Clearing Your Hurdles To Success - Outline

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The first obstacle is. . .YOU.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the author of the Power of Positive Thinking, once said:

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

Philippians 4:13 AMPC

“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”

Proverbs 3:5-6 TLB

“If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. 6 In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”

The second obstacle is your past.

Philippians 3:13 TLB

“No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Isaiah 43:18-18 MSG

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out!. . .”

The third obstacle is your resources.

Hebrews 12:3 AMPC

Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous oppositionandbitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you maynotgrow wearyorexhausted, losing heartandrelaxingandfainting in your minds.”

Romans 11:29 KJV

For the gifts and calling of God arewithoutrepentance.”

Psalm 119:105 MSG

“By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.”

The fourth obstacle is our self-imposed limitations.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 AMPC

“Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), 17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 AMPC

“Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.”

Philippians 2:5 CEV

“Think the same way that Christ Jesus thought.”

Romans 12:2 NLT

“. . .but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. . .”

The fifth obstacle is the “3-D obstacle” of:  disappointments, discouragement and delays.

First, let’s look at disappointment.

Psalm 35:20 AMPC

“O keep me, Lord, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed or disappointed, for my trust and my refuge are in You.”         

Psalm 35:20 MSG

“Keep watch over me and keep me out of trouble; don't let me down when I run to you.”

Romans 9:33 AMPC

“. . .but he who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] shall not be put to shame nor be disappointed in his expectations.”

Romans 10:11 AMPC

“The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.”

Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, said:

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”

Second, discouragement.

I Samuel 27:1 AMPC

But David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape into the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of seeking me any more within the borders of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.”

Joshua 1:9 NLT

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Proverbs 15:4 TLB

Gentle words cause life and health; griping brings discouragement.”

Dr. Charles Stanley said:

“Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there's a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.”

Psalm 42:11 NLT

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”

Galatians 6:9 TLB

“And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.”

Jude 20-21 MSG

“But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, thereallife!”

Third, is delay.

2 Peter 3:9 AMPC

“The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people's conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.”

Ephesians 6:13 AMPC

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resistandstand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].”

Psalm 119:60 NLT

“I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands.”

Psalm 105:19 KJV

“Until the time that his word came: the word of theLordtriedhim.”

Denis Waitley, the author and motivational speaker, who said:

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

The sixth obstacle is the opinions of others.

James 4:17 AMPC

“So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin.”

The seventh obstacle is not believing God will do what His Word says He will do.

Acts 10:34 MSG

“Peter fairly exploded with his good news: "It's God's own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you're fromif you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.”

Matthew 7:7 AMPC

“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the renowned author and poet, once said:

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of finishing.”

2 Timothy 4:7 AMPC

“I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.”