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 || The Scriptural Guidelines for Setting the Right Goals – Part 1

There’s nothing that pertains to our lives that can’t be found in the word of God. The word of God is complete!

Whatever it is, it is right there in the scripture, all we need is to search for it and apply it as appropriate to us.

So, as we journey into the year, it is expected that we seek the face of God as regards our plans or goals for the year.

And except the Lord has given you instructions as to how the year will roll, I think everyone should have a goal that should be pursued.

The dictionary defines Goal Setting as the process of deciding what you want to accomplish and devising a plan to achieve those desired results.

We all need a goal so noble to run with. But as Christians, do we just go through life as we will? No!

We don’t just decide without involving the Author of life, we cannot achieve anything without Him, no plan devised can be successful if He’s not involved.

God is the One who directs the cause of our lives, so we need His guidance for triumph in our endeavours in life.

So, let’s look at some scriptural guidelines that we help us set the right goals:

  • Seek Wisdom – Ecc 10:10, John 5:30

Goal setting is as a result of desires in our hearts, what you desire to achieve, if we don’t have a desire for anything, there will be no point setting any goals, right?

So, whatever those desires are, seek God’s wisdom about it.

We must understand that God who places desires in our heart, is able to grants them according to His will but not without first seeking His wisdom.

If you desire to have multiple streams of income, you go the Lord, telling Him ‘ Lord I learnt that this so and so business is now very lucrative but what are you saying about it?’

It’s more like enquiring of the Lord as David did. 1 Samuel 30:8-9

So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”
And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”

Not every business is your business! Even if your friends are making money off it, God may not be leading you there. Don’t follow the crowd, follow your Lord!

There’s a reason why He is Lord, He has power and authority over the affairs of your life.

Get down before Him and ask for His wisdom, He will give you the word you need and the guidance required.

The truth is if we seek God’s wisdom in everything, we will save ourselves a lot of heartaches and headaches. Precious time will be redeemed as well.

To avoid going the same circle over and over, doing the same thing or setting the same goal every year without any result to show for it, seek the wisdom of God for guidance or direction.

  • Acknowledge God. – Psalm 37:4-5, Proverbs 3:5-6

Our goals or plans can only be successful when God is involved and don’t forget acknowledging God requires humility, only the meek will the Lord guide! ( See Psalm 25:9)

When we choose His will over ours in humility, we are guided into the right path for us.

Psalm 127:1 – Without the help of the Lord, it is useless to set goals or make plans. (My version 😆)

When we acknowledge God in our goals, He guides and leads us in the best path for our lives. 

I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress. – Psalm 32:8

AMP says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you, who are willing to learn…”

If you give God the free will, He will take the wheel.

  • Align with the Word and the Will of God. – Proverbs 16:3, Romans 12:2

The will of God and the word of God – these two go hand in hand.

I often say, the will of God can be found in the word of God, so we can’t know what the will of God is if we don’t study and meditate on His word and have it transform our mind. (see Romans 12:2)

And one beautiful thing about the study of God’s word is that it doesn’t just transform our minds but also our lifestyle, we are changed from within out, we become another man, another man that’s willing to go all the way with God!

We are to live, be upheld and sustained by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, and the Bible is God’s voice in prints.

Before I digress too much, it makes a huge difference when our goals are aligned with the goals of God for us.

Share, submit, entrust, commit, align your plans with the Lord, and you will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

Where can we find God’s goals for us? In His Word! The will of God will always align with His word! 

See, if you want to know if something is good and godly, weigh it or examine it with the word of God.

The word of God is likened to a mirror (See James 1:23-24), it sees through anything.

Our goals should reflect the truth of God’s word. It should be directed by the will of God, it should be aligned and conformed to the will of Abba.

God’s will supersede ours and they are perfect.

When our goals are shaped by the word of God, it becomes a reality flawlessly because God’s word does not lie, it is forever valid and settled. (See Psalm 119:89) It’s a more sure word of prophecy! (See 2Peter 1:19)

When we engage the word of God then revelation is found, and revelations are the discovery of God’s thoughts and plans for us. 

Proverbs 29:18
CSB – Without revelation people run wild, but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.

MSG – If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.

May the Lord give you understanding, amen!  

I hope you have been blessed. I will continue the rest in part 2. God bless you.

Keep flourishing! 💋


 

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