But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. Exodus 23:29-30
Why doesn’t God give us everything at once?
Reason #1: Power is perishable.
Reason #2: Maintenance is necessary.
If you want to be a different person five years from now…
Make your goals too small to fail.
Pointers on how to put this into practice
Pointer #1: Choose your goals carefully.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10
Pointer #2: Make your goals very specific.
Give us each day our daily bread. Luke 11:3
Pointer #3: Track your progress diligently.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalm 37:23 (NLT)
Pointer #4: Guard your progress aggressively.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47
8-10 Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love. 11-14 But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about! Romans 13:8-14 (The Message)
The behaviours you “let in” become the behaviours you are “set in.”
Remember this when you think about where you will be in five years…
- TIME is not on your side.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Psalm 39:5
Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25
2. Future you is simply an EXAGGERATED VERSION of current you.
Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it. Proverbs 11:27
The desires of good people lead straight to the best, but wicked ambition ends in angry frustration. Proverbs 11:23 (MSG)
These four resolutions, that God encourages you to make, will guarantee you that the start of 2018 could become one of the most significant events in your life.
Four Resolutions for this New Year…
- Resolve to forget your FAILURES.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
I need to forget: ___________________________
- Resolve to give up your GRUDGES.
“Bear with each other and forgive each other whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” Colossians 3:13
I need to forgive: _____________________________
- Resolve to restore your RELATIONSHIPS.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” Romans 12:18
I need to say sorry to: _________________________
- Resolve to give up HABITUAL WRONGDOING.
“Do not let sin control the way you live, do not give in to its lustful desires … Sin is no longer your master” Romans 6:12,14 (New Living Translation)
I need to give up ___________________________