Here is the teaching outline for RICH THOUGHTS TV.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 MSG
“After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. . .”
1. Where do you want to go?
Hosea 14:9 MGS
“If you want to live well, make sure you understand all of this. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll learn this inside and out. God’s paths get you where you want to go. Right-living people walk them easily; wrong-living people are always tripping and stumbling.”
Our ability to move from where we are to where He wants us to be. . .is determined by our decision to follow His instructions.
Jeremiah 4:21-22 NLT
“I have told you today, but you won’t obey anything the Lord your God sent me to tell you. But now, you need to know that you will die in wars, famines, or plagues in the place where you want to go and live.”
Hosea 14:9 MSG
“If you want to live well, make sure you understand all of this. . .”
2. What’s the best way to live?
Psalm 25:12 ERV
“When people choose to follow the LORD, he shows them the best way to live.”
Psalm 139:5-6 MSG
“You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your sight. You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence.
“I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can't take it all in!”
Psalm 32:8 AMP
“I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
3. How do we take care of ourselves?
1 Peter 5:7-8 AMP
“Casting the whole of 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 you watchfully.
“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”
Philippians 4:8 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.”
3 John 1:2 KJV
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
3 John 1:2 MSG
“We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul!”
4. Does God want us to have a good time?
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 AMP
“1To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
“2 A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted,
“3 A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up,
“4 A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”
Colossians 3:17 MSG
“Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”
Psalm 118:24 KJV
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
5. How do we make the most of whatever job you have?
Four reasons why you should make the most of your job.
First, work is a gift to you personally.
Ecclesiastes 3:13 AMP
“And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.”
Second, your work is a gift from God for others around you.
1 Corinthians 12:25 CEV
“He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others.”
Galatians 6:4 CEV
“Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.”
Third, your work is a gift of God to your family.
Fourth, you should always be ready, willing and able to go the extra mile.
Matthew 5:41 KJV
“And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain…”
Fifth, your work should become increasingly effective.
Proverbs 1:5 KJV
“A wise man will hear; and will increase learning.”
Sixth, your work will position you for recognition and advancement.
J.C. Penny said:
“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal and I will give you a stock clerk.”
Seventh, you should always remember who you’re working for.
Ephesians 6:7 KJV
“With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.”
6. How should we feel about starting small?
Zechariah 4:10 NCV
"The people should not think that small beginnings are unimportant. . ."
Luke 16:10 MSG
“[God Sees Behind Appearances ] Jesus went on to make these comments: If you're honest in small things, you'll be honest in big things; If you're a crook in small things, you'll be a crook in big things. If you're not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store? No worker can serve two bosses: He'll either hate the first and love the second Or adore the first and despise the second. You can't serve both God and the Bank.”
Matthew 25:21 NCV
“The master answered, 'You did well. You are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my joy with me.'”
Luke 19:17 NCV
“The king said to the servant, 'Excellent! You are a good servant. Since I can trust you with small things, I will let you rule over ten of my cities.'”
7. Where does your job come from?
2 Corinthians 13:11 ERV
“Now, brothers and sisters, be filled with joy. Try to make everything right, and do what I have asked you to do. Agree with each other, and live in peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.”
John 17:13 AMP
“And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts].”
Romans 15:12-13 MSG
“There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!
“Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!”