As promised, here is the other part of the previous message.
If you are to make irreversible progress forward…
#4. Forget what is in the past. Listen to the Word of God and bring it to the speed of life. If you have failed before, you should be able to rise again. If you started a business that failed, you just need to learn more about such a business and see what you missed. If the business did not take off as you thought it would, you need to apply yourself more to make it work. Sharpen your skills.
Instead of memorials of the past have pictures of the future. This what what the Apostle Paul says:
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 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. – Philippians 3:12-14 NIV
In Philippians 4:8 is a layout of the only things that qualify for space in your mind. If it is not in verse 8 then it needs to be disqualified. You must move over dramatically into the new year! Remember God takes note of new years and gives instructions for it. (See Numbers 33:3)
#5. Strive towards your goals and go to work. Work is boring – it is not as exciting as planning, but a plan soon becomes work. It’s boring but rewarding.
#6. Have a goal for every area of your life; not just money, work or school. Remember family too. State your role and have goals for each.
We are told about preparation and planning in Proverbs 24:27 while Ecclesiastes chapter 3 reminds us that there is a time for everything. Therefore as you lay your plans you are supposed to ensure balance. You cannot move forward in one area of your life and be losing in another. Balance!
#7. Teach yourself to be grateful in everything.
Philippians 4:6NIV says, 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
When I was in school and we had athletics, the runners that were being groomed for competition would be given glucose to energize them in the races – I wasn’t one of them. So having gratitude is like glucose that energizes a runner; it energizes you for life. Important to note is this: Thanksgiving sometimes is a sacrifice.
In their journey, the Israelites reached Marah where there was bitter water but in Elim just five miles further, they came to 12 fountains of water. This is a refreshing point; like a gas station. When you have been traveling for a while you stop over at a gas station to refuel and refresh then you can proceed with your journey. It is vital to remember that Elim is not your destination. (Read Numbers 33:1-9)
We are entering a new year and every new year is like a starting point. What is true for Breakthrough Community Church as the corporate church should be true for you too! As BCC enjoys God’s favor, may that favor rest on you too!
I will stop there with this: Whatever you commit to will yield results for you. What are you committing to in 2014?