What is success? Wealth? Fame? Power? Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, defined it this way:
“After decades of experience, I am more confident than ever that the Bible’s principles can help anyone anywhere live more effectively. 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.”
The Scriptural principles of faith, determination, positive action, moderation, goal-setting and perseverance contribute to achievement in both the spiritual and the material worlds. God gave Joseph success in everything he did: “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man…the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand” (Genesis 39:2-3).
You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic. -Stephen C. Hogan
If you want to be successful, follow these six steps:
1. Prayer of Success
Success is more readily achieved if you are in prayer as Nehemiah was and God used Nehemiah to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s humility is evident as he said that he was God’s servant and feared (or respected or revered) God’s name which assured him of success…even in the sight of a pagan king. (Nehemiah 1:11).
2. Acknowledge Success
To delight in the Lord is to want to please Him and striving to do so. When our delight is in God, He promises to give us the desires of our heart. Read all of Psalm 37 to see exactly how God can grant our desires. God is pleased to give us what we most desire but He will only do so if our delight is in Him and not in the things of the world. (Psalm 37:34).
3. Dream Big.
Think of the Bible heroes you have admired all your life: Abraham, Moses, David, Paul. They were men of courage and faith who accomplished great things—with God’s help.(1 Sam 18:14)
4. Hang In There.
The Apostle Paul concentrated on one thing: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). Make sure your goal is the right one—and then give it your full effort!
5. Self Motivation.
Every day, expect to do great things. Think positive thoughts. Fill your mind with affirmations, like this one found in (1 Chronicles 22:13). “Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”
6. Get Support.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Look for people who share your values and your faith.
Summary: You will not gain success by just setting and waiting for success to drop in your lap. You must at least follow the steps above. Remember be strong and courageous and not afraid. Do you have any scripture tips for success? Do believe that the tips above are goods ones to follow?