“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” (Eph. 1:17) (NKJV)
Our spiritual goals for 2019 must be in line with God’s purpose and will for our lives, and we must not allow the sufferings and challenges of this present time to prevent us from fulfilling God’s plan for us (Rom. 8:18).
Jesus had a set goal which was to reconcile man back to God (John 3:16). But it was His focus on the joy that was set before Him that made Him to endure the cross (Heb. 12:2).
Every child of God should set his eyes on the ultimate goal. If you do not see the end from the beginning, you may never get there. Jesus succeeded because He could see Himself sitting at the right hand of God even while He was going through the suffering.
There is a place and time for endurance. Every challenge we face in our daily lives has a life span and is designed to mould us into whom God wants us to be. Tribulations are all part of the life of a son of God, and with God on our side, we know we will overcome (John 16:33).
Our goal in 2019 and always must start from the spiritual. We must not only examine our spiritual life but also identify and take concrete actions to address those areas of weakness.
In 2019, we must not only be preoccupied with our personal needs, but be prepared to realign our vision and get connected to the common goal, vision and purpose of the church (Acts 2:44). When we are connected to the community of believers, all our personal needs will be met (Acts 2:45).
A community of believers emerges when God’s people are connected to the same goal, purpose and vision with Jesus at the center of it all. The greatest miracle in the early church was not in the miracles they performed. It was the unity exhibited by them that made them, and this is still crucial to what God wants.
There is a need to set a clear and actionable Bible study plan as well as a plan to read spiritual books. We must also put a plan in place to attend all church services as part of the overall plan to significantly increase in the knowledge of God in 2019.
The Bible exhorts us not to forsake the assembly of the brethren. God will use those who have His word dwelling richly in their hearts to achieve His purpose and plan.
Our spiritual goal for our prayer life in 2019 as believers should be to make our supplications to be comprehensive and more across board, dedicating more of our time to praying for families, the nation, the church, colleagues in our work place and no longer one that is selfish in nature tending only to our personal needs.
Are you concerned about God’s common goal, purpose and vision or are you just interested in what you can get. God has no pleasure in self-seeking individuals who have no interest in His plan and purposes.