT

1 CORINTHIANS 15:58 - THEREFORE, MY BELOVED BRETHREN, BE STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD, KNOWING THAT YOUR TOIL IS NOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD.

WE ALSO NEED TO BE ENCOURAGED TO PERSEVERE THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES

2 CORINTHIANS 4:8-9- WE ARE AFFLICTED IN EVERY WAY, BUT NOT CRUSHED; PERPLEXED, BUT NOT DESPAIRING; PERSECUTED, BUT NOT FORSAKEN; STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED;


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