Our world is full of people that have good intentions. But when it comes down to doing what is necessary to achieve results, they walk away.

Good intentions do not always translate into good decisions. Intentions must be aligned with actions. At some point, you have to learn how to follow through on what you want to do.

Too many people start things, but when the going gets tough, they decide to give it up. Maybe not every goal in life is worth pursuing. However, there are those goals you know are part of your purpose and destiny. They require your complete focus and commitment to achieve.

Are your actions aligning with your intentions?

Scripture Focus:

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”– James 2:17 (NIV)

God puts dreams in our hearts and writes a destiny over our lives. If we trust Him to lead and guide us, we will find ourselves on a journey towards the fulfillment of those dreams.

Unfortunately, the path that takes us to the promise is not always an easy one to follow. The road to success is often paved with challenges and uncertainties. Storms will come, lions will roar, and doubts will confront us. But I’ve learned that nothing worth having ever comes easy or without opposition.

We must learn to press through the process. Sometimes your dreams are your only reason to keep going. They can inspire you to get through your worst days. As a result, you push harder knowing that better days are ahead.

Whatever dreams are in your heart, trust that the process is working for your good. God is preparing you every step of the way to fulfill a much greater purpose for His Kingdom.

Scripture Focus:

”We traveled through fire and through floods, but you brought us to a land of plenty.” – Psalm 66:12 (CEV)

When life is peaceful and painless, the choice to worship God is an easy one to make. But during times of great trial, worship seems to be the last thing on our minds. 

It seems that we are only conditioned to celebrate God’s goodness in seasons of laughter and abundance, but we question His faithfulness in times of affliction.

In the life of every believer, there will be times when worship meets with pain and suffering, Yet, these are the moments that shape and define who we are.  

We must remember that when trials come, it’s our trust in God that will help us to overcome. So regardless of what you face in life, always choose to worship. 

Scripture Focus:

“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” – Habakkuk 3:18 (NLT) 

If you wake up every day feeling empty and unfulfilled, then you are probably not doing what you were meant to do. Several studies indicate that having a strong sense of purpose is the key to living a productive and joy-filled life.

Trying to discover your life’s purpose can be a stressful and overwhelming thing if you are going about it the wrong way. To find your God-given purpose is not about you coming up with something on your own. It’s about taking the time to discover what God has already put in you before you were born.

If you really want to know the purpose you were created to fulfill, begin by asking the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you. Although you might not get the whole picture all at once, as you open your heart, He will begin to unfold it to you little by little. Then, the more you seek Him, the more He will guide your steps.

Scripture Focus:

”In fact, we always pray that God will show you everything he wants you to do and that you may have all the wisdom and understanding his Spirit gives.” – Colossians 1:9 (CEV)

At one time or another, we have all asked these basic life questions: “What am I here for?” “What is my purpose in life?”

Humans have long struggled to answer questions like these in order to understand the world we live in and our reason for being in it. Yes, we do understand that we are born and that we die—that much is obvious. However, it’s what happens in between that we need help with.

By faith we understand that God created the universe (Hebrews 11:3). But do we also understand that God created each of us individually and intentionally to carry out something specific? His purpose for us is greater than anything we can imagine for ourselves.

I know firsthand that nothing else matters if you aren’t following your life’s purpose and mission. Once you’ve found it, you can align all areas of your life to point in that direction. 

Scripture Focus:

”For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10 (HCSB)