Inspiration || The Scriptural Guidelines for Setting the Right Goals – Part 2

As the second half of the year rolls out, I hope you find these guidelines helpful if you are either setting new goals for the remaining half of the year or revisiting your goals from the beginning of the year.

 Please find Part 1 here 

• Secure God’s Plans – Psalm 118:8, 33:11, Proverbs 19:21, 16:1-3,


Psalm 118:8 – It is better to trust the Lord than to trust people (or yourself).

Psalm 33:11 – But what the plan of the Lord will stand forever. His thoughts never change.

Proverbs 19:21 – Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).


The plans of God accomplish good things.
When we secure a plan in God’s plans, we follow His leading and directives for that plan!

This means that we are willing to lay down what we want for what He wants, we are willing to surrender, yield, accept, obey, trust and be at peace and content with whatever that results to.

• Write them down – Habakkuk 2:2
Then the Lord answered me and said, Write a vision, and make it plain upon a tablet so that a runner can read it.

One of my Pastors often says the 11th commandment is WRITE!

Write! Whatever the plans or desires God has placed in your heart for the year as the goal to run with, do well by writing them down!

If you’re running with a goal or vision, it must be written down specifically and with clarity!

Writing down helps us to trace the faithfulness of God in our lives over time!

It’s just like when you keep a prayer journey, you are able to go back and say, Yes! God once answered these so and so prayers, I’m willing to trust Him again to do another wonder! It strengthens our faith and helps us have records of the faithfulness of God.

As humans, it’s possible to forget but when you write, you’re able to trace it back! I hope makes sense to you.

• Be Specific – Exodus 25:40
We have heard it said over and again that God does not respond to ambiguity but specificity.

We all know the story of the tabernacle building, God gave them specific instructions, the descriptions were very detailed.

Specifications were defined, the concept to follow a pattern or a precedent was established.

God is a God of details, He is a very organized and meticulous God! So permit me to say if you don’t have your act together, you’re not in anyway exhibiting the nature of your Father, do make amends!

Your goals should be specific and precise!

Only you can’t want to achieve a hundred thing at the same time, now I am not saying some people are not engraced to do beyond others, no, we all have the capacity to produce results in 100, 60 and 30folds, but my point is, don’t set goals that do not align with what God has called you to do at this present season of your life. It should be relevant and achievable!

Don’t do so many things with little or no results when you can actually do a few things with great results.

If it is your finances you need to get right this year, set goals in that direction.

Write the vision, make it plain, that word plain means simple and clear, no ephizzy, no paparazzi! Make it as simple and as specific as it can be. Let it be realistic and timely as well.

• Take action now! – James 2:18, Philippians 4:13

One of the things that can stop us from making measurable growth or progress in life or at anything at all is the failure to take action.

Everyone that received healing through faith from Jesus always had one last thing to do, action!

“Take up your bed and walk!”
“Go wash in the Pool of Siloam!”

The victory lies in obedience, and obedience requires that you do something! Doing is an action word!

If God has given you a go-ahead for your goals and you refused to swing into action, nothing will happen!

Even if your faith is as big as mount Everest if you will not take action to back up your faith nothing works!


But someone will say, “One person has faith, another has actions.” My answer is, “Show me how anyone can have faith without actions. I will show you my faith by my actions.” – James 2:18

There are always two sides of a coin until your part is fulfilled you can not commit God’s integrity to perform!

God needs your cooperation to make the goals or plans He has for you to become a reality.

So get to work bro! Get it going, sis! You have been empowered for exploits, God is at work in you, give Him your full cooperation! (Philippians 2:13)

The strength and enablement to do whatever we need to get done has been supplied, let’s tap into the abundance of God’s grace that is made available for us.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [fulfili His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]

May we be marvellously helped in Jesus name, amen!

Keep flourishing!💋


 

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Inspiration || Distractions – The Small Things That Hinder The Big Things

Distraction is one major enemy of progress because it takes your attention away from what you’re supposed to be doing, and doing what you’re not supposed to be doing, hinders progress.

The Oxford English dictionary defines the word “DISTRACTION” as a thing that prevents someone from concentrating on something else.

Distraction can be in any form, it can be as mundane as watching TV, talking about TV, will I shock you if I say I’ve not watched TV in months? Yes! I haven’t and I can’t really explain why and how I’ve done that but I know I just simply learnt how to say no to some unproductive habits. I am yet to win the war over some but I celebrate the little wins. Lol!

It might be some other things for you but the consequence is the same…No result is achieved!

Walking the path God has chosen for each of us requires that we keep our eyes on the goal by staying focused on our journey and be intentional about it. We were not created to live a distracted life.

One of the things I said to myself at the beginning of this year was to be intentional about how I live my life this year, making every minute and moment count. I choose not to waste my time on anything (including people) that wouldn’t add any value to me and I’ve been making a conscious effort toward this.

That brings me to the summary of the solutions to distraction…Be intentional!

Being intentional is living your everyday life in an extraordinary way, living as you mean it. Owning each day! Making each day count!
Being intentional about your goals, being intentional about living a purposeful life, not just letting life happen to you. Taking charge of your life as you follow the leading of the Shepherd. Redeeming the time! Making each day worth living for yourself.

I like to say this a lot, when I see people that are paying attention to less important things, ” Stop being Martha, be Mary!” From Jesus’ encounter with the two sisters, Martha and Mary, where Martha was being distracted with many tasks and asked that Mary give her a hand (in her distractions oh! Imagine!) But the Lord told Martha one thing is needful. (See Luke 10:38-42)

On your journey in life, one of the needful things is FOCUS. Even Paul said “I PRESS toward the goal… (Philippians 3:14). There was a goal he was intentional about and he made the decision to simply stay focused on His goals by pressing, pursuing, running, reaching for, chasing…

Our ability to stay focused is more than just a worthwhile thing to pursue, it’s a major factor that determines our success or failure. Getting things done is imperative, and focus is one critical key to getting things done.

As someone once said, “You can’t do big things if you’re distracted by small things.” Your goals are the big things, distractions are the small things. So, as you walk your path, purpose in your heart not to allow the small things hinder you from doing the big things, be intentional about keeping your eyes on the goal. Neglect the distractions ( naysaying, habits, people, etc) because there will be but you have the choice to either entertain them or ignore them, I choose the latter!

Finally, I will leave you with this scripture: Proverbs 4:25 (TPT) “Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions.”

Keep Flourishing!

P.S: Special shout out to everyone who has downloaded and read my book “33&Thirsty”.

I have no doubt, you were blessed and I encourage you to send us your testimony (info@dajwrites.com) because I believe you have one. 😘

If you haven’t read the book, please get it here. Thank you and God bless you. 💓


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