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The Twelve Steps to Goal Setting

Welcome to The Director's Chair TRBC Students and Alumni! As Director of The Rock Bible College I have set this section of the website apart as a place where on a bimonthly basis I can offer an encouraging word from God's word; something that I have read in the Bible or learned through life experiences. My earnest desire is to be a blessing to you and add to your life!

– Dr. Fred Adams

As the college begins the new 2015-16 semester we welcome the newly enrolled first year students and welcome back each of the returning students. I would like to present this message of encouragement to entire student body and say you CAN fulfill your desire of completing TRBC Biblical Studies Associate Program!

I would like to begin by explaining that students enroll into TRBC Biblical Studies Program for many different reasons:

  • To get closer to God
  • To increase their knowledge of the Bible
  • To learn how to improve their ministry service
  • To discover where they should serve in ministry
  • To learn how to become a better pastor of their church
  • Because they have a desire to someday pastor a church

Often times I will have a student tell me when they have not performed well on a quiz or an assignment, “I am not in it for the grades or the degree. I just want to learn more and get closer to the Lord.”

My inquisitive reply is:

  • How will YOU measure your understanding of the things you learn to ensure that you are actually closer to the Lord?

Then I explain tests and assignments are simply a way to measure ones retention of shared information. Even God will test you to show YOU what YOU have or have not learned.

Regardless of your reason for attending Bible College the all-inclusive objective is to be transformed into His image and become a better minister of The Gospel. But it’s important to understand that it is fire or the “test” that helps you get there. We see this explained so very well in 1 Peter 4:11-13.

11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

  • If anyone speaks--We are to speak the utterances of God
  • If anyone ministers--We are to minister mightily with the power and strength that God supplies and not in our own strength and ability.
  • So that God is glorified through Jesus Christ

12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

  • The word “trial” is defined as: A test, a destructive fire, liken to the devastation of a war or a forest fire.

The Message Bible calls the test a spiritual refining process. The test is not to show God what you know, but to show you where you are in the process of being changed into His image.

It is through the spiritual refining process that the enlightened manifestation of God’s glory is revealed through us in the earth.

The reason God’s glory can be revealed through us here on the earth; is that the test refines us so that we are more effective when we speak and minister by the power and ability He has given us.

To turn your desire for attending TRBC into the reality of God glory being seen through your obedience to His word. This will be evident when you speak and minister according to the power and ability He gives you. You need to know how to set a goal and follow it through to completion.

The title of this message is “The Twelve Steps to Goal Setting”.

Allow me to shear a short story about someone that had great desire, but did not set a goal and someone that had the same great desire, but did set a goal.

As I sat and watched the 2004 Olympics with my youngest daughter we saw her classmate and track team mate run this race. Click the link and watch the video, she is the fourth runner on the right side of the screen.




After the race my daughter looked over at me with tears in her eyes and said, “Dad that could have been me.” What she realized was she had the desire, but she had not set the goal to become an Olympian. Her team mate Joanna had! One of the keys to completing anything in life is setting a goal.

Eventually, my daughter did apply the things I share in this message and she did set a goal and now she is a very successful dental hygienist.

My desire is to see each of you fulfill the desire for which you enrolled in Bible College and to have God’s glory be manifested in your life through your obedience to His word.

So if you will allow me to share twelve important steps in setting and completing goals I believe it will help you in your TRBC journey.

1. Desire: Set a goal that you personally intensely desire.

As we just saw with Joanna Hayes in the 2004 Olympics. We can also see the intensity of personal desire in David’s pursuit against Goliath, when he heard Goliath threaten Saul and the armies of Israel.

1 Samuel 17: 26, 31
26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

  • David’s desire was to remove the disgrace and shame from Israel. Because Israel represented the living God on the earth.

31 Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul; and he sent for him. 32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

The proof of desire is pursuit. You can’t let opposition pull you off of your goal.

2. Belief: Your goal must be something that you believe you can obtain.

Mark 11:24 (KJV)
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

  • The word “desire” is defined: to ask, beg, call for, crave, require.
  • “Believe” is defined: to entrust

Therefore, when we pray we are to entrust our spiritual wellbeing regarding our desire to Christ and we shall have what we desire.

3. Write it down: This is the way you program your goal into your sub-conscience.

Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
2 Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.

  • Write is defined: to engrave, describe, inscribe, prescribe, subscribe record

The clearer your goal, the greater your faith, the written vision becomes a road map and a compass that guides you to your destination.

4. Determine how you will benefit from the accomplishment of your goal.

Nehemiah new the benefit of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem as seen in Nehemiah 1:11a (NKJV)

11 O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day,

  • Nehemiah’s goal was to rebuild the wall around the temple and Jerusalem fulfilling the need for security and strength.

It’s important to note for the individual life of those dwelling in the city, the rebuilding of the walls would be a picture of re-establishing the strength of that life.

What you finish is more important than what you begin.

5. Analyze your position: Analyze where you are right now and measure your current status.

See how Luke 14:28 explains how you have to know where you are before you begin.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—

  • Cost is defined as: expense
  • You may have the desire, but do you have the necessary resources?
    • Can you afford it?
    • Can you give it the time needed?
    • What well be the impact on those closest to you?
    • How will you fill the “gap of lack” before you start?

Doing the right thing at the wrong time becomes the wrong thing.

6. Set a deadline: Your major definite purpose in life should always be specific, measurable, and quantifiable.

Ecclesiastes 3:1
1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

  • “Season” is defined as: an appointed occasion
  • “Time” is defined as: now

If you read Ecclesiastes 3:2 and replace the words “a time” with these definitions the point becomes clearer.

2 (now an appointed occasion) to be born, And (now an appointed occasion) to die; (now an appointed occasion) to plant, And (now an appointed occasion) to pluck what is planted;

Without a specific, measurable, and quantified “time (now)” you will put off what needs to do be done--when it needs to be done. When we do not do what we should do within the time assigned for the task, we oppose ourselves. Case-in-point, if you miss an assignment and fall behind you open the door for the enemy to use your poor behavior against you.

Proverbs 12:24 (NKJV)
24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

You will be forced to do what you should done when there is not enough time to do it.

7. Identify the obstacles: you will have to overcome in order to achieve your goal.

Luke 9:62 (NKJV)
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Many of the returning students can tell you as soon as they began Bible College; they began to encounter obstacles and distractions.

Now, here is a lesson for the students that just enrolled into the Biblical Studies program. However, by not allowing obstacles and distractions to pull them off of their goal, these same students can tell you that the things that were an obstacle or distraction are no longer challenge you.

If you remember in 2004 Olympics video there were two women that fell during the race, but Joanna did allow that to distract her!

Distractions only occur with your permission.

8. Clearly identify the knowledge you will have to acquire in order to accomplish your goal.

Proverbs 3:13-18 (NKJV) tells us the benefits of attaining “wisdom and understanding.”

13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; 14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.

There are six benefits from gaining wisdom and understanding in your area of need:
1. (v 13, 18) Happiness
2. (v 16) Length of days
3. (v 16) Riches and honor
4. (v 17) Pleasantness
5. (v 17) Peace
6. (v 18) Tree of life

Your ignorance is the only weapon your enemy can use against you.

9. Clearly identify the people, groups, and organizations: whose cooperation and assistance you will need in order to accomplish your goal.

When the Jews retuned from captivity to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah clearly would not allow the Samaritans, (Jews that had intermarried with the Gentiles) to help with the rebuilding. Nehemiah 1: 20 he told them they had no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.”

  • It is extremely important to find people who are supportive of your goals.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV)
9 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. 12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Two are necessary for multiplication

Finally there are three laws that each of must apply when setting goals.

10. The Law of Return: Whatever you sow you will also reap according to Galatians 6:7 … “for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV)
29 Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.

“Excels”: to be quick, diligent, hasty, ready

  • Procrastination is the fertilizer for disaster

The problems you solve determine the reward you receive.

11. The Law of Compensation: For every action there is and equal and opposite reaction.

Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

  • The effort you put in will always come back to you.

You have no right to anything you have not pursued.

12. The Law of Services: In order to achieve any lasting glory, destination, fame, or fortune in life. We can only do it by serving our fellow man with goods and services that are of value and importance.

Ephesians 4:16 (AMPL)
16 From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up in [unselfish] love.

If you will remember, the objective of this message as it relates to setting goals is to be transformed into His image and become a better minister of The Gospel. There by increasing in our ability to speak and minister by the power and ability that God gives us so that God is glorified here in the earth.

Here it is important to note that the image of God is reflected in each of us as we serve in our area of giftedness according to the faith that we have been given. This is the manifestation of growth in the Body of Christ, which results in the believer being transformed into the image of God.

My objective for shearing this message is to equip each of you with these simple steps to setting goals that will keep you from ending up like the example shown here in Luke 14:28-30 (NKJV).

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?

In closing, my prayer for every student who attends TRBC is found in Philippians 1:9-10:

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Amen!

Commit, Learn, Grow,
Dr. Adams