Today I am reading day 14 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:
Express Faith With Your Goals
Esther 4:16 “Go and get all the Jews in Susa together; hold a fast and pray for me. Don’t eat or drink anything for three days and nights. My servant women and I will be doing the same. After that, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. If I must die for doing it, I will die.”
Matthew 9:29 Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “Let it happen, then, just as you believe!”—
In order to fulfill your destiny you must make a faith commitment. It’s not enough to just talk about your calling and set some goals. You need to decide to go for it, to say “I’m going to do this.”
Esther knew going to the king was risky and it could lead to her death. She was afraid to go, but she knew it was the right thing to do. And she said, “If I perish, I perish.” That’s a faith commitment.
Until you know what you are willing to die for, you are not ready to live. You are just existing.
But when you understand your destiny and you know what God has called you to do, you’re willing to go for it. You’re willing to abandon everything.
Knowing what God has called you to do and making the faith commitment to do it means setting goals. The best way I can put it is this: You can only manage what you measure.
This is an important principle of life. If you don’t have specific goals that can be measured, your goal will just be a pipe dream. You won’t be any better, you won’t be any different than you are today.
And above all else, make sure you set your goals with faith. Why? Because Jesus said, ” Because of your faith, it will happen.” (Matthew 9:29 NLT)
Today I am reading day 9 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:
Great Goals, Great Sacrifice
Genesis 24:53 Then he brought out clothing and silver and gold jewelry, and gave them to Rebecca. He also gave expensive gifts to her brother and to her mother.
Mark 8:36 Do you gain anything if you win the whole world but lose your life? Of course not!
The only thing free in this world is salvation from God through Jesus Christ, and that one’s free because Jesus paid the price on the cross.
Eliezer had to pay a price to get Rebekah to come back with him and marry Isaac. Genesis 24:53 says, “Then he brought out gold and silver and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave expensive gifts to her brother and her mother.”
Great goals require great sacrifice. If you are serious about getting a focused life, you need to ask three questions: 1) What will it cost? 2) What am I willing to give? 3) Is it worth it?
The greatest use of your life is to invest it in something that will outlast it. Jesus said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36 NIV) Don’t begin working toward your goals until you’ve counted the cost.
I pray that God will help you get a clear vision of what he wants you to be and do. And I pray that the rest of your life includes the best years of your life.
Today I am reading day 4 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:
Ask God to Help You Get There
Genesis 24:12 He prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today and keep your promise to my master.
Once you have found your promise in God’s Word, pray and ask God for success, just as Eliezer did in today’s verse.
Is it really okay to pray for success? Yes! If you aren’t praying for success, what’s the alternative? Are you going to pray for God to make you a failure?
Eliezer clearly shows us that it is okay to ask God for success in accomplishing a goal as long as the motive is right. When your success helps people and honors God, praying for success does not become a selfish act.
So my question to you today is this: Are you praying about your goals? Are you praying about your future? Are you praying about your dreams or are you just kind of keeping them to yourself?
Your prayers reveal a couple of things. First, they reveal how serious you are about your goals. If you don’t pray about them, you really don’t care about them that much. If you only pray about them once, they are not a desire, they are just a whim.
The other thing your prayers reveal is how much you are depending on God to reach your goals. If you never pray about your goals, never pray about your job, never pray about your finances, you are not depending on God in any of those areas. The more you depend on God, the more you’ll pray.
Today I am reading day 19 of NIV Once-A-Day Promises Devotional:
God Helps You Reach Your Goals
Proverbs 16:3 Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.
Ever set goals for your family? Perhaps you sat down as a family and decided on what you wanted to do or how you wanted to help each other grow. Setting goals together is a way of working as a team, as well as showing your love for each other.
As a member of God’s family God wants to do the same thing with you: sit down together and work through your goals. Because he loves you and wants the best for you, he wants to hear your plans, hopes and dreams.
Sometimes we make plans without consulting God because we simply want our own way. Some of these plans may succeed; others fail. God wants us to submit our plans to him for his approval before we act. In this way, we show our love for and submission to him.
God’s Promise to Me
• If you commit your plans to me, I will help you reach godly goals.
My Prayer to God
Heavenly Father, I’m glad you’re so interested in my life that I can come and talk to you whenever I want. Thank you for helping me set good goals.