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What’s God’s Purpose for You in 2014?.


What are your life goals for the New Year?
What are your life goals for the New Year? (IStock photo)

New Year’s Day is a good time to do something most of us never do—set some goals. Most of the time we call them “New Year’s Resolutions” and we abandon them within a few weeks. Yet I believe God wants us to do more than that. We must determine God’s purpose for our life and for this New Year.

I’ve done this for nearly four decades by setting long-range and short-range goals. Maybe you can learn from my experience in writing goals and letting God use that to set priorities and to accomplish more than you would without them.

Most people spend more time planning their annual vacations than they do planning their lives. My observation is that even most believers drift along in life with no clear direction. It’s been documented that the people who actually write down and work on the goals they set are the most successful in life. I believe they are usually the happiest too, because they have a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Myles Munroe believes that God wants us to become people who have plans. He believes that plans are documented imagination. If we can document an imagination, we’ve developed a plan for action.

“If you are having real problems in your life, you probably don’t have a piece of paper on which you have documented your plans for the next five years,” he says. “You’re just living from day to day in the absence of a concrete, documented plan. You’ve been dealing with the same issues and habits and struggles for years. You slide forward a little only to slide backward again. Whenever things get hard, you start reminiscing about ‘the good old days’ and fall back into habits you had conquered. Progress requires a plan of action. Ideas must be put down if they are to influence the way you live.”

It’s important to know how to set goals.

Are your goals written down? Do other people know about them? Does your spouse? Do your friends?

Begin with general goals. I set written goals every week. In the “notes” portion of my iPhone, I have goals for the year—spiritual, family, physical, professional.

Break your general goals down into specific daily tasks. Mine are written in my iPhone so that I have them with me wherever I go. Each month I make the general goals specific and break them down to daily tasks. I probably only finish 80 percent of them because as I complete them, I set more.

The times I get away from fulfilling my goals are the times when I drift. Goals give me a sense of direction, boundaries and priorities.

Set some life goals. I like to talk with people about theirs. One of my favorite ways to relax is to get a bite to eat with a friend and ask them about their goals. I might ask how much money they want to make in five years, or what career path they want to take. I’ll ask what they want people to say in their obituary.

Most people have an opinion about these things, but few actually have a plan.

Establish a personal mission statement. Many people go through a difficult mid-life period, which may rob them of goals or make them feel as if what they have achieved is ephemeral. Patrick Morley, author ofThe Man in the Mirror, says that midlife is like a lake.

“Early in our lives we run swift like a river, but shallow. As we put years behind us, though, we deepen. Then one day, we enter the opened jaws of midlife,” Morley says.  “Where once we felt direction and velocity, suddenly we find ourselves swirling about, sometimes aimlessly, or so it seems. Each of us, like individual droplets of water, will take a different path through this part of the journey. For some of us it will only be a slowdown. Others will feel forgotten and abandoned by the father of the river. Some, unable to see where the waters converge and on again grow strong, will despair.”

Morley’s crisis started at 36. He says that it can occur well into your mid-50s.  (Remember, in our diverse culture there is no singular mid-life experience anymore).  “You come to a point that you feel somehow imbalanced—like something is missing,” he says, “like it’s not enough. All the years of pressure deadlines have taken a toll. You have discovered a vacuum in your soul for meaning, beauty, and quiet.”

He recommends writing a life mission statement that includes four elements:

1.  A life purpose: Why you exist

2.  A calling: What you do

3.  A vision or mental picture of what you want to happen

4.  A mission:  How you will go about it

Morley takes us full cycle through the birth of one vision, the implementing of that vision, the setting of goals to attain it, the commitment to a personal mission statement and on to the birth of a new vision that is greater than the first.

“A new vision must spring up from a foundation of gratitude for what God has already done to use us and make us useful,” Morley says. “The motivation cannot merely be wanderlust; not more for the sake of more. Rather, one chapter has closed and another beckons to be opened. A vision is a goal—a big one. Visions are not the work of today or tomorrow or even next month. Rather, a vision has a longer term.”

He reminds us that visions rarely turn out exactly as planned. The apostle Paul had the vision of going to Jerusalem and then to Rome. He didn’t consider that he would make those visits as a prisoner, but that’s how it came about. Often, God must delay the fulfilling of a vision or desire until He has prepared us to be people who can handle it with grace and humility. It is not God’s nature to give us greater visions and accomplishments if they work to our destruction. Instead, God allows us to be hammered into the shape of a vessel that can gracefully contain the vision.

What God-inspired goals do you have for your life? Are you a scientist or doctor who can set a goal of finding a cure for a disease? Are you an entrepreneur who can pledge to give several million dollars to a credible missions organization? Are you a board member or pastor who can start a program for the poor in your city, or network churches to meet the need?

What would do you if there were no boundaries on your imagination or budget?

If you haven’t had big goals and dreams before now, I pray you will learn to set goals for 2014 and give them deadlines. Keep in mind that when you stand before the Lord, He will hold you accountable for the talents, resources and dreams He bestowed upon you. You stand to lose nothing by going for God’s highest plan for you. On the day when He says to you, “Well done, you good and faithful servant,” you will know that you attempted and accomplished much for your Savior.

Please leave your comments. Do you agree with me? Did I motivate you to set some goals? What is a goal you achieved because you wrote it down? What are the biggest things you hope to accomplish in 2014?.

Steve Strang is the founder and publisher of Charisma. Follow him on Twitter at @sstrang or Facebook(stephenestrang).

Are You an Authentic Man?.


Family man
Are you an authentic man? (arztsamui/Free Digital Photos)

So how about it—are you an authentic man? Really?

When did that happen? When did you decide you were a man? Who told you, and who gave you the rite of passage to manhood?

Many cultures have clearly defined rites of passage to manhood. A ritual is observed—a celebration with the community, a mark on the forehead or the fulfillment of a challenge confirms him.

In Western culture, when a boy becomes a man, we mark small rites, such as when a boy gets a driver’s license, is eligible for the military or is old enough to purchase alcohol, but we do not have spiritual rites of passage into manhood. Marriage is considered by some to be the closest recognition of movement into manhood. The definition of manhood in our time is confused. When do we recognize a male as a man?

Our sons step into manhood without fanfare or celebration. We don’t define it. We don’t have set principles that govern what authentic manhood is.

As Dr. Myles Munroe says, “When the purpose is unknown, abuse is inevitable.”

We are witnessing the inevitable abuse of manhood. The last 40 years have wreaked havoc on authentic manhood. The feminization of men is displayed in a constant barrage of media imagery. Almost every male represented on television is either a metrosexual pretty boy or a slovenly buffoon. Every reality show has to have its token effeminate male. It’s embarrassing.

This assault on authentic masculinity has a very broad impact. I won’t go through the barrage of statistics that support my claims; suffice it to say that the destruction of authentic manhood is having enormous repercussions on society. Some subcultures are already reeling from the loss of authentic manhood.

Fatherless children are being raised with the insecurities that come from the loss of identity. Women are being left defenseless against the enmity that exists against them. The economic decline caused by the loss of male integrity is immeasurable.

“Never remove a fence until you know why it was put up.” —Unknown

Boundaries are important. The foundation of manhood is being redefined. Unless we know why the male is a man or what man is assigned to do or become, we will live abusive lives. We may abuse our own bodies with addictions, such as alcohol, drugs or food. We may abuse ourselves sexually and experience the degradation of our bodies through STDs or AIDS. The frustrations of unknown purpose may cause us to abuse our wives and misunderstand the true value of the male/female relationship.

Extremes take over. We will either become obsessive chauvinists or emasculated weaklings.

But to discover purpose, you simply need to look at original intent. Why did God create man?.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

FivestarMan was founded in 2008 by Neil KennedyKennedy has passionately promoted God’s Word for 25-plus years of ministry. He is known for practically applying biblical principles that elevate people to a new level of living. As a business, church, ministry and life consultant, Kennedy has helped others strategize the necessary steps to reach their full potential.

For the original article, visit fivestarman.com.

Thousands Gather for 1Nation1Day in Honduras.


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The government of Honduras gathered this weekend with thousands of people, leading pastors and civic leaders for the first government transformation session for national change.

The government of Honduras—including the department of governments, the military, the police and judicial departments—gathered this weekend with thousands of people, leading pastors and civic leaders for the first government transformation session for national change.

Missions.Me, founded by Dominic Russo, organized 1Nation1Day, a project that has attracted the largest foreign missions team in history, in Honduras. The event, which took place Friday and Saturday, was declared a national holiday by the nation’s president.

Myles Munroe was a special guest at the event Friday and delivered the powerful message “Transforming Politicians Into Leaders.” Honduras President Lobo Sosa has invited Munroe to return to the country to continue his training.

About 10,000 people attended Munroe’s session, where he saw the spirit of kingdom transformation fill the arena. Members of Honduras’ military rose to their feet in response to his message, after which he led the crowd in prayer.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

ABBY CARR

God Gives The Vision, We Make The Plans.


When I was a teenager and had been a Christian for only about two years, I kept wondering why God didn’t seem to be guiding me in my life.

Perhaps you are wondering the same thing about your own life. 

I used to want God to show me His will at night in my room, so I would stay up all night with one eye open, just waiting.

I used to pray, “Oh, Lord, let the angels show up.”

Then I would look and there would be nothing but mosquitoes.

Sometimes, I would hear a little noise outside and I would open the door, thinking that the angels had shown up.

Yet when I looked outside, all I would see was a rat running across the yard.

Some angel!

I persisted in wanting God to show Himself to me and to guide me.

 Whenever they sang a certain song in church, I used to sing it the loudest: “Lead me, guide me, along the way!”

 One day, as I was singing this song, I felt as if the Lord was saying to me, “Lead you along what way?”

I realized then that if you don’t have a plan, God doesn’t have anything specific to direct you in. 

Proverbs 16:1 says, “To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.” 

That’s a very powerful statement.

God is saying, in effect, “I gave you the vision.

 Now you put the plan on paper, and I will work out the details.” 

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” 

If you don’t have a plan, how can He direct you? 

This devotional is an excerpt from Dr. Myles Munroe‘s book “The Principles and Power of Vision

Scripture Of The Day: “To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the lord comes the proper answer of the tongue..” – Proverbs 16:1

By Dr. Myles Munroe.

How High Can You Jump?.


I remember the day I found out that I can jump real high—about eight feet high.

Now, I can’t jump that high intentionally, but I did it once when I was a little boy.

There was a lady who lived behind our house from whose fruit trees we would occasionally feast and help ourselves.

When we were little kids, we would crawl under the fence.

Once day while I was on her side of the fence, her very vicious dog suddenly appeared.

I had just touched down after climbing the fruit tree.

As I carefully considered the distance between the fence, the dog and myself, I knew I had to make a run for it.

I ran toward the fence with the dog close behind me.

As the fence came closer and closer, all I could say was “O God, I’m dead.

” All I could think was “jump.

” As I left the ground, my heart was pounding and my chest felt like an arcade full of shouting people.

I was so afraid!

When I landed, I was safely on the other side of the fence.

When I turned around and looked at the dog, he was barking angrily because he couldn’t get over the fence.

I just thought, “Yea, good for you.

” Suddenly I became very proud because I had gotten away from him.

But when I started to realize what I had done, I looked at the fence and thought, “How did I do that?”

I thank God for that dog.

He was a blessing in my life.

I never jumped that high before, and I never have since, but at least I know that I did it.

I discovered that day there is a lot more potential in me than I realized was there.

The same is true for you.

You aren’t doing more because no one has challenged you.

I want to take you from the realm of waiting for people to challenge you and encourage you to challenge yourself.

Don’t wait for a dog to teach you how to jump.

Jump by your own challenge.

Don’t just look at life and say, “Well, I’m going to wait until a demand is made on me and then I will produce.

” Make a demand on yourself.

Say to yourself, “Look, I am going to become the best in this area no matter what people have done before me.

” Then go after that.

You will accomplish it if you set out to do it.

This devotional is an excerpt from Dr. Myles Munroe‘s book “Understanding Your Potential.”

Scripture Of The Day: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

By Dr. Myles Munroe.

God Gives The Vision, We Make The Plans.


When I was a teenager and had been a Christian for only about two years, I kept wondering why God didn’t seem to be guiding me in my life.

Perhaps you are wondering the same thing about your own life. 

 I used to want God to show me His will at night in my room, so I would stay up all night with one eye open, just waiting.

 I used to pray, “Oh, Lord, let the angels show up.

” Then I would look and there would be nothing but mosquitoes.

Sometimes, I would hear a little noise outside and I would open the door, thinking that the angels had shown up.

 Yet when I looked outside, all I would see was a rat running across the yard. Some angel!

I persisted in wanting God to show Himself to me and to guide me.

 Whenever they sang a certain song in church, I used to sing it the loudest: “Lead me, guide me, along the way!

” One day, as I was singing this song, I felt as if the Lord was saying to me, “Lead you along what way?

” I realized then that if you don’t have a plan, God doesn’t have anything specific to direct you in.

Proverbs 16:1 says, “To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.”

That’s a very powerful statement. God is saying, in effect, “I gave you the vision.

 Now you put the plan on paper, and I will work out the details.”

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

If you don’t have a plan, how can He direct you? 

This devotional is an excerpt from Dr. Myles Munroe‘s book “The Principles and Power of Vision

Scripture Of The Day: “To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.” – Proverbs 16:1

By Dr. Myles Munroe.

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