Here is the teaching outline for SUNDAY NITE LIVE. Join us at 6 PM EST.
Revelation 2:19 MSG
“I see everything you’re doing for me. Impressive! The love and the faith, the service and persistence. Yes, very impressive! You get better at it every day.”
1. God sees everything you’re doing for Him.
Hebrews 4:13 TLB
“He knows about everyone, everywhere. Everything about us is bare and wide open to the all-seeing eyes of our living God; nothing can be hidden from him to whom we must explain all that we have done.”
1 Thessalonians 2:4 AMPC
“But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the glad tidings (the Gospel), so we speak not to please men but to please God, Who tests our hearts [expecting them to be approved].”
2 Peter 1:3-4 MSG
“[Don’t Put It Off] Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.”
1 Thessalonians 2:4 NLT
“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.”
John 14:24 AMPC
“Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me.”
Matthew 21:28-31 NKJV
“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?”
They said to Him, “The first….”
Here are seven ways to manifest strong faith.
First, expand your boundaries. . .geographically and mentally.
Psalm 119:32 NLT
“I will pursue your commands,for you expand my understanding.”
Second, elevate your conversation to a higher spiritual and success level.
Ephesians 4:29 AMPC
“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God's favor) to those who hear it.”
Third, expect divine appointments and supernatural connections every day…starting TODAY.
1 Samuel 9:15-16 MSG
“The very day before, God had confided in Samuel, "This time tomorrow, I'm sending a man from the land of Benjamin to meet you. You're to anoint him as prince over my people Israel. He will free my people from Philistine oppression. Yes, I know all about their hard circumstances. I've heard their cries for help."
Fourth, become spiritually aware of who you’re working for and how it relates to your future.
Colossians 3:17, 23 KJV
“17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” 23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
Psalm 75:6-7 says:
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
“But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
Fifth, enjoy the benefits of a good job
Ecclesiastes 5:18 KJV
“Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.”
Sixth, establish family time that is written in stone.
Seventh, energize your faith.
Ecclesiastes 7:12 MSG
“Double protection: wisdom and wealth! Plus this bonus: Wisdom energizes its owner.”
Ephesians 4:12-13 AMPC
“[and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; 13 until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].”
Revelation 2:2 MSG
"I see what you've done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can't stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause that you never wear out.”
Seven keys to developing persistence in your life.
First, believe in what you’re doing.
Second, knowing that you have the ability to succeed.
Matthew 17:20 AMPC
“He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
Third, keeping your faith focused on your goal.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 NLT
“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”
Personalize. . .
“So we keep on praying for <<Your Name>>, asking our God to enable <<him/her>> to live a life worthy of his call. May he give <<Your Name>> the power to accomplish all the good things <<his/her>> faith prompts <<him/her>> to do.”
Fourth, never look at the wind and the waves.
Matthew 14:28-30 AMPC
“And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]!”
Fifth, realize that “no” doesn’t just mean “no” it often means “know.”
Sixth, encourage yourself.
1 Samuel 30:6 KJV
“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”
Seventh, never Give Up or Give In.
Luke 18:1 NLT
“[Parable of the Persistent Widow] One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up”
7. You get better at it every day.
Allen Iverson, former NBA basketball player said:
“When you are not practicing, someone else is getting better.”
Brian Tracy, the motivational author and speaker said:
“There is no real limit to how much better a person who really commits to getting better can get.”
Former President Gerald Ford once said:
“I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.”
Romans 8:28 AMPC
“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.”
Romans 8:28 MSG
“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
Romans 12:1-2 MSG
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.”