Is one thing to set a goal for oneself in life, but it is quite another thing to reach the goal set. Many never make it to the goal they set for themselves and have to live all their lives in frustrations. I fit is true in the physical, it is even more so in the spiritual. Infact our Lord Jesus Christ warned that any step-that could divert our attention from reaching the goal must be avoided, Luke 9:62.
May the Lord, through this study, enable us to reach our goals in Jesus Name. Amen.
- ONCE YOU SET A SPIRITUAL GOAL FOR YOURSELF,
THREE THINGS COULD HAPPEN
Once you set a spiritual goal for yourself, three things could happen,namely: (i) the enemy may put obstacles in your way or use diversionary tricks (ii) God may test your determination and (iii) if you pass God’s test, He will intervene to help you reach your goal.
Matt. 10:22; Eph. 4:14; Heb. 13:9; Gen. 13:10-11; Gen. 22:1-8;
Job. 17:9; 1 Pet. 1 :13; Rev. 3:11; II Kings 2:1-8.
- GOD IS READY TO HELP IF YOU ARE DETERMINED
If you pass the Divine test depend on how determined you are to reach your goal. God will intervene to make sure that you arrive. He did it in the case of Abraham, Caleb, and Joshua, The Shunamite woman, Elisha, Peter and His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. He is willing to do the same for you also.
James 5:11; Gen. 22:10-13; 1:5-8; Num. 14:28-30; II Kings
4:25- 35; 2:9-12; Luke 22:31-32; 9:51: Luke 22:41-43; Rom.
15:25-26; Acts 14:19-22; Acts 20:22-24; Romans 8:35-39.
THE ARMY OF THE LORD – 1
Every Nation or Kingdom has an army of its own. And God, the
King of all kings has an army too. Just like Satan has an army of demons, witches and wizards, etc. To God, His own armies are Holy and Spirit – filled men and women who can lay hands on the sick for healing, who can cast out demons, etc. and just as Satan is constantly recruiting more and more people into his army, so is the Army of the Lord constantly increasing in size and efficiency. May the Lord open our inner eyes to see the deep things of God as we study this series in Jesus,name. Amen.
- GOD HIMSELF CHOOSES THE SOLDIERS IN HIS ARMY
The Almighty God does not work with volunteers. He prefers to choose His soldiers by Himself. However, those whom He chooses invariably have certain things in common, namely: (i) absolute loyalty (ii) lack of fear and (iii) absolute holiness. In the same way, the requiting of officers in His army is determined by His sovereign choice.
John 15:16; I Pet. 2:9; I Cor. 1:2, 9; I Cor. 1:26-29; Rev. 2:10;
Rev. 12:11 ; Pro. 28:1; I Cor. 12:4, 11; 12:28-30; Mark 16:9-10;
John 20:11-18; Matt. 9:9; I Tim. 1:15-16; II Cor. 12:11;
Ps.113:5-8; Luke 1:52; I Pet.5:5.
- THERE IS ONLY ONE PUNISHMENT FOR FAILURES IN
THE ARMY OF GOD: EXPULSION
A promotion in the army of God is also at His supernatural discretion
However, He uses some guideline often. ‘These include, (i) fruit production,(ii) faithfulness in small things etc. There is only one punishment for those who fail God: expulsion. However, for those who succeed in His army, the reward is truly royal.
Ps. 75:6-7; John 15;2; Matt. 25:20-23; Luke 16:10; John 15:6; II Kings 2:11; II Tim. 4:6-8; John 4:23