6th July 2011

Success

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth; but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

This is the only time in scripture (NKJV) that the word success appears.  Instead the emphasis is on the heart.  To achieve anything worthwhile we must have God’s Word in our hearts.  God told Joshua that to be successful he must constantly read and study God’s Word.  We are to soak up God’s Word, as a tree soaks up nutrients from the soil and rain, and bear fruit.  God always gives us the strength to do what He asks us to do.

Winston Churchill said success was “moving from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm”.

When we are successful, the temptation is to take all the credit and glory as though we did it ourselves.  But it is God who gives us the success and we should give Him the praise and glory—as a well-known hymn says:  “To God Be The Glory”.

Although David succeeded in almost everything he tried, he gave God the credit, and refused to let his success become an advantage against Saul.

Don’t allow success to become a measuring rod as to whether or not we are pleasing God.  The Bible shows that many times success and evil can go together, as when the Danites were successful in defeating Laish (Judges 18:26-28).

If we become successful with God’s gifts, we must not forget who gave them to us and they must be used with His interests in mind.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for your Bible.  Please help me to continually read and study your Word, so any decisions I make will be in accordance with your will.  In Jesus name I pray.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman

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