Here's the teaching outliine for SUNDAY NITE LIVE. Join us at 6 PM EST.
1. You’ve Got To Know Where You’re At.
Proverbs 27:23 KJV
“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.”
2 Samuel 12:2 KJV
“The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds.”
Genesis 24:35 KJV
“And the LORD hath blessed my master [Abraham] greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.”
Deuteronomy 8:13 KJV
“And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied.”
Five questions for you to answer.
Do you know your checkbook balance?
Do you know exactly how much you owe every single creditor you’ve got?
Do you know how much money you make and where it goes?
Do you know the balance, interest rate, monthly payment and remaining months on every single debt you owe?
Do you have a plan to pay all these bills off rapidly?
Proverbs 27:23 MSG
“Know your sheep by name; carefully attend to your flocks...”
2. You’ve Got To Know Where You’re Going.
Here are seven keys to setting the proper mood and moment for reflection and direction.
1. Find a quiet place.
2. Find a quiet time.
3. Turn off all electronic equipment.
4. Have something to write with and something to write on.
5. Personally, I like soothing instrumental music.
6. Close your eyes and breathe deeply
7. Begin praising God for who He is and what He’s done.
In His presence. . .begin to answer the following questions.
What is my secret ambition?
What activities give me satisfaction?
What excites me about life?
What are my hobbies?
What do I get complimented on?
Where have I excelled in the past?
Where have I been successful?
What are some of my strengths?
What is important to me?
What do I stand for?
What won't I stand for?
What would I risk my life for?
What was I born to do?
What does God want me to do?
What are my unique opportunities?
Where can I make a difference?
3. You’ve Got to Take The First Step Toward Your Destination.
Marian Wright Edelman said:
“If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.”
My paraphrase of the excellent quotation.
“If you don’t like the way your world is at the moment, change it. You have the God-given ability to change your life. . .your direction. . .your destiny. . .one step at a time.”
A Chinese philosopher said:
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”
Psalm 111:10 CEV
“Respect and obey the LORD! This is the first step to wisdom and good sense. God will always be respected.”
Proverbs 1:7 MSG
“Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.”
4. You’ve Got to Endure Those Traveling in a Direction Different than the Path You Are.
The path of least resistance will lead you to a place you don’t want to be.
5. You’ve Got To Walk On By Those Who Are Slowing Up Your Journey.
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. You’ve Got to Focus on the Details.
If the devil can break your focus on what’s necessary for success. . .then he has disrupted and delayed, if not, destroyed your destiny.
2 Corinthians 6:1-3 MSG
“Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us, I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help.
“Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don't put it off; don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing. Our work as God's servants gets validated—or not—in the details. . .”
7. You’ve Got To Know Where You’re At. . .When You Get There.
1 Timothy 4:15 NIV
“Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.”
The journey to your destination. . .can and should be an inspiration to others.