Spiritual Goal Setting

If you are disappointed with the progress in the spiritual side of your life, could it be that you are short-changing yourself in setting/receiving goals in that area?

I came across a tweet of the following verse on Twitter a few months back and it has become very meaningful to me.  It is from the story of a blind man who heard that Jesus was walking through the road of his town.  He began calling out repeatedly to Jesus for mercy.  Jesus came to him and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  The blind man said, Lord, I want to see! (Lk.18:41) The man was instantly healed of blindness.

We have discussed before that Jesus is the visual representation to us of the heart of Father God.  A main purpose of Jesus’ life was to reveal to us God’s character, heart, nature.  I want to challenge you today to use the question that Jesus’ asked the blind man as a spring board for you to set new spiritual goals for your life.  Scripture does say that we need to ask to receive.  However, in this instance, Jesus asked the question.  Now visualize yourself with Jesus asking you this question about your life today, and put your name in the blank, “What do you want Me to do for you, _____?”  It is a great challenge!

Make use of the list I made for my own life to spur your spiritual imagination as to how you can answer Jesus’ question.

I took the list of scriptures below as a basis for my answers, as God gave us these words as promises to us.  In other words, it should build your confidence to use these verse as a basis for your answers as God is definitely going to respond to His own Words. 

Now, as you read each underlined verse, hear the question, “What do you want Me to do for you, ____?”  Now create an answer based on that promise, “Lord, I want….”  I have put in italics some promptings to assist you.

1. In Christ…all things have become new. (2 Cor.5:17) [What in your life or healthy do you want to be completely made new? Lord, I want…]

2.  The LORD will keep you free from every disease. (Deut.7:15)  [What healing do you need?  Lord, I want…]

3.  You will lack nothing. (Deut.8:9) [What areas of your life are lacking—financially, relationally, in fulfillment, etc.? Lord, I want…]

4. …Praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. (Acts 2:47) [As you live a life enjoying a spiritual relationship with God, receive favor with all people with whom you interact each day, all business transactions, etc.  Lord, I want…]

5.  Meditate on My Word day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  (Josh.1:8) [You can receive wisdom and ability from God to be successful in all facets of life. Lord, I want…]

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6.  Let us boldly draw near to the throne of God’s unmerited favor…that we may receive mercy for our failures and help in good time for every need…coming just when we need it. (H.5:16)  [Receive His mercy to overcome your failures and timely, supernatural help whenever you need it. Lord, I want…]

7.  You build fine houses and settle down. (Det.8:12)  [If your family is in need of a home, profess to God that your family receives the good house he has promised His people. Lord, I want…]

8.  Learn of Me…and you will find rest, relief, ease, refreshment, recreation and blessed quiet…For My yoke is wholesome, useful, good — not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant. (Mt.11:28-30) [If your life is stressful and exhausting, tell God you will learn from Him how to live a wiser, more restful life. Lord, I want…]

9. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD.  (Det.28:10)  [Tell God that you want people to actually be able to see that He has been good to you, His child. Lord, I want…]

10.  You treat us with kindness and with honor, never denying any good thing to those who live right. (Ps.84:11CEV) [Thank God for not denying you any of the good things He has promised you in His Word.]

Make this form of spiritual goal setting a daily habit.

Do not quit if you do not see instant results in all areas.  You may see some instant results; other situations may take more time, as we, and the people we involved in our lives, often unknowingly hinder the very things we desire.  When discussing prayer, Jesus said, “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, the door will be opened.” (Mt.7:7,8AMP)  In other words, be as determined daily in your spiritual goal seeking as you would your career goals.

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