In life one can move backward. Even though you fix your gaze on yesterday, you can never live in the past again. Even though you’re captured by the events of the past, that is already gone.
Here are some types of backward movements:
Wandering – this is not going in circles but moving everywhere. You have movement with no sense of direction – not moving forward.
Stagnation – this is mark timing. You still wake up when other people wake up but there’s no progress forward.
Movement in cycles/circles – this is moving around what is familiar. Here, the devil sets you in patterns that you can’t break out from.
Important to note also is that there are people who make movement forward that is reversible. This movement forward is when you use your own effort or smarts without God.
God wants us to progress forward, irreversibly.
What can you do to have this irreversible progress?
#1. Put God first before your own goals. Anything you do without God will fall apart! Man makes plans but it is God’s purpose that stands. (Proverbs 19:21)
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:1-2KJV
In all your plans you must talk to God first. You must involve God in your plans for the New Year. You must write down your plans and lay them before God for correction. It is better to see red ink on your paper today than to be humiliated later.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. – Proverbs 3:5-7KJV
#2. You must have a clear mental picture of where you’re going. You must have an aim otherwise you’ll be aimlessly wondering. When you’re taking a road trip, turning on the GPS and entering the relevant details will show you the road to your destination. Your imagination is your God-given ability to focus on a goal and draw out a picture. 18 Where there is no vision, the people perish… – Proverbs 29: 18aKJV. We must live a victorious life here on earth. God told Abraham that he’ll be a father of many nations…like the stars. (Genesis 15:5). That is a mental picture!
You must have a prophetic vision bound in God because your vision is as closest as you can get to your future before you actually get there.
…Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. – Habakkuk 2:2-3KJV
Visions are for the future. If you see more then you need to write more, revise it and enlarge it. Write it down!
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. – Daniel 7:1KJV
#3. Schedule your purpose. Have dates and time frames for which you should accomplish them. Schedule your dream and it will become a goal.
We continue with this message here. Meanwhile remember to put God first in all you do.
You are blessed!