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Friday, June 24, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT - FRIDAY: "Achieving Our Goals in Christ"#5

I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field. - John Wesley.


"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. - Mat 6:19-20. (ESV)

As we conclude our series on how to Achieve Our Goals in Christ, we are reminded that these principles will provide us with a basic guideline, which will give us direction and inspiration, for achieving our goals in Christ. I do not know what your goals are, but I am using these principles to see my goals achieved in Christ, and the final one’s are...

If We Know What God Can't Do – We Should Know What He Can Do!

So many people tell me what God cannot do for them, but I just tell them what He can do...

1) God cannot lie. 2) God cannot change. 3) God cannot recall our sins after we have asked for forgiveness. 4) God cannot be the author of confusion. 5) God cannot leave us or forsake us. 6) God cannot go back on His promises. 7) God cannot revoke His gifts.

8) God cannot be pleased without faith. 9) God cannot be defeated. 10) God cannot be too big for our problems. 11) God cannot be too little for our problems. 12) God cannot break His covenants. 13) God cannot revoke His calling in our lives. 14) God cannot do anything contrary to the scriptures.

15) God cannot give anything to a double-minded person. 16) God cannot be forced into an impossible situation. 17) God cannot ignore the praises of His people. 18) God cannot be our problem. 9) God cannot be late. 20) God cannot be weak. 21) God cannot be against us. 22) God cannot be limited or confined.

Luke 18:27 But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." Hallelujah! Praise His Mighty and Majestic name!

In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.

Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, "Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable." He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson's astonishment, the engine roared to life. For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that power to work.

J.B. Phillips paraphrases Ephesians l:19-20 "How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God." When we make firm our connection with God, his life and power flow through us. - Ernest B. Beevers.

This sounds like the way many Christians apply the power of God in their lives. Let us learn to understand what God is and what He can do for us!

Know That God Will Use Us Right Where We Are Today!

God always uses willing vessels, and He will use us right where we are today. Many people are concerned that they are not qualified to be used by God. God will use anyone who is willing to follow him…

  • Matthew was a government employee a tax collector who became an apostle.
  • Gideon was a common labourer who became a valiant leaders of men.
  • Jacob was a deceiver who became Israel.
  • Deborah was a housewife who became a judge.
  • Moses was a stutterer who became a deliverer.
  • David was a shepherd boy who became a king.
  • Hosea was a marital failure who prophesied to save Israel.
  • Joseph was a prisoner who became a prime minister.
  • Peter was a fisherman who became the rock.
  • Isaiah was a man of unclean lips who prophesied the birth of Christ.
  • Paul was a persecutor who became the greatest missionary of all.
  • Mary was an unknown virgin who became the mother of Christ.

God will use us regardless of our present circumstances, and he loves us enough, not to allow us to remain in our present state. Today is the day that I will remember, that He is omnipotent, and all He needs to use is all of me!

Loving Father, help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to achieve my goals in Christ, remembering that you are a powerful God. Help me Lord to understand that I am weak and you are strong, and that nothing is impossible for you! Help me Lord to be open to the fact, that you will use me to bring glory to your name, and to extend your kingdom through me! In Jesus wonderful name I pray! Amen!

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