Transformed: Setting Goals

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 

Romans 12:2a NIV

Why are goals important for changing our lives?

1) Goals are statements of faith.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Ephesians 3:20 NLT

2) Goals keep us focused on what is important.

I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something – not just the air.

1 Corinthians 9:26 NCV

Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ.

Philippians 3:8 CEV

3) Goals get us to where we want to be.

Let love be your highest goal. 1 Corinthians 14:1a NLT

I do not mean that I am already as God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal, but I continue trying to reach it and to make it mine...I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above. Philippians 3:12-15 NCV

What do we need to reach our goals and be transformed?

1) We need God’s spirit to empower us.   Zechariah 4:6

2) We need God’s word to guide us.        Joshua 1:8

3) We need God’s people to support us.   Ecclesiastes 4:12