“We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.”
Proverbs 16:9, MSG
God gives you the freedom to make plans, but it is only through God’s power and grace that you succeed. God equips you to
succeed in everything He calls you to do.
God’s Spirit empowers you to make changes you cannot make on your own. Lasting change is not based on willpower; it’s based on God’s power. It’s not based on trying harder; it’s based on trusting Him.
God’s Word guides you because the Bible is the owner’s manual for life. The more you read it, study it, memorize it, and meditate on it, the more successful and fulfilled you will be.
When Joshua was given the great dream of taking over the Promised Land, God had these words for him: “Meditate on [this book of the law] day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it…and then you have success” Joshua 1:8, NASB.
God’s people will help you succeed. You will not be able to reach your goals on your own. It takes a team to fulfill a dream! A crown can’t support you, but a small group can. The people in your small group know when you’re sick, when you’re having a tough time, or when you need a break. You can share your goals and successes and failures, and they will rejoice with you and encourage you to keep going. You’re going to need that when you make the right kind of goals and pursue them wholeheartedly.