Someone once said, “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.”
It’s true; we will travel the same path as our friends, so we must choose wisely. Right relationships are the key, not only to success but to actually staying on track with our God-given destinies. The relationships that we nurture either detract us from our calling or launch us toward His plan for our lives.
God has created us for relationship, and friends are His gift to us. Let’s ensure that the relationships we are building are taking us toward our destiny and not away from it.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20, ESV)
Do you have a goal or a dream?
There is a real difference between a goal and a dream. With natural planning and ability, we can make a goal a reality. A dream, on the other hand, needs God’s supernatural power to bring it to fulfillment.
Dreams take faith.
Don’t just set small goals; dream big, audacious dreams!
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28)
Without a doubt, I think fear is the thing that cripples and immobilizes people more than anything else. In fact, while researching the topic of fear, I learned about literally hundreds of different phobias that affect people’s lives every day.
Fear paralyzes us, thus destroying our effectiveness, and it is not a respecter of persons. The truth is, we all have things we are afraid of. If we are to truly step into our destinies, then we must decide that we will not allow fear to rule us. The only way we can do this is by the Word of God, the one thing that can truly demolish our fears.
If you are struggling with fear today, use the weapon God has given you and you will win! Choose to put your thoughts on Jesus instead of your fear.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
... in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:6)
Nick and I are very aware that we lead unbelievably full lives. It is not unusual for us to be in several countries in the space of one month. We travel with our two young children and have many staffed offices around the world.
But we have learned that in the midst of all the pressures and demands on our lives and time, we cannot afford not to take time out to rest and recuperate.
Rest is not just a good idea; it’s God’s idea. Rest is part of His plan for our lives, and if we cooperate with it, we will find that we run with a greater efficiency and purpose. God’s desire for us is not that we merely “rest from work,” but that we “work from a place of rest,” abiding in Him and allowing Him to recharge our spiritual batteries.
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God … (Hebrews 4:9)