October 5, 2009
How to Reach Your Goals
Yesterday, we learned the importance of determining goals. We should also be sure to establish them with God's guidance, rather than devising them on our own and expecting Him to bless our efforts. Our success will be determined by our dependence upon the Lord. If we set out to accomplish anything in our own strength—even a godly task—we will fail.
Other factors can also help us achieve an objective. A consuming passion, for example, can provide motivation and prevent discouragement. In addition, we should have confidence to reach the goal, knowing that the Lord will equip us for every task He assigns. Think back to David, the shepherd boy: he seemed like no match for Goliath, but God prepared him through his experience in protecting sheep from dangerous animals.
Planning a step-by-step course of action will also help us to be successful—a calendar is useful in setting up deadlines for each part of the plan. And two more things we need are courage and consistency. Fear of failure and the opinion of others can be paralyzing. But courage comes from reading God's Word, praying, and turning a deaf ear to negativism. Then, consistency will keep our eye on the goal so we will not deviate from it.
You can continue to live as before, or you can find out what God plans to do in your life. Is He leading you toward a specific goal? Remember, the Lord is all-powerful. If you employ these principles, you'll experience His ability to do mighty things and accomplish His divine objectives for you.
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