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Andrew 12:00-7:00pm

The Word For Today

ARE YOU GROWING SPIRITUALLY? (1)

Here is the first of three Scriptures you can use to measure your spiritual growth: 'Every man shall bear his own burden.' The old saying, 'You're only young once', is true, but you can be immature for a lifetime. Paul writes: 'I couldn't talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk...as though you were infants in the Christian life. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren't ready for anything stronger. And you still aren't ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature' (1 Corinthians 3:1-3 NLT).

As a parent, you expect a higher level of responsibility and maturity from your teenager than you do from your toddler, right? And your heavenly Father requires the same of you. If you're still being defeated by the same habits and hang-ups you struggled with as a new believer, seek God's help. If you're to fulfil your God-given destiny you must grow into maturity. Instead of always having to be 'carried', you must get to the place where you can feed yourself spiritually, pray in faith over your own problems, and make Spirit-led decisions concerning your life.

God's growth plan for us is: 'We will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ' (Ephesians 4:14-15 NLT). Spiritual growth must be your priority; otherwise it won't happen!

Soulfood : Josh 14-15, Lk 20:1-8, Ps 142, Prov 23:7-9

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START STRATEGISING

King David came up with a plan for building the temple, but his son Solomon actually built it. Question: Do you have a strategy for fulfilling your dream? Are you working on it? Or are you waiting for someone like a fairy godmother to come along and bail you out? The only thing worse than having no dream is having one without a plan to make it a reality. A strategy gives you energy, direction and focus.

A study was conducted on how infrequently people develop strategies for achieving their dreams. Here's what it revealed: 26% focus on specific, tangible targets for what they want in life; 19% set goals aligned with their purpose, mission, and passion; 15% write down their goals in specific measurable detail; 12% maintain a clearly defined goal for every major interest and life role; 12% identify related daily, weekly and long-term goals with deadlines. Only 7% take daily action toward the attainment of at least one goal. Here's a comment from the study's authors: 'Americans, once again, get an 'F' in this critical area of their performance. Simply put, they fail to consistently take the actions necessary to move their dreams and visions out of their hearts and heads and into their lives'. (The percentages may differ, but similar findings are probably true here too!)

Dreams don't come true because you 'wish upon a star'. They come true because you seek God for direction, put them down on paper with specific actions and timelines, become accountable to yourself - and if you're wise, to somebody else too. So the word for you today is, 'Stop stargazing and start strategising'.

Soulfood : Josh 11-13, Lk 19:41-48, Ps 111, Prov 23:4-6

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BECOME A MOTIVATOR!

Leslie was born with physical and mental challenges so severe that doctors had to remove his eyes. When he was six months old, a nurse named May Lemke, who was raising five children of her own, adopted him and asked God to give him some kind of talent. When Leslie was thirteen, May bought a used piano and played some simple songs, hoping he'd respond. No expression...nothing. She continued trying to motivate her adopted son to engage in life. Then when he was sixteen, he pulled himself up to the piano, and without ever having touched a keyboard before, played a Tchaikovsky piano concerto. It was flawless, and May soon discovered that Leslie could play anything he heard. Then out of the blue one day, he started singing, and that led to his playing and singing at concerts all over the country. All this came about because a mother facing incredible odds became a tireless motivator!

In the movie 'Seabiscuit' one of the main characters, Tom Smith, was asked why he kept a lame, ageing horse. He replied, 'You don't throw away a whole life just because he's banged up a little!' That old horse ended up leading a younger horse to a spectacular racing career. Thank God for motivators who make the difference between a trip to the glue factory and winning a blue ribbon!

Paul says, 'Encourage [motivate] one another.' Somebody said, 'Dreams always come a size too big so we can grow into them'. Motivators help you to dream big, then help you grow in order to fulfil your dream. People can run a long way on just a little encouragement. So become a motivator.

Soulfood : Josh 8:30-10:43, Lk 19:28-40, Ps 103:13-22, Prov 23:1-3

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