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Set goals for your life - MONDAY 29 MAY

‘Write the vision and make it plain.’ Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV

Only when you’re clear about your personal goals, can you measure your personal growth. Here are eight proven principles that will help you to establish the right goals for your life:

1) Begin with prayer; otherwise the ladder you’re climbing may be leaning against the wrong wall. ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but…the LORD’s purpose… prevails’ (Proverbs 19:21 NIV 2011 Edition).

2) Think on paper. God told Habakkuk, ‘Write the vision and make it plain.’ Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energises you.

3) Set deadlines. ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV). Without a definite beginning and ending, it’s easy to procrastinate and get nowhere.

4) List the steps you need to take. Then keep the list before you at all times; it will show you the path to follow.

5) Prioritise the steps in order of importance. What do you need to do first? What can you do later? An organised plan is always better than trying to carry stuff around in your head.

6) Take action – now. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity’ (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV 2011 Edition). A mediocre plan that’s implemented always beats a brilliant plan that isn’t.

7) Do something each day to move you forward. For example, read systematically through the Bible in a year…call a specific number of clients every week…engage in physical activity every day.

8) Have goals you’re willing to devote your life to. The psalmist said, ‘Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ (Psalm 90:12 NIV 1984 Edition).

Write it down – then tear it up! - SUNDAY 28 MAY

‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ Philippians 3:13 NKJV

There will always be people who speak ill of you. ‘She’ll never amount to anything… His parents were nothing, his grandparents were nothing, and he’s going to be nothing too!’ The question is: who are you going to believe, God or your critics? According to Scripture: ‘Anyone…in Christ…is a new creation; old things have passed away…all things have become new’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV). God says that by His grace you’re going to prove your critics wrong, so stop listening to their negative predictions. Stop believing the family members, schoolteachers, employers, and so-called ‘friends’ who try to put you down. Turn a deaf ear to racism and sexism. Jesus said, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (John 8:32 NIV 2011 Edition).

Renew your mind daily with the truth of God’s Word (see Romans 12:1-2). You may have been abused, misused, rejected, and neglected, but it’s time to forget those things that are behind and start reaching forward. When God speaks a word over your life, as far as He’s concerned it has already been accomplished; it’s ‘a done deal!’ Now it’s your job to believe it, speak it, and walk in the reality of it each day. When someone says something that leaves a scar on your heart and mind, do this: 1) Write it down on a piece of paper. 2) Ask God to help you forgive them and to erase the scar. 3) Tear up the paper, toss it into the rubbish, and ‘press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:14 NKJV).

Get the mix right! - SATURDAY 27 MAY

‘It was not mixed with faith.’ Hebrews 4:2 AMPC

In order for cement to become concrete, it must be mixed with sand and water. If you don’t get the mix right, the cement will never become concrete. And just as your body needs good nutrition each day, your soul needs to be fed on God’s Word. But you can’t stop there. You must act on what you hear and read. Faith is acting like God is telling the truth! If you don’t act on God’s Word, it won’t do you any good. ‘The message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it.’

To get the results God’s Word promises, note what you must ‘mix’ in: ‘Confidence in his power, wisdom, and goodness.’ Why do you go to church and sit down in a pew? Because you are confident that the pew will hold you up. The reverse is also true. You may say you believe the pew can hold you up, but if you never sit down on it, you’re not exercising faith – because you’re not acting on what you say you believe. What does it mean to ‘act’ in faith?

1) To agree with God’s Word and refuse to say anything that contradicts it.

2) To wait patiently, allowing God to fulfil His Word in His own way and on His own schedule.

‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for’ (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). Note the word ‘substance’. Your faith must be based on something substantial. And that ‘something’ is the tried, proven, unfailing truth of God’s Word.

Don’t give place to envy - FRIDAY 26 MAY

‘LORD…You guard all that is mine.’ Psalm 16:5 NLT

Have you allowed envy to form a ‘stronghold’ in your life? Do you find yourself avoiding or feeling resentful of certain people because of their success? The Bible says, ‘Envy rots the bones’ (Proverbs 14:30 NIV 2011 Edition) and the New Living Translation paraphrases it this way: ‘Jealousy is like cancer in the bones.’ If you find yourself constantly criticising someone and craving what they have, read these words and think about them carefully and prayerfully: ‘I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen’ (Jeremiah 29:11-12 TLB).

In essence, envy says to God, ‘You made a mistake when You made me like I am. I want to be like that other person, and have what they have!’ No, God has a unique calling and destiny for you. So instead of giving place to envy, let it motivate you to become the best possible ‘you’ – the person God intended you to be. If you’re fighting a losing battle with envy, here’s a prescription from God’s Word you need to take every day: ‘LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice’ (Psalm 16:5-9 NLT).

Shout it from the rooftops! - THURSDAY 25 MAY

‘Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.’ Psalm 107:2 NKJV

No matter how badly you have failed, God will give you another chance. After Jonah had disobeyed God, spent three days in the belly of a whale, and been regurgitated on the shore at Nineveh, the Bible says, ‘The word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time’ (Jonah 3:1 KJV). King David’s sins were front-page tabloid material. Yet God restored him, and he wrote: ‘He…brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay…set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD’ (Psalm 40:2-3 NKJV).

When God restores you, it doesn’t matter who’s fighting against you. When He raises you up, no one can keep you down. If God has redeemed you – ‘say so’. Nobody else can tell your story. Nobody else knows what God has done for you. Nobody else knows how far you’ve come. Nobody else knows what you’ve been through. But you do – you know it was only by God’s grace that you survived. So don’t allow the devil to steal your testimony. It may have taken you longer than everybody else, but God has given you the victory. The devil would love to silence you. Why? Because when you tell people what God has done for you, someone else will be set free. The Bible says, ‘Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.’ So the word for you today is: shout it from the rooftops!