I haven’t written much lately, but my family gave me an opportunity to write a Bible study lesson for our family study this past week. I’ve decided to share it with my blog family as well. I hope you find something for you in this lesson.
As we’ve all begun to focus on our future goals, I believe with every study we lay the groundwork for setting goals and taking steps that will mean something forever. And I believe the underlying questions after setting these goals are, what do we do next? How do we truly live out these goals now?
One step I believe is remembering what we should forget. The focus of our goals shouldn’t be solely about how it will affect us as individuals. Simply put, it’s not about you, and eternal, everlasting success isn’t meant to be.
Briefly, let’s address the 6 things we need to f.o.r.g.e.t. as we work towards eternal success, and the 1 thing we must remember.
1) Fear – Read 1 Samuel 10:1, 20-24 and Numbers 13:1, 27-33
* There is a common factor between the two stories: God had already promised to them the very things they were too afraid to possess!
* When you are creating something eternal/everlasting, chances are that God has called you to do it. We should never fear what God has already given us.
Question: What’s your biggest fear?
* Get from under the baggage of fear and walk in God’s calling.
2) Opinions – Read 1 Samuel 17:32-33
* David had been considered the runt of the litter in his family and now by his king. How might this story have played out had David believed Saul’s opinion about what he could or couldn’t accomplish?
* Note: David had already been anointed as king (1 Samuel 16:13) and was ready to embrace any opportunity to glorify God, no matter how many opinions he had to disregard.
Question: Whose opinions matter most? Whose should?
* People will forever change their mind, so eternal success will never be based on how man will receive or perceive it.
3) Reactions – Read Exodus 16:7 and 1 Samuel 17:28
* There will always be someone who will disagree and react in a way that’s negative, no matter what.
* Like David, people will rarely understand why you’re doing what you’re doing and will try to bring you down because they don’t understand it.
* But like Moses, you have to be confident knowing that a person’s complaints/reactions aren’t against you when you’re in God’s will. Therein lies a bigger issue for them.