CHILD OF GOD
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?
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 worshiping Him.
That's the whole
reason why God made us ...
to glorify Him!
When Jesus was here on
Earth, He told us:
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 something 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
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. It's also a way of goal setting. You've probably heard that
when you write down your goals on paper, your chances of reaching those
goals are much greater than if you don't.
Before we get into the program, let's talk about you, and how
created YOU in HIS image. That means He made you like
GOD, JESUS, and THE
are three in one, which many people call:
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.
are three in Heaven and these three are one.
if YOU are created in GOD'S image, there must be THREE
parts of you, also.
Look at how
God made you like Him ... With three different parts:
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
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
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, or
thought of something sad? The thought gets in your mind and your
mind tells your spirit, "that's sad," so your spirit tells
your body, and your body cries (see the first two columns below). Let's repeat that. You (your thought or your mind) gets sad. Your spirit understands this and sends a message to your body and you cry. Now, let's compare it to something that
you will understand more 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 cartoon channel. 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 (see the third column below).
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
There's a trick to all
of this. You have to believe what you tell your spirit.
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:
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
What is the best way to
strengthen our mind?
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 won't be
strengthening your body with exercise or lifting weights or anything
like that, but you'll be
strengthening the control your mind has over the body. Remember that the
mind controls the body, so you'll 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.
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
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 don't 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
"gotcha" 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
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
Have you ever gone out in freezing weather and
didn't notice how cold it was outside? That's 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
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
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
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.