“Whatsoever things are of good report … think on these things” (Phil. 4:8).
I. By Your Decision
“… Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deut. 30:19).
A. Some people have a negative attitude. Their pessimism brings unhappiness to both themselves and others.
B. You can be optimistic. By deliberate action of your will you can decide to have a positive outlook.
C. Daily decisions are necessary to attain this. Concentrating on God’s good plan for your life will bring victory over negativism (Gen. 50:20).
II. By Your Devotion
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps. 119:11).
A. Many neglect their devotional life. Their lack of prayer and Bible reading brings defeat.
B. Devotion is necessary to positive living. Implicit trust brings peace, love, and joy.
C. Be faithful in your devotions. Keep praying (Luke 18:1) and believing and win over negativism.
p 23 III. By Your Diligence
“He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour” (Prov. 11:27).
A. Selfishness lends itself to negativism. Those who are concerned only with personal gain and self-interests tend to become negative when things don’t go their way.
B. You can subdue a negative attitude by helping the less fortunate. Lending a helping hand, visiting the sick and lonely, loving the unlovable lifts your self-esteem.
C. Be diligent for God. Seek to share Christ with others. Sharing brings victory over negativism (Prov. 11:30).
IV. By His Direction
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go” (Ps. 32:8).
A. Many depend on their own power instead of asking for and depending on God’s strength.
B. God wants to help us, but we must do our share, for we are workers together with God (2 Cor. 6:1).
C. Believe that God is directing. You win when you follow His leading (Prov. 3:6).
Spray, R. E. (1978). Easy-to-Use Sermon Outlines (pp. 22–23). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.