Seven Steps To Being An Effective Christian - Outline

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Psalm 126:2 AMPC

“Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.”

I Peter 5:7 AMPC

“Casting the whole off your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about your watchfully.”

Psalm 37:13 AMPC

“The Lord laughs at [the wicked], for He sees that their own day [of defeat] is coming.”

Here are two great quotes from Charles Schultz.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”

“Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”

John Maxwell said:

“If there is one quality that would make you successful in motivating people or convincing people to follow your lead, that trait would be authentic confidence."

Psalm 71:5 AMPC

“For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.”

First, it’s important that you place your confidence in the right person.

Psalm 146:3 NLT

“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”      

Second, man or woman may/will/can disappoint you but God never will.

Psalm 118:8 AMPC

“It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

“You, Charlie Brown, are a foul ball in the line drive of life.”

First, don’t let anything get you down.

Ephesians 3:12-13 MSG

When we trust in him, we're free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don't let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud! “

#1      Trust in Him.

#2      Say whatever needs to be said. . .based on His Word.

#3      Be bold.

#4      Go wherever you need to do.

#5      Don’t let your present trouble. . .get you down.

#6      Be proud of who you are in Him.

Second, whatever you’re facing is preparation for your next assignment.

Joshua 7:13 NLT

“Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you.”

How do you purify yourself for battle?

#1      Enter into His presence

#2      Read your instruction manual/battle plan, in other words The Bible.

#3      Repent

#4      Eliminate any doubt about the outcome of your mission

#5      Receive your forgiveness

#6      Determine who will be in the foxhole with you

#7      Get out in front of your battle by praising God

Preparation precedes victory in every battle.

2 Corinthians 4:17 AMPC

“For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!].”

Third, chose to be happy.

Charlie Brown said:

“The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what I have been blessed with. I choose to be happy.”

Ecclesiastes 12:13 AMPC

“All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.”

Abraham Lincoln once said:

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Matthew 5:8 AMPC

“Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!”

Fourth, it’s not about where you go in life but who you’re traveling with.

Galatians 6:10 AMPC

“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].”

“In life, it’s not where you go—it’s who you travel with.”

I Corinthians 15:33 NLT

“Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”  

Fifth, never let fear control you.

Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place, once said:

“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”

Charlie Brown said:

“Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening it just stops you from enjoying the good.”

2 Timothy 1:17 AMPC

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

First, fear doesn’t come from God.

Second, God doesn’t want you timid. . .he doesn’t want you to be a coward when it comes to expressing your Godly opinions and doing what’s right. . .and, he doesn’t want you cringing about the things you think could go wrong.

Third, God has given you a special gift. . .dispensation.

Fourth, God has given you a spirit of power. . .the strength to overcome any and everything.

Fifth, God always wants you acting in love.

Sixth, God wants your life to be calm. . .not living in the tyranny of the urgent. His desire is that you have a well-balanced mind.

Seventh, God wants you living a life disciplined by the Word. . .exercising self-control over the temptations of the enemy.

Isaiah 41:10 AMPC

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”

Sixth, expect the best.

“I think I’m afraid to be happy because whenever I get too happy, something bad always happens.”

Psalm 25:12 TLB

“Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best.”

Psalm 5:3 NIV

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."

Psalm 62:5 KJV

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”

Jeremiah 29:13 MSG

"When you come looking for me, you'll find me. "Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." God's Decree. "I'll turn things around for you. . .You can count on it.’”

“Day is over, night has come.

Today is gone, what’s done is done.

Embrace your dream, through the night,

Tomorrow comes with a whole new light.”

Seventh, do something for someone else.

“Just being there for someone can sometimes bring hope when all seems hopeless.”

Philippians 2:4 AMPC

“Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.”

Hebrews 13:16 KJV

“But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

Hebrews 13:16 AMPC

“Do not forget or neglect to do kindness and good, to be generous and distribute and contribute to the needy [of the church [a]as embodiment and proof of fellowship], for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”