7 Keys To A Great Week

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Get ready for the best week of your life.   I’m not giving you a prophetic word. . .I’m just telling you what I know can be true.

Our expectation. . .confidence in and obedience to the Word. . .all play a significant role in determining what our week will be like.

Here seven keys to a great week.

First, start planning for tomorrow.

Ask yourself. . .

Do you spend more time thinking about the past or planning for the future?

What are you doing today to ensure that you’ll have the kind of life you want tomorrow?

Do you know how to get from where you are to where you want to be?

Your future is not in the past but is determined by what you do today as seeds for tomorrow’s harvests.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 in The Living Bible says:

“If you wait for perfect conditions you’ll never get anything done.”

Second, start looking for previously unknown opportunities.

If you’re good at making excuses. . .that’s all you’ll ever be good at. 

Don’t make excuses. . .make a difference. . .by asking God to reveal opportunities to you beyond your natural eye or normal thought process.

If you feel you are the way you are because of a mistake in your past… choose to get passed it!  Determine to forgive it and forget it.  It’s over…and done…it was an event and not who you are.

Ephesians 5:15-16 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.”

When opportunity comes knocking, you still have to get up and go answer the door.  Don’t let fear paralyze you … get up and get going.

Third, start praising God for what you do have.

Feeling sorry for yourself will not allow you any time to feel anything else.

You must develop an attitude of gratitude in every situation you face.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says:

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”                                                        

Fourth, start helping someone else get out of their mess.

The thing that helps every believer in the midst of a crisis is to get our eyes off our problem. . .start helping someone else.  There is always someone worse off than you are if you stop and look around.

Remember the principle of Ephesians 6:8.

I vividly remember just a couple of months after we moved to Texas to work with Brother John Avanzini. . .we were still drowning in a sea of red ink.

I came home from work one day and my fine wife, Bev, told me she felt the Lord told her that we should pay off the debts of our babysitter.  Being the deep man of God that I was. . .I asked her if she was sure … reminding her of our own financial debt.

Bev was confident about what God spoke to her. . .in her wisdom. . .she said, “all I ask is that you pray and see if God tells you what He told me.”  So I prayed and He did.

It wasn’t easy. . .but we were able to pay her debts off with six months.  The moment we paid off her last debt. . .there was an explosion in our finances and we were able to immediately pay off all our debts except the mortgage.

Ephesians 6:8 in says:

“Knowing that for whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free.”

Fifth, start raising your level of expectation.

No born-again believer should ever possess a complacent or “settle for” kind of attitude or develop an unwillingness to change.

If you determine that your lot in life will always be the same, then you are denying the power of personal change and supernatural promises found in the Word of God.

If you feel you will never be able to fulfill the things God has stirred in your spirit or the dreams that He has given you. . .then you have settled for less than His best.

Proverbs 19:21 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand.”

What is God’s plan for you?  What is it that God sees in your future that you don’t?

3 John 2 says:

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.”

If God wants you to prosper in every area of your life. . .that doesn’t seem to me like He wants everything to remain the same.

Deuteronomy 8:18 in the Amplified Bible says:

“But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

If God has given you the power to get wealth. . .to be successful. . .that should forever establish that He wants you to be an agent of change. . .to create a better you and a better world.

Sixth, start thinking about getting out of debt so you can be used by God.

If you want to avoid becoming financial road kill, you have to stop allowing the world’s financial system to control your life.

When you’re in debt. . .your life is not your own.

When you’re burdened down with payments all you can focus on is having enough money to make your payments.

When your living day to day, week to week or even month to month. . .you will never be able to help yourself, let alone other people.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.  Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.”

God wants you positioned financially so you’re able to bless other folks who will in turn thank God for His loving kindness.

Your ability to give to others will have a direct effect on whether or not they praise God.

This can’t happen when you’re in debt. . .where you’re a slave to the moneylenders and barely able to help yourself. . .let alone anybody else.

Seventh, start seeking the joy of the Lord.

Happiness is situational . . .it’s external. . .it depends on what happens to you.

If you get a raise. . .you’re happy.

If you’re favorite sports team wins. . .you’re happy.

If your children do well in school. . .your happy.

Happiness is the realization of something that brings you momentary pleasure based on your personal perspective and experience.

If someone in your office gets a raise they’re happy. . .but if you don’t get a raise, chances are you’re not happy.

Happiness is situational and dependent upon the course of human events as well as your likes and dislikes

The only exception and it’s a big one. . .is when your happiness is in the Lord.

Matthew 5:4 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!”

Before continuing, I should also point out that the word happiness does not appear in the King James Version of the Bible.

However, there is a word that appears 187 times.  It’s joy.  Where happiness is shallow, joy runs deep.

Joy is internal. . .it’s resilient. . .it does not come and go based on circumstances or situations.  God gives you peace and joy in the midst of every situation.

There is an old gospel song that goes like this:

“This joy that I have … the world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away.”

If you’re passed over for a promotion at work. . .the joy of the Lord is still your strength.

God’s joy gives you the ability to look beyond today’s circumstances to a  better tomorrow…based on God’s promises.

When you are poor and needy. . .you can have the joy of the Lord.

Joy is an external manifestation of an internal work and word the Lord is performing in your life. . .every day.

God’s desire for you can also be found in Psalm 35:27 which says:

“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”

Can anyone shout Hallelujah?