he new year is quickly coming upon us. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important for us to think about our goals for 2017. Don’t wait to throw some things together January 1 and hope they come to pass. Spend time this month praying and seeking God about what he wants to see accomplished in your life.
Ask God for a picture of what he would like you to do. Don’t just come up with something and expect him to bless it. He will show you.
Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
Prov. 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Prov. 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
Prov. 3:8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. NKJV
It’s about going to God, acknowledging him and him directing our steps.
Psa. 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Psa. 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psa. 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
As we trust in the Lord, we will feed on his faithfulness. Feeding on his faithfulness, fuels delighting ourselves in him. Then he puts desires in our heart. As he gives us desires, we trust him and he brings it to pass. It’s not about coming up with a desire. It’s about spending time with God and he gives us desires that he brings to pass as we commit our way to him.
John 16:13 tells us that the Holy Spirit leads and guides us into all truth and shows us things to come. He lives in us. He shows us what God wants and he leads us in the way we should go to accomplish it.
No matter our age we should have things we want to accomplish and have desires, in spite of what it may be. Problem is over the years, oftentimes, we stop believing and we stop dreaming, we stop having goals. God is eternal. We will always be dicovering new things in him and we will throughout eternity. This means we will always dream, have visions and goals. There will always be new territory for us to discover and to move toward
First we go to the Lord. The next step is writing it down. Habukkak 2:2 tells us to write the vision and make it plain so we can run with it. Writing it down, creates some accountability, especially when we keep it in front of us. When we don’t look at it, it still nags us because we know we have it written somewhere and don’t want to look at it because we don’t want to be accountable to it.
When we don’t write it down, it’s not plain.
Map out the steps the Lord shows you to get to the goal or desire. All the steps may not be revealed all at once, but some of them will be. As you spend time with God and in his word, the Holy Spirit will lead you and God’s word will be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Ps.119:105).
If you had a light on your feet it wouldn’t brighten the whole path. It would only lighten the next step. Isaiah 28:10 says that it is a process that happens “line upon line…precept upon precept…here a little, there a little.” Be purposeful about what you do and continually move forward.
Don’t be hasty. Isaiah 28:16 says, “he that believes does not make haste.” In today’s society people want everything right away without effort or taking time. Let it be the like the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare should have won, but he was overconfident and definitely not consistent. The tortoise was consistent. He kept moving forward. He didn’t allow distractions and his flesh to stop him. He stayed in the race, finished the course and won.
1 Corinthians 9 tells us to be like an athlete in training.
1Cor. 9:24 Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win.
1Cor. 9:25 All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.
1Cor. 9:26 So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches.
1Cor. 9:27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. NLT
Head toward the goal with purpose in your steps. Move forward like you are going to win. Have self-control. Keeping your eyes on Jesus the entire time. He is the author and finisher of your faith.
Trust in the Lord. Commit your way to him. He has great plans for your life. He’ll show you the way to bring it to pass.