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Day 6: The Pathway for Success

Jan 6 2014

A blessed life is one that will know success. Believe it or not, success is a Bible word.

In Joshua 1:8 God promises that meditating on His word and living by it will, “…make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

What does success look like to you?

You may have heard the saying, “Success is a journey, not a destination; the doing is often more important than the outcome.” (Arthur Ashe). This is true of the blessed man’s life. Too many people have the idea that success is a formula. Books have been written promising to reveal the “secret of success” but the truth is, success is a pathway, a lifelong approach to living by God’s principles.

Hebrews 6:12 tells us that the promises of God are accessed through faith and patience. Faith is believing, but patience is the decision to keep on believing until those promises are realised. Patience is faith’s best friend and without it, your life quickly gets off-course and confused – especially when you want to follow God’s plan for your life. Impatience will cause you to make unwise or rash decisions because you haven’t factored in the element of time.

A successful farmer understands the value of time. He sows his seed according to the crop he wants to harvest but he doesn’t expect the crop to grow overnight! It takes time for anything of value to develop, and the same is true in your life. Seed – time – harvest.

Of course, life has a way of throwing curve-balls while the ‘seeds of success’ are in the ground. But take a leaf out of the righteous man of Psalm 112’s book:

1. His heart is established – He is anchored. There is foundation in his life.
2. He will not be afraid – he has confidence and faith in God to see him through challenges to the desired outcome.
3. He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor – he is generous and lives for others.
4. His horn will be exalted with honor – he lives with eternity in his heart and the generations in his sights.

Make the daily decision to believe God at His Word, and that His promise for you is for success as you sow the seeds of faith and patience.

His heart is established; He will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies. He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted with honour.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to be patient as I wait for your promises over my life to be fulfilled. Fill my heart with hope and trust, knowing you are a good God and you desire good things for my life.