Six Areas to Set Goals in 2014: What Goal Works for You?

As you go through your personal goals for 2014 as well as the other areas I mentioned, remember there’s not a right answer to these questions. I don’t know what will work for you, but the Holy Spirit does. Look at 1 Corinthians chapter 2.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. … Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (vv. 9–10, 12–13 KJV)

God has a mind-boggling, eye-popping plan for you. You can’t imagine it—but you can pray about it and receive revelation from the Holy Spirit about what that plan is. He will not only reveal the plan of God, but also the intermediate goals that He wants you to set to help you reach the goal for your life.

The Importance of Praying in Tongues

Praying in tongues is the best way to access this ministry of the Holy Spirit. When you pray in tongues, you pray words “which the Holy Ghost teacheth” (v. 13). You acknowledge the ministry of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to respond by bringing you understanding about the will of God for your life. In other words, you’ll get ideas or see things in a new way; you’ll see a picture of God’s will develop on the inside of you.

Take those ideas He gives you and write them down. Pursue the vision He creates in your heart. As you follow the goals He gives you, it will create a unique momentum toward the Lord.

I encourage you to set your New Year’s resolutions this way: pray in tongues and let the Spirit develop goals in your heart for this next year. Evaluate the different areas I talked about and then write down your God-given goals so you can effectively follow God’s plan for your life.

May God bless you in 2014. Happy New Year!

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

One response to “Six Areas to Set Goals in 2014: What Goal Works for You?”

  1. Shirley Tuttle says :

    I like this idea! Thank you for bringing all of this out in the open! I will be putting all my goals in place! Asking for Gods help. If he knows before I think, speak or hear it, The Lord can help me tweak it to the perfect plan to better serve him for his Glory!

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