Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Decade Of Destiny- Week 4, The Big Thing & The One Thing

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Everyone Ends Up Somewhere, Few People End Up Somewhere On Purpose!  

"The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?”  With a prayer to the God of heaven, 5 I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.” 6 The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, “How long will you be gone? When will you return?” After I told him how long I would be gone, the king agreed to my request."  Nehemiah 2:4-6

Nehemiah stepped into his destiny by confessing his sin, confessing God’s promises & declaring his dream. His dream got traction though the moment that he set a goal.  Planning & setting goals are not only practically useful, they are spiritually powerful!  Here are a few thoughts about goal setting that I recently adapted from Rick Warren this past weekend.  

KEY THOUGHT-  Goals are dreams with deadlines.  

WHY DO I NEED TO SET PERSONAL GOALS?

1.   Goal setting is a spiritual discipline. 
“God plans to bring all of history to its goal in Christ.  Then Christ will be the head of everything in heaven and on earth!”  Eph.1:10 (GW)
2.  Goals focus my energy.
“I do not run without a goal.  I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air.”  1 Cor. 9:26 (NCV) *see also Eph. 5:16 (NLT)
3.Goals stretch my faith. 
“According to your faith will it be done to you.”  Matt. 9:29 (NIV) *see also Rom.14:23 (NIV)
4.  Goals build my character.
Paul: “I do not claim that I’ve already succeeded or have already become perfect.  I keep striving toward the goal for which Christ Jesus has won me to himself.”  Phil. 3:12 (TEV) *see also Eph. 4:13 (CEV)
5.  Goals give me hope.
Job: “I do not have the strength to endure.  I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on.”  Job 6:11 (NLT) *see also Jer. 29:11 (NIV)

HOW SHOULD I SET PERSONAL GOALS?  
"All this I have in writing from the hand of the Lord upon me, and He gave me understanding in all the details of the plan."  1 Chronicles 28:19
1.  Goals should be specific, attainable & written.   Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
2.  Goals should be for God’s glory.  1 Cor. 10:31 (NIV)
3.  Goals should be made by God’s power. Prov. 16:9 (MSG)  *see also Zech. 4:6, Prov. 3:5-6
4.  Goals should be motivated by God's love. 1 Cor. 16:14 (NLT)

CLOSING THOUGHT-  Ask yourself, "What's the big things that I'm believing for & what's 1 thing that I can do about it TODAY?"  
Set your faith goals one small step at a time!  In one of my favorite movies, What About Bob?, there is a key phrase that Bob's phsychiatrist tells him over & over again: "Bob, take baby steps."  Keep taking"baby steps" today into the destiny that God has for your life!