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Setting God Sized Goals
Rick Warren
http://www.danielplan.com

In order to thrive and achieve success living The Daniel Plan lifestyle, you must develop the habit of setting goals. It is one of the first steps as you begin to change your eating habits, exercise habits, and thought habits. Don’t just think about your goals, write them down. Make your goals SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound. Seeing your goals written down can be a powerful motivational tool.

However, even with the best-laid plans—the best written out goals you could think of—we still need God’s help. We can’t achieve our goals with our power alone. It’s just not possible. Thankfully, God didn’t design us to do it on our own. Look at what the Bible says in Ephesians chapter three.

God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! (Ephesians 3:20 MSG)

Often, we can imagine some pretty crazy things. So to think that God can do far more than what we can imagine is truly amazing, and exciting, and a gift!

God backs up this theory by giving us true stories in his Word about how he did God-sized things through ordinary people.
Joseph: A dreamer that was sold into slavery who was put in charge of all of Egypt. (Genesis 41)
Moses: A man slow of speech and tongue who was used to stand up against one of the most powerful rulers of his day. (Exodus 4)
Saul: A persecutor of Christians who became one of the greatest missionaries of all time. God even changed his name!
Mary: A young girl from a town called Nazareth who gave birth to the savior of the world. (Luke 1)

The Bible is filled with stories like these—stories of ordinary people, just like you who end up being used by God in extraordinary stories of life change. Nothing is impossible with God!

Do you know what this means? This means you can dream God-sized dreams. You can set God-sized goals. You can do this only because God can do anything, and only because we can call on His power when ours begins to fail.

Think of all of the times you made a commitment to stick to a new diet or were excited about New Year’s resolutions—only to never see them realized. Those are the times when God’s power and help can make your goals reality.

God is in the business of changing lives. He can take ordinary people and do extraordinary things. By trusting in God’s power to help you change and not in your willpower alone, great things can happen. So start dreaming big and setting God-sized goals. God can make changes in your life that you never imagined possible.

You Need God’s Power to Change
Rick Warren
http://www.danielplan.com

You Need God’s Power to Change

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By Rick Warren – Jan 01, 2011

I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
Romans 7:24 MSG
Have you figured out yet that a lot of times you are your own worst enemy? It’s your own reactions, your own fears, your own inadequacies that cause you to act in foolish ways. I know that’s true for me.

I need to be saved from myself because there are things I don’t like about me – things I wish I had done differently, things I’d like to change. But I can’t change them, not on my own power. I need an outside power source.

You may be saying, “I can change.” I hate to say this, but you can’t. Every year about this time, we make a list of New Year’s resolutions. But, by the end of January, that list will be in the dumpster. Why? Because you can’t change on your own; you need God’s power. You need a Savior, someone who can make the changes you can’t make yourself.

Let me make an important point here: God never wastes energy. He doesn’t waste effort on things that are unnecessary. In other words, if you didn’t need a Savior, he wouldn’t have sent one. The very fact that God sent a Savior means you need one.

The truth is, if you are honest about it, sometimes you feel like your life is out of control. That’s a pretty common feeling. Welcome to the human race!

The apostle Paul felt that way 2,000 years ago. Paul says this in the Bible: “I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does” (Romans 7:24-25 MSG).That’s the answer!

You may be looking for salvation in the wrong places, that’s why you’re frustrated. You’re looking for that one thing that’s going to give you fulfillment and meaning and peace in life.

Some of us think that if we could just get married, or if we could just get a certain job, or a promotion, or attain a certain level of wealth, or have a baby – or if our babies would grow up and graduate! – things would be great.

You’re looking in the wrong places. The answer is not in a place. It’s not in a program or a pill. The answer is a person: Jesus Christ. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life is never going to make sense.

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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America’s largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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