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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Godly Goal Setting Starts with God’s Promises

In review of Genesis 24:7a it says, “The LORD, the God of heaven, brought me from the home of my father and the land of my relatives. And he promised me, ‘I will give this land to your descendants.’”

Bottom Line:
If God promises you something, he will provide it.

What this means to me:
When God promises me something, he’ll provide it so it’s important for me not to deviate from it.
The Bible is filled with promises from God. There are promises of success, confidence, health, prosperity, strength, wisdom, and more. So why would God make these promises?  What I’m learning is that he has made them because he wants me to learn to trust in him.

So as I set a goal, I should not focus on the problem, rather I should focus on the promise he has given. I should find a promise in God’s Word that will take me to my goal and hold on to it.

This is essentially what Abraham did when Eliezer, his servant, started to worry about accomplishing the goal he was given. In today’s verse, Abraham tells Eliezer about the promise he received from God: “The LORD, the God of heaven, brought me from the home of my father and the land of my relatives. And he promised me, ‘I will give this land to your descendants.’ The LORD will send his angel before you to help you get a wife for my son there” (Genesis 24:7 NCV).

Today, I won’t need an angel, because dozens of time in Scripture God has said that, “He will be with me no matter where I go.” God is always there, whether I feel it or not. I just need to learn how to plug into that power.

Interestingly enough, the size of my God is based on my trust in Him. This will determine the size of my goal. And, godly goal setting should always starts with a promise of God. Given this, I should not look at my limitations; rather I should look at the promises of God and adopt them for my goals.

Today, I can be assured that when God promises me something, he’ll provide it. If he provides all he promises, it’s important for me not to deviate from it, otherwise I’ll miss it.

Today, I should consider some of my goals and look for passages in his Word where he provides promises. It will be important for me to set goals that are not selfish but are ones that would be pleasing to him.  God will provide what I need to accomplish what’s truly on his heart.

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