God is all for you dreaming big things because he is a BIG God and loves to bless you with every good thing. He wants you to dream, imagine and believe, and promises that He will do exceedingly more than you can ask, think, dream, pray for or possibly imagine according to the power that works in you. (Ephesians 3:20)
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
His plan is for you to be able to live life to the fullest and to be successful, set goals and use your faith to achieve all you set out to become. The bible actually teaches that making plans and goal-setting to fulfil your dreams is wise, prudent, and biblical.
However, there is a process and key steps necessary to achieve success.
Step 1. Examine your heart and motivation – Ask the hard questions about your ambitions and why you want to pursue them?
Step 2. Align your dreams and goals with Gods plan for your life – If your aim is to prosper and do well in every area of your life, it’s important to check that what and who you are focusing on is within the parameters of God’s Word and the talents, passions and purpose He has given you.
Step 3. Seek wise counsel – godly and knowledgeable counsel helps prevent mistakes and saves a lot of time. “Your plans will fall apart right in front of you if you fail to get good advice. But if you first seek out multiple counsellors you’ll watch your plans succeed.’ (Proverbs 15:22 TPT)
Step 4. Set S.M.A.R.T goals that are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and within a certain Time.
I’ve discovered that when I know my dreams and the goals I’ve set are aligned with God’s purposes and will for my life, I can rest in the knowledge that all of heaven will be working to help me accomplish them. I also know my plans are not just my own, so it’s easier to persevere through setbacks and remain diligent and committed to the tasks at hand.
“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14)
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
The bible is full of goal setting tips and encouragement, so I encourage you to take the time to seek Him and to study His Word. You’ll find God’s Word is full of helpful keys for success and wisdom to achieve all you set out to do and become.
Here are some great scriptures to help you align your plans with God’s purpose for your life. I encourage you to pick your favourites and put them on your phone or on sticky notes on your computer desk and mirror to remind you every day. I’ve shared my favourite one first. 😊
Scriptures for Goal Setting and Success
Ephesians 3:20 –”Now to Him who can [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.” (AMP)
2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
Psalm 20:4 “May he (God) give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
Psalm 37:4-5 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him also, and He will do it.”
Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain.”
Proverbs 3:6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 13:16 “Wise people think before they act: fools don’t – and even brag about their foolishness.”
Proverbs 16:3 ” Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”
Proverbs 16:9 ” We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a man’s mind, But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out). (AMP)
Proverbs 19:8 “Do yourself a favour and love wisdom. Learn all you can, then watch your life flourish and prosper.” (TPT)
Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance and advantage. But everyone who acts in haste comes surely to poverty.” (AMP)
Proverbs 24:27 “Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.”
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray. But when you follow the revelation of the Word, heaven’s bliss fills your soul.” (TPT)
Isaiah 32:8 “But the noble man conceives noble and magnificent things; And he stands by what is noble and magnificent.” (AMP)
Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”
Habakkuk 2:2-3 “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that whoever reads it may run with it.”
Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'”
Luke 14:28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”
John 6:27 “But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.”
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Hebrews 10:35-36 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
Hebrews 12:1-2a “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
James 4:13-15 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'”
May God give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed as you move forward today. (Psalm 20:4)
Prayer: Lord, I give you my dreams and goals and ask that you guide and direct my steps. Would you please help me persevere and remain consistent so that I will achieve all that I set out to do and that you are glorified through my life? In Jesus name Amen