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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Meeting New Goals"

Goals“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”     James 4:13-14

As this new year dawns, we need to meet with well-laid plans.  Each of us should have goals, resolutions and dreams out in front of us.  Life is often wasted looking backward on past failures, hurts and disappointments.  Having goals and dreams focuses our eyes forward on new horizons.  Life moves at such a fast pace, and any of it left unplanned will be wasted.  However, our plans can soon crumble if we forget the Lord.  How can we then meet this year with plans and goals, yet have the mind of the Lord?

1.    Yield yourself to the will of God — James 4:15.
2.    Ask God to perform His will in your life — Phil. 1:6.
3.    Live according to the Word of God — Psalm 119:9

   When you received Christ as your Saviour, you not only had a change of life, but also now have a calling in life.  Anyone that God saves He calls them to a purpose.  When Saul of Tarsus met Christ, he changed.  Then he said, as another mark of his salvation, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?  Likewise, when Noah got saved, God called him to his life’s work.  There was a ministry awaiting him.  God has a lifework for each of us as well.  This old chorus puts it as:

"There’s a work for Jesus ready at your hand,
Tis the task the Master just for you has planned;
Haste to do His bidding, yield Him service true,
There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.”

                —Elsie Duncan Yale

Study verses - James 4:13-17; Acts 9:1-7; Hebrews 11:39-40

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Previous devotions

The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011
"Anger" - October 26, 2011
"A Gratitude Attitude" - October 12, 2011
"The Hunter" - October 5, 2011
"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011
"Barking or Pulling" - August 31, 2011
"Spiritually Homeless" - August 24, 2011
"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011

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