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What Spiritual Goals Do you Have?
Do you have spiritual goals? Where do you plan to be concerning God at the end of your life? I am speaking of course, to believers. We do not float to the top of anything in life.
Years ago there was a book written which was a true story about a preacher who lived a normal preacher’s life but who came to a place where he challenged himself in his relationship and walk with God.
What if we…
He wondered what would happen if he increased the amount of time reading and praying instead of all of the other busy work and unprofitable time spend elsewhere.
What happened was a transformation of his life and his ability to hear and listen to what God was saying.
He ended up in the middle of two of New York Cities most violent and notorious street gangs sharing the love of Jesus.
One of the young leaders of the gangs he found himself trying to witness to, was a kid who had been mixed up in satanic influences from childhood and who was full of hate and anger
Over a short period, and beyond explanation, this gang leader met Jesus.
And his life was completely changed and no doubt saved from almost certain death or prison.
Consider what might be holding you back
Things like Fear, habits, lack of motivation, bad time management, fatigue, and, thinking we are not smart enough or strong enough to get where we want to go are a few of the possibilities.
But very likely the one that gets most of us is simply our habits.
We think and operate in auto-pilot mode almost every single day in thousands of ways, but we hardly notice because we are operating without any real effort or thoughts.
Like tying your shoes or sitting down in our favorite chair and grabbing the remote.
If we have failed in the past to reach goals then we may lack the confidence to even try. So start small and develop longer and bigger goals later on.
If we know that the goal we are setting is something that will bring us closer to the Lord or is in line with what we know is His will for us, we have no reason to fear.
We should embrace each opportunity to exercise our faith and accept this as the way we follow Christ.
Not by sight and not walking down the easy street of life, but the just shall live by faith.
It requires faith to set a goal in your mind, and then plan out how to get there, then start moving towards it.
And sometimes we may have no idea how to get where we want to be or where we know God is telling us to go and we may just get stuck.
If God says go, just go and He will guide you there.
Abraham was told by God to go and did not have a roadmap or any clear direction from God.
He used discernment, faith in God, and obedience and look where he ended up?
So here is my goal and my challenge for you to consider:
To Spend More Time With God And Know His Will For My Life Each Day.
It has been done many times throughout history and God never disappoints!
Families, communities, schools, churches, and cities have been turned upside down because a few people took God seriously and believed.
They agreed on a goal, and made the decision to follow the steps to reach their goal.
Then, kept each other accountable, and witnessed the power and work of the Holy Spirit.
Put God 1st and see How He responds! Make Him Priority #1!
- Set a specific amount of time
- Set a specific place
- make a reading plan
- Keep track of your progress
- Keep anyone who is also doing this accountable
- At the end of your set time, evaluate and set the next goal
- You may want to adjust some things, or you may not.
Get rid of the Old Habits
To Identify and write down my goal was only the beginning and unfortunately, we have all experienced how flat and uninspired we are a day or so after setting a new goal.
It sure sounded good when all we had to is think of something or make plans. When I fail and do not force myself to do something, I might blame the devil or be angry at God or someone else.
But my biggest hindrance and adversary is my own subconscious mind and flesh. And I am 100% responsible for me. True, we have the Helper, but He helps.
He doesn’t just magically fix all of our bad habits for us. (I sure wish He would)If you struggle with change, just know you are not alone and as Christians, we must “put to death the deeds of the flesh by the Spirit.
We Must Make Plans
But in order to succeed, you must make a plan.
Along with not being motivated or believing that you can, not making or having specific steps and actions to take is a major reason we fail to reach our goals.
We underestimate the power that our subconscious minds have and how well they operate and function.
They do not just stop and play a new program because you drank too much eggnog at the Christmas party and told God you were going to spend an hour each morning reading your bible.
Below is a sample of what you can do to keep up with your goals.
You can likely come up with something far better but this gives you an idea of one way to keep track of goals and help grow your faith and confidence as you see your progress.
Weekly Bible Verses To Memorize
|[2 Timothy 3:16]|
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me, you can do nothing.”
“If you abide in My word you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you”.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. “
|[2 Timothy 2:15]|
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.”
|[John 8: 36]|
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
“And take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.”
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|2 Timothy 3:16|
|2 Timothy 2:15|
One thing I did not do a good job with in the past is memorizing the book, chapter, and verse connected to the verses that I memorized. I separated them from the previous chart here to help with the association.
You could just as easily change each block and add the chapters you plan to read or whatever works for you and allows you to take specific steps that you can each day
My point is just to inspire you to write it down so that you have something to help remind you and encourage you to keep going days, weeks, and months from now until you form a new habit that is the one you want to have.
I know you can and I know you will and God will complete the good work He began in you.