Joshua 1:6-9 (NKJV) Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
True story: When I was a child, I thought success meant one day I would live in a house that did not have wheels on it. My parents owned a mobile home. The walls were paper thin. It was a singlewide. When you walked it sounded like a big tin can. Oh, don’t get me wrong – it was a very nice one. My dad was in the military at the time so our home could go where we did. My grandparents owned a Spanish-style home with a mission flair with a white-washed exterior and red tile roof. The home had wood floors throughout. It would be declared home by my brother and I after my parents divorced. It was the constant in our life. So when I perceived what success might be – it was the ideal in my mind.
By definition, I am successful. I have owned a few different houses now. All without wheels, and filled with love and family – all are homes. The definition of success is the favorable and prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. The accomplishment on one’s goals. The attainment of wealth, position or honors. A performance or achievement marked by success. Success is subjective. In other words, what I deem as success may mean nothing to you. There are many things that I could mark as success in my life even those things that I gave up as worthless endeavors or meaningless things that could also be defined a success. God wants to make us prosperous. He longs to give us good success.
Success is defined by the seeker. I have had many favorable outcomes in life. Accomplishments of goals and aspirations that gave me momentary exhilaration but not the full satisfaction that I thought it would. The Lord has a plan that includes a future and hope. It is good. It is prosperous and successful according to His Word. We decide what prosperity and success will be in the natural. We determine the level of dedication given to accomplish our goal or aspiration. However, there is spiritual success for the believer that cannot be accomplished within our own strength and power. Hard work and motivation will not move the heart or hand of God. It is in the forfeiture of my plan to fully accept God’s Plan that true prosperity and success begin. It is a supernatural outpouring unlocked by faith and confident hope that God’s Plan is far greater and exceeds our expectation that will change our life forever marking our endeavors as successful and prosperous.
God already has given us an inheritance that includes, but is not limited to, love, joy, peace, hope, success, prosperity, blessing and power in full abundance. It belongs to you. It is mine as well. We must seek first the Kingdom with the passion and perseverance that once was given to natural and earthly success to find the heart of the Father and release His Outpouring in our life. The preset and predetermined inheritance of God cannot be earned or deserved. It must only be believed and received by faith and confident hope.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
There are a couple of tips to living in God’s Success which is prosperity. First, it begins in our soul. Our being must connect with a supernatural living breathing God who cannot be perceived in the natural but only experienced by faith. His Word is the very essence of success and power in the life of a believer, yet many never even open it outside of church. This is not condemnation, friend but rather a statistical fact. It says, “The Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night.” Jesus is the Word. To know Him, love Him, trust Him, follow Him, and obey Him – you must know the Word. The word “meditate” used in this passage means “an active recitation or a constant and continual respeaking of God’s Word. How often? Day and night! If we flood our life with God’s Word – His Power comes with it. It is an expression of faith beyond our everyday circumstances, conditions or situations that implies confidence in God’s Supreme Power and Authority in our life. Our words hold power because Christ lives in us. It can create or kill depending on the content. To speak God’s Word day in and day out has dramatic results and will cause us to become prosperous and successful.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
The struggle is real. To find faith and live in confident hope in a world of darkness and evil is a battle of the heart and mind to remain fixed on Jesus Christ with courage and confidence. We must remain confident in God’s Power, Passion, Plan, Promise, Pervasiveness, and Persistence. It is not a “me” thing to be successful but to humbly and consciously bow down to His Love and let it overtake me. In the gym, there is a workout room where classes are held. Above the door, there is a painted image of a muscular man kneeling with head down and arms spread. When I am on the elliptical, I force my flesh to continue past the sweat, discomfort and overall fatigue to make it succumb to better choices and health. When I look up and see the image, it reminds me that I must continually posture my flesh – body, mind and spirit to do the same before my Savior and Lord – Jesus Christ. I must exhibit confidence in His Complete and Consuming Love for me that will never let me down and goes with me always.
God’s Love is real. It is constant. It makes success satisfying. Earthly success and prosperity will never satisfy our soul. Look at how many wealthy and powerful people choose to end their life at the height of their fame and fortune. Could it be that when they arrived – the destination wasn’t what they thought it would be? We have a hope that never leads to disappointment. It is fully satisfying and completely fulfilling. If you are still seeking success and prosperity with limited achievement, maybe you are looking for it in the wrong person, place or thing. Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life. He will do exactly as He said. Will you be successful? Depends on what you decide success will be for you. His Plan remains past our indiscretions and rebellion. It is never too late to have supernatural success. Just come to Jesus – He will do the rest.