Devotional Gems by Jolene
Created for Bible Study for Kids
Plan for Victory - Part 5 of 12
Proverbs 19:11, 20, Ephesians 6:10-18
By J.D. Griffith
Life is not as neat as working jigsaw puzzles. Neither do people fit
together perfectly, there are too many ragged edges. When a person has a
goal, it’s easy to become discouraged when failure upsets the plan.
Patience, perseverance and passion work together in reaching the end of
life victoriously. Our Father has plans to combat against despair. When
we embrace His word as truth, we edge closer to realizing our goals.
People show determination, but not always confidence. The Children’s
story “The Little Engine That Could” is a perfect example of grit and
determination. “I think I can, I think I can” can be changed into “I
know I can through Christ” easily enough. When someone has a goal that
consumes their hearts and minds, determination is not a problem. But
when a person is luke-warm on that same goal, passion is replaced by
If this is you, consider that your chosen goal isn’t God ordained.
Rethink your goal. Is it self-seeking for your own glory, or will it
bring glory to God? Will your goal serve others doing something that you
find enjoyable, and have a demonstrated talent doing? If not, God
Himself may be cooling your passion to achieve it. It is important to
choose goals wisely to claim the prize at the end of your life’s
Consuming desire—that which does not fade over time can be seen when
your answers to questions remain consistent. Your answers gush out of
your mouth with gusto. “Are you college bound?” is one question that
adults enjoy watching kids answer. People can tell what kind of person
you are when answering that question. They listen to how forceful your
answer is. That indicates your passion.
Search your heart to find your goals. When they reflect a deep desire to
please and honor the Lord, they will be met—regardless of how large they
may be. Sometimes God doesn’t honor your goals because they are too
small. Think about that!
Take Home Nugget
We serve a God of impossibilities. Dream large. Study hard. Clothe
yourself in the armor of God when facing life. Walk on your path with
confidence and determination. When someone ridicules you, smile back and
hold your head high. The best way to stifle ridicule is to prove it
wrong. Seek God and claim His promise of victory!
Dream large and grip Jesus’ hand.
When two walk together
None can break that band.