Ricky Sinclair: A Positive Attitude Accesses the Favor

The Year of the Favor of the Lord

A Positive Attitude Accesses the Favor

Numbers 12-16

Israel is now fighting the hard battle called life.  The honeymoon stage of the relationship is far passed, now comes the everyday grind of life in the wilderness.

  1. Criticism and Confrontation come with the territory (Numbers 12:3-14)
    1. Maintain your humility (v3).
    2. Face criticism and understand the difference between constructive and destructive criticism (v4).
    3. Recognize that good people get criticized and if God be for you, then who can be against you (v6-9).
    4. Keep yourself in shape spiritually.  Pray for your criticizers (v13).
    5. Restore them when appropriate and focus on your mission (v14).
  1. Positive Attitude vs. Negative Attitude (Number 13:1-14:10) – Moses sent out twelve spies to investigate the promise land. 
    1. Ten returned with horrible attitudes and bad reports concerning the mission.
      1. Disobeyed God.
      2. Believed they would have no future in the land.
      3. Displayed cowardice based on fear.
      4. Ignored God in their report and misunderstood their mission.
      5. The ten naysayers spread anxiety, fear, and doubt which poisoned over one million people who in turn never received the promise.
      6. Korah was influenced by this negative report and in Chapter 16, he and many who followed him were swallowed up underground.  Two hundred and fifty other men were burned by the fire of God (Numbers 16:31-35). 
    2. Two spies based their report on God’s track record.
      1. Obeyed God.
      2. Insisted on possessing the land.
      3. Displayed courage and assurance.
      4. Saw themselves in relationship with God.
  1. Positive attitude makes all the difference.  Without a positive attitude we will never make it into the best God has for us.
    1. Our attitude determines our approach to life.
    2. Our attitude determines our relationship with people.
    3. Our attitude is often the only difference between success and failure.
    4. Our attitude at the beginning of a task will affect its outcome more than anything else.
    5. Our attitude navigates us through problems and circumstances.
    6. Our attitude determines our perspective.
    7. Our attitudes are not automatically good just because we belong to God.

I pray that you will keep a good attitude and stay positive and focused on your God-given mission.  Complaining will only bring a curse and kill the promise land blessing of God.  Always guard your heart.  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.