Take charge of your future
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
1 John 4:17 By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
1 John 4:4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
GOD CARES ABOUT OUR FUTURE
Jer. 29:11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
To take charge you are going to have to make some decisions.
Deut. 30:15 “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity;
Deut. 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20 by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days,
1. If you are going to take charge of the present and the future, you are going to have to forget the past.
Phil. 3:13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
2. You’re going to have to take charge of the way you think.
Your future is dependent on your thinking.
Pro. 23:17 as a man thinks in his heart so is he.
Rom 12:2 don’t be conformed
Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
3. It’s up to you to take charge of what’s being imparted to your spirit.
4. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR FLESH.
1 Cor. 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win 25 And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.
NLT 1 Cor. 9:26 So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
5. You are going to have to take charge in order to be steadfast in the work of the Lord.
NLT 1 Cor. 15:58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord’s work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
NAS 1 Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
MESS 1 Cor. 15:58 With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.
6. If you are going to take charge you are going to have to speak to some mountains. Mark 11:23
Take charge and take what’s yours. Matt. 11:12
Take charge and stir up the gift in you
2 Tim. 1:6 And for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
7. If you are going to take charge you are going to have to take charge of your finances.
2 Cor. 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. 7 Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.