Proverbs 3:3-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Everyone wants to be successful. There's an emphasis on education in order to achieve success . Parents hope their children will be successful. Young people dream of being successful.
What is success? It's not merely financial security (Mark 8:36). Fame and popularity are both fleeting and temporary. To be successful is to have God's direction in all that we do
So the question is, How do we have God's direction in all that we do? Inquiring minds want to know!
God's formula for success begins with faith. To trust is to have faith or believe. Trust in the Lord occurs 152 times in the Old Testament. Trust in the Lord in the Old Testament is equivalent to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Trusting in the Lord with all our heart is the opposite of doubting God and His Word. This trust is fundamental to our relationship with God and is based on the premise that He is trustworthy.
Success begins with being born again (John 3:3-5). Nicodemus, though successful, needed salvation. He was a religious ruler but was lost. If we are going to be successful in our life we must each begin at the beginning – by accepting Jesus as our Savior (John 1:12).
We need to rely upon God's Word. Our own understanding is limited, fallible, faulty and subject to error. Our learning has not brought key answers to life. We can be educated yet miss the truth. The Bible gives God's view of life. It imparts wisdom (Ps 119:99). It gives understanding (Ps 119:104). It brings light (Ps 119:13). It builds faith (Rom 10:17).
Rather than relying on our own judgment, we must pray for God's wisdom and will in all our decisions and goals of life. There can be no true success apart from applying God's Word to your life.
We need to recognize the hand of God. God is at work in all events in our lives. All things are of God (2 Cor 5:18). All things work together for good to them who love God (Rom 8:28). Look for and see God's hand in everything. This will remove anxiety and increase joy. This will make you a positive praising person. In all our plans, decisions and activities, we should acknowledge God as Lord and His will as our ultimate desire
We have a part in this unfailing success formula. We must begin with faith. We must make choices in faith. We must dare to take steps of faith. God has a part, as well. He has promised to direct our paths when we trust in Him with all our being. This is successful living! He will lead us to His plan for our lives and the situations we encounter along the journey.
Think about it - Knowing God's will and doing it. Having the leading of God every day of your life. God will come through and do His part! Will you do your part?
Until next time...enjoy the journey!
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