Open Heaven 1 January 2023
MEMORISE: “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 (KJV)
BIBLE READING: Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
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.
Every New Year typically comes with renewed hope, encouraging many people to set new goals. Yes, it is important to set goals; however it is more important to ensure that they align with God’s will for your life. Let us consider God’s recommendation for setting goals as captured in Habakkuk 2:1, which says:
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me…
Have you asked the Lord about His plans for you this year? Have you waited on Him to know what exactly He will have you pursue this year? If you haven’t, please spend some time seeking His face for divine direction.
Speed is not always synonymous with progress. If you are speeding away in the wrong direction, you will discover that you have gone backwards rather than forward at the end of the day. Only God, who created you for His purpose knows the direction you should be going per time, so always ask him for guidance. Remember, a way that seems right may have death at its end (Proverbs 14:12).
There was a time when we were organising crusades across various cities in Nigeria. When we were scheduled to move to the southern part of the country, l asked God for His will and He told us to go to Ede instead, a town in the western part of the country. I responded that we had just been to Ife (a town just a few kilometers away from Ede) but l still went ahead to obey Him.
At the crusade, and he king of Ede, a Muslim, promised to gift us whatever size of land we desired. As we were about to mention a size we considered huge enough, the Lord directed us to ask for a whole lot more. Humanly speaking, it didn’t make sense to make such a request, but we obeyed God, and the King granted our request. Today, the Redeemer’s University and the School of Missions are situated on that land. Let God be the One to show you the goals to pursue this year. If it is His vision, you are assured of His provision and support until you achieve it.
KEY POINT: Father, please show me the goals you want me to pursue this year and I should go about achieving them in Jesus name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 1-4
Thank you for studying today’s Open Heaven – Setting and Achieving Goals – written by Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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Open Heaven 1 January 2023