7 Keys To Developing True Grit - Outline

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Dictionary.com defines true grit as:

“firmness of character; indomitable spirit”

1.         Emotional Control

A person with true grit will never give into any of the following seven emotions:

“anxiety, fear, doubt, guilt, depression, discouragement and jealousy”

First, anxiety.

Proverbs 12:25 AMP

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.”

Second, fear.

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

“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.”

Third, doubt.

Mark 11:23

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

Fourth, guilt.

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.”

Fifth, depression.

Psalm 40:1-3 TLB

“I waited patiently for God to help me; then he listened and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path, and steadied me as I walked along. 3 He has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things he did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in him.”

Sixth, discouragement.

Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

Seventh, jealousy.

Acts 8:23 NLT

“For I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.”             

Proverbs TLB

“A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away.” 

2.         Bull-dog tenacity.

Hebrews 10:36 NIV

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”

Hebrews 10:36

“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”

James 5:11 NIV

“As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”

Galatians 6:9 AMP

“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.”

3.         Mental discipline.

First, mental discipline requires you to THINK.

Proverbs 23:7

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .”

Philippians 4:8-9 MSG

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

The second mental discipline is for you to control what you speak.

Proverbs 23:16

“Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak right things.”

Romans 4:17

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”

The third mental discipline is how you apply the words you’ve thought and spoken.

Proverbs 23:12

“Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.”

James 1:22

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

James 1:22 AMP                                                     

“But be doers of the Word (obey the message), and not merely listening to it; betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the truth.].”

4.         Power of optimistic outlook

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.”

5.         Be A Finisher.

John 4:34 NLT

“Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”

Philippians 1:6 NLT

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

2 Timothy 4:7 AMP

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

Hebrews 12:2 AMP

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.”

6.         Don’t complain about your circumstances instead create the ones you want.

Malachi 3:6

“For I am the Lord, I change not. . .”

Hebrews 13:8 AMP

“Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).”

Matthew 3:2

“And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 3:2 AMP

“And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Romans 12:2 AMP

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”

Acts 3:19 TLB

“Now change your mind and attitude to God and turn to him so he can cleanse away your sins and send you wonderful times of refreshment from the presence of the Lord.”

7.         True Grit Talks While Others Walk.

Romans 2:13 MSG

“Merely hearing God's law is a waste of your time if you don't do what he commands. Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference with God.”

James 2:24 GWT

“You see that a person receives God’s approval because of what he does, not only because of what he believes.”

Genesis 39:22

“And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.”

James 1:22 AMP

“But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].”

James 1:25 NLT

“But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”