This is the transcript of a presentation I made during a seminar organised by DEL Resources on Setting FAITH Goals.
How are you going to look like in the next six months?
Are you going to be spiritually deeper?
Are you going to be emotionally stronger?
Are you going to be mentally sharper?
Are you going to be physically healthier?
Are you going to be financially free?
Will your relationships be healthier?
Where will you be?
Goal setting is about your future.
I recall the story of a man who was given a bow and an arrow. After collecting it, he was told “SHOOT!”. He glanced at the person telling him to shoot and asked “At what?” He added “When there is no target there is no purpose for shooting”.
Here’s the catch: He could shoot the arrow anywhere and wherever the arrow ended up would be where the arrow ended up. Well, not much to that.
What if an archer was given a target and challenged to hit the bullseye? – Everything changes!
Here’s the catch: He has been given something to aim at, something to challenge his skills against, something to measure his progress with, and something that gives all of his effort – purpose. All by adding in a simple target. That’s what a goal does to a person’s life – It changes everything.
The Bible says six (6) things about Goal Setting:
- Goal setting is a spiritual responsibility.
God set goals. He has goals for the universe, has goals for planet earth, history, eternity, and for your life. Jesus always announce his goals publicly. He will say I want to do this or go to this place. Successful people set goals. In the Bible you’ll see example of goal directed people. For example, Apostle Paul in Phillipians 3:13. He said I know I haven’t reached my goal but one thing I do is forgetting the past and straining towards what is ahead, and I keep my eyes focused on the goal so that I may one day win the prize of what God has called me to receive. So all of you who are spiritually matured should think this way.
You’re going to go through life either by design or by default. You’re either going to set goals and design what’s important in your life or other people are going to design it. This is a very important spiritual discipline.
- Goals are statement of faith.
If you believe in Jesus Christ and you set a goal you’re saying ‘I believe God wants me to achieve such and such at such and such time.’ Or ‘this is what I believe God will do in my life’.
Goal stretching verse – Ephesians 3:20 TLB
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.
If there’s ever a blank cheque in the Bible, it’s Ephesians 3:20. Guess what? God can top up whatever you ask or dream of. I want to push you to believe more than you are believing right now.
*God can do far more than you could ever imagine or guess or dream of or dare to request.
*Let the size of your God be the size of your goal.
*Stop your puny little thinking – I’m too old. I’m too young. I’m not pretty enough. I’m not handsome enough. I’m a male. I’m a female. Or whatever. Stop!
*Stop all your arguments and start dreaming all that God can do in your life if you will just trust him. *We limit God by our unbelief. Matthew 9:29 (Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith it will happen.)
- Goals focus your energy.
One thing I do… ~ Phillipians 3:13
Life is full of distractions. Paul didn’t run without a goal.
- Goals keep you going.
When you’re going through hell, you’ll keep on going because of your goals. Without goals you’ll have no reason to get out of bed. A goal will carry you on. People without a goal don’t have a will to live. You’ll keep on keeping on with a goal.
Long term goal helps you not to give up when you experience setbacks. In life, you’ll fail. In fact, as a friend, I’ll tell you to learn to fail fast and early. Don’t waste your failures, learn from it and try something else.
A goal doesn’t have to be big to motivate you. To get to succeed you have to take many small steps.
- Goals build your character.
If you get a vision and get a goal, God will build your character. The greatest achievement when you set goals isn’t when you get or accomplish it but what you become in the process and that’s what God is interested in you.
You’ll never become that man or woman God wants you to be unless you INTEND to be that man or woman. You’ll never become what God intends unless you being intentional.
- Good goals will be rewarded.
You’ll be rewarded by:
- God in heaven. 1 Cor. 9:25 To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears.
- People on earth.
If your goals are good, you will be respected, but if you are looking for trouble, that is what you will get. ~ Proverbs 11:27 GNT
When you have a good goal it brings you respect and honour. When you give your life to a good goal it’ll build a legacy on earth. ~ Proverbs 11:27
Example of people who were given honour because of their goal:
1. Jesus Christ – Brought salvation to the whole world. Made us to have a share in God’s kingdom.
The success of the following people can’t be compared to what Jesus Christ did.
2. Nelson Mandela – Fought for South Africa’s independence.
3. Thomas Edison – Greatest accomplishment is the light bulb. He had more than 1,000 U.S. patents to his name.
4. Colonel Sanders – Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe. He said “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labour, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”
Not every goal is a good goal. Not every goal that God will bless. So set goals that God will bless. What are the goals that God is going to bless and give you power to do?
The answer to the above question is in these three (3) questions:
- Will this goal honour God? What kind of goal honour or bring glory to Him? Any goal that causes you to trust Him more, love Him more, and love others more, to serve Him and others. 1 Cor. 6:20 – use your body to honour God. 1 Cor. 10:31 – when you eat or drink or do anything, always do it to honour God. Everything can be done to honour God: you can do the dishes to honour God, you can throw away the trash to honour God. How? By doing it with the right attitude or motive and gratitude – 2 Cor. 5:9 – So our aim is to please him always in everything we do, whether we are here in this body or away from this body and with him in heaven.
- Is this goal motivated by love? God is not going to bless a goal motivated by greed, competition, envy, grief, grudges, pride, materialism, worry, or anxiety. But when you set a goal out of love: God I want to do this because I love you and I love others. If you set loveless goal, you’ll treat people as a project. It’s not about accomplishments, it’s about relationship and learning how to love.
- Will this goal require depending on God?
*Heb. 11:6 – without faith it’s impossible to please God. Your goals need faith to please God.
*Rom. 14:23 – everything that doesn’t come from faith is sin. Your goals should be motivated by faith so that you don’t sin.
*Prov. 16:9 – we plan the way we want to live but only God makes us able to live it. Why? Here are three (3) things you must have to reach your goal:
- I need God’s spirit to empower me.
- I need God’s word to guide me.
- I need God’s people to support me. It takes a team to fulfil a dream.
How to Set a FAITH Goal
“I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above.” (Phillipians 3:13-14 NCV)
I believe in setting goals. I started setting them when my eyes opened to the benefits and value it brings into one’s life. Goals are simply statements of faith. The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith” and “Without faith it’s impossible to please God” and “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” and “According to your faith it will be done unto you.”
God always operates in your life by faith. That’s why you need goals in your life, because a goal is a statement of faith. A goal says, “I believe God wants me to accomplish something by a certain date.” If you don’t have a date, it’s not a goal. It’s a wish. It’s a dream. It’s a desire. But wishes are a dime a dozen; they’re worthless. The only thing that will change your life is setting a goal. You’ve got to wake up from your dream and go to work!
A “FAITH” goal has five characteristics:
F – Focused. That means it is specific. If you use the words “more” or “less,” it’s not a focused goal. “I want to be less angry” or “I want to weigh less” or “I want to be more like Jesus” are not goals because you can’t measure them. You have to be specific.
A – Attainable. If you set an unrealistic goal, it’s just going to discourage you. If you say, “I’m going to pray three hours a day,” you’re setting yourself up for failure. Set a goal that stretches you and then trust God will help you stretch.
I – Individual. That means it’s personal. You cannot set goals for other people because you can’t control them. You can’t set goals for your children, your husband, or your boyfriend or girlfriend. You can only set goals for yourself, because you can control you and not anybody else. The only way you can change other people is by changing yourself.
T – Trackable. Trackable goals can be measured. They’re verifiable. You set a date and say, “By Nov. 30 I will have accomplished this, and by Dec. 30 I will have accomplished this, and by Jan. 30 I will have accomplished this.”
H – Heartfelt. Your goals have got to be heartfelt. You’ll never reach a passionless goal. If you’re not passionate about the goal, wait until you get passionate about it. If you don’t have a deep desire to do it, don’t set it.
I encourage you to set one spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, financial, and health goal for your life today. Maybe your goal is to have a quiet time for five minutes every day for the next six months. That is a FAITH goal, and you can accomplish it in faith.
Here is a blurb I found from Dr. Lisa Christiansen that helps remind us to dream big, dream often, and live our dreams:
Remember when you were a child? …
What did you DREAM of?
What did you WANT to be?… Do you REMEMBER?
What was POSSIBLE?… Did you have limits?
What INSPIRED you?… What were you CURIOUS about?
What made you LAUGH?
What did YOU want to learn?
Who did YOU want to help?… Where did YOU want to go?
What difference were YOU going to make?
If you take a look at YOUR LIFE NOW are YOU living YOUR DREAMS?
Take the goals you’re working on or walking towards this year and check if they meet the criteria of the FAITH goals. Remember to dream big; expect God to do big wonderful things in your life, and He will.
What is a new goal that you believe God wants you to set after learning about FAITH goals?