TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, November 01, 2018:
Something accomplished, as through great effort; skill; perseverance or courage; the act of achieving; attainment or accomplishment.
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits (only with regard to the area of influence) which God appointed us.
II Corinthians 10:12-13.
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
When people think of achievement, they think of successfully accomplishing a goal in life. It might be achieving a certain level of education, getting a job, applying for job advancement, finding a marriage partner or owning a new home. From the world’s perspective these achievements are more important than from God’s perspective.
God’s goal for each of us is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to live for Him and to strive to achieve all that He wants us to be. He wants us to achieve things while we are on this earth to bring honor to Him. We all need to strive daily to achieve the success that God expects of us in our marital, family, work place and friend relationships.
God has placed each of us in a special place on this earth that He has chosen just for us. It is to be our area of influence where we are to achieve the purpose and plan God has for us.
There are four steps to achievement noted by William A. Ward. Each of these four steps relate to our achievement in spiritual and physical relationships. We have added some personal thoughts following each of Dr. Ward’s two word steps.
PLAN PURPOSEFULLY: You have a responsibility to plan for yourself, for your family and for your future. In all of your plans you need to have a well thought out purpose to achieve success both spiritually and intellectually.
PREPARE PRAYERFULLY: When you plan you need to pray that God will guide your thinking so that your plans will honor God. You cannot achieve success if God’s hand of blessing is not upon you and your plans. Christ must be in the center of all you do if you expect God to give you success. In Proverbs 16:3 we are reminded to “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
PROCEED POSITIVELY: You need to plan your actions so you can achieve your goals with a positive attitude and also with a program for a positive completion.
PURSUE PERSISTENTLY: You must not become discouraged if you have setbacks. When you are walking with God, setbacks are often times God uses to teach you a lesson or to redirect your path. If you do not succeed at first you must try again. When you want to achieve a goal that you have set, believing that God is leading you, you must be persistent in all of your efforts to meet that goal and not give up if your first attempt fails. We often learn important things from our failures.
As you look at your life you must first evaluate your achievements on what you have accomplished for your Lord. Have you set high spiritual standards to live by each day? Have you led your family so that their first priority in life is their relationship with Jesus? Do others that you meet know without a doubt that you have a relationship with the Lord? Positive responses to these questions are all vital in order for you to achieve your goals spiritually in life. If you are right with the Lord and put Him first, He will bless you and enable you to achieve success in other areas of your life.
As we trained our children we put strong emphasis on their spiritual achievements but along with that emphasis we wanted each one to understand the importance of achievements in their daily activities. When they made commitments in school, in church, in sports or in any other activities they were encouraged to give 100% at all times, so that they would honor God and have the satisfaction that they had given their best.
In life today many people, children and adults, just do enough to get by. This is not acceptable to God but we see it as the accepted norm every day. God wants us to excel in whatever we attempt so that He can receive the honor and glory.
In Ecclesiastics 4:4 it reads: “For all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor.” Achievement in life is admired by society, but the only achievement that counts with God is what we do for our Lord.
What are your spiritual goals in this life? Have you achieved each one yet or if not are you working to achieve them? Think also about what you want to achieve while God has you on this earth and then compare that to what you have accomplished thus far.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 4:4.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.
Help me today dear Lord, to seek Your will in all things and to achieve the goals in life both spiritually and physically that You have set before me. Help me to achieve a close personal relationship with You which becomes closer every day. Thank You for Your love, Your support, Your guidance and Your direction today in all that I do.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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