WRITE IT OUT

WRITE IT OUT AND MAKE IT PLAIN

Habakkuk 2:1-3 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, WRITE THE VISION, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision (goal or picture of the future) is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

 

Whenever God wants to do something and build something to reach people, He starts with vision. Vision is the starting point to all our accomplishment and all our plans. We are here on earth to accomplish something as individuals and as a church. God will communicate things to us by His Word and His Spirit that will give us a hope, picture, or vision of a better future. The prophet Habakkuk is described as being in a position to perceive God’s will and hear God speak. Habakkuk, which is a Hebrew name that means “embrace,” got the vision not because he was special but because he was in a position to hear God and not dictate to God.  He was eager to hear and open to correction.

 

The prophet Habakkuk, from the point of perceiving God’s vision, or the goal God wanted to bring to pass, was to write it down so that those responsible for accomplishing it could read it and run with it. Writing it out made it plain, clear, and easy for the people to understand it. The prophet was given a clear-cut picture of the future that could be written down and accomplished. The vision or goal would be able to guide the people’s activity for they could run with it after reading it. Without writing it out a vision, they would have nothing to guide their efforts.

 

The power of things being written down is extremely important. People who write down specific goals for their future are far more likely to be successful than those who have either unwritten goals or no specific goals at all. Written goals help us to crystallize thought, promote action and enhance communication. Research has shown that people who wrote down their goals were 42% more likely to achieve them than the ones who didn’t. Telling someone close to you increases this rate to 78%. The reason is because it adds focus, motivation, and accountability. Sometimes we are afraid to write a goal down for fear we might fail and then everyone would know about it. We should write it down not out of fear but to help us stay focused and keep our faith on it.

 

 

Writing a goal down helps us to clarify what we want or specifically what God has purposed for us to accomplish. It also helps us to measure progress and to hold ourselves accountable. A clear-cut goal is readable enough for an outsider to grasp. Test yourself: If someone read your goal statement, would he understand precisely from what you have written down, what you are working toward (target) and when (the time frame it will occur, frequency, or deadline)?

 

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SETTING GOALS CAN HELP YOU

SETTING GOALS CAN HELP YOU

 

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision (goal), the people perish….”

 

Setting goals and making plans to attain them is not evil or “antichrist” activity. It can be a very Godly practice. As Christians, we are not an accident going somewhere to happen. We’ve been born again by the will of God (John 1:13) and so we are an on purpose legitimate child of God. Every child of God should can live a life filled with purpose and that honors their calling.  To live an honorable Christian life we must accept God’s goals and plans for our lives. To accept those goals and plans we have to first capture them and that is why we are exhorted in (Ephesians 5:17) to not be unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

 

Any goals we set must be in alignment with God’s overall will and purpose for our lives or it’ll be a futile effort. Some Christians reject setting goals because they believe God controls everything while others set goals from fleshly wisdom disconnected from the Spirit of God. Neither are valid reasons for setting goals.

 

Jesus had a goal, the joy set before Him (our eternal redemption), and it helped Him to endure the Cross and despise the shame (Hebrews 12:2).  The Apostle Paul had a goal, the mark of the prize of the high calling, which helped him to move beyond past successes and past failures to embrace the future God had for him.  Goals can be Godly and good for individuals, families, and organizations.

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ANY GOALS FOR 2020?

ANY GOALS FOR 2020
“Where there is no vision (goal), the people perish….,” Proverbs 29:18.
Every day of our lives God has a purpose, aim, or end toward which He is moving us. Many Christians believe that in order to be open to the leading of the Spirit of God they shouldn’t make any plans, have any goals, or have any target they are aiming at to accomplish. They assume everything God does is spontaneously revealed only moment by moment and they’ll be able to sense the leading of the Spirit for every moment by moment decision they have to make. They often reject the idea that God through His Word and Spirit would ever reveal something in advance that they could receive as a goal and make plans to attain it. They fail to realize that God is a God of vision and that is essentially what goals are. They are pictures of the future. Where there is no goal (pictures of the future), people perish or are unproductive, unbridled, and run wild. Success is not luck. It must be carefully planned for, and it begins with setting clear cut goals. It is very difficult to hit a target you do not have.
A great example of God giving us vision and goals is in Habakkuk 2:1-3 where the prophet Habakkuk is described as being in a position to perceive God’s will and hear God speak. “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision (goal or picture of the future) is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” From the point of perceiving God’s vision, or the goal God wanted to bring to pass, the prophet was to write it down so that those responsible for accomplishing it could read it and run with it. This certainly sounds like a God centered goal setting process to me.
The prophet was to be given a clear-cut picture of the future that could be written down and accomplished. The vision or goal would be able to guide the people’s activity for they could run with it after reading it. The vision or goal would also have some point in the future (an appointed time) when it would come to pass. God given goals are clear-cut pictures from God of what He wants us to accomplish. Those goals should be specific enough as to what God wants and a time He wants it done which should help us measure progress toward its accomplishment.

In summary, I like to describe good Godly goals as: a specific statement of faith for a desired result to be achieved during a stated period of time. A goal should always include:

  1. The what (the desired result).
  2. The when (the target date, period, or deadline).
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GETTING A GRIP ON OUR DESTINY

Getting a grip on our destiny

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

God has a destiny and purpose for all of our lives Ecclesiastes 3:1. We’ve been chosen in Christ from before the foundation or creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). Everything God has purposed for us is given time for it to be accomplished. Jesus Himself in 3 1/2 years of ministry was able to say that He finished the work the Father had given Him to do. Jesus was the Master of time and He wants us to learn to manage our time. In fact, time management is actually self-management. There is no need for extra hours if we will allow God to teach us to redeem the time that we do have.

 

Jesus is a good person to look at as a Person who seems to have never wasted a moment. In the Gospels, Jesus is pictured as One in constant demand by friends and enemies alike. Yet it doesn’t seem He was ever in a hurry or had to play catch up or ever taken by surprise. He’s our Master. He mastered time. Jesus was the Master of time and He wants us to learn to manage our time. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” We need to start being better stewards of time by getting understanding about time itself.

 

  1. TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE; IT PASSES

– None of us could save it, store it, stop it, or slow it down. -Time is no respecter of persons; no matter who you are it keeps passing or moving by.

 

  1. WE HAVE ALL THE TIME THERE IS BUT NOT ENDLESS TIME TO USE

– We all have 24 hours in 365 days a year = 8,760 hours.

 

  1. TIME MUST BE BUDGETED IN ADVANCE

– Budgeting time is the central principle to managing time.

– We must plan to use it on what we must do vs. what we would like to do.

– Time needs given to priorities; doing the right things not just doing things right.

– We must seize time for the most essential things far in advance and have a plan.

– We must know our times of maximum efficiency and use that time on our highest priorities (know your prime time).

 

  1. ALL UNPLANNED TIME FLOWS TOWARD SOMETHING

– Weaknesses – We spend time on things we are not good at instead of sticking with our strengths.

– Weights – Things that are not sins but hinder, impede, and encumber us. Our criteria and question should not be “but how bad is it,” but rather, “what good is it?”

– Dominant people – Who do not always see all you have to do, but only what you can do for them.

– Demands of all emergencies – Things that “cry urgent.” The most important things seem to never cry out (like prayer, study, planning) and is why they can be easily neglected.

– Activities that are not needful or necessary – We spend our time doing second things first.

– Things that may gain people approval but may not be God’s approval.

– Things that may be good but not best.

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INITIATIVE IN 2020

 

INITIATIVE IN 2020

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

               To have a New Year in 2020 we will have to continue taking some initiative and not become passive.  Initiative is the action of taking the first step; it is the responsibility for beginning; and implies the right to introduce something. Nothing good seldom “just happens,” without taking some initiative. To take intiative in 2020 we must understand our dominion and authority in Christ because that is what gives us the permission, the right, and the privilege to act.

 

In the original Creation this dominion was given by God to Adam and Eve. They didn’t give it to themselves, it was God’s idea, and it wasn’t independent of Him, they would have to be in relationship to Him. Nothing would “just happen;” if anything was to happen, they would have to initiate it. This was the government of God on Earth and how He would administrate things in the affairs of human beings. When Adam and Eve sinned they turned over to satan their dominion and rule. The enemy of God would use this dominion to introduce more evil, darkness, and destruction into a place that God only intended to be a very good place.

 

This evil rule under the authority of darkness would have gone on forever had God not sent Jesus to pay the price for man’s transgression and destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil, and to deliver man who was subject to him (Hebrews 2:14, 15). The Good News is that Jesus, after paying the redemption price to release us from sin and satan, was Resurrected to be seated in heavenly places to the highest seat in the Universe at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:18-23). Upon leaving Earth He delegated the authority to act, rule, and take dominion in the Earth back to those that believe in Him. We have authority and dominion in Christ Jesus to take initiative in 2020 and make something good to happen.

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STICK TO YOUR ASSIGNMENT

 

STICK TO YOUR ASSIGNMENT b

2 Corinthians 10:12, 13 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

 

 

Every member of the Body of Christ is given grace (Romans 12:6) for their place of functioning (Ephesians 4:16) in the work of the ministry. Everyone has a place they are set by God totally based on the grace of God (1 Corinthians 12:18). No one in the Body of Christ is given grace to sit and do nothing for we are created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10). In the same way, no one is given grace to do everything. Each of us has a part to play and each of us have a measure of rule or sphere of authority. We need to learn to stick to our assignment, keep rank (1 Chronicles 12:32, 33), and not pick up every burden we see.

 

One of the Old Testament commendations of David’s mighty men was that they were able to keep rank. First Chronicles 12:32 says, “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. 33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could KEEP RANK: they were not of double heart.” That is only possible with humility and learning to be content with what God has for you. In the New Testament we are told to “… Take heed to the ministry which we have received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it Colossians 4:17.” We cannot compare ourselves with others or get competitive.

 

 

Getting competitive and trying to do what God has called others to do only brings out the flesh in us. Our competition becomes a work of the flesh and no work of the flesh is ever blessed or anointed by God. When we break rank or try to do what we see others do and get competitive we also get out beyond the sphere of our authority which can lead us into pride and boasting. The Apostle Paul said it this way in 2 Corinthians 10:12-18, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly. 16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.”

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SOJOURNERS OR SETTLERS?

sojourners settlers

1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, PASS THE TIME OF YOUR SOJOURNING HERE in fear:

When Jesus walked the Earth, His disciples had to keep up with Him. If they were to stay close, they had to choose to leave the life they lived without Him, and go wherever He would go. The life God intended us to live is nothing less than an adventure that begins the moment we chose to follow Him. We’ve been translated out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of God to live the abundant life with Jesus. Since we call God our Father through the Lord Jesus Christ we ought to pass our short time here as if we were dwelling in a strange land or sojourning here in the reverential fear of the Lord.

When we respond to His calling us it is to be a sojourner and to relinquish the security of being a settler. To follow Him is to choose forever to be an alien and a stranger in this world or as 1 Peter 2:11 calls us strangers (foreigners) and pilgrims (resident foreigners). We are just passing through. We will never be a permanent resident of this planet we know as Earth. Our citizenship is in Heaven. Perhaps many of our anxieties are related to our trying to be permanent settlers here on Earth instead of temporary residents.

We start as new creations in Christ and are to walk in newness of life. Our God can do new things in our life every day. If everything has become old, stale, boring, and the “same ole, same ole” drudgery perhaps we’re the ones who have stopped the adventure and have become settlers instead of sojourners. Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” A new thing from God, a New Year, can unfold as we shift our attitude to being a sojourner instead of a settler.

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