YouÕve Got To Get Your Head Up
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. The things we face in this life will try to beat you down (John 16:33).
1. The physical things of life are, frankly, worthless (Ecclesiastes 2:17).
2. You have to enjoy what you have because sorrow abounds in this life (Ecclesiastes 2:22-24).
B. Some people get swallowed up during challenging times (Job 6:1-3, Job 23:1-2, and Psalms 77:1-4).
1. If you swim in sorrow youÕll drown (Proverbs 12:25, Proverbs 15:13, Proverbs 17:22, and Proverbs 18:14).
2. DonÕt get the idea that youÕre the only one that suffers either (Psalms 34:19).
II. Body: Your approach will make the difference (Psalms 119:71, Acts 20:22-24, and II Corinthians 12:7-10).
A. Understanding that no matter what, weÕre more than conquerors (Romans 8:35-39).
1. No person, aside from you (Hebrews 3:12), can affect your relationship with the Lord (John 10:28).
2. Because of the Lord, we will overcome (I John 5:4-5).
3. GodÕs love, that is something to dwell in/on (I John 4:9-10; 16).
B. Rather than counting your problems, count your blessings (Psalms 40:5).
1. How bad can life be when you are looking forward to the abundant life (John 10:10)?
2. We have a peace that the world does not (John 14:27 and Philippians 4:7; cf. Romans 8:6).
3. This world presents a lot of bad things for us to ponder (I John 5:19). DonÕt forget the good (Psalms 8:3-9, Psalms 111:2, Psalms 139:14, and Isaiah 40:22)
a. Take time to be thankful (I Thessalonians 5:18).
b. DonÕt forget the things we take for granted (AC, transportation, air to breathe, water, a roof over your head, etc.).
C. Realize that you have things in place to help you through it all (Psalms 124:8).
1. Consider what the word of God does for you (Psalms 119:50, Acts 20:32, and Romans 15:4).
2. Consider what our brethren do for us (John 15:13, Romans 16:3-4, and II Corinthians 7:5-7).
3. Most of all, you have a finish line still in front of you that makes all of this worth it (I Peter 1:3-9)!!!!!!
III. Conclusion: When troubled, letÕs get our heads up (II Corinthians 4:8-10 and Hebrews 12:12 – context of this verse not dealing with tribulation, but discipline).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager