There's A Pony In Here - Outline

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Here's the teaching outline for SUNDAY NITE LIVE.  Join us at 6 PM EST.

First, YOU choose your outlook.

Your inward disposition will always determine your outward outlook.

You cannot let what’s happening around you affect what’s living in you.

Colossians 3:1 MSG

“[He Is Your Life ] So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.”

Romans 12:2 AMPC

“Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

1 John 4:4 KJV

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

Second, don’t let somebody else’s mess affect your outlook.

The dominant thoughts in your life will draw similar thoughts to them like a strong magnet.

Isaiah 43:18 MSG

“Forget about what’s happened: don’t keep going over old history.”

Third, we have to walk through the mess. . .we’ve made.

# 1       We must acknowledge that we've messed up.

Romans 3:23 KJV

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

# 2       We need to fess up.

You cannot live in DENIAL.

Don’t

Even

Know

I

Am

Lying (to myself)

1 John 1:9 KJV

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

# 3       We need to get up.

Psalm 139:2 NCV

“You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them.”

# 4       We need to move on.

Exodus 14:15 TLB

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Quit praying and get the people moving! Forward, march!’”

Fourth, sometimes you have to step over or around the mess.

Psalm 119:133 NLT

“Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.”

Proverbs 4:23 MSG

“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that's where life starts. Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.”

Fifth, you have to give yourself a spiritual pep talk.

Deuteronomy 3:28 KJV

“But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.”

1 Samuel 30:6 AMPC

“David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

Sixth, you gotta roll up your sleeves and do whatever is necessary.

Sir Winston Churchill once said:

“Sometimes it isn’t enough to do what’s required, you must do what’s necessary.”

Titus 3:14 AMPC

“And let our own [people really] learn to apply themselves to good deeds (to honest labor and honorable employment), so that they may be able to meet necessary demands whenever the occasion may require and not be living idle and uncultivated and unfruitful lives.”

Seventh, finding your pony brings you an even greater reward.

1 Samuel 2:8 says:

“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them.”

Galatians 6:9 AMPC

“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”

Galatians 6:9 NLT

“. . .reap a harvest of blessings, if we don’t give up.”

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