Monday, April 25, 2016

Thoughts About Success

How do you measure #success? What goals have you set for your life? If you died today, would you consider your life a success?

Dictionary:
1. The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3. a successful  performance or achievement: The play was an instant success.
4. a person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show.

Dictionary says #success is “The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors”
Dictionary says #success is “The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.”

World says #success is: driving a FAST car. God says success is: Taking time to FAST and pray.
World says #success is: bedding many women. God says success is: Loving your wife.
World says #success is: Having lots of money. God says success is: Giving lots of money.
World says #success is: Being famous. God says success is: Being yourself.
World says #success is: Living in your dream home. God says success is: Having a mansion in heaven.

God says #success is: making it to heaven.
God says #success is: fulfilling your purpose in life.
God says #success is: hearing “well done, my good and faithful servant.”


Success is the result of three things:
1. Accountability: Our relationship with God and our sense of accountability to him.
2. Perseverance....there is no substitute for this...we must walk the vision out...it is not all fun and games...we will overcome some obstacles. 
3. Attention to Detail...we have to concentrate...stay focused on what your goal is...
- If we get off track...everyone will get off track...if you get discouraged, everyone will get discouraged.

#Success never happens overnight. People who are an overnight success often say it was a really long night.

#Success is not a one-time event, it is a process.

#Success is more in who you are, not in what you do.

Even mistakes can be turned into #success if you learn from them.

Top Secret of Success: Perseverance…if you don’t give up, you will eventually be successful.

Just because you failed once does not mean you are a failure.
Moses was a stutterer and murderer.
David was a peeping tom.
Peter was a cussing fisherman.

Michael Jordan was cut from his junior high basket ball team.
Walter Cronkite, when auditioning was told that he did not have a good voice for TV.
Fred Astaire on his first dance audition, they said, “he can only dance a little bit.”

Don’t let success go to your head, or failure go to your heart.
Failure is a one-time event. Don’t let it determine who you are.  Dr. George Washington Carver said: “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”  

Ask God for #success and He will give it to you.
Genesis 24:12 (NKJV) Then he said, “O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.”

The secret of your success is found in God’s Word.
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) 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.”

God gives you good #success (Josh 1:8), the world’s success may not be so good (Ex: drug dealers, gamblers, businessman who loses family)

Success comes from God.
Job 6:13 (NKJV)Is my help not within me? And is success driven from me?”
Job 30:22 (NKJV) You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride on it; You spoil my success.”

The Richest Man in the World discovered that wisdom brings success.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NKJV) If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.”

Serving God brings success, walking away from God is the beginning of failure.
2 Chronicles 26:5 (GWT) [Uzziah] dedicated his life to serving God in the days of Zechariah, who taught him to fear God. As long as he dedicated his life to serving the LORD, the LORD gave him success.”

When you pray, ask God to give you success.
Nehemiah 1:11 (GWT) Lord, please pay attention to my prayer and to the prayers of all your other servants who want to worship your name. Please give me success today and make this man, King Artaxerxes, show me compassion.” I was cupbearer to the king at this time.”

Stand firm in your knowledge that God will give you success.
Nehemiah 2:20 (GWT) “The God of heaven will give us success.”

When enemies attack or criticize, know that your #success is guaranteed by God.
Nehemiah 2:20 “The God of heaven will give us success”

Never be afraid to ask God to give you success.
Psalm 118:25 (GWT) We beg you, O LORD, save us! We beg you, O LORD, give us success!”

Never be afraid to aggressively ask God to give you #success.
Psalm 118:25 "We beg you, O LORD, give us success!"

Obeying God will give you success with both God and man.
Proverbs 3:1,4 (GWT)My son, do not forget my teachings, and keep my commands in mind…Then you will find favor and much success in the sight of God and humanity.”

Obeying God will give you #success with both God and man.
Proverbs 3:1,4  "You will find much success in the sight of God and humanity"