When you take in information, you are the one who chooses to think positively or negatively about it, and then your attitude will affect your words and actions.
This is message #695, “Let’s Have A Positive Attitude”, by Victoria Osteen. For more inspirational messages, visit https://www.JoelOsteen.com/Messages
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there was a study done at Stanford University that said that attitude is a better predictor of success than IQ they related attitude and success you know attitude really starts with the way we think about something or someone and that’s how we developed these attitudes you see it’s interesting because when you think about something or someone the wrong way you develop a bad attitude when you think about something or someone the right way then you develop a good attitude so they were saying either you can have a bad attitude and you lack success no matter how bright you are or you can have a good attitude even if you’re not the brightest person that sounds pretty good to me I’m all in see the truth of the matter is in the book of numbers there was two men who displayed this exact study Stanford just should have studied Joshua and Caleb because these two guys were amazing in their attitude now many of you know the story Moses took twelve leaders from the tribes of Israel and he told them to go into this land that God had already promised to give them and spy the land out he said go in check out the land bring back some produce bring back some of the vegetation that’s in the land so we can kind of have a glimpse of what what’s in that land you know and it talks about how they grapes were in season and then how they had to carry a cluster of grapes like on a long bar and it took two men to get the grapes back to the camp listen Randall’s doesn’t have grapes like that they were big grapes the land was flourishing but also in that land they saw giants all of those spies came back and they saw the same thing and they said yes the land is good now isn’t it interesting about attitude we can all see the same thing but we’re going to formulate our attitude by the way we think you see how you think is directly related to your report what’s going to come out of your mouth the Bible says that you know out of the heart the mouth speaks that’s why you can’t hide an a bad attitude for long you can try to push it down you can try to fake people out you can try to act like you’re enjoying somebody’s conversation when you’re thinking bad thoughts about in the whole time but let me tell you something eventually it’s going to show up it may not show up in that person’s conversation but I guarantee you it’s going to show up somewhere else in your life because bad attitudes spread they have legs they are transferred into other areas of our life so back to my story they all saw that the land was filled with beautiful vegetation great soil but it also had Giants it also had some strong people in the land so of those leaders came back and they reported that the land is good we agree on that but the way we see it we see it with Giants we see it with wall cities we see those people way bigger than us in fact we are small in comparison to them they actually describe themselves as grasshoppers about that time Joshua and Kayla they were like the scripture describes him as trying to hush the bad report you see they were of a different spirit the Bible describes them of a different attitude they were different than the rest of them you see they didn’t see the impossibilities they saw the beautiful land but when they saw the Giants you know what they saw they saw an opportunity for God to work in their life they saw an opportunity for them to trust God for what he had spoken in their life they saw an opportunity to possess a promise and let God fight their battles for them you see they tried to hush the bad report have you ever thought in your mind you know you had this idea and you’re excited about what God wants to do in your life maybe it’s a promotion maybe you know you’re you’re really going to believe this is the relationship for you it’s going to work out there’s some things that you’re really believing for gonna happen in your life and it looks good but then all of a sudden those negative voices start telling you why it’s not good and how it’s never gonna happen can I tell you you’ve got to be like Joshua and Caleb and you got a hush those voices you got to shut them down you got to say no I’m not gonna listen to you I truly believe Moses was under the impression that when they came back they were going to bring a good report they were going to encourage the camp never gonna bring those grapes they were going to go yeah we’re gonna go get those grapes we’re hungry we hadn’t had any grapes lately but it didn’t because of the bad report the leaders brought they couldn’t hush a bad report you know what that tells me today that tells me that we got to drive out negative voices we can’t be negative talkers we can’t transfer negative reports to our family we can’t transmit fear to our children we can’t disappoint them from our place of fear listen we want to build faith we want to be like Joshua and Caleb whenever you’re blaming someone notice this and this is what the Bible tells us they did they they literally were so discouraged with this bad report that they begin to cry out and blame Moses and Aaron for all the trouble see they couldn’t even see the miracles and the good things for the fact they were so focused on all their trouble all the bad report so they began to blame and point the finger don’t you know that was a bad day it was a bad day I’m sure that there was disputes among those people that didn’t even have to be there because they were they were so negative they were such a bad mood they couldn’t see anything have you ever been around bad people in bad moods well that whole camp was in a bad mood and you know what happened they stayed there for forty years total they complained and they remained for years and that’s what a negative attitude does that’s what complaining and griping and and grumbling does so I would if you find yourself in a place where you’re trying to lay blame I would encourage you to check your attitude if it’s someone else’s fault you need to check your attitude because this is my point today Joshua and Caleb had a different spirit they had an excellent spirit and excellent attitude they were at the same place the other ten men were but they weren’t going to drop to the depths of the negative situation they weren’t going to allow their faith to be destroyed and you know as a result of that they actually thrived in the wilderness when everyone else died in the wilderness because they were different and God has called you and I to be different of an excellent spirit you may be in a place right now that’s hard and difficult you may not see how you’re gonna get out but you think about Joshua and Caleb and how they continue to promote the Lord they continue to work for God they didn’t die but they thrived in the wilderness and do you know because they thrived in the wilderness they were able to take the next generation of Israelites into the Promised Land and possess what God said they were gonna possess you know what I find really interesting about this good attitude that they had the Bible said that when they went into the Promised Land Joshua and Caleb and took the next generation they said to the Lord we feel better than we ever have we feel stronger than we ever have and we’re ready to take this land you see they were ready to take the land back then they don’t they their report was we can certainly take this land and that’s how we have to be we have to be of a report we can certainly do this we can certainly fight through this because God is going to actually fight our battles for us if we’ll just stay in an attitude of faith and trust God can do it when Joshua took the next generation of Israelites into the Promised Land this was his motto this was his vision statement and I think it’s a great vision statement for each and every one of us he told those people he said look today shoes who you’re gonna serve choose who you’re gonna serve are you gonna serve negative idolatry you’re gonna serve bad attitudes what are you gonna serve but I’ll tell you what I’m gonna serve and what I’ve always served and I for me in my house we are going to serve the Lord we are choosing to take the high road we’re choosing to overlooking a fence we’re choosing to hush those negative voices whether they’re in our own mind wanting to come out of our mouths are there from someone else we have the choice and that’s the bottom line that was his mission statement to them you choose what you think about you choose and you decide who you’re gonna serve listen we are Joshua and Caleb in this generation we’re not gonna pass on fear we’re not gonna pass on doubt and we’re not gonna spread a negative report but we’re gonna go in and we’re gonna take the land that God promised us they met your partnership makes this ministry possible your faithful and consistent monthly support makes you a champion of hope the vision of Joel Osteen ministries is to use every avenue available to present the hope of Jesus Christ to people everywhere 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