Christ Centred Goals for 2019

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Honestly, I am not one to make resolutions though my husband and I for the first time set family goals for 2018. By the grace of God, we achieved the goals we set even though most of them happened in ways we did not expect and a few plans had to be changed- that is God for you. Anyway, this year I set out to make resolutions, not just resolutions but Christ centred resolutions because most times we get so caught up in/with ourselves that we think life is really all about us.

Here are the goals I set for this year:

  1. More of the word: I want to dwell more on the word of God this year and beyond. This is so important because it is not possible to draw nearer to God if ample time is not spent on the word. This would include teaching my children more of the word of God.

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  Colossians 3:16

  2.  Living by Faith: I guess I have come to realise that people who live by faith have less headaches and they constantly glow because they solely depend on God.

    (For we walk by faith, not by sight:). 1 Corinthians 5:7. (P.S this verse makes a fantastic memory verse for kids aged 2-5, I taught it to my boys last year with hand gestures of course).

  3. Pray More: Praying more according to God’s will is what I would love to learn to do, Honestly, I am not there yet. The Bible shows that Jesus prayed according to God’s will, we should follow the example Jesus set for us.

    He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.  Matthew 26:42.

  4.  Love More: As far this goes, I will ask God to open my eyes to what Godly love entails and show me how I can show love to people in need. One thing I have come to realise is that sometimes what we think is love may not really be love. So I will be throwing out the worldly definition of love and focus on Godly love.

    This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12.

  5. Service in Church: I actually serve in various capacities in church, I must admit though, I slacked a bit last year. The key is not to view church work and service as burdensome or unimportant.

    Serve the Lord with gladness:
    come before his presence with singing.  Psalm 100:2

I have no included family goals, because as I said earlier, my husband and I do that together. These are personal goals which I know would further point me to Christ. I set business goals as well. By God’s grace, I would post them next week.

Cheers and Happy New Year!!!

Maintaining the ‘Gold Standard’

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I am not one for new year resolutions because I never keep to them but as I grow in the Lord, I know for sure that I want to know him more and more and to live for him in the best way possible.

Our just concluded annual camp meeting was a fantastic time in God’s presence and I taught my first youth seminar class on ‘The Religion of Rehoboam’. This lesson got me thinking about how so many Christians let down their standards. I know for sure that I do not want to go down that path!

The story in I Kings 14:25-28 is pretty simple, Rehoboam inherited the throne after the death of his father, Solomon. In that time, Shishak the king of Egypt defeated Israel in war and all the golden vessels in the temple which Solomon made were taken away. Rehoboam replaced the stolen golden vessels with vessels made of brass.

Rehoboam could not keep up the golden standard. Gold is really valuable. Remember Solomon built the temple not by his wisdom but according to God’s specifications. Brass looks a lot like gold but is not gold, it is man-made. Brass shines like gold but is a substitute religion of men that cannot buy salvation. Brass signifies man’s religion which is noisy, cheap, does not regard God’s commandments and revelations. More so it operates by an ‘it does not matter’ ideology where there is really no standard.

It is common to see salvation being substituted for church membership, Joy in the Holy Ghost is being substituted for entertainment, the word of God is being substituted for slangs and motivational speeches, volume is also being substituted for quality. It is important to note that salvation, holiness,sanctification, repentance, heaven and the Holy Ghost cannot be substituted.

If with all your religion, you are not washed from your sins then what you have is substitute religion (Read Proverbs 30:12-13).

We must:

  • repent and be saved
  • receive the grace of God
  • sins must be washed away not covered
  • the two eternal options are heaven or hell and there is no substitute
  • resurrection into life or judgement which cannot also be substitute

The above options are pure gold and should not be substituted for brass irrespective of what the worlds thinks or says. In Proverbs 23:23, the Bible says we should buy the truth and not sell it for anything. Do not let down your standards for anything. In your walk with God, strive for gold and not brass.

This is how I plan to approach 2017. I will not let down my standards like Rehoboam did, I will not be a weak Christian and above all, I will contend earnestly for the faith!!!!! This is my only goal.

How do you plan to approach 2017? Do you have goals?