Attitude determines Altitude in life!
Norman Vincent Peale, while traveling through Asia, once visited a tattoo shop owned by a Chinese man. As he viewed the various tattoos on display, Peale noticed one which read, "Born To Lose". He asked the proprietor why someone would want to place that slogan permanently on their body. The Chinese tattoo artist simply replied---“Tattoo on heart before tattoo on skin”.
What's in your heart will determine your outlook in life. Your attitude affects every decision- Where you will work; who you will build relationships with; and will dictate the success or failure of your future.
Trials and struggles in life tend to get us down, and we then respond negatively in difficult times. But God’s Word tells us to do just the opposite…”Count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” James 1:2 NKJV
That doesn’t make sense to our natural minds. How can we rejoice over trouble? Does the Bible say I am to be joyful in the middle of tough times?
Yes...Because if you lose your joy, you lose your strength!
“The joy of the Lord is my strength” Neh 8:10 NLT
We need God's strength more than ever during difficult times. Whether you are dealing with a rebellious child, the break-up of a relationship, or an illness in your life--- you need your strength.
If you go through your challenges bitter,negative and discouraged, you will not have the vitality to stand strong and fight the good fight of faith!
I will grow bitter or better! The choice is mine!
The cares of this life will either make you bitter or better, and your attitude determines which one it will be. The story is told of a wise, old Native American who once told his son, "Inside your mind, a good wolf is battling a bad wolf for control." "Which one will win?" asked the boy. "Which ever one you feed," came the reply.
You can keep your joy by knowing that on the other side of the test is a promotion. Any student in school will tell you that when you pass the test, you receive promotion.
There can be no testimony without a test! No promised land without a Wilderness experience…But while you’re in the Wilderness, be positive, don’t lose your joy,
Keep your head up and your confession full of faith…and you will see Victory!
This trial is not a Set-Back; But a Set- Up!
Keep the right attitude and know that this struggle is not setting me back, but rather setting me up for God to bring me through to the other side in an even better position.
Your difficulties are not there to defeat you, but to increase you!
If you complain, you will remain. You’ll stay right where you are.
Negative people who are sour on life don’t pass the test which leads to promotion. The opportunity for new growth is there, but if you don’t count it all joy, you’ll miss out.
Good News- God can still give you another opportunity to win! It’s never too late with the God of a second chance!
When someone offends us, our attitude should be…”I won’t be upset…I’ll count it all joy! This is simply a test, and on the other side of this challenge I’ll be promoted!”
When business is slow, or the job seems like it’s going no where, instead of griping, count it all joy!
Don’t curse the vineyard God has planted you in to provide for your future. Instead, bless the ground you are sowing into! “This company is blessed because I am here..I have a covenant with God almighty, and He will never leave me nor forsake me! “ He is Jehovah Jireh and He provides for my needs!!
A spirit of heaviness tries to overtake us in tough times…Don’t be surprised if you think thoughts telling you “It will never work out..you’ll never overcome…You’ll never get well…It’s over…” But the scripture says that God gives us a "garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness!"
Don’t believe the evil report! Believe God’s report!
Isa. 53:1-5 KJV “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and by his stripes we are healed..!
Don’t believe the lies from the enemy! You don’t have to be guided by your emotions, they’re not in charge- you are in charge!
When you wake up, and the negative thoughts come into your mind—“It’s a lousy day” – Don’t just agree and say, Yep, it’s a lousy day, I feel terrible...Instead, turn it around and talk to yourself with a faith declaration---“This is a great day…I will get well…God will restore my health and I will prosper today!” ***Joy comes in the morning!
Fear says- We will never make it! Faith says- We are over comers!
Fear says- I’ll always be sick! Faith says- By His stripes I am healed!
Fear says- Today is going to be a lousy day! Faith says- This is the day the Lord has made!
Disappointment will bring negative emotions that seem to overwhelm us…If we don’t deal with them, they will control us…But, when they come, encourage yourself- Get up…be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might! You are more than a conqueror..a Champion on the inside!
Do what King David did- He encouraged himself in the Lord! When his enemy stole everything, took his family prisoner, and his own men wanted to kill him, the Bible says, "He encouraged himself in the Lord"! This event was perhaps the worst day of his life, but within seven days, God had restored everything, and he was crowned as king!