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CHILD OF GOD

STEP 4

 

GOALS FOR GOD

It's great to welcome you back again!

Let's test your memory a little ... Do you remember from the first page of our program, what it means to glorify God?

When you glorify God, it means that you are showing other people His greatness, and by doing that, you're also praising Him, honoring Him and worshipping Him. 

That's the whole reason why God made us ... 
to glorify Him!

When Jesus was here on Earth, He told us:

John 14:13
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

WOW ... Whatever we ask in Jesus' name will be given to us. And it is given so that the Father may be glorified in the Son ... what do you suppose that means? It means that when our faith is in Jesus and when we show people that we live THE WAY Jesus taught us to live and when we REPRESENT Jesus ... we are glorifying the Father!

What are some ways, besides being good, that we can glorify God?

Let's talk about that.

While you're a child, you're building the foundation of who you are. What is a foundation? It's what you build on top of. If you have a good solid foundation, whatever you build on top of it, stands a better chance of being strong than if you have a weak foundation. One way of building a strong foundation is to form good habits. Habits are things that you do almost without thinking.  They are things that are hard NOT to do. The more GOOD habits you have, the less room there is for bad habits to become part of your life.

Today we're going to start a project called:
 
GOALS FOR GOD

Goals aren't really things that you can do easily. They are things that are challenging and when you reach them, you should feel like you've done something really great ... So you don't want to just aim for the top of the trees, or even the clouds, but what you really want to do is AIM FOR THE STARS!

This new program is a way of showing God that you want to live your life for Him. Itís also a way of goal setting. Youíve probably heard that when you write down your goals on paper, your chances of reaching those goals are much greater than if you donít.

Before we get into the program, let's talk about you, and how God created YOU in HIS image. That means He made you like Him!

GOD, JESUS, and THE HOLY SPIRIT 
are three in one, which many people call:

THE TRINITY

God the Father

God the Son

God the Holy Spirit

1 John 5:7-8
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

 There are three in Heaven and these three are one.

Now, if  YOU are created in GOD'S image, there must be THREE parts of you, also.

Your soul

Your body

Your spirit


Look at how God made you like Him ... with three different parts:

God You
God
Father
Mind
Soul
Jesus
The Word
Body
Flesh
Holy Spirit 
Comforter/Truth
Spirit
Feelings/Emotions

 

Sooooo ... You are made up of three separate parts but you are still just one person. There is the SOUL, the BODY and the SPIRIT. 

The GOALS FOR GOD project is to help you strengthen your mind, body, and spirit. Just like eating every day to keep up your strength and nourish your body, you must also take care of the spiritual parts of you. Let's talk a little bit about how you can strengthen these very important parts of you, then we'll talk about your goals in just a few minutes.

STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND

1 Peter 1:13
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ
...

The Bible tells us to strengthen our mind.

This is a very very important thing that you're about to learn, so read it very slowly, and take one sentence at a time until you understand each sentence, because it will help you for all of your life.

Your mind (the soul) controls your body (flesh) and your spirit (emotions). So strengthening or controlling your mind is a very important thing to do. Your mind tells your body and your spirit what to do about the thoughts that you have. Sounds strange doesn't it?

Let me show you just how it works. What if you heard something sad? Your mind tells your spirit, "that's sad," so your spirit tells your body, and your body cries. Now, let's compare it to something that you will understand clearly. Let's say your mind is you, your spirit is the remote control, and your body is the television. If the news is on television and you want to watch cartoons, you pick up the remote control, and you push a button, and the television changes channels to the one you told it to go to. Whatever you tell your spirit to do, it will do, because just like the remote control, it doesn't have a choice except to do what you tell it, then the spirit passes the message on to the body.

Mind Thought You
Spirit Sad Remote
Body Cry Television

Do you know what the cool thing is? You have control. You tell your spirit if something is funny or sad or good or bad. If you don't want to watch the news, you change the channel, so if you don't want to be sad, change your thoughts and your thoughts will change your spirit. Just push a different button, like the happy button, or if you think a bad thought, push the good button. 

There's a trick to all of this. You have to believe what you tell your spirit.

Once, Jesus' apostles wanted to help a man who was sick, but they couldn't seem to cure him. They asked Jesus why and Jesus told them:

Matthew 17:20
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

What you believe is what you receive.

What is the best way to strengthen our mind?

Philippians 2:5
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus ...

Think like Jesus thought.

 

STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY

In the GOALS FOR GOD project, you wonít be strengthening your body with exercise or lifting weights or anything like that, but youíll be strengthening the control your mind has over the body. Remember that the mind controls the body, so youíll be using your mind to strengthen your body also.
 

Check these out ... 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Did you know that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit, and that God put Him there? Did you know that your body and spirit don't belong to you, but God bought them by giving up His Son Jesus for us. So glorify (praise and honor) God in your body and in your spirit, which belong to God.

1 Timothy 4:7-8
But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Work at being godly. Exercise doesn't do anything for your soul, but godliness is good for all things.



STRENGTHEN YOUR SPIRIT

Again ... It's IMPORTANT for you to understand that your spirit is the part of you that listens and obeys the things that your mind tells it to feel. Let me explain more ... You have many different feelings. Happiness, sadness, fear, excitement, love, anger, and so on. Your spirit holds these emotions. You donít walk around happy all the time, or angry all the time, or fearful all the time. But your spirit stores these feelings and when your mind tells your spirit that something is sad, your spirit says ďgotchaĒ and you become sad in your spirit. 

Your mind and your spirit can cause physical reactions too. Crying, goose bumps, shaking, laughter as well as other stuff. All this just from a thought that got into your mind ... These things all happen because your mind told your spirit something and it caused the physical reaction.

You can control your spirit by changing your thoughts. All you have to do, is send your spirit the signal for a different feeling by thinking differently. BUT ... Your mind has to believe it to be TRUTH.

Have you ever gone out in freezing weather and didnít notice how cold it was outside? Thatís because your spirit was busy with another feeling that your mind had sent the command for, and it was strong enough to keep you from noticing the cold.

 

THE GOALS FOR GOD PROJECT

The most important thing is to remember that in your Goals for God Project, you will find that you may not accomplish your daily goals sometimes. Think of it like being reborn and as a baby you are learning to walk. You may stumble here and there but if you keep trying, you will reach your goals. Do not allow yourself to be discouraged.

During the early stages, you may need to adjust your goals to be sure you can meet them, yet still a little bit of a challenge. Do this until you customize your Goals for God Project perfectly for you. Everyone's project is different because we are all different.

Be patient as you begin this project and figure out what is the best for you and your life, how much time you have and what you can reasonably do each day.

You will do this project daily, taking one day off each week for rest, as the Bible says. (Honor the Sabbath Day.) This day can be either Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath) or Sunday (the Lord's day).

 

You will need to create a simple chart.

Below is a SAMPLE Goals for God Project chart.

Make your own chart similar to this with pencil and paper, or there is a link at the bottom of the sample chart where you can print one.

Following the chart, I will show you how it works.

 
JANUARY
GOALS FOR GOD
 

Date Pray
3 x
Read
Steps
Read Bible Listen to
Music
Forgive all Pull Weeds Plant Seeds Control Thoughts Love
All
Read Spiritual Points
1-1-17 YES YES NO YES NO YES NO YES YES YES

70

1-2-17 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO YES

90

1-3-17 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

100

1-4-17 YES YES YES YES YES NO YES YES NO YES

80

1-5-17 YES YES YES NO YES YES YES YES NO YES

80

1-6-17 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO YES

90

1-7-17  S A B B A T H D A Y

 FREE

Average                    

 85

                       
1-08-17 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO YES

90

1-09-17 YES YES YES YES YES NO YES YES NO YES

80

1-10-17                      
1-11-17                      
1-12-17                      
1-13-17                      
1-14-17  S A B B A T H D A Y

 FREE

Average                      
                       
1-15-17                      
1-16-17                      
1-17-17                      
1-18-17                      
1-19-17                      
1-20-17                      
1-21-17  S A B B A T H D A Y

 FREE

Average                      
                       
1-22-17                      
1-23-17                      
1-24-17                      
1-25-17                      
1-26-17                      
1-27-17                      
1-28-17  S A B B A T H D A Y

 FREE

Average                      
                       
1-29-17                      
1-30-17                      
1-31-17                      
                       

SAMPLE GOALS FOR GOD CHART

For a printable copy of a GOALS FOR GOD Chart

If you do not have access to a printer, you can just create your own.

INSTRUCTIONS

This chart will fit on a single sheet of lined paper. 

There are 10 categories per page which means you make 10 columns for the categories.
(We will talk about the categories in a little bit.)
 

Add a column at far left of page for the date and a column at the far right for the daily score.

This means your page will have 12 columns total.

Fill in the dates along the left hand column.

Along the top row of each area, you will write in the activities that you choose to do.

As you complete an activity each day, you write YES in the column underneath it corresponding with the date.

For the activities that you donít accomplish,

write a big red NO in the box. 

At the end of each day, total up your points for each separate area and write the number in the column on the right where it says ďPoints.Ē

The grading system is simple ... For each activity that you accomplish, you will give yourself 10 points. There are a possible 100 points per day. At the end of each week, add up the six days and divide it by six and that is your week average.

100 = A+
90-99 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
Below 60 = F

You can also add up the points at the end of the week and write them in the row at the bottom of each area where it says ďAverageĒ to see your weekly grade.

You can do monthly totals as well if you like.

Just add all totals and divide by the amount of days.

(Excluding your Sabbath day off)

FREE

NOTE:  Everyone knows that life is not particularly cooperative all the time. Therefore, IN ADDITION to your Sabbath days off, allow yourself 3 days each month as FREE DAYS when you can excuse yourself from your activities with no penalty on your grade. If you're sick, or can't find time because of unexpected circumstances, or whatever the reason, this is the time to take a FREE day.

PSSSSSSST
Here is another allowable thing concerning your
Goals for God Project activities. If you do any of your Goals for God Project activities on a Sabbath or a FREE day, they may be carried over to the next day. In fact, if you want to get several days ahead because you anticipate that you won't be able to do your Goals for God Project activities because of a foreseen conflict in your schedule, you may do that too. Perhaps you're expecting out of town company or you have to take a business trip or are going out of town on vacation, these are times when you may choose to get ahead. When you do this, don't neglect God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit on those FREE days. He still exists in your life, even when time does not allow for certain other things.

Goals for God Project is flexible, because you can change your activity topics whenever you want to. If you feel like a certain activity is too difficult or time consuming to accomplish every day, you can adjust it, or create a more reasonable activity. In addition, you can use your Goals for God Project as a way to quit a habit. For example if you want to stop biting your nails, you can make that one of your columns and each day that you don't bite your nails, you get 10 points. As you overcome a certain problem or habit, you can remove it from your Goals for God Project chart and add a new one that you want to overcome.

Set goals ... Set a specific reward for yourself if you achieve your goals. Make your reward something you really want.

 

SUGGESTIONS

I can give you some ideas for activities, but remember, these are examples only. You will custom design your GOALS FOR GOD project for your individual needs and goals.

Your GOALS FOR GOD project should be challenging and enjoyable.

STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND

Pray 3 times a day.

Read a chapter of the Bible.

Read 5 Psalms.

Read one chapter of Proverbs.

Read a spiritual book for ___ minutes.

Read the Daily Word.

Do a Bible crossword puzzle.

Play a Christian board game.

(You can also include your CHILD OF GOD STEPS too, until youíre finished, or go back through them again if you like.)

Recite the 10 Commandments.

 

STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY

Don't eat anything between meals.

Be completely still and quiet with your eyes closed for ___ minutes.

Break a habit, by only having a certain amount of candy, soda, etc., per day.

Cut back on a food item that you know is bad for you ... you can call it a snackrifice! ☺

Be patient.

Do your chores.

Do your homework.

Do a good deed for someone that takes physical effort.

Exercise ... Specific exercise programs you create.

Weight loss program.

Hygiene (Brush your teeth at least twice a day, or something else you tend to forget to do.)

Volunteer for a worthy cause. (A couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon could give you points for several days or the entire week depending on how much time you spend.

 

STRENGTHEN YOUR SPIRIT

Listen to some Christian music, concentrating on the words. I urge you to listen to spiritual music whenever you can, but for your points, don't do this while you're doing something else, so you can give it your full attention.

Spend time alone with the Holy Spirit. (Actually provide a seat for Him.)

Attend a Bible study or other church activity. (Again, this can cover as many points as you think is fair.)

Sing a hymn - singing comes from the spirit.

Light a candle. (Ask a parent first.)

Praising comes from the spirit, too. Spend 5 minutes praising God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

Write a psalm to God.

Again, these are only examples.

I urge you to replace your activities from time to time. Not all of them at once, but one or a couple at a time. Give yourself some variety. Keep it exciting. You should never grow bored with it. If you do, change the activities that you think need to be more interesting.

Before the month is over, you should have your GOALS FOR GOD chart for the next month made and ready to go. It shows God your eagerness to succeed for Him, and when your new month begins, you wonít have to stop and make a chart when you can be starting your activities.

GOALS FOR GOD is also like a spiritual gift to God. You are sacrificing your time to give it to HIM. He sacrificed His only Sonís life for you, now youíre giving Him back a piece of your life. By strengthening your mind, body, and spirit, it is a way of glorifying HIM.

The Apostle Paul said:

Philippians 3:13-14
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I don't think I've already reached my goal, but this is one thing I do ... forget the things in the past and reaching forward, I try hard to reach the goal, and the prize is God's plan for me in Christ Jesus.

FORGET THE PAST, THINK FORWARD!

AIM HIGH!

REACH FOR THE STARS!

 


STEP 4

Be sure to write something in your journal or diary to God and recite the 10 Commandments. 

Look at you!

Youíre doing great!

Itís time to start your new GOALS FOR GOD project.

Ask God to help you with it.

It may seem difficult at first, but remember this:

What is a miracle?

Itís something that canít happen without Godís help. 

 

To continue the CHILD OF GOD program, return tomorrow and select:

STEP #5

And Iíll meet you there!


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