As a follower of Jesus, you are called to look ahead and move forward with power, passion, and purpose. But this can be challenging when adverse circumstances, trials, and uncertainties cloud your view. When overcast skies impede your vision, you may struggle to see clearly and distinctly what lies around the corner. You may lose sight of your divine destination or worry that you overlooked opportunities to become who God created you to be. You may feel stuck at times and struggle to get back on track so you can move forward.
However, God always knows where you are going, and He has promised to never abandon you on your journey. He can lift you up and guide you back into His perfect plan if you are willing to trust in Him. No matter what season of life in which you find yourself, the Bible says that when you “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33), your future will always be unfolding at the speed of His grace. This was the apostle Paul’s attitude when he declared, “I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:13–14 nlt, emphasis added).
God is waiting to use you right now for His purposes. Your life is far from finished. It is just beginning! Toward this end, I see six actions in Scripture that will enable you to build momentum as you press forward: dream, focus, risk, pursue, believe, and finish. I believe these six steps will inspire your heart, clarify your mind, and energize your body as you press ahead.
The pathway will not always be easy. You will need to cast off pessimism and overcome adversity, just like the heroes described in the book of Revelation, who were determined to “follow the Lamb wherever He goes” (Revelation 14:4). The road will be rocky at times, and you will be tempted to doubt the way. However, as you persevere, your progress will yield eternal dividends—both here on earth and when you are rewarded in heaven.
It is my hope that this study will enable you to rediscover, reset, and renew your trust in God as you move into the next chapter that He has waiting for you. Whether you are young in years or young at heart, stuck in a rut or being pulled in every direction, overwhelmed by responsibilities or seeking a new assignment, this study will give you the fuel, fortitude, and faculties you need to move forward.
God always provides a way to remain steady in your faith and trust Him for the next step. As you discover the joy in your journey, you will see how the example of Jesus sets the pace and empowers your endurance. Your best is yet to come!
Watch the first session here:
- Dream: Seize Your Tomorrow Today
- Focus: Make Your One Thing the Main Thing
- Risk: Get Out of Your Safe Zone
- Pursue: Chase Your Dream
- Believe: Get Your Mind Right
- Finish: You’re Not Done Until You’re Done
David Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point, an international ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching. He is the author of more than fifty books, including Everything You Need, Overcomer, and Forward. Dr. Jeremiah serves as the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California.