Grace and peace be unto you.
What is the best success advice that you have received? Is it in alignment with God’s view of success? God’s definition of success is when we obey his Word and accomplish our divine purpose, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has a general and specific plan for each of us. Therefore, if we gain all the wealth of this world (worldly success), disobey God’s Word, and do not accomplish our purpose, then our life is not a success (Matthew 16:26).
There is worldly and godly success, hence we must carefully examine the suggestions we receive against Scripture before accepting them. God told Joshua, “Study the Book of Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do” (Joshua 1:8). Joshua obeyed this command and achieve everything that God set out for him to do (Joshua 11:15-17). He climbed with God and lived a prosperous and successful life.
The Bible says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) and “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). These two verses convey the same information as Joshua 1:8. When we obey them, we are guided by God. Furthermore, we develop the character and virtues needed to fulfil his plan and be successful. These include confidence, increased faith and trust, integrity, determination, wisdom, knowledge, love, and increased awareness of God’s presence.
Climbing with God does not mean you will have a smooth journey without obstacles, instead it indicates that he will work everything out for your good (Romans 8:28), and your purpose will be accomplished. For example, although Joshua was successful, there was an instance in which Achan, one of his soldiers disobeyed God, as a result, the Israelite’s army lost a battle (Joshua 7:1-12). Nonetheless, after Achan’s disobedience was dealt with according to God’s instructions, God restored his favor on Joshua and the Israelites. Hence, they were victorious in subsequent battles.
How do you climb with God?
1. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). If you have disobeyed him, seek forgiveness and his favor will be restored in your life.
2. Continually offer a sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15).
3. Discuss your plans with God (Proverbs 3:6).
4. Be receptive to God when he speaks (John 10:27).
5. Study and obey His Word (2 Timothy 2:15; John 14:15).
Heavenly Father, you desire that our journey should be continuous progress. I pray that you grant us the desire to obey your Word and help us to love you more each day. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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2. Keep Moving Forward: Empowered by God’s Love.