by Kerry Shook

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Standing Tall (1 of 3)
Series: Live Like A Champion
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Eph. 4:15 (Mes)

God's goal for my life is that I become like Christ

(Daniel Chapter 1)

The Tools God Uses to Chisel a Champion

• Daniel 1:4 (NIV)

• Rom. 5:3-4 (NCV)

• Daniel 1:8 (NIV)



The great thing about a new year is you get a new shot at winning at life. It's like the scorekeeper resets the clock and you get to try again. Now, the ball is in your court and you've got to take another shot at the goal. Sometimes you make it, sometimes you miss it. The real question is, are you shooting at the right goal? I was watching a kid's basketball game awhile back and one of the kids got a little bit confused at the tip-off. He took the ball and he dribbled down the court and he makes a lay in. He was so excited until his teammates told him that he scored a goal for the wrong team. He shot at the wrong goal. Now, that is our problem. Many times we're shooting at the wrong goals. So, what are your goals in 2003 in this New Year? To lose weight? Get in shape? Spend more time with your family? Set a new sales record at work? Hey, all those are fine goals and I hope you reach them, but the real question is not what are your goals in 2003. The real question is, what are God's goals for you in 2003? God made you, He designed you. He created you. He knows how you work best and He knows what's best for you. The real question is not, what are my goals for myself. The real question is what is God's goal for my life? I encourage you this New Year not to start with yourself, but to start with God and ask what is God's goal for my life? The answer is found in Ephesians 4:15. It's our first verse in your notes. Take out your outlines from your program if you will and you'll find it right there. It says, God wants us to grow up like Christ in everything. God's goal for my life has always been that I've become like Christ. God wants you and I to become like Christ. He wants us to become more like Himself. Now, let me just say right off the bat, don't get me wrong. He's not saying you are going to be a God, you'll never be a God. Don't ever think that. It reminds me of the husband who said, well, my wife treats me like a God. Every night she offers up burnt sacrifices for dinner. Well, you are not a God and you'll never be a God even if your wife treats you like a God. He's not saying that we are to become a God, He is saying that we are to become Godly. He wants our character to become more like His character. He wants our attitude to become more like His attitude. He wants our values to become more like His values. Really he wants to chip away all the things in our life that don't look like Jesus Christ.
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