What is real SUCCESS?

Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction 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. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:6-9

4. TRUTH is a person to know!

God has given us everything we need to know Him (both His Word & Spirit).  By studying His Word we come to a greater understanding of His nature and character, and because God is unchanging (both in nature & character) we can apply these truths to our lives TODAY.  God gave His Word to us for our benefit, not His.  He doesn’t need to read his Bible nor does He need to pray.  We meditate on these things because only when we are in a relationship with God can we know what success & prosperity really looks like (Read: Colossians 3:16).  A relationship requires communication, understanding, and commitment – all of these can be found in prayer and meditation on God’s Word.

It’s important to note that this meditation on Scripture is given as a prerequisite for success in this passage (“…only then will you prosper and succeed in all your do.”).  Why is that?  Well, if the Bible contains Truth (as opposed to an opinion) then REAL prosperity and success will come from it.  Prosperity and success rooted in something other than the Truth of God (aka. The Gospel) may have the appearance of prosperity and success but actually will lead to bondage and despair.

What is your life rooted in?  Scripture?  Opinions?  Is your success really success, or does it just have the appearance of success?  Are you truly joyful, or do you just have the appearance of being happy?

The answers to these questions depend on what you’re allowing to fill your heart.  Fill it with **** and you’ll get ****.  Let God’s Word fill your hearts so that you are truly successful and prosperous in everything you do.

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