Don’t Be A Go With The Flow Christian/ Set Some Life Goals

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Just for fun, there is a quick poll at the end of this post.

Do you have goals? Some of us are more goal-oriented than others. Nevertheless, it is good to want to accomplish things. The Bible does warn us against the sin  selfish ambitions. We must be careful not to have idols in our life, and not to place anything above Jesus, but there is nothing wrong with setting some goals.

Christians are to live purposeful lives. Yes, we are supposed to be gentle, humble, meek, and we are called to have servants’ hearts, but by no means are we to ever go with the flow. You may be surprised to learn that going with the flow is actually detrimental to the life of a Christian.

We must be sober and vigilant because our adversary, the devil, is out like a lion seeking whom he may devour. The purpose of a Christian’s life is to serve God primarily, and we are to commit our ways to God.  Christians should be devoted to seeking the kingdom of God first and foremost.

If we have God’s word written in our hearts, we won’t lead aimless lives. 

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God has bestowed us with different skills and abilities. Problems arise when we think we are superior to others, and when we believe our talents are better than somebody else’s, this is where we can fall down in the humility department. But God wants us to make the most of what He has given us and to be thankful.

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Philippians 3: 13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Our lives should represent the Gospel; indeed, we are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good work, our should reflect this. We are not just meant to sit and wait and see what the future brings the Bible already tells us what the future brings, we are to work and live our lives in the spirit of excellence, serving our King. 

Commit Your Ways To The Lord

The reason why so many of us fail to achieve our aims because we don’t put God first. We allow the negativity and toxicity of others to overcome us instead of recognizing it for what it is.

Have you ever told somebody that you wanted to be healthier and fitter only for them to turn around and tell you that there’s no point, life is too short to be worrying about your health and so on? There is nothing Godly, encouraging, or helpful about this type of response. It is up to you to not take ownership of it. Check out the following link http://wheremysoulrests.com/2019/10/23/when-the-intentions-of-others-are-not-always-good-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

Why set life goals? God is a God of order not chaos, if we are His people, there should be order in our lives.

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Only dead fish go with the flow

Keep Calm Focus On Your Goals

Proverbs 21:5  The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

If you aresomeone who falls under negativity (and the truth is many of us do) it might be wise to not tell people about your goals, protect it from toxic people, as they will only discourage you. There is nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself, and the small steps make such a difference. 

When you stand with the word of God, you are not standing on sinking sand, you are standing on solid ground. God has plans for your future, and His plans are never to harm you, but always to help you. So go out there and live your life as a person on a mission.

The devil also has plans for us too, and it’s to lead us to ruin. He will put people in your path to sabotage you so that you accomplish nothing good. This is why we must focus on our savior. As a Christian, you are on a mission, God gives each one of us purpose. Work hard to achieve your goals and do not let anyone stand in your way. Keep your eyes upon Jesus. All too often, Christians readily give Into bullying and fail to realize their potential. The world is a hostile place, and for all the talk of empathy and inclusion. There is no room for those of us who live by the Gospel. Cling onto God with every ounce of strength you have. 

Should Christians Have Non-Christian Friends?

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As Christians, we know how meaningful relationships are, it takes work, and it takes care to maintain good relations with the people in our lives. Without a doubt, our marriages involve a lot of work, as does our parenting. But another type of relationship that requires careful consideration is friendship. Before any of us get married and have families of our own, our friends are influential and have a lot to do with the sort of people we become. 

Whether you were raised in a Christian home or not, you must understand that God wants us to be discerning about the company we choose to keep. God created us to be around other people, God gave us communities, but Christians are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. We can be friends with unbelievers but to a degree.

It is a real tragedy when people, being so desperate to fit in, make friends with abusers. It is saddening how many people get led astray by people they perceive as friends. As Christians, we need to be intentional about what kind of people we want in our lives. The Bible tells us that bad company corrupts good character; we are social creatures. That’s how God made us, but we must be careful to whom we open our lives and our hearts. 

We need fellowship with those who will support our walk with the Lord and who themselves walk closely with the lord. We want the sort of friends who love Jesus and their family in Christ. We should not have to sacrifice inner peace for the sake of clinging to shallow, counterfeit friendships; instead, we can enjoy the fullness and peace of God in every area of our lives, including our associations with others.

The Cost Of Following Jesus

One of the biggest concerns for new Believers is whether or not they will lose their old friends as they follow Jesus, and it’s understandable to have that concern. We have strong attachments to our friends, and it can be hard to let go.

The truth is that there is a cost to following Jesus, and you will lose friends; however, as you continue your walk with the lord, you will want to be with people who cherish Jesus these people will be an encouragement to you.

You will discover that you no longer miss your old way of life, including your old friends. If you are genuinely born again, you will love Jesus more than anyone or anything, and your new friendships will reflect the new creation you are in Christ.

Many Christians will have friends that are not Christians, they may not even be remotely religious, but the bond is not the same as with a Christan friend, the reason being that our fellow believers are our brothers and sisters in Christ. A good test of our faith is to ask ourselves, who do we love more? Do we love unsaved family members more than our brothers and sisters in the Lord? That connection to other believers is vital for the body of Christ, as we are all members of that same body. We will be sharing eternity with our fellow believers.

Speaking from personal experience, I have moments when I feel weak in my faith, but I know that my family in Christ are there to pray for me and support me in my time of need, and I must be willing to do that for my godly friends.

Friendship For A Young Christian

If you are a young person in school or college, it is wise to look for friends who love the Lord and who can be a positive influence in your life. The people of this world do not love the Gospel, they are hostile to the Good News, it is unwise for you to associate with people like that.

You may think that they will see the Light in you, and will want what you have, but that is a rarity.  What usually happens is that you will be led astray; these people hate what you are about and will want to change you. God’s enemies are very controlling (sometimes without knowing it), and before you know it, you will be down the path that leads to destruction – it’s a dark place to be. 

Friendship For A Married Person

If you are married, Godly friends are an enormous blessing, you need friends that will bless your marriage, and will encourage you to be a better spouse. You need people that won’t talk badly about your husband or wife but instead will help you to be loving, kind, and patient with your spouse. 

We live in a culture that treats marriage like it’s only a piece of paper, and divorce is only around the corner if you are unhappy. Your friends should be the kind of people who honor your marriage and pray for you both.

God’s Wisdom On Friendship

I could go on about the subject of friendship, but let’s look at what God’s word has to say about it:

Proverbs 12:26  One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

1 Corinthians 15:33  Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 14:6-7 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

 

 

Resolve To Seek God’s Guidance In 2020 And Beyond

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With 2020 rapidly approaching, let’s face the New Year and decade with fresh hope in God’s goodness to us. Are you hoping to start something new in 2020? Such as a new job or your own business, you need the Lord’s hand upon your life. If you are making New Years Resolutions, consider resolving to commit your plans to the Lord first.

God is a loving Father to his children and delights in us when we seek wisdom from Him, but we cannot neglect our primary calling, which is to put Him first in our lives. We must humble ourselves and be prepared to accept His will, after all, He is the perfect Father, and He knows what we need, even if it seems hard at the time.

I would like to share some verses from scripture, that speak of our need for the Lord’s wise counsel, as a believer, you know that you cannot go through life without it. Let’s consider the following 6 verses and apply them to our lives, starting from today and into the new year:

6 Bible Verses On God’s Guidance

 

1) Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

2) Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness like the dawn, your justice like the noonday sun. (1 Kings 2:4-6)

3) Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

4) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the view of life. ( John 8:12)

5) The Lord Says, “I Will Guide You Along The Best Pathway For Your Life. I Will Advise You And Watch Over You”. (Psalm 32:8)

6) Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart; Do Not Depend On Your Own Understanding. Seek His Will In All You Do, And He Will Show You Which Path To Take. ((Proverbs3:5-6 )

The Lord Wants To Take Your Burdens

As you can see from the verses above, the Lord is happy to take our burdens, He knows our weaknesses all too well. God never gets compassion fatigued, He wants us to lay our burdens down at His feet, follow Him, and seek His guidance.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this post, and what are some of your resolutions for 2020?