Philippians 3:13, 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, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series entitled, “Bold: Living With An Audacious Faith!” If we are going to live with an audacious faith, we have to set some faith-based-goals. A faith based goal has five characteristics.

F-FOCUSED- Every faith based goal has to be focused, it has to be specific. Here are some examples; I’m going to go to worship every week this month; I’m going to have a quiet time every day this week. Those are focused goals, they are specific.

A-ATTAINABLE- A faith based goal must be attainable. If you set an unrealistic goal, you will just get discouraged so start with something attainable Saying that you will read your Bible for three hours a day would probably be setting yourself up for failure. Set attainable goals!

I-INDIVIDUAL- Every goal has to be individual or personal to you.

T-TRACKABLE- Every goal must be trackable or measurable. I want to read a chapter of the Bible every day, that’s trackable. I want to go to worship every week, that’s trackable.

H-HEARTFELT- Heartfelt means there has to be some passion behind your goal. You’ll never reach a passionless goal.

That’s how you set faith based goals using the acrostic for faith. Make them focused, attainable, individual, trackable and heartfelt.

Take care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D






What did you hear?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?




What do you Think?
How does it apply to your life?




What will you do?
Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)



This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.