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Title: The Power of Attitude: Choosing Joy in the Lord.

Introduction:

- "Good morning, dear brothers and sisters. Today, I stand before you not just as your pastor but as someone who has walked through the valleys of deep uncertainty and faced giants like Cancer and PTSD. In these trials, I learned an invaluable lesson: while we may not control our circumstances, we do control our attitude."

- "I remember vividly, upon my Cancer diagnosis, realizing that many decisions were out of my hands. Yet, one decision remained mine alone – my attitude. I asked the Lord for a positive outlook, and He graciously granted it. This attitude, rooted in faith, has been a light in my life, shining brightly even today."


1. Philippians 4:4-7 – Rejoice in the Lord Always

- "Paul, writing from prison, commands us to 'rejoice in the Lord always.' Despite his chains, Paul chose joy. This joy is not a fleeting emotion but a state of being, grounded in our unshakable relationship with Christ."

- "Paul continues, 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.' Our attitude of joy is complemented by prayer and gratitude, bringing peace that guards our hearts and minds."


2. James 1:2-4 – Count it All Joy

- "James tells us to 'count it all joy' when we face various trials. This seems counterintuitive, but it's a call to view our struggles through the lens of faith, knowing that these trials produce Steadfastness."

- "Steadfastness leads to maturity. As someone who has faced Cancer and its uncertainties, I can attest to the growth and depth of embracing trials with a positive attitude."


3. Romans 8:28 – God Works for Our Good

- "In Romans, Paul assures us that 'all things work together for good for those who love God.' This doesn't mean all things are good, but God can work through every situation for our ultimate good."

- "This verse became a beacon of hope for me. Understanding that God was at work even in my darkest moments helped me maintain a positive attitude."


4. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks

- "Paul gives us a threefold command: 'Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.' This is God's will for us in Christ Jesus."

- "Adopting this constant joy, prayer, and thankfulness attitude has been transformative for me. It's a daily choice to embrace God's will, even amid trials."


Conclusion:

- "Brothers and sisters, our attitude is a powerful tool God gives us. It's the lens through which we view life's challenges. As someone who has walked through some of the fire and seen God's faithfulness, I urge you to choose an attitude of joy, prayer, and gratitude."

- "Let us remember that our attitude depends not on our circumstances but our relationship with Christ. We find the strength in Him to maintain a positive outlook, no matter what we face."

- "I encourage you this week to ask the Lord to help you cultivate a godly attitude. It's a decision that can change your life, as it has changed mine."


- Close:


"Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your grace and mercy. Today, we ask for Your strength to choose a positive attitude in all circumstances. In times of challenge, like facing illness or adversity, help us to trust in You and find joy in Your presence.


Lord, bless each person here with faith, joy, and gratitude. As I have learned through my battles with Cancer and PTSD, let us all learn to lean on Your love and trust in Your plan.


Guide us this week to reflect Your love and grace in our actions and attitudes. We praise You as our rock and deliverer and ask You to help us remain joyful, prayerful, and thankful.


We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen."



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