Psalms 37:5 (KJV) Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Happy New Year!
Thanks for being with us through 2018. We trust God that 2019 will be a wonderful year filled with God’s blessings and his prodigious manifestations.
Our topic today is about setting goals. Setting goals in the New Year is necessary for attaining greater heights both spiritually and physically. It is imperative for all believers to understand that setting goals is no trivial business. It is important that we set goals and make plans if we want to succeed. Some Christians are against making plans and they believe the Holy Spirit will tell them everything they have to do every second of the day. They have no expectations and they wait on the Holy Spirit to do everything they have the capacity to do. Don’t get me wrong, the Holy Spirit is in us to lead and direct us. To illustrate what I’m saying, I read of a believer who quit his job and affirmed that the Holy Spirit would feed his family, send his children to school and pay his bill while he slept at home. That is not the Spirit of God. That is an act of foolishness.
On the other hand, setting rigid plans and being totally engrossed in our plans without regard for God is not wise also. We must trust God for directions even as we follow our plans. Sometimes, because people want to save face, and they allow pride to creep into their actions thereby disregarding the leading of the Spirit of God.
Acts 16:6-7 (KJV) Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
In this portion of the Bible, we can see that Apostle Paul made a plan, he was following that plan and at the same time listening to the directions of the Spirit. He was not arrogant by disregarding timely instructions. He let go of his plans when the Holy Spirit directed them to another city. This is what we must also do as believers, we must make plans and also trust God for his leading. God can tell us to leave a particular plan and move in a different way, herein lies the balance. We should not be so anxious about situations that we make inflexible plans which our own capacity cannot bring to pass. Also, we must not be so lazy as to proceed into the New Year without any plan. Our pursuit must be a humble submission of our plans to God, praying that everything we do will eventually bring glory to him and blessings to us.
I have listed below 4 ways in which you can plan and set goals for 2019 the godly way;
1. Commence your planning with Prayer: Prayer is the most effective way to commence your goal setting and planning for 2019. Praying for directions and listening to what God has to say is the most vital part of your planning. You can decide to go for a 3 days fasting or a retreat just to know God’s say, and I’m sure he would answer you and direct your steps. Ps 37:5 (Amplified Version) totally explains this point: “Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.”
2. Set specific goals: Stop shooting wild like you’ve doing in the past years. Let your goals be specific. Set measurable goals, because the goals that can be measured are those that you can successfully accomplish.
Stop setting goals that goes like this: “I will preach to many many people this year” or “I will read many spiritual and motivational books this year”. These are not measurable. This method isn’t the best way to set goals. These same goals can be restructured this way: “I will minister Christ to 3 people every month in my workplace and in my neighborhood” or “I will read a spiritual book and a motivational book each month and I will be accountable to my friend Tolu”. Now these are measurable goals and are more achievable than the previous ones.
3. Let your motives be right: Your motives must be spot on when you plan and set goals for the new year. Setting selfish goals will leave you spiritually drained and will affect your relationship with others. You must make sure that every goal you set for the new year resonates with righteousness and the honourable reasons.
Also, it is not wise for you to set goals just to compete with your friends. Moreover, it is not the best thing to copy and paste the yearly goals of your friend and personalizing them. What you should do instead is seek God’s face as to what he wants you to do for the year. God knows what is right for you. What is right for someone may not be the best for you. You should understand this.
4. Write your plans on paper: A plan written is better than 100 ideas in your brain. If you have not put down your plans and goals on paper, then you are not really committed to achieving them. When you jot down your goal, it makes you accountable, it also makes it easier to track your progress during the year. I read in a book that “the act of writing and verbalizing your goals is an act of faith”. When you do this, your heart is set right and everything starts to fall into place. Personally, I utilize an Android app called “ColorNote” to write down my goals for the week, month and year. It makes the whole process of tracking goals easier for me and that’s why I use it. You can download in on Google PlayStore.
As you set your 2019 goals and plans, do not limit yourself. Dream big, dream wide. Let the Spirit of God lead you to the place where your trust is without borders and where your imagination runs wild. God is set to do great and wonderful things in your life this year. Don’t limit him by being lazy and don’t restrict him by disregarding his instructions. God bless you.
Kindly share with your family and friends if you’ve been blessed. Once again, happy new year!