Walking In The Fog

Walking in the fog doesn’t mean there is no way out. It means we can’t see the way ahead. There is uncertainty.

We fear walking in the fog because we may stumble over unseen obstacles.

Fog is temporary. Eventually it goes away and we see clearly again. The way ahead becomes obvious.

If we are steady and strong on our feet, we will recover when we stumble in the blindness.

We should never forget that above the thickest fog, the Son is always shining.

Defeating The Wiles Of The Devil

(Ephesians 6:11)  “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

In the old Road Runner cartoons, the coyote named Wile E. Coyote had one goal only in life – to catch the Road Runner, kill him and have roasted fowl for dinner. (I often wondered if the Roadrunner would taste like chicken!) In just about every episode Wile E. had a “plan.”

But alas, the coyote who described himself as a “super-genius” always outsmarted himself to the point of self-destruction. In his self-delusion, even the Acme products he so fondly purchased backfired most of the time because of his own doing.

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Setting Goals For 2014 – Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Setting Goals For 2014

january-first-calendarAre goals a legalistic way of trying to achieve a fleshly objective or can we look to the Bible for principles in goal-setting? In Part 1, we looked at two passages that showed us how setting goals are a Biblical way of organizing our lives and that diligent pursuit of goals is a Biblical prescription for prosperity. Now let’s look at another passage that brings us to our third point.

3. Setting Goals  gives you long term vision and short term motivation

(John 6:27)  “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”

While the disciples are trying to make sense of this conversation based on the miracle of the loaves and fishes, in a nutshell, the Lord is exhorting His followers to pursue those things that are eternal. “Meat” is that which is provided in exchange for pursuing the work of the Lord.

(Matthew 10:9-10)  “Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.”

(Matthew 24:45)  “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?”

As we get into Paul’s epistles, we find not only are we to pursue the eternal but we also find out that the purity of the motive to pursue is gained by a vision.

(Colossians 3:1-2)  “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Both our motive and our motivation to pursue goals as believers comes from a vision of the eternal.

One problem we have in the Church today is that we ignore the eternal in pursuit of the temporary. We’ve lost a vision of the eternal because our eyes have been obscured by the immediate. Our will to succeed has a source in the need to fulfill the desires of the flesh. In order to justify this, we invent gimmicks to tell ourselves that we are pursuing God by pursuing our personal success. But the reality is that we can never be our personal best, experience the highest level of personal fulfillment, or achieve true happiness if God is not the source and motive for our pursuit.

Next: Setting Goals for 2014 – Part 3