Monday, July 25, 2011

Have a Plan


Have a Plan


Psalm 119:35

Go to sleep at night with a plan in mind for the next day. Don’t be vague about what you hope to accomplish. One morning I was lying in bed when the Spirit of the Lord said to me, “Stop being ambiguous.” The dictionary defines ambiguous as “doubtful or uncertain,” and “capable of being understood in two or more possible senses or way.”


Don’t be double –minded. Don’t just wait to see what happens. Wake up with a plan that puts God first in all you do. God’s Word is a lamp to your feet, and a light to your path (see Psalm 119:105). Talk to Him before you even get out of bed; ask Him to make clear what you need to achieve today.


Develop Self-control


Proverbs 25:28

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23). It develops as we spend time fellowshipping with God and practicing obedience to him. Sometimes we would rather that God control us and make us do the right thing. But He wants us to rule over our spirit.


Proverbs 16:32 says, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.” It takes self-control not to get offended, not to become angry every time somebody doesn’t do something the way we want it done. Self-control is needed over our thoughts, our words, and our appetites. But once we master our own spirit, we are considered to be powerful in the eyes of God – stronger than one who takes a city.


Don’t Be Lazy


Proverbs 22:29

Proverbs 24:30-34 gives a clear warning about being lazy. Laziness allows everything in our lives to get overgrown or broken down. We are to observe the fate of a lazy man and receive this instruction: “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep – so shall your poverty come as a robber.”


God will help you with anything in your life that has become overgrown or broken down. If you put your trust in Him, He can turn your mess into your message. Set your way to follow God from this day forth. Guard against the spirit of laziness. Get rid of procrastination and do whatever God has been telling you to do.


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