The Word of God says that we are to give thank in all things.
Not FOR all things, but IN all thing. We know that God has our future in His hand and we know where we’re going! Of all the times of year to be thankful, this is it. Give God thanks for all He has done this Thanksgving Day….and every day!
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Have you ever gone to the grocery store and walked up and down the aisles trying to remember what you wrote down on the list that you accidently forgot to bring with you? When you get home, there are items you’re missing because you didn’t have the list.
God knows that writing things down is important. That’s why He wrote down the Ten Commandments for Moses and didn’t just have Moses commit them to memory. That’s why God had the Holy Spirit inspire certain people to write down the words He gave them so that those words could all be put in a book called, The Holy Bible.
The vision and plan that God has for our lives is pretty important. Habakkuk 2:2 talks about writing down the vision. Why? Because it will “tarry” (verse 3). It won’t come to pass right away. It’s going to take some time to get from point A to point Z, and there may be obstacles, road bumps, and a few detours that come up as you walk out that vision. But if you have it written down, then even if you end up taking a detour, you can pull out that vision God gave you five, ten, twenty years ago, read what He told you, and get back on track. Writing things down will help you stay focused and on course.
The plan of God for our lives won’t happen overnight. If we don’t write it down when He gives it to us, we may forget what He told us in the beginning and then begin to question our direction and purpose when the going gets tough.
Writing down your vision will help hold you steady and keep you on track.
It’s never too late to write down the things God has spoken to you to do, or the personal goals that you’ve had in your heart for years. Write them down today. Start taking steps to accomplish them. Don’t just have idle daydreams. Make plans, take steps, and do what’s necessary to see those dreams become a reality.
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At the beginning of the year, it’s a tradition for many people to write down some New Year’s resolutions.
What do I want to accomplish this year? What’s my vision? What do I want to focus on and apply myself to?
Did you know writing down your vision, goals, and New Year’s resolutions is actually scriptural? The Bible says in Habakkuk 2:2, “Write the vision and make it plain so those that read it can run with it” (paraphrased). There’s something about writing things down that helps “make it plain” or clear. Instead of a goal just being a thought, it becomes something a little more tangible, a little firmer, something you can look at and keep in front of you.
Have you ever felt like you were stuck? Things might be going well, but you just feel like things are a little stagnant. Or, maybe you’re just kind of living aimlessly with no direction. If this describes you, then the first thing you need to do is check your vision. Start setting some goals. Don’t just live day in and day out, getting up, going to work, paying bills, and just living from week to week. Write down some clear goals. They don’t have to be big. Write things down that you want to see come to pass in your life, and then commit to taking the steps to make them happen!
The best way to get rid of that “stuck” feeling is to start moving toward something. There’s no greater satisfaction than setting a goal and accomplishing it.
If you’re feeling stuck, stagnant, or aimless, you’re probably suffering from something called, “lack of vision.”
Writing down your vision and goals will help make them clear and give you something tangible to keep in front of you.
It’s fun to sit and daydream, but if you want to turn a daydream into a reality, start by writing it down. And then write down the steps you need to take to walk it out. Ask God to direct your steps and give you wisdom. Keep that goal in front of you daily until it’s accomplished!
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Did you know you can have 20/20 vision?
I’m not necessarily talking about having 20/20 vision in your physical eyeballs. I’m talking about having 20/20 vision when it comes to your goals and the vision for your life.
If you study the lives of successful people, you’ll notice that they all have one thing in common—they each have a clear vision. They know what they want and are willing to commit to doing whatever it takes to make it happen. They may not have had the education, money, time, or support when they started, but they had a strong, clear vision of where they wanted to end up.
The Bible gives a lot of examples of people who had a clear vision, and even when they encountered significant adversity, they still achieved their goals. Joshua and Caleb are great examples. They never gave up their dream of getting into the Promised Land, even though it took 40 years. What about David? He found out there was a prize for killing Goliath, and just to make sure, he asked twice, “What will be given to the guy who defeats this giant?” He got a clear vision of what the reward was going to be! Or, how about Jesus? He’s the ultimate example of someone who had a clear vision. And even in the face of incredible opposition, He kept his eyes fixed on His goal and that held Him steady all the way to the end!
How about you? Do you have a 20/20 vision for your life? Do you have clear goals that you want to obtain or achieve? They don’t have to be big goals; just have some kind of goals. If you want to achieve anything in life, you have to have “20/20 vision.”
You can’t have blurry vision and expect to reach your goals. You must have a clear vision in order to know where you’re going and what you want to accomplish.
Having 20/20 vision requires being specific and intentional about your goals. Successful people all have one thing in common—they have a clear vision.
One of the best ways to get a clear vision is to write it down. Keep it simple. Make a bullet point list of goals. Then, for each goal, determine a few action steps to get you started on your way. You don’t have to have all the steps at once, just take the first steps, then add the next steps as you go along. Consistently keep track of your progress and keep your goals in front of you.
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One of the greatest things many people lack in their lives is vision.
Having a vision for your life is really important. In fact, the Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). So, vision is something every single person on the planet needs to have.
As a father, I’m the leader in our home. I’m also the leader in our ministry. So, it’s my responsibility to make sure everyone is on the same page, headed in the same direction. I’ve found that one of the biggest challenges I face is constantly making sure there is a clear vision. Where are we going? How are we getting there? What is it going to take to accomplish that?
When it comes to getting a vision for your life and successfully carrying it out, there are six questions you’ll eventually have to answer: Who? What? Where? How? Why? When? Even if you have a vision for your life, but don’t answer those questions, you’ll probably spend most of your life wandering around in circles. There are a whole lot of people that are wandering aimlessly through life, making no progress because they don’t have a destination mapped out.
God created you for a purpose. He gave you gifts and talents for you to develop and use that will bring increase to you and also be a blessing to others. Having a clear vision will give you purpose and cause you to live a rich, satisfied life.
Not having a clear vision will cause you to wander aimlessly through life, never accomplishing the plans that God has for you.
In order to have a clear vision, you have to answer the questions: Who? What? Where? How? Why? When?
The Take Away:
Ask God to show you His plans for you. He may not give you the whole plan all at once, but He will begin to lead you in steps—Check out this idea. Contact this person. Take this class and learn about this subject. The vision God has for your life won’t be accomplished in one day. It’ll be accomplished one step at a time as you follow the direction and leading of the Lord.
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If you can see God’s vision in your heart, you can possess it.
How do you see God’s vision? You see it with your spiritual eyes by meditating on the Word and getting to know God’s character and His promises. Psalms 1:1-3 says the man who delights in God’s Word and meditates in it day and night will prosper in everything he does.
You will only have what you can see. So how do see yourself five years from now? Do you see yourself stronger or weaker, richer or poorer, stuck in a rut or moving forward? Has the devil painted a picture of your situation never getting better? If so, realize that you’re looking at life with natural eyes instead of spiritual eyes, and stop looking at his pictures.
We need to constantly be looking into the mirror of God’s Word so we’ll know what He says about us (James 1:24). God’s Word shows us the truth. With your spiritual eyes, see yourself the way God does. Don’t accept the false images the devil shows you. Stay focused on God’s Word, and you will see God’s vision for you come to pass.
In order to possess God’s vision for your life you have to see it in your heart. Meditate on the Word of God. Get to know His character and promises. Make Psalms 1:1-3 your daily confession. God’s Word is truth, and when we know the truth our spiritual eyes are open to discern the devil’s lies. No matter what negative circumstance the devil throws at you, the truth is that with God all things are possible! We are overcomers in Christ Jesus! And we have been gifted and called for a purpose!
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Following God’s vision can bring major changes in your life.
It may even require you to do a complete one-eighty. You may have already chosen a specific path for your life, and you’re pursuing it with a passion. Then, God shows you His vision for your life and all of a sudden things change—priorities, goals, and relationships, just to name a few.
Paul is a great example of this. He had a plan for his own life, which was to wreak havoc in the church and drag Christians to prison (Acts 8:3), and he was getting pretty good at it! But God had a different plan for him, so God had to get his attention. On the way to Damascus, God caused a bright light from heaven to flash around Paul. He was knocked off his horse, went temporarily blind, and heard Jesus talking to him (Acts 9:3-6). That pretty much got Paul’s attention!
As a result, Paul did a complete one-eighty, laid his vision down and followed the vision God had for him. Instead of persecuting Christians, he made disciples for Jesus, pioneered churches, and wrote two thirds of the New Testament! God’s vision for his life was bigger and better!
God’s vision for your life may be different than your vision. Believe that He always has your best interests at heart and that His plans for you are bigger and better than your own. God looks at the big picture and sees things you don’t see. Not only does God want to bring blessing to you in your lifetime, but He also wants to do something through you that will last forever and bless others! Lay aside your plans and trust God’s plans for your life! He will work in you to accomplish infinitely more than you might ask or think (Eph. 3:20 NLT).
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Following God’s plan for your life is an adventure!
When you first get that vision, it’s new and exciting! But as you move forward, you’re going to run into some roadblocks. Every hero of faith we read about in the Bible had road blocks. They had to keep pressing on in faith in order to fulfill God’s plan. And guess what? It wasn’t always easy! They had to believe God’s Word in the face of all kinds of challenges, but they didn’t cave in. They stayed the course. And that’s why they’re listed in the “hall of faith” in Hebrews chapter 11.
Faith comes when we hear the Word of God (Rom. 10:17), and we need faith to fulfill the vision. God is big on constantly reading, speaking, and thinking about the Word. He told Joshua to speak the Word and meditate on the Word, so he could do the Word. As a result, he’d be prosperous, successful, and fulfill the plan of God for his life (Josh. 1:8).
When God gives us a vision, we need to make sure we “Word up,” and constantly build ourselves up in faith. Being strong in faith will enable us to stay the course, keep moving forward, and fulfill God’s plan for our lives.
Every vision has roadblocks. Keep your faith strong by staying built up in the Word. Write down your vision and find scriptures to stand on and that will build faith in your heart. Here are a few verses to get you started: Philippians 1:6 (AMP), Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV), Philippians 4:13 (NKJV). Make it a habit to read, meditate, and speak the Word daily.
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Children are born to believe. If they don’t hear the truth, they’ll believe a lie.
The only way to combat a lie is with the truth. As parents, it’s important that we tell our children the truth! We have to tell them who they are in Christ. When we do that we are getting the truth down deep in their heart.
Watch Day 17 – Promises For Parents
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This week, Joe shares about parenting, and how sometimes, we’ve got to do a little “Steering” when we talk to our kids.
First off, we have to stop talking negativity to them. Parenting is never easy. Many times it is difficult to allow our kids to find their way in situations. We need to learn to guide them through the process of their decision making.
Our job as parents is to help our kids find out what their gifting is. Often times, helping them through that process can get a little crazy.
This week, Joe tells about one of his kids who decided they wanted to be a cheerleader. Listen as Joe shares this hilarious situation.