Make The Most Out Of Every Opportunity - Outline

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Here is the teaching outline for tonight.  Join us at 6 PM EST.

Ephesians 5:14

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

Ephesians 5:14 MSG

“Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light!  So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!”

1.       Realize Why You Are. . .Where You Are

“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”  Max DuPree

You’ve got to know why you are. . .where you are.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-7 TLB

“Now here is a command, dear brothers, given in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ by his authority: Stay away from any Christian who spends his days in laziness and does “not follow the ideal of hard work we set up for you.”

2 Thessalonians 3:11 TLB

“Yet we hear that some of you are living in laziness, refusing to work, and wasting your time in gossiping.”

Proverbs 22:13 TLB

“The lazy man is full of excuses. "I can't go to work!" he says. "If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!"

Romans 3:19 AMP

“Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that [the murmurs and excuses of] every mouth may be hushed and all the world may be held accountable to God.”

2.       Let Go Of What’s Holding You Back

Mark 7:8-10 NIV

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men." And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!”

3.       If It Works. . .Do It…If It Doesn’t. . .Try Something New.

Luke 9:62 NCV

“Jesus said, "Anyone who begins to plow a field but keeps looking back is of no use in the kingdom of God."

Isaiah 43:25 AMP

“I, even I, am He Who blots out and cancels your transgressions, for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

Isaiah 43:25 MSG

“But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins—that's what I do. I don't keep a list of your sins.”

Philippians 3:13-15 NKJV

“. . .forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Isaiah 43:19 NLT

“For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?

I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

4.       Good Habits Will Open The Doors For New Opportunities.

Job 22:26 AMP

“You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God's favor] shall shine upon your ways.” 

The first step to establishing a new habit is: Make A Decision.

The second step is to simply act in that specific way for 21 days in a row.

Success is a habitMediocrity and failure are habitsA positive mental attitude is a habitDebt Free Living is a habitExercise is a habitNot exercising is a habit.

5.       Maybe You Need Somebody Different In Your Foxhole

I Corinthians 15:33

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

Job 12:4 NLT

“Yet my friends laugh at me, for I call on God and expect an answer. I am a just and blameless man, yet they laugh at me.”

6.       Stupid Is As Stupid Does. . .But Wisdom Changes Things.

Romans 1:13

“Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.”

Psalm 119:66 NLT

“I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge.”

Proverbs 4:7

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

7.       Keep Yourself Motivated With Your Opportunities For Success.

Proverbs 17:22

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

President John F. Kennedy once said, “There are three things which are real- God, human folly and laughter.”