My soul, examine thyself this morning by the light of this text. Thou hast received the word with joy; thy feelings have been stirred and a lively impression has been made; but, remember, that to receive the word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into thy very soul is quite another; superficial feeling is often joined to inward hardness of heart, and a lively impression of the word is not always a lasting one. In the parable, the seed in one case fell upon ground having a rocky bottom, covered over with a thin layer of earth; when the seed began to take root, its downward growth was hindered by the hard stone and therefore it spent its strength in pushing its green shoot aloft as high as it could, but having no inward moisture derived from root nourishment, it withered away. Is this my case? Have I been making a fair show in the flesh without having a corresponding inner life? Good growth takes place upwards and downwards at the same time. Am I rooted in sincere fidelity and love to Jesus? If my heart remains unsoftened and unfertilized by grace, the good seed may germinate for a season, but it must ultimately wither, for it cannot flourish on a rocky, unbroken, unsanctified heart. Let me dread a godliness as rapid in growth and as wanting in endurance as Jonah’s gourd; let me count the cost of being a follower of Jesus, above all let me feel the energy of his Holy Spirit, and then I shall possess an abiding and enduring seed in my soul. If my mind remains as obdurate as it was by nature, the sun of trial will scorch, and my hard heart will help to cast the heat the more terribly upon the ill-covered seed, and my religion will soon die, and my despair will be terrible; therefore, O heavenly Sower, plough me first, and then cast the truth into me, and let me yield thee a bounteous harvest.
Godly Goals Make Me Go Places, Not by might nor by my power, But by His Spirit and His grace. So help me, Lord, to tower.
Godly goals will help me to rise, From mediocrity to excellence, From obscurity to relevance; From indolence to resurgence, dominance and resplendence; From poverty to prosperity.
Godly goals give direction for divine action and progression, and impetus for focus on the instructions of Jesus.
Godly goals bring promotion and prevent stagnation or retrogression or recession or consternation or depression or repression or oppression.
Godly goals do not bring just activity but productivity; not just motion but movement in upward direction.
Godly goals give enlargement of coast not for me to gloat or boast, but for me to be blessed to be a blessing to my church, community and humanity.
Godly goals make me stand out, to remain stout in faith without a doubt, and keep me standing after fierce bouts.
Godly goals bring boundaries that ensure protection from fear and tear and care ; protection from squandering and quandary and penury; protection from false friends diabolical fiends, ruinous association and communion.
Godly goals are preceded by prayer, undergirded by prayer, sustained by praying without ceasing in the spirit, with the Spirit, in the understanding, with understanding and prophetically.
O Lord, open my eyes to see through Your eyes, the way to go about setting godly goals, today, this year and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
It will fish you out of: 1. Lo Debar-that desert arid land 2. The clutches of the wicked band 3. The dark, dreary, dank dungeon 4.The jaws of the lion and the purr of the bear 5. The chains of deprivation 6.The pangs and fangs of discrimination 7.The scourge of the wagging tongue 8.The hordes of wickedness and hell 9.The manacles of the prison penury 10.The miasma and mine-field of misery 11.The relational rogues 12.The fury of the fiery burning fire and 13. The diabolical triplets of marginalisation, disdain and ostracisation You will then be catapulted to The Kings table where you will be greeted with: 1. a sumptuous sup in the presence of your enemies 2. Anointing on your head 3. Green pastures and still water 4. Treasures of darkness and hidden riches in secret places 5.Abundance of the seas 6.Peace like a river that has burst its bank 7. A land with a pearl of great price 8.Angels on assignment 9.Exceedingly great and promises that are yea and amen on Christ 10. Abraham’s blessing 11.Citizenship of heaven 13. Being an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ 14.Grace, 15.Wisdom 16. Loving kindness 17. God’s goodness 18. God’s faithfulness 19.God’s ever-presence 20. God’s Shekainah glory