“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 ESV).
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (ESV). You’re either going to be mastered by the clock, or you’re going to master it. And the only way you can truly master it is with the help of Christ, who gives you strength.
We’re not talking here about positive thinking or pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps, self-help psychology. You need more than positive thinking. You need supernatural help to manage your schedule and your calendar.
Faith is a factor in how you manage your time. Even setting goals is a matter of faith. You have to believe that God will help you. Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29 NIV).
Setting FAITH goals is how you manage your time in a biblical way. Here are the five characteristics of a FAITH goal:
Focused. A focused goal is specific. You cannot use the words “more” or “less” in a focused goal, because those words cannot be measured. You must say, “I want to do this by this date.”
Attainable. An attainable goal is possible in faith. If you don’t have enough faith to believe it, don’t set it, because you’re wasting your time. Unrealistic goals are just going to discourage you.
Individual. This means that your goal concerns you, not somebody else. You cannot set a goal for what you can’t control!
Trackable. A trackable goal is measurable. You can measure your progress and prove that you did it.
Heartfelt. You have to feel passionately about your goal. If you set a goal that you’re not passionate about, you’re not going to accomplish it.
Are you ready to set big, bold goals in faith? Start managing your time well by making goals that are focused, attainable, individual, trackable, and heartfelt.
I AM TAKING CARE OF YOU. Feel the warmth and security of being enveloped in My loving Presence. Every detail of your life is under My control. Moreover, everything fits into a pattern for good, to those who love Me and are called according to My design and purpose. Because the world is in an abnormal, fallen condition, people tend to think that chance governs the universe. Events may seem to occur randomly, with little or no meaning. People who view the world this way have overlooked one basic fact: the limitations of human understanding. What you know of the world you inhabit is only the tip of the iceberg. Submerged beneath the surface of the visible world are mysteries too vast for you to comprehend. If you could only see how close I am to you and how constantly I work on your behalf, you would never again doubt that I am wonderfully caring for you. This is why you must live by faith, not by sight; trusting in My mysterious, majestic Presence.
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
ROMANS 8 : 28 (AMP)
Then Job replied to the LORD :
“I know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.”
JOB 42 : 1 – 3
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 PETER 5 : 7
Cultivate An Open Mind
In Luke 8, Jesus uses the Parable of the Four Soils to give us the keys to hearing God speak.
In Jesus’ day, farmers didn’t have tractors or planters. To sow seed, the farmer would take the bag of seed, go out and cast it, or throw it, out over the ground. As he threw it, the seed landed on different kinds of soil. The seed would sprout, grow, and bear fruit depending which type of soil it fell on.
In this parable, the farmer represents God, the seed represents his Word, and the soil represents the four different kinds of responses you can have when God is trying to talk to you.
If you want to hear God speak, you must first cultivate an open mind. You have to be willing, ready, and eager to hear from him so you can receive what he has to say.
When Jesus talked about the hard soil (the path) in Luke 8, he was talking about a person’s resistance to hearing God. Do you know anyone who is like a footpath – narrow-minded with a hard heart? No matter what you say about God, they are not going to listen because they already have their minds made up.
Sometimes we don’t give God a chance to talk. Our minds are made up, our hearts are hardened, and we’re unwilling to listen. We have the hardened soil of a closed mind.
What can cause us to have a closed mind? There are three mental blocks: pride, fear, bitterness.
What is the antidote to a hardened heart? “Get rid of all filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your soul.” (James 1:21 NLT) Get rid of all the garbage, the TV, movies, books, magazines, games and websites you shouldn’t be indulging in, and humbly accept God’s Word.
The key phrase in that verse is “humbly accept.” Pray to God and say, “Lord, I admit I tried to figure it out on my own. It didn’t work, so I’m going to listen to you.” That’s the first step.