Wednesday, June 6, 2012

sure success

Uzziah sought God during the days of Zechariah, who taught him to fear God. And as long as the king sought guidance from the LORD, God gave him success.

There are very few things in life that promise success.  Walk into any bookstore or spend time online and you will find thought after thought, book after book that talk about patterns of success people have found.  Yet almost all of those books, almost all of the seminars you can go to miss the mark by a long ways.

People around us will disagree, especially those who don’t believe what God says.  Furthermore, I believe that living by grace is another big piece of understanding what God has to say about success. 

Let me be very clear about what I am sharing today.  Some of you are seeking success in various places (business, family, education, etc…), but all of us have a desire to be successful in life.  That can happen.

God is the one who grants success.  The kind of success that God gives will last longer than any success we can get on our own.  His success is not based on how we look, how much money we have or even the educational level we have achieved.  As the verse above stated, success comes as long as we seek and follow God.  That is a promise of God.

So, why is it that few people we talk to say they are successful?  I believe it is because we have a warped view of what success is.  Does success have more to do with what you do or with who you are?  Is success tied to how much you have or to how much you give?  Real and lasting success is not tied to anything other than being attached to and pursuing God.  That may be hard to swallow, but it is completely true!

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.

Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.

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