AN ENEMY CALLED AVERAGE NUGGETS 21 & 22
KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE ROCK WHEN YOU REACH THE END OF YOUR ROPE
Don’t quit. There is a big difference between quitting and changing however. I believe that when God sees someone who does not quit, He look s down and says, “ There is someone I can use.” In Galatians 6:9 (NIV ) we are told , “ let us not become weary in doing good , for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do
not give up. “ Look at the verse carefully . It urges us not to become weary, assuring us that we will not might, will-reap a harvest if we do not give up.
God does not quit. It is impossible for him to do so. In Philippians 1:6 (NIV ) the apostle Paul writes“ Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the days of Christ Jesus.” There are several important pints in this verse. The most crucial is the fact that God does not quit. Therefore, we can have great confidence that He will complete the good work He has begun in us. He will see us through every step until we reach our ultimate destination.
One of the best scriptural examples of a person who did not quit is Joseph. He had many reasons to justify giving up. When he was trapped in the pit where his brothers had thrown him because of their jealousy, I am sure he said to himself, This is not the way I dreamed my life would work out” Later, he had a marvelous opportunity to become discouraged and quit when he was thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit. Again he could have said to himself, “ This is not right; i’m not supposed to be here.
Although Joseph did not understand the steps through which the Lord would lead him, he remained true to his God. Despite the trials he faced, he did not quit. Eventually the dream that God has given Joseph became reality. He was elevated from a prisoner to a prime minister. There is no greater reward than that which comes as a result of holding fast to the Word and to the will of God. Only you can decide not to lose. Most people quit when they are on the verge of success. Often, success was at their fingertips. There is only one degree of difference between hot water and steam. In Luke 18 (NIV) Jesus told the parable of the persistent widow. The Bible reveals His purpose in relating this story. Verse 1 says,
“ Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. .” The Psalmist tells us, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:” (Psalm 37:5).
The only way we can lose is to quit. Quitting is the only decision we can make, that can keep us from reaching God’s goal in our lives
A GOAL IS A DREAM WITH A DEADLINE
In Habakkuk 2:2 the Lord tells the prophet, “ Write the vision , and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.” This scripture reveals the key to successful goal setting. The vision must be written. When you keep a vision in your mind, it is not really a goal; it is nothing more than a dream. There is power in putting that dream on paper. When you commit something to writing, commitment to achievement naturally] follows.
God wrote His vision for us in the form of the Bible. He does not rely only on the Holy Spirit to guide us; He put His directions in writing. We are told to make the Word of the Lord plain upon “ tables” (tablets) so that the vision is clear and “ so that he may run that reads it.” The keyword is “ run .” God desires that we run with the vision in our lives. As long as we are running with the vision, we will not turn around. When you walk with a lion , it’s easy to change directions and go the wrong way. You cannot stroll to a goal.
In Proverbs 24: 3-4 (T L B ) we read : “ Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keep in abreast o f the facts.” Simply stated , effective goal setting provides an opportunity to bring the future to the present so that you can deal with it today. You will find that achievement is easy when your outer goals become inner commitment Even though we have the Holy Spirit, we still need to prepare; He just makes us better equipment to do so. God does not desire for us to be disorderly or to waste funds. That’s why proper planning is so important. Plan for potential. Believe for God’s biggest dreams. When you plan, look to the future-not to the past. You will not drive forward effectively when you are looking out the rear window.
Always involve yourself with something that’s bigger than you are because that’s where God is. In the beginning every great success seems impossible. We all have opportunity for success. Having a bad life requires as much energy as having a good life, yet most people live meaningless lives because they never decide to write their vision through. If you cannot see the mark, you cannot press toward it.
“ Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established ” (Proverbs 4:26). You will find that what you learn on the path to your goals is actually more valuable than achieving the goal itself. Columbus discovered America while searching for a route to India . Be on the look out for the “ America s” in your path . Put God’s vision for your life on paper and beg into run with His plan