Get the Power to Go After Your Goals
“We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.” (Proverbs 16:9, The Message)
You get to plan the way you want to live, but only God gives you the power and energy to experience transformation. Why? Because God provides the three things you must have to reach your goals and change your life.
God’s Spirit to empower you
You need God’s help to make changes you can’t make on your own. Life-change is not based on willpower. It’s based on God’s power. It’s not based on trying. It’s based on trusting.
Zechariah 4:6 says, “‘You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord All-Powerful” (NCV).
God’s Word to guide you
The Bible is the owner’s manual for life. The more you read it, study it, memorize it, and meditate on it, the more successful and fulfilled you’re going to be.
When Joshua was given the great dream of taking over the Promised Land—a goal that would take him the rest of his life—God spoke these words to him: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will achieve success” (Joshua 1:8 NASB).
God’s people to support you
You will not be able to reach your goals on your own. It takes a team to fulfill a dream! Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped” (The Message).
A crowd can’t support you, but a small group can. The people in your small group know when you’re sick, when you’re having a tough time, and when you need a break. You can share your goals, successes, and failures. They will rejoice with you and encourage you to keep going. You’re going to need their support to help you make and pursue the right kind of goals.
Have you been trying to reach your goals and change your life on your own? It’s time to stop flying solo and learn to rely on the Holy Spirit, God’s Word, and God’s people.
Talk It Over
Do you trust the Holy Spirit to work in your life and transform you? What evidence of that trust or distrust do you see in your life?
How can you make God’s Word a consistent part of your daily life so that you can leverage its instruction and wisdom?
What people can you rely on for support as you pursue your goals?
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