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Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 2, 2020

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020 BARRIERS TO GOALS

We all know there are many barriers to accomplishing goals in life. We can have the best intentions when we wake up in the morning to get things done but stuff happens. We get sidetracked. We make excuses. We have interruptions. The list goes on and on. However, when we decide to be aware of the barriers that keep us from taking action and pray asking God to help us through those barriers, we can get the things done we need to do. When we seek God first in all we do, He will give us all we need.

SCRIPTURE:
Matthew 6:33 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what barriers you have that keep you from taking action.
2. List who or what is keeping you from doing God’s will.
3. Know God wants you to put Him first in every area of your life.
4. Give your problems to Him and allow Him to help you get things done.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we know there are many barriers in life that keep us from doing Your will. We know sometimes we can be our own barriers. Help us to see any roadblocks we are creating or excuses we are making. Help us to see what others may be trying to do to pull us away from You. Help us recognize temptations and turn from them. We need You and Your word to help us get past the barriers so we can do Your will. Help us, we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We are to give our issues and problems to God knowing He will take care of us. Then we can stay focused on doing His will.

Psalm 55:22 “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” (NLT)

Our sins are the barriers that keep us doing the will of God. We need to confess them, repent and turn back to God.

Isaiah 59:2 “It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.” (NLT)

We are to press on and keep our eye on Jesus to get through the barriers of life that may slow us down.

FOCUS:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (NLT)
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