Practice Creating Greater Opportunities - Outline

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2 Corinthians 2:12 TLE

“Well, when I got as far as the city of Troas, the Lord gave me tremendous opportunities to preach the Gospel.”

1 Corinthians 7:31 TLB

“Those in frequent contact with the exciting things the world offers should make good use of their opportunities without stopping to enjoy them; for the world in its present form will soon be gone.”

2 Corinthians 4:11 TLB

“Yes, we live under constant danger to our lives because we serve the Lord, but this gives us constant opportunities to show forth the power of Jesus Christ within our dying bodies.”

Colossians 4:5 NET

“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15-25 WMT

“See to it that no one ever repays another with evil for evil; but always seek opportunities of doing good both to one another and to all the world.

16 Be always joyful.

17 Be unceasing in prayer.

18 In every circumstance of life be thankful; for this is God's will in Christ Jesus respecting you.

19 Do not quench the Spirit.

20 Do not think meanly of utterances of prophecy;

21 but test all such, and retain hold of the good.

22 Hold yourselves aloof from every form of evil

23 And may God Himself who gives peace, make you entirely holy; and may your spirits, souls and bodies be preserved complete and be found blameless at the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He will also perfect His work.

25 Brethren, pray for us.”

1.         Practice being joyful.

James 1:2 NLT

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

Proverbs 16:20 NLT

“Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.”

2.         Practice praying without ceasing.

James 5:16 KJV

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

James 5:16 AMPC

“Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”

Matthew 18:19 NIV

"Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

James 2:19 TLB

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”

Ecclesiastes 4:12 KJV

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” 

3.         Practice being thankful

Psalm 34:1 KJV

“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Job 1:22 KJV

“In all this Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly.”

Job 42:10 KJV

“And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

4.         Practice being open to the move of the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:16 NLT

“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”

Jude 1:20 NLT

“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

You have an ability. . .a creativity. . .beyond your imagination.

2 Timothy 1:14 TLB

“Guard well the splendid, God-given ability you received as a gift from the Holy Spirit who lives within you.”

1 Thessalonians 1:2-5 MSG

It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn't just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.”

1 Thessalonians 3-4 MSG

It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves <<Salutation>> very much but also has put his hand on <<Salutation>> for something special. When the Message we preached came to <<Salutation>>, it wasn't just words. Something happened in <<Salutation>>. The Holy Spirit put steel in <<Salutation>>’s convictions.”

5.         Practice treasuring and maximizing your gifts.

1 Thessalonians 5:20 WMT

Do not think meanly of utterances of prophecy.”

Regardless of your gift. . .talent or ability. . .it’s time for you to use what you’ve got. . .right where you’re at.

Ephesians 3:7 MSG

“This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God's way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.”

1 Corinthians 12:11 MSG

“All these [gifts, achievements, abilities] are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, Who apportions to each person individually [exactly] as He chooses.”

6.         Practice doing what’s good in His sight.

Isaiah 48:17 NCV

“This is what the Lord, who saves you, the Holy One of Israel, says: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to do what is good, who leads you in the way you should go.”

Galatians 6:10 GWT

“Whenever we have the opportunity, we have to do what is good for everyone, especially for the family of believers.”

1 Corinthians 10:33 NCV

“Just as I, also, try to please everybody in every way. I am not trying to do what is good for me but what is good for most people so they can be saved.”

1 Chronicles 19:13 AMPC

“Be of good courage and let us behave ourselves courageously for our people and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what is good in His sight.”

Ephesians 6:8 KJV

“Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”

7.         Be ready to run mentally and physically, if necessary, from evil.

1 John 2:16 AMPC

“For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things]--these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].”

Proverbs 15:3 KJV

“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

Jeremiah 25:5 KJV

“They said, Turn ye again now everyone from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever.”

Job 34:4 NIRV

“So let's choose for ourselves what is right. Let's learn together what is good.”

Proverbs 9:9 NLT

“Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.”

Ignore evil. . .run away from evil by not placing yourself in a position to have to make a choice that would yield to temptation.

1 Thessalonians 5:27-28 AMPC

“I solemnly charge you [in the name of] the Lord to have this letter read before all the brethren. The grace (the unmerited favor and blessings) of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with you all.”

1 Thessalonians 5:27-28 TLC

“I command you in the name of the Lord to read this letter to all the Christians.   And may rich blessings from our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, every one.”