“God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.”
Genesis 1:26-28 (AMP)
How many of you have truly thought on the greatness of these scriptures? Don’t get me wrong, ALL of God’s Word is powerful and great, BUT something about how God is starting things off with these words set the stage for greatness, YOUR greatness.
I was reading an article and the writer defined success like this: “Real success is the spiritual process of developing a mature and constructive personality through which we can accomplish our highest objectives, with the help of God”. When we finally realize we can do nothing eternal on our own, then the sooner we can get on the path to true Kingdom Success. I heard it said once, that what we start on our own we would have to maintain on our own. I don’t know about you, but if I have to choose between doing things on my own or doing things through God, based on His strength and wisdom, I will ALWAYS choose God!
I was doing some online research on the topic of “Kingdom Success” and one thing that I noticed over and over, was how much the word “formula” was used. So many have their own formula for success. When I see this, it reminds me of how the world offers a million different formulas to how they say you can be successful. Kingdom Success in any area CANNOT be formula based, but instead it must be life style based. We read His Word and apply His principles in our daily life and step out in faith into our dreams and callings. I have found that when I do this and as I read what others write or listen to what others say, I gleam nuggets of wisdom and He shows me what to do with those nuggets. I can read through the Bible and find success story after success story; however, none of them had a formula for achieving what they did.
“But the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man.”
Genesis 39:2 (AMP)
Most of the time, we think we can’t have success where we are or in what we are doing, but this scripture above is based around the life of a man that defies all of those thoughts. As slave and prisoner, he prospered and even caused those around him to increase. All of this was done before the cross, so what can we do on this side of the cross?
QUESTION: How do you view your path to success?
That’s it for this week, BUT there is going to be more to come on this topic! I would love to hear back from you below with your comments, suggestions and feedback.
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I believe our life is truly meant to be the greatest adventure novel waiting to be written as we live it out. Start living the best life possible NOW on purpose with purpose. Live with no regrets and love without boundaries. Hold nothing back and charge life head on. I am excited for what’s next because the excitement of anticipation and not knowing of what is next is what births each breath in life.
So stand strong, live life loud and bold! Take this new day gladiator style, ruling and reigning it and not letting it reign you.