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Pearl 212: Immeasurably More

TOPIC: Goals and Results

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably
more than all we ask or imagine, according
to his power that is at work within us, . . ." - Ephesians 3:20.

God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or think, but only with the power that works in you. If there is no power in you, then there is no God-produced immeasurably more. No matter how big your thinking, you cannot think in terms bigger than God. This means that no matter what goal you set, you should expect to exceed whatever you intended to be the end results. Is there power at work in you that can release God's power? Do you expect to achieve and exceed your goals? Are you thinking big enough for God?

Lord, I want to see You do more than anyone expected. For that to happen, I know You must use me. That means I can limit Your effectiveness and work. Help me to see and remove those areas where I am blocking your immeasurably more capabilities, and then set goals expecting exceedingly abundant results.


Pearl 211: Self-Prayer

TOPIC: Goals and Prayer

"I pray that out of his glorious riches
he may strengthen you with power
through his Spirit in your inner being" - Ephesians 3:16.

Perhaps you have a prayer list that contains many noble and worthy prayer goals. Here we see that Paul prayed for others to receive this empowerment, now how about you pray this for yourself! You cannot empower someone else or achieve your purpose and goals without this kind of energy, so go ahead, build yourself up and pray for yourself. While you pray for others, do you pray for yourself? What do you pray? Are you hesitant to pray that God will build you up and make you strong in His might? What will you accomplish with this power?

Lord, I pray that out of your glorious riches You strengthen me with power through Your Holy Spirit in my inner being. I pray that I use this power to set and achieve lofty goals for Your glory to further Your purpose and Kingdom on the earth in my part of the world. Amen!


Pearl 210: Goal Power

TOPIC: Goals and Energy

"I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace
given me through the working of his power" - Ephesians 3:7.

The word for 'working' here is the Greek word for our English word 'energy.' That is what you need, what you should be looking for, if you want to achieve lofty goals with supernatural results - God's power. This power is available to you when you serve your purpose and see it as a gift from God. Then you decide to make the ost of your purpose by setting goals that take you out of your comfort zone and beyond your natural abilities. Do you remember a time when this energy flowed through you? What were you doing? Do you sense divine energy working in and through you right now? What goals have you set that require this kind of supernatural power?

Lord, I need this goal power working in my life, for otherwise my life is mundane and boring. Yet with You, it can be exhilarating! Help me to tap into Your energy through lofty goals that energize me because those goals glorify You and help fulfill Your assigned purpose.


Back in the Loop

I have been on the run the last 10 days to one church camp meeting and then teaching at a church retreat. In the process I drove about 500 miles on mostly rural roads, many of which I had never traveled in my life. It will be good to sleep in my own bed tonight.

1 Widows 5This week I heard from both Peter and Francis, and this week they both report on the efforts of the widows and orphans to generate some revenue through the work of their hands. First, from Peter:

Dear Dr. John,

The widows program has been on the right track and the women has already mastered the art of making 1 Widows 6clutch bags, necklaces, ear rings, bangles, and key holders. This program has taken them about three months of intense training. The whole team now has been equipped with skills. We are so proud of the resilience and determination of this group and we have to confess they are destined to succeed.

1 Widows 7So far the group has managed to make 500 earrings, 200 key holders, 80 clutch bags, 50 necklaces and 50 bracelets, some of which are pictured here .We are trusting God for market so that we can manage to make this program sustainable and at the same time buy our own knitting machines so that we don't hire any more. We thank all the people who made this a reality and especially we thank 1 Widows 8Sheran for being the vision bearer. A God given vision will never lack God's divine provision.

1 Widows 9He is the reason for our living.

Pastor Peter

Peter mentions Sheran White, our Kenya team member, who raised and left $3,200 to fund this widows project.  Now we are praying about how we can help them market these items so that the widows can receive much-needed revenue on which to live.

And as you can see, Francis has the same idea for his children, as he reports below:

2013-07-28Hi Dr.,

We appreciate you for your support to keep our children in school and for feeding them as well. We still continue selling water [pictured left] to make things moving and in addition to that, we have started a small project where the young girls make necklaces, beads, and other small things which we intend to sell so that they can save some money to take them to high school. Our children have been dropping out of school for lack of school fees since they started their sitting for final primary exams three years ago and they now decided to start on a small beads project to generate money for their school fees. See attached photos. Join us in prayers for them that their dreams come true.

Blessings

Pastor Francis

While we continue to work to help the orphanages and library become self-sustaining (or close as we can get), I need your help to send them much-needed assistance. You can give through my website or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Every penny you send goes to the work in Kenya - I don't take out any administrative fees.Thank you in advance for your help, and stay tuned to hear more about how you can help us market the children's and widow's handiwork here.


Pearl 209: Power

TOPIC: Goals and Divine Help

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
in order that you may know the hope to which he has
called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his
holy people, and his incomparably great power for us
who believe. That power is the same as the mighty
strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the
dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly
realms, . . ." - Ephesians 1:19-20.

You need God's help to see that you have tremendous power available to you as you carry out your life's purpose and pursue your goals. What kind of power? It is the same power that God exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and then seated Him at His right hand. Now that's power - power that cannot be stopped and cannot end. Imagine that you have the same Spirit living in you who raised Christ from the dead and then go draw on that same power to achieve great things for God. Do your eyes need to be opened? Are you effectively drawing on the power that is yours in Christ? What can you point to that shows this power at work in your life?

Lord, I am underliving my life, for I have not learned how to make the power in today's passage part of my daily routine. I am sitting on a great generator and I am only drawing on enough juice to run a hot plate! Open my eyes to realize the power and then help me use it that great power to do great things for You.


Pearl 208: God's Co-Worker

TOPIC: Goals and Grace

"As God’s co-workers we urge you
not to receive God’s grace in vain" - 2 Corinthians 6:1.

This verse has two important points. First, you are a co-worker with God. He cannot do certain things if He can't do them through you, and will have to find another co-worker. Second, you are urged not to receive God's grace in vain, which means you can receive God's grace and not do anything with it by choice. The grace can be wasted by not taking full advantage of God being your co-worker by drawing on His help and power. Do you see yourself as God's co-worker? Where are you wasting God's grace? Are you taking full advantage of the help God, your Co-worker, can provide in your partnership?

Lord, I want to be a good co-worker. What's more, I don't want to be guilty of receiving your grace in vain. Help me to maximize our relationship as I set goals and then count on Your power to help me finish the job.  I want to work with You to maximize my impact for You.


Pearl 207: Slackness

TOPIC: Goals and Productivity

"One who is slack in his work
    is brother to one who destroys" - Proverbs 18:9.

If you were to build something and someone destroyed it, you would see that as a criminal act. Yet if you did not build something that was in your heart, you would not see that as criminal. But the end result is the same - in both cases, the world is deprived of something you could have built or done. The point is: Your inability to be productive robs the world of what you have in you that is unique to you, giving you something in common with one who would destroy what another built. What is the world losing by your inactivity? Where are you excusing your slackness as 'no big deal'? Where do you need a change of attitude to create more urgency and less slackness?

Lord, I have excused the slackness in my work for a number of reasons, like I am too busy, the time isn't right or I don't have time. Yet I am robbing the world and others of who I am and what it is that only I can do! Help me to see my inactivity and slackness for what it truly is so I have incentive to move and act.


Pearl 206: Outer Reality

TOPIC: Goals and Vision

"When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom
of Solomon and the palace he had built,
the food on his table, the seating of his officials,
the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers,
and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord,
she was overwhelmed" - 1 Kings 10:4.

The queen saw the results of Solomon's wisdom. It was tangible and Solomon worked to organize his kingdom so that what was inside him could find an outside expression. The only way to translate what is inside you is to set a goal so that what you see in your head can be seen by others. What's more, the queen was overwhelmed and praised Solomon's God for what she beheld. When is the last time someone praised your God for what they saw you produce through Him? What are doing to transfer your inner vision to outer reality? In other words, what goals are you setting to make your dreams a reality?

Lord, I want to be a good witness for You and part of that is to make the vision in my heart a reality through goals and trust in You. I want those who come in contact with me to know that I serve a great and powerful God, so help me to set lofty goals worthy of an awesome God, just like Solomon did.


Pearl 205: For Others

TOPIC: Goals and Publishing

"He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs
numbered a thousand and five. He spoke about plant life,
from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows
out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds,
reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen
to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world,
who had heard of his wisdom" - 1 Kings 4:32-34.

Solomon produced a huge amount of work from his God-given wisdom. That body of work required much effort to produce, maintain and publish.  What's more, the world beat a path to Solomon's door to hear him and see what God had done in his life. There are lessons here for you to learn.  Are you preserving your body of life's work? Are you setting goals to maximize the amount and quality? Who has access to it? What more do you have plans to do?

Lord, I have asked You for wisdom many times, and You have always delivered as promised. Today I see that Your wisdom is not just for me, but for others. Help to value what You give me, and help me preserve and present it in such a way that others can access it and be blessed by it as well.


Pearl 204: Goals Awry

TOPIC: Goals and Motives

"It took Solomon thirteen years, however,
to complete the construction of his palace" - 1 Kings 7:1.

Unfortunately, once Solomon had tasted long-term goals and plans, he began to apply the concepts to buidling his own kingdom. While it took him seven years to build God's house, it took him almost twice as long to build his own house. That's not good, but notice that the power and effectiveness of goals still applied, even though his motives were not pure. Where have you been holding back setting goals because you were afraid they may lead you astray? Can you see the answer to that problem is not to stop setting goals, but to work to insure that your goals glorify God and fulfill your purpose?

Lord, Solomon got filled with himself and that eclipsed the brightness of Your presence in his mind and heart. That caused him to take a good thing You created - goals - and turn it into something selfish. Deliver me from that tendency, Lord, and help me use the power of goals and planning as You intended.