“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 make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. “
Joshua 1:8 (AMP)
“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”
Matthew 6:33 (AMP)
What is success? Webster defines it as “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame, the correct or desired result of an attempt, someone or something that is successful, a person or thing that succeeds”.
We really need to understand that there is a GREATER depth to success than most think about. Many will say, “I’m successful” because they have reached a place financially, but they also have a failed marriage or relationship. That’s just one example, BUT true success is a life truly lived with nothing missing, nothing broken. This statement, “nothing missing, nothing broken” does not mean that life is without attacks. Instead, it’s first what you believe, then how you see it and last how you live it. You might have a financial attack, relationship struggles, or a health attack, BUT with a Kingdom mindset you can still be successful because you don’t see defeat. Instead, you see opportunity.
How do we get this type of success? Glad you asked! The answer to that question is: First, what are you pursuing? I myself see that the start and end to everything is in the Word of God above everywhere else. If you are not seeing the same thing, then I venture to say you will NOT find any type of eternal success, but success for only as long as you yourself can maintain it. It says in both of my opening scriptures that as we seek and follow God, (which can only be done by knowing Him, and can only happen by seeking Him), then true success will come. It also specifically says “then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” Note that it says, “After seeking Him you will make your way prosperous”. The world is doing it on their own and the Christian is waiting on God to do. Both are WRONG, as the Words says after we seek, THEN we will be able to do it because as we seek Him we gain wisdom and knowledge to enable us to be successful. I WILL NOT debate religion, nor will I try to force another to believe as I do. I want to live my life so large for Him that others are drawn to ask HOW and then I can show them how in His Word. A life well lived is truly the greater voice!
You see, true success can be seen at the end of your life when you can look back and say “I lived it to the fullest and held nothing back. I have loved 100% and been loved the same. I have lived beyond my fears and held nothing back and have NO regrets!” That’s Kingdom success and it will leave a heritage for future generations to see and follow.
Something I have really stepped up in is my daily journaling and I start my daily entries with: “What am I thankful for?” As a reminder, (I call this inventorying life), I also go back and read past entries. I find that I have daily successes and growth on those pages and as I journal, I can go back and read and grow from those things where I have both failed and succeeded.
QUESTION: How do you define 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. Or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.