January 6th 2019
60 Months From Today
This is week four of our “60 Months from Today” series. It’s really more than a series as we really look at who God wants us to be five years from now. My hope is that you make this your prayer, your hope and not fizzle out. Hope in what God will do in 60 months.
60 Months From Today – Part 4
Setting goals are great, in fact, you have a higher success rate of achieving resolutions than someone who does not.
Where will you be in 60 months from today?
In 5 years what do you want your life to look like? Who do you want to be? What do you want out of your job, family, children, or health? It’s been well said, “often times we overestimate what we can do in a short amount of time but yet we underestimate what we can accomplish in a long amount of time.” To set a goal or resolutions for the next 12 months isn’t bad but honestly, it’s small thinking…..let’s think over the next 60 months.
In 60 months do you have a plan to grow in your faith? To grow closer to God? To be a person of biblical maturity and principle? To grow in your relationship with God it will require you to develop some spiritual habits.
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
We think some great spiritual habits to develop are:
- Hang time with God
- Bible memorization
- Involvement IN the church
- Service OUTSIDE the church
Let’s dive into how to have a “hang time with God” or a daily devotional time. Honestly, no one is exempt from the fact we fall short in this area. The good news, God isn’t waiting to beat us up over the fact we’ve gone several days without fellowship with Him, rather instead He’s waiting with arms open wide to commune with us.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.psalms 66:18
and also John wrote in 1st John
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
The best way to develop a daily 30 minute devotion time is through prayer and reading of the Bible…..but let’s flesh that out. Here are some techniques that are sure to help you. We will call it the STOP & PRAY steps.
In the First 5 Minutes – S.T.O.P.
In the first 5 minutes, Pray using the S.T.O.P guideline…
- Sin: Confess any sin you have, ask God to forgive you.
- Thanks: Thank God for what He’s given you. His goodness.
- Others: Intercede for those you know need prayer.
- Petition: Lastly, ask God for what is on your heart. Desires, concerns.
The next 25 Minutes – P.R.A.Y.
After those 5 minutes, coming out of PRAYer, spend the next 25 minutes in the Word using P.R.A.Y
- Plan: Get you a couple of versions of the bible, a notepad, even a dictionary, and concordance if you’d like.
- Read: Take 10 minutes and read. If just beginning, start with the book of James or Chapter of Proverbs. Read from 2 translations. NKJV, NCV, Amplified, The Message are great to start with.
- Apply: Take the next 10 minutes Write down what you read that spoke to you….that gave you that “umm, that’s good” moment. Make a note of what you hear God telling you to do, to stop, to start. Write down a verse that stood out and repeats it several times to “put it in your heart.”
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.Psalms 119:11
- You Meditate: Doing the above is how you meditate on God’s word, take the last 5 minutes and pray for boldness to share what you read and heard. Share it with your family, friends, neighbors, boss, classmates, Facebook.
The best way to retain information = sharing it with others
As we journey together over the next 60 months from today let’s purpose in our hearts to be men and women of great faith who are growing to be more like Jesus…to be Jesus in 3D.