7 Things Not To Do In 2015 - Outline

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1.         Bad attitude

Philippians 2:5 NLT

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

Napoleon Hill, the author of Think And Grow Rich once said:

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

Ephesians 4:23 AMP

“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude].”

Philippians 2:5 CEV

“And think the same way that Christ Jesus thought.”

Ephesians 4:23 AMP

“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude].”

Philippians 2:5 NLT

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

2.         Negative reactions

Galatians 5:22-23 AMP

“But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].”

Psalm 119:5 AMP

“Oh, that my ways were directed and established to observe Your statutes [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]!”

Psalm 119:5 NLT

“Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!”

Proverbs 16:3 NLT

“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”

3.         Blaming others.

Here are seven reasons why we blame others.

First, to make ourselves look better.

Second, to make others look worst.

Third, to cover our mistakes.

Fourth, to hid our sins.

Fifth, to cover our fear of failure.

Sixth, to hide our perceived inadequacies.

Seventh, to avoid being held accountable for our actions.

Matthew 7:3-5 AMP

“Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye?

4 Or how can you say to your brother, Let me get the tiny particle out of your eye, when there is the beam of timber in your own eye?

5 You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.”

Proverbs 28:13 TLB

“A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.”

4.         Self-pity

There are seven reasons to never attend a pity party.

First, the environment and most of the people are ugly.

Yes, I know some of the attendees have to be physically attractive. . .but prolonged self-pity makes you look like you were weaned on a dill pickle.

Second, the prevailing attitudes of negativity at a pity party are contagious.  The “whoa is me” attitude will jump on you faster than a mosquito at a nudist colony.

Third, there’s no music. . .at least nothing you’d want to hear.  “Gloom, despair and agony on me. . .deep dark  depression and excessive misery” was a funny song when sung on the old Hee Haw TV show. . .but not in real life.

Fourth, happiness at a pity party is as rare as common sense among politicians.  I don’t want to be anywhere I can’t be happy.  Even in the midst of trials and adversity . . . happiness pulls us through.

Fifth, there is no entertainment value in hearing people commiserate among themselves about how bad things are.

Sixth, nobody will feel sorry for you at a pity party because they’re too busy feeling sorry for themselves.

Seventh, the people at a pity party will drain you of your energy quicker than Dracula can clean out a blood bank.

Matthew 9:29

“Be it done according to your faith.”

 1 Thessalonians 5:17-21 AMP

“17 Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];

18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

19 Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit;

20 Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning].

21 But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.”

5.         Disillusionment

Proverbs 12:15 NLT

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”

Proverbs 14:12 AMP

“There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.”

Proverbs 30:12 AMP

“There is a class of people who are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their own filth.”

Proverbs 26:12 AMP

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes and conceit? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for him.”

Luke 6:46 NLT

“’So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?”

1 John 5:13-15 MSG

“[The Reality, Not the Illusion ] My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.”

6.         Idleness

Here are the seven sins of idleness.

First, knowing to do right and not doing it.

James 4:17 NLT

“Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”

Second, being lazy.

Proverbs 10:4 AMP

“He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

Third, sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 AMP

“Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly [that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty], being busy with other people’s affairs instead of their own and doing no work.”

Fourth, not taking care of your personal business.

Proverbs 24:30-34 NLT

“I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.  Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”

Fifth, meaningless, if not harmful conversation.

Matthew 12:36

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

Matthew 12:36 AMP

“But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every [a]idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.”

Sixth, sowing nothing except trouble.

Proverbs 16:27-29 TLB

“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece. An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends. Wickedness loves company—and leads others into sin.”

Seventh, failing to be about His business.

Luke 19:13

“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.”

Luke 19:13 NLT

“Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, ‘Invest this for me while I am gone.’”

7.         Good intentions

John 13:17 AMP

“If you know these things, blessed and happy and to be envied are you if you practice them [if you act accordingly and really do them].”

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher once said:

“No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions—he had money too.”

1 John 3:18 AMP

“Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).