DAY 34: HOW TO SET A FAITH GOAL
“Have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus,
is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
You exercise faith by setting goals. Goals are statements of faith by which you say, “I believe God wants me to accomplish something by a certain date.” If you don’t have a date, it’s not a goal, it’s just a wish, a dream, a desire. Wishes are a dime a dozen. They only thing that will change your life is setting a goal. You have to wake up from the dream and go to work!
A “FAITH” goal has five characteristics:
Focused: That means it is specific. If you use the words “more” or “less”, it’s not a focused goal. “I want to be more like Jesus” or “I want to weigh less” are not goals because you can’t measure them. A goal must be specific. For example, “I will have a quiet time for five minutes every day for the next month,” or “I will lose ten pounds in thirty days-those are FAITH goals.”
Attainable: It must be possible and practical. If you set an unrealistic goal, it’s just going to discourage you. If you say, “I’m going to pray three hours a day,” you’re setting yourself up for failure. Set a goal that stretches you without breaking you, and then trust God to help you stretch.
Individual: That means it’s personal. You cannot set goals for the other people, because you can’t control them. You can only set goals for yourself.
Trackable: Trackable goals can be measured and verified. Your goal needs a deadline. Without a date, it’s not a goal.
Heartfelt: You’ll never reach a passionless goal. If you don’t have a deep desire to do it, don’t set it.
Goals will give you life to the dreams you’ve given up for dead. Take a look at the dreams you’ve given up on. Add a goal, and see what God can do.
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.