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Constructing Your Spiritual Goals

Series: Building Your Spiritual Life Plan

In Matthew 20.29-31, A desperate plea is made: Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David! In response, Jesus asks, What do you want me to do for you? What makes this so interesting?Jesus knew exactly what those inquiring of him needed. Instead, he wants them to declare what they want. Specificity. Verbalization. Intentionality. Great results don’t just happen. Today, we’ll talk about how to achieve your spiritual goals.

Discovering the Power of Written Goals

  1. It forces us to clarify what we want.
  2. It helps us overcome resistance.
  3. It motivates us to action.
  4. It filters opportunities.
  5. It enables you to see and evaluate progress.
  6. A 7-Step Process to Creating Your Goals
    1. Make it  Specific  . You must identify what you want to accomplish.
    2. Make it Measurable . How will you reach your goal?
    3. Make it Actionable. We need to clear on what we’re going to do.
    4. Make it Risky. This is faith. Remember Ephesians 3.20-21? We have power.
    5. Make it Time-Keyed. Deadlines demand attention and spurn action.
    6. Make it Exciting.
      1. Colossians 3.1-2 - setting spiritual goals helps us fulfill these directives: 
        1. Seek the things that are above .
        2. Set your mind on things above.
      2. We are participants in the process of being remade in the image of God: Romans 8.29; Philippians 1.6. 
      3. 2 Corinthians 3.18 NIV - with ever-increasing  glory…
      4. These things move us heavenward, Philippians 3.14 NIV
    7. Make it Relevant.  Need to set goals relevant to your actual circumstances.

How do you get started?

  1. Two types of goals: achievement and habit goals.
    1. Achievement: This is a project with a definable scope or limited time frame.
    2. Habit: 
      1. Desires without a definable scope or limited time frame, not a one time accomplishment, but an ongoing reality.
      2. Or, a means to accomplish an achievement goal.

Are you willing to stretch yourself?

  1. We need to embrace discomfort. 
  2. We need to yearn for more. We need to push ourself to grow, Hebrews 6.11-12; 10.22-25; Hebrews 12.1-3. 
  3. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.  If you’re seeking salvation - He is the answer.
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