The Power of Strategic Living
Foundational Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-17 (kjv)
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants. (MESSAGE)
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. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is. (AMPLIFIED)
2 THERE IS TWO WAYS TO LIVE
Default or Design
Analogy of Computer
So in life people don’t customize their life but just live it at the default setting
You can either live from crisis to crisis, wondering or wandering or you can choose to live by strategy. The choice is yours.
You can either allow your life to unfold in a random fashion subject to forces mostly beyond your control OR plan your life. Plan your life and live your plan.
A life in default- at the mercy of circumstances
A life by design- Plan & live your plan
3 GOD HAS GREAT PLANS FOR YOUR LIFE but YOU NEED A STRATEGY
We all know that
For the plans I have towards you
But you must be involved, by strategically working towards the good plan. James 2:14-17 (MESSAGE) faith without works is dead
You cannot fulfill the scripture by mere quote, living or trying. In 2012, you will not achieve your plans by mere living or wishing. You need a formula,plan and STRATEGY.
WHAT IS STRATEGY?
The definition will form the bedrock of our discussion.
The art or science of planning or directing large scale military operation specifically for maneuvering forces into the most advantageous position prior to…actual engagement with the enemy.
A particular long term plan for success
STRATEGY IS NOT IN THE BIBLE BUT IMPLIED
Both definitions are very important to this discussion.
Implied from Genesis to Revelation.
Gideon fighting the midianites
Joseph preparing for famine in Egypt
Nehemiah building the wall of Jerusalem
Joshua attacking the wall of Jericho
An Esther trying to deliver her people from a holocaust
A Solomon trying to build a temple
Jesus and Paul
REREAD THE DEFINITION OF STRATEGY
Why the emphasis on you living your life with the mentality of a military operation?
Life is War
There are 2 options (You will either win or lose)
There are real enemies designed to render you irrelevant (forces, yourself, Satan, people)
IT IS YOUR PREROGATIVE
Your job is not to them take them away
People may join you, support you but will not initiate your fight for you.
In all battles in Life (military/legal), there is always something at stake.
SO it is in your life, someone is trying to take something from you (Your health, career, marriage, ministry, vision, sanity)
READ MATTHEW 10:16
Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you. You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove.
16Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be [ HYPERLINK “http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2010&version=AMP” \l “fen-AMP-23434c” \o “See footnote c” c]wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and [ HYPERLINK “http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2010&version=AMP” \l “fen-AMP-23434d” \o “See footnote d” d]without falsity) as doves. (MESSAGE) SO
YOU NEED STRATEGY TO WIN THE BATTLE OF LIFE
READ PROVERB 24:6
Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel.
MY QUESTION TO YOU
Do you have a strategy for your life Or you just living life from day to day taking whatever life brings?
Winners have strategy, game plan and know the rules.
REREAD EPHESIAN 5:15-17
What is the passage saying? Don’t live anyhow, you need a plan.
JESUS DESCRIBED A MAN WITHOUT A STRATEGY LUKE 14:28-32
Before we continue, let us ask ourselves few hard questions.
Am I heading where I really want to go in life or am I just wondering/wandering about?
What I am doing right now is it what I really want to doing or AM I doing it simply because I did it yesterday?
What I have is it really what I want or I just settled for what is SAFE, free and available? 9 precious things are hard to come by)