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The True Meaning Of Success As a Christian

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The True Meaning Of Success As a Christian

“And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15 NKJV).

Success is not measured by your earthly possessions; it has nothing to do with what you have or don’t have; success is in who you are. Success is measured by your way of thinking and the ideas you have; the things you do and the words that come out of you. Don’t strive to get anything, rather, invest in yourself. It’s only the man who has invested in himself that leaves footprints in the sands of time. Therefore, you must begin to make necessary investment into your personality by listening to the right things, reading the right books and keeping company with the right kind of friends. Make up your mind not to walk through this world unnoticed; impact your world with the investment of your personality. That’s success! Success also means influencing those around you to think like you; that is, you make others aspire to your inspiration. This for example, is what has distinguished America from many other nations of the world. Some people condemn America for being the ‘watchdog’ of the world. They’re that way because they’ve invested in themselves as a nation and now they want everybody to think like them. When you’ve invested in your personality, it becomes easy for you to awaken others to the reality of your convictions. Lastly, success is making the world around you better than you met it. You must be challenged to want to make things better than the way you met it. Michelangelo, the great sculptor once went to a store to request for a piece of marble that other sculptors had rejected. The shopkeeper, who was surprised that he was interested in the stone, asked him why he wanted it. Michelangelo replied, “I see an angel in the stone and I’ll just chisel ‘til I set him free.” Thus, he went on to create his famous statue of David. Instead of being the one always asking for help and waiting for someone or the government to give to you, you should become the helper! Become the one to meet the needs of others. Be the blesser and the giver. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you impact your world for Jesus.

FURTHER STUDY: JOSHUA 1:8

 

You Must Be A Big Giver

“…God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP).

A rich man ran to Jesus one day, knelt down before Him and asked, “…Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17). The Lord told him to sell everything he had, give to the poor and be His disciple. The Bible says, “… he (the rich man) was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions” (Mark 10:22). The problem wasn’t that he had great possessions nor was it that Jesus didn’t want him, as the Bible did tell us that Jesus loved him (Mark 10:21). He was bound by his wealth and possessions.  He couldn’t be the thirteenth disciple because he couldn’t release what he had. To be a disciple takes one very essential quality: you must be a giver. The disciples of Jesus were givers. The disciples were also wealthy men, for they were all successful in their chosen careers before they met Jesus. This was why they were so astonished when Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25). However, they weren‘t held bound by their possessions; they were mega-givers. When you study the lives of the disciples, you’ll discover they didn’t only give of their substance alone, they also gave their efforts, talents, kindness, love—everything. You need to realize that God sees everything you give to Him. He doesn’t look at the outward appearance of things; He looks at the heart. There are different kinds of givers. There are reluctant givers and cheerful givers; the latter lavishes his love on the Lord through his giving; the former, however gives in pinches. Accordingly, the one who gives bountifully from a cheerful and willingly heart, gets bountifully and the one who gives in pinches gets in pinches. Every time you give big, God’s vision is implanted in your heart. So, stop giving to God as though He’s not seeing you. When you have an opportunity to give, be excited for every opportunity to give is an opportunity to receive. You may receive in the form of healing, deliverance, abundance or whatever the need in your life is.

FURTHER STUDY: PROVERBS 28:20; 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6

 

Crown The Word In Your Life

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” (Psalm 138:2).

Through the years, God revealed His personality through different names. Every time His people were confronted with a challenge or problem, He intervened and delivered them through a revelation of His name. When the children of Israel came out of Egypt and got to the waters of Marah, God healed the bitter waters of Marah and called Himself “Jehovah Rapha,” their Healer (Exodus 15:26). As they journeyed onwards, their cousin, Amalek, came out to fight them, and God became to them “Jehovah Nissi”—the Lord their banner (Exodus 18:1215). Gideon knew Him as “Jehovah Shalom”—the Lord our peace (Judges 6:24). Ezekiel knew Him as “Jehovah Shamah”—the Lord is present (Ezekiel 48:35). In Psalm 138:2, David said God has exalted His Word above all the revelations of His name. Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:14), and the Bible tells us He (the Word) will be crowned at the end: “His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the Word of God” (Revelation 19:12-13). The reason the scripture called Him the Word of God (and not Jesus) is that at the final count, the only one that’s going to be crowned in the presence of the Father is the Word of God. You might as well crown Him in your life today. You can crown the Word of God in your life today by letting Him have final authority in your life. Though you may not see Jesus with your optical eyes, you sure can see the Word when you hear His voice. Therefore, let all your dreams, decisions and goals in life line up with the Word of God. That’s how to crown Him in your life.

FURTHER STUDY: HEBREWS 4:12-13; JOHN 1:1-3

 

God Lives In The Now!

“And Jesus came and spake unto them…lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”  (Matthew 28:18-20).

Some people haven’t really thought of the fact that God lives in the “now.” Jesus said, “I’m with you always.” He didn’t promise to be with you when you get to heaven; He’s with you now! When the Father revealed Himself to Moses at the backside of the desert, He introduced Himself as the “I Am That I Am!” He’s not the “I was” or “I shall be,” but the great “I Am!” He lives in the now of your life, not in the past or in the sweet bye and bye. Many Christians don’t enjoy the life of the Father in the ‘now’ because they see God as their “help in ages past and hope for years to come.” They only recognise the past ages and the years to come, not taking today into cognisance, yet they live between the two. Jesus said “…lo, I am with you alway”; check out the tenses! He didn’t say, “lo, I will be with you” or “lo, I shall be with you.” Rather, He said, “I am with you always!” This is a present-hour reality, a statement of fact and not a promise. God didn’t promise to be with you. He said, “I am with you.” His Name is “I AM that I AM!” not “I was” or “I will be” but “I AM.” Our heavenly Father is a ‘now’ Father! He’s with you now and forever to bless you, help you, and cause His glory to be seen in your life.

FURTHER STUDY: HEBREWS 13

Success Is In You

“Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours” (1 Corinthians 3:21-22).

A man left his home and went to a great country. He prospered there and became famous a little while later, but God wasn’t in it. Each time he looked at his possessions, he said to himself, “Look at what I got for myself,” and boasted in his riches. Shortly after, he died of an unknown illness. Did he take anything of all that he had accumulated? No! The Lord Jesus said, “a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). Gain is not godliness; you don’t know you’re in the will of God because of your possessions or progress. Rather, you know you’re in the will of God through the Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Prosperity or success isn’t the native of any nation; success and prosperity are in you. You must think success, talk success and continually see yourself succeeding in everything you do. Remember that good success comes from the Word of God (Joshua 1:8).

FURTHER STUDY: 2 PETER 1:3; JOSHUA 1:8

Be Inspired By Your Dream Of Success

“…God…richly {and} ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17 AMP).

This scripture underscores the fact that it’s God’s idea and will that you enjoy every blessing of life. The realization of this truth should birth a new dream of success in you; your life should be full of success, progress and prosperity. That knowledge should inspire in you a passion for success because now, you know that nothing is too good for you and nothing is beyond your reach. In life, there are two kinds of people; those who are inspired by their fear of failure and those who’re inspired by their dream of success. For example, in a class of several students studying the same course, you’ll discover that their motivations for being studious differ. Some study so they don’t fail; they’re afraid of failing. On the other hand, there are those who study because they want to win the prize; they’re excited about making an ‘A.’ You see, the two groups of students are studious, however, one is inspired by the fear of failure whereas the other is inspired by the dream of success. There’s another group of people who’re haunted by their past instead of being challenged by their future. Always, they’re whining, grumbling and sorrowing about their past!  They’re wondering what to do about their past instead of looking at the future and being challenged by another opportunity to stand strong. You find these three groups even among Christians. So, it’s up to you to choose where you want to be. You’re either inspired by your fear of failure or you’re inspired by your dream of success. God wants you to be excited about the dream of walking in His greater blessings. Being inspired by the fear of failure will keep you at the same level for a long time; but when you’re inspired by the dream of success, you’ll always dare to press on! Therefore, if you desire to walk in the fullness of God’s greater blessings, you’ve got to set your gaze on the Word and not on your past. You can’t find God in the past as He is the great “I AM.” Don’t be bound by your past or motivated by fear of failure; rather, be inspired by the passion for success, through the Word.

FURTHER STUDY: PHILIPPIANS 2:13; 3 JOHN 1:2

 

 

 

 

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