First things First!
The Blog turned One year young in the past week, and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported and read and shared and liked and commented and prayed and just done something, someway, somehow to encourage and build this ministry.
God bless you all from the bottom of my heart.
There definitely will be a post coming up to reflect on the past year, but in order to keep our F.C.A. series all together, I’ll delay this until after today’s post.
With the celebration of One Year online in the atmosphere, our word today to conclude the series is very apt…
Let’s look at the word A C H I E V E…
In 2018, you will not just labour for the sake of it, rather you will surely reap your harvest in due season; ripe produce, exactly as God has pre-ordained for it to be, and exactly how God has designed for it to be, in Jesus’ name.
When we look at the meaning of the word Achieve, according to the Oxford dictionary, it says it is to “successfully bring about or reach, a desired objective or result, by effort, skill or courage”.
The word Achieve is a verb, therefore it is an action word – a word that requires you to be Proactive and Do…
We’ll pray about all this at the end, but first, I want us to look at a man in the bible; Noah.
An inspirational character, who obeyed God’s word, and did exactly what we are doing this year – Noah Focused on what he had to do, Noah Led the process of reaching his goal, and Noah Achieved his desired outcome.
And actually, I want you to click the link for Genesis 5:32 – 8:21, to read the story of Noah and the great flood, before heading back here for us to explore it…
(See you in a few mins).
So in this passage, the bible tells us that the men and women on earth at the time were just absolutely atrocious! Their behaviour and decisions were constantly displeasing to God, therefore He decided to wipe them out.
But Noah – the word of God tells us that he found grace before God, because he was perfect in his generations and he walked with God.
So amongst all of these innumerable humans on the earth at that time, Noah was the only one whom God could single out as pleasing in His sight.
Let’s pause here for a moment…
You see, one thing that is special within this context is that the bible tells us that Noah was a ‘just man’ (Genesis 6:9). And I look at that and I wonder what it means.
But what God uses this word to tell us is that He is pleased with us in our plain and simple state.
He didn’t choose Noah because he was a king, or a highly esteemed individual within the society, but rather because Noah did what was right in God’s eyes, and in his plainness, he knew, and had a relationship with God.
Reiterating what we’ve discussed in F O C U S, in order to Achieve this year, we must desire and pursue an upright, up-close and personal relationship with Almighty God.
Let God know you are that one that He can depend on, because He hears from you daily, you obey when He instructs, and you long after His heart.
Father, like Noah, let us please You with our entire being. Enable us to walk closely with You, and grant us a heart of obedience, in Jesus’ name. Amen
Now let’s proceed.
We read that God gives Noah an instruction – ‘Make an ark’ – (Genesis 6:14).
In this year, in order to Achieve what God has truly designed to be ours, we must listen carefully to what He says, and not just run with what we have on our own agendas.
I’m not telling you not to have your own goals, but what I’m saying is that you should take them to God, and before you move – ask Him for the instructions of how to go about them, because look at what happens next with Noah and God…
When we read all of Genesis 6:13-21, we see that God gives Noah details!
God gives Him specifics, and God gives Him clarity! How good is it for us to be clear on what we’re doing?!
If only you can rest in God, and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6), He will tell you exactly what you need to do to reach your goals this year.
And once we have those instructions, our Achievement this year will come through complete Obedience to God – the bible tells us in Genesis 6:22 that Noah DID, according to all God commanded Him. We too must DO, exactly as God commands us.
Now just as we linger here in this avenue about instructions, God wants me to tell you not to be afraid. And this is very very important…
He is saying, when you get the instructions from Him, do not be overwhelmed by the magnitude of work you have to do – You Can Do It – remember in L E A D we establshed that we are more than capable.
You see, Noah wasn’t scared of accomplishing what God told him to do.
And in 2018, I pray that all fear that has crippled your ability to Achieve in the past, be destroyed and removed from your life, from today onwards in Jesus’ name.
We must understand that God trusted Noah.
And just in the same way, God trusts you.
He has looked at your ability, your qualities and the gifts He has endowed you with and He KNOWS you can execute the plans He has for you, Excellently.
Therefore again I emphasise that when you hear the instructions from God about how to move and advance towards your glory this year – Do Not Fear that it is too big for you to do.
Rather, Trust in God’s trust in you, and like Noah, be Proactive and DO.
So the ark was built successfully, and it served its great purpose, in that it contained and covered Noah, his family and all the animals from the great flood that took over the earth. (Genesis 7:1)
And friends, even though we know that the ark was built by now, yes it means Noah Achieved his building goal, but we’re not quite done yet with this story.
The rain stopped (Genesis 8:2), but Noah and co. were still in the ark.
Why? Because God’s plan wasn’t quite done yet.
I want us to understand that our Achievements are bigger than just what we’re going to get out of them.
You see, from the beginning, we are made to understand that God desired to protect Noah from the flood.
So let’s apply simple logic; by nature, after it rains, though the showers may have ceased, the waters still remain on the land for a while don’t they?
Therefore in order for God’s word to be fulfilled and for this true protection from the destructive power of the flood to happen, it meant that Noah and his people were to remain in that ark until the land was dry and safe for them to tread on again.
What is God saying to us with this?
Friends, He’s telling us to allow our testimony to be full!
We will have many small victories towards our goals, but let us have patience to allow the whole glory to manifest in its entirety!
If we go to Genesis 8:3, this is the verse straight after we are told that the rain has stopped – but it doesn’t say ‘So Noah and family evacuated the ark immediately’. In fact none of the next few verses say such.
Noah was not in a rush for God’s plan of protection to be fulfilled, but rather he endured a waiting season in order for the perfection of God’s plan to manifest.
In Genesis 8:6-12
, we see that Noah waits to ensure the waters have dried up completely. He sends a dove back and forth to determine the state of the earth and he doesn’t step out in haste without hearing from God
. We must do the same.
Great Achievements are already our portion in 2018, however we ought be extra sensitive to God’s voice, and we mustn’t desire a premature fulfilment of God’s word, because trust me, anything that comes before its appointed time, is incomplete.
In 2018, allow the manifestation of the glory God has for you to come exactly
when He has planned for it to come, and you will see that not only will your joy be full, but through the mercy of God, other people will be blessed, favoured and delivered because of your Achievement and Obedience to God.
Some of us in the past have reached a point in our goals which in our eyes seemed like the end result – but God has more for us!
In 2018, we will wait to receive the ‘more’, in Jesus name, and I pray in addition that all the past ‘mores’ that our impatience has caused us to miss out on, shall be restored onto us and given to us in fullness in Jesus’ Mighty Name.
Now finally, let’s pray with that loaded Oxford definition of Achieve,
In 2018, [EFFORT] I pray that you will rid yourself of all laziness and nonchalance, and you will apply yourself in the best way you possibly can!
[SKILL] I pray that you will discover every single gift that the Lord has given you, and you will put it to work with excellence and wisdom in order to produce great results.
[COURAGE] I pray that God will give you the heart of a Lion, to know that nothing is beyond your reach, and nothing is too hard for you to do, through His strength!
Friends I am so excited for us to go forth in this year and grab everything that God has purposed for us!
I pray that the words;
F O C U S L E A D A C H I E V E
will remain clear in our hearts and minds, and surely we will use them along with the grace and wisdom of God to optimise our entire existence in 2018!
Go Get It!
Keep the Faith, Don’t Stop Believing
God Bless you.