I admit, I could use more money in my life. I have struggles like everyone who needs more of it. Just because I have devoted myself as a servant to the Lord, doesn't mean I'm going to have great success as the world regards it. Success according to God does not mean you will ever be wealthy in worldly riches. I realize that successful people who are "in" the world may berolling in more money than they know what to do with. But face it, are they fulfilled, are they satisfied from within? Are these people really ever satisfied? Can money really buy your happiness? This is something that everyone would love to have the chance of proving.
I have to admit that I am one of those who has at many times thought if I were more successful, I would have less problems. But, the more I know the Lord that I serve, I recognize this as a lie from the world. We are not or ever will be successful in this world or the next if we regard ourselves as being that special and above others who don't have what we have. It's a humbling experience to realize that only God is in control.
Anyone who is successful in this life on their own are in for a rude awakening one day when God tells them the true meaning of success, by His terms.Like any human, I'm no exception to needing money in which to live. Bills are a fact, and paying them or not will result in whether or not you will be watching t.
v., talking on the phone, taking a hot shower, etc. The world is not very forgiving when it comes to not paying your bills. They say, "sorry for your luck." So, making sure your utility bills are paid are a must if you want to live and be comfortable.
Any extras are just added worries when you don't have the income to match the outgoing of bills. Oh, how we deceive ourselves and tell ourselves that no matter what things cost, we deserve them. We will find a way to pay for our new car, our new home, all those clothes hanging in the closet or that precious piece of jewelry that we just had to have.
We seem to have the mentality that no matter what the cost, we deserve it. You know what I'm saying!.Once you learn to trust in God and become well acquainted with His Words for success, you then start to see these "wants" as foolish and realize that success is so much more.
First of all, all believers come to the realization that it's not about us at all. Those who are in the world will argue that fact. These people are 'legends in their own minds'. And there they will remain, thinking they are something they aren't. God has a greater plan for His children, not those who are unyielding to hear it and accept it.
Don't mistake me, it's true that God loves everyone because He is no respecter of persons. But, when it comes down to brass nails, only those who are chosen by Him are His children through their acceptance of His Son, Christ. And, since God is all about love, He gives His secrets for success to everyone. It's what we do with them that actually makes us a real success in the long run.
He gave Joshua these secrets and it's right there in black and white for everyone. So, it's really not a secret if you only pick up the Book and read God's will for all of us. Even the most hard hearted person might come to submission when God convicts them. Perhaps this is why some people just don't read God's "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth". They just might see their sins and repent!."Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you.
Turn not from it to the right or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go." Josh. 1:7 (Amplified).It takes a strong person to be able to submit to God's laws.
It's only the disobedient who can't comply. This doesn't mean you can compromise. It's God's way.or no way.
"This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall deal wisely and have good success." Josh.
1:8 (Amplified).God's Law is to be taken seriously, it's not to be forgotten. He says that when you meditate on it day and night, in other words, make it a way of life, you will do everything that He tells you to do in order to be successful.
His Word will give you wisdom in dealing with life as we know it. Joshua's success was that he was in God's will because it was his own will to do everything God wanted him to do. This is and shall always be the same for everyone, that this is the unfailing prerequisite for eternal success! It's really all a matter of how far ahead we want to see. If we remain satisfied with what the world offers, we know that will all come to an abrupt end one day. But if we can look beyond to what God promises us, our success will be far greater than anything this world has to offer.With this thought, I have many struggles in this life financially and it seems sometimes that I am getting no where.
I don't see myself advancing to higher ground in order to escape it. But one thing I have learned is to always seek God first in everything. I don't dare persue anything unless He's going to be with me. Why? Because if I do go ahead on my own, it may work out for a time, but will be guaranteed to fail eventually. Then the consequences will be with me for the rest of this life.
I know, I've already been there.Believe me when I say, I don't want to repeat this great offense to the Lord. The lessons are long and hard.Lately, my husband and I thought that perhaps we could get into an undertaking to make enough money to live and be able to support the kingdom of God at the same time.
Before "we" decided, we took it to the Lord in prayer. We asked that it would be in His will for us, if not, we wanted nothing more to do with it. We waited on Him to answer.
We were prepared for a "No" because He knows best. At first everything seemed to be falling into place, but all of a sudden things went topsy turvey. How does a person perceive this? I will admit, I didn't know whether it was God saying "No" or if it was my adversary the devil who was throwing in the wrench.
How do we really know for sure?.When I get into these situations, I present my problems to God and expect an answer. The trick to success is being able to get quiet, and be patient for His answer.
I tell Him I am willing to accept the things I cannot change, I pray for the courage to change the things I can, and that He will give me the wisdom to know the difference. This is true success! Are you ready to let God lead your life? If not, please be prepared for false leading into destruction.As our business plan seemed to unravel in front of our eyes as quickly as it was put there, I prayed for God's will in my life and to show me the path that He wanted for me. In other words, I was ready to accept His answer as opposed to what my flesh wanted.
Each time I prayed, God led me to a scripture which didn't tell me what to do, but rather to listen for His leading. Each time He confirmed what I had prayed for; His leading no matter what and no matter what the cost.". the Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, craving Him as your soul's first necessity, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
" 2 Chron. 15:2.This verse didn't give me a pinpoint answer but it did confirm the fact that as long as I sought Him first, He would always be with me and therefore I would not make a deadly mistake. He would definitely let me know. I was open for His intervention.
Then as quickly as this seemingly good deal had come to us, it quickly took another turn that just didn't feel like God. It was an uneasiness. The JOY of the Lord is my strength. There was no joy. Whenever you feel like you are forced into doing something it most likely is not of God. God is patient and if it's meant to be, He will see that it is done, according to His will.
That's the difference between God's faithfulness and Satan's lies. Satan feeds on the pleasures of the flesh. He makes you feel like everything is urgent. God is urgent when it comes time to pray. This is an important fact to remember.
So, as everything unraveled as quickly as it came, I prayed in His will. Again He answered me not with concrete answers but assurance and in faith that I could trust Him. I felt so lost, so forgotten and asking what my real purpose was. Satan likes us to question our existence.
Does He want me to spend my life just getting by? Of course not. This are questions we all ask God as His children. Does He promise us a life of leisure just because? Again, of course not. That's where our faith comes into play. We just have to TRUST and accept. Feeling like a nobody spiraling out of control, I asked Him to answer me, if He even was hearing me.
This questionable relationship was not God's fault, it was on my own end. Has Satan ever lied to you like this? Get in God's will and be free!."In You, O Lord, do I put my trust and seek refuge, let me never be put to shame or be disappointed, deliver me in Your righteousness! Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily! Be my Rock of refuge, a strong Fortress to save me. Yes, You are my Rock and my Fortress; therefore for Your names' sake lead me and guide me." Ps.
31:1-3.David's prayer was identical to mine! He felt insignificant before the Lord that he served also. Even though we are willing to do His will and be obedient, we still cry out and ask God if He is really listening? We long to be in His protection. If we aren't , please don't send us anywhere if He's not going to be with us. Even David wondered and he was a man after God's own heart! Don't ever under estimate the power of Satan's lies, just don't give into them.Then His answer came in the very last verse.
Not that it was an answer in particular, it was just His way of telling me it was going to be just fine as long as I trust in Him. This is the walk of faith."Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!" Ps.
31:24.So, it doesn't matter what I may want, He is telling me to just be strong and take courage. It's very important that we all must be patient and wait on His faithful answers.
This is what God is all about. He guarantees that if we are willing to put all our trust and faith in Him, He will be faithful in bringing us to our true success. We will never want for anything when this life is over. God knows that He has to gently remind us that He is faithful because Satan can invade our minds with doubt so quickly.
I don't know where you are today, but I know that I would rather live my life believing there was a God and finding out that there wasn't one when I died as opposed to living my life believing there was no God only to find out that there was one when I died. What a sad and grave mistake that would be. Just remember, human pride is a killer.
Pride is what destroyed Satan.Success can be all you try making it out to be, or it can be all God makes it out to be. Are you willing to take that chance?..Vivian Gordon is led by the Holy Spirit to reach out and give the Christian and non Christian alike something to think about in their own lives.
These articles are meant to edify the reader and bring them deeper. They are based on spirituality, inspiration, and today's morals and how we need to get back to basics.
By: Vivian Gordon