Check Your Attitude
Some Applications For Us To Consider
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
I. Introduction: Attitude: Ňa settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behaviorÓ (New Oxford American Dictionary).
A. A converted child of God should have an adjusted way of thinking about things (Colossians 3:1-17).
1. Mindset of God first (Mark 12:30).
2. In fact, our thoughts define us (Proverbs 12:5).
B. ShouldnŐt our attitudes be reflective of what a Christian is (Titus 2:7-8)?
1. How can you be a shinning light if your attitude stinks (Matthew 5:14-16)?
2. Do people see the attitude of Christ in you (Philippians 1:19-20)?
II. Body: Your Thoughts Are Not His Thoughts (Isaiah 55:6-9).
A. Are you set in your way of thinking or open to GodŐs way of thinking (Psalms 119:59)?
1. The world should have no input in how we think (Romans 12:1-3).
2. The new man comes with a renewed mind (Ephesians 4:21-24).
3. His way of thinking is right (Hosea 14:9).
B. Are you set in your way of thinking because you trust your feelings (Proverbs 3:5-7)?
1. HasnŐt God been pretty clear that human emotions are NOT to be trusted (Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 16:25, Proverbs 28:26, and Jeremiah 17:9-10)?
2. ShouldnŐt we all know that self-deception is possible (Proverbs 21:2 and Galatians 6:3)?
C. What does your behavior reflect about your thinking (Luke 6:45)?
1. What does your behavior say if youŐre comfortable around sin [whether false doctrine, theft, lying, truly foul language, immodesty, etc.] (Proverbs 29:27, I Thessalonians 5:22, and Jude 1:3-4)?
2. What does your behavior say if you expect to or except failure and make excuses for it (Luke 14:16-24; cf. John 4:34, II Timothy 4:6-8, and Hebrews 12:1-3)?
3. What does your behavior say if youŐre a stubborn person (Jeremiah 7:23-24)?
4. What does your behavior say if youŐre opinionated and overbearing (Proverbs 17:27-18:2)?
5. What does your behavior say if youŐre a chronic complainer (Philippians 2:14-16)?
6. What does your behavior say if youŐre proud and/or arrogant (Proverbs 21:4; cf. Isaiah 2:11-12)?
7. What does your behavior say if youŐre disobedient to those in authority [provided theyŐre not getting you to sin; Acts 5:29] (I Peter 2:13-16)?
8. What does your behavior say if youŐre mouthy [telling off that waiter who messed up your order], rude [pushing through a line/cutting someone off in traffic], confrontational/argumentative, etc. (Proverbs 18:24, Luke 6:30-35, and Colossians 3:12)?
a. What if that person you think ruined your order just learned some bad news and is distracted (I Corinthians 10:24 and Philippians 2:3-8)?
b. What if that person driving slow in front of you has a health issue that is impairing them and theyŐre just being cautious (John 7:24)?
c. Even barbarous people can be kind (Acts 28:1-2)!
9. What does your behavior say if youŐre lazy (Proverbs 15:19 and Matthew 25:26)?
III. Conclusion: If your attitude is wrongÉ REPENT (Acts 8:22)!
© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager