THE PRINCIPLES OF SUCCESS II

“With all thy getting, get understanding” – Proverbs 4:7

In education what we acquire is a combination of Knowledge, skill, and understanding.

In all these three understanding proves more subtle.

It does not reduce to knowledge

It is more than just reproducing information

What is understanding?

Understanding is the ability to think and act flexibly with what one knows.

It is being flexible in performance capability.

The emphasis is on flexibility.

It is the ability to comprehend something.

It is synonyms to grasp or mastery.

It is having insight with good judgment.

It is your responsibility to get understanding – Matt 5:16

Let your light so shine before men; it’s your responsibility to let your light shine.

So, let your light so shine

You are created to be a plus to life, not a minus

You must not disappoint creation.

Getting to the top is not your desire but your destiny

A city set upon a hill that cannot be hid; your life will no more be hidden.

Success for you as a believer is your destiny.

At every stage in life there is what you commit yourself to and prepare for.

Note the word if in the following scriptures

And it shall come to pass if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, – Deut 28:1

The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. – 2 Chron 15:2

Until there is proper alignment there is no promise of a destination

Acquaint now thyself with him – Job 22:21-23

Acquaintance with God means knowing Him and agreeing with Him and His ways.

Get acquainted with God by conditioning yourself to His many ways laid out in His word to His people.

To get acquainted with God, you have to hear what he says.

If you want to get acquainted with God, listen to Him; hear what He’s saying.

To get acquainted with God, we’ve got to read His Word and lay up His word in our hearts.

Get acquainted with God and His Word.

If thou return to the Almighty; to what does this mean?

Return in our ways and thoughts; being already influenced by His word. – Isaiah 55:7 – 13

With our minds renewed by the light of His word.

As we lay up His word in our hearts being influenced by His word and living a transformed life, then

The transformation we desire begins to manifest through serious preparation for success.

As we walk in all these, success begins to answer.

The Second Principle or law is that of Preparation

Preparation is working on something that requires dedication and perseverance.

Preparation requires planning, discipline and persistence.

Before the achievement itself, we had to do what was needed to get ready, be ready and stay ready.

We prepared ourselves for success.

What is preparation?

Preparation is the action or process of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration.

It is something done to get ready for an event or undertaking.

Preparation is part of God’s nature and His plan.

God prepares us with small opportunities before the big opportunities show up.

Remember it is said that success is not an accident, success must be prepared for.

Haven set the right goal then prepare to accomplish it. – Proverbs 24:27

Preparation is very important. – 2 Chronicles 27:6

How can you expect to accomplish your purpose unless you acquire the know-how?

You have to study about it and be prepared for what you propose to do.

You have to educate yourself for your profession, business or calling.

This is not just talking only about formal education or book learning, but personality development, leadership experience and knowledge.

You have to equip yourself with the right knowledge and true values to make possible that real lasting success of fulfilling your purpose in life.

The Lord Jesus taught in Luke 14: 28 – 31

Talking about preparation:

Preparation is your responsibility

Preparation to succeed is of man, while the answer comes from the Lord. – Proverbs 16:1

Finally, today let us keep in mind these three scriptures

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. – 3 John 2

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thess 5: 23

I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:1 – 2

This tells me that the whole of man must be involved in this preparation.

It has to be spiritual, mental and physical: spirit, soul and body.

Be at Peace

As you acquaint yourself with Him, agreeing with Him, and being conformed to His will, walking in His ways, be at peace.

That’s an important point: Be at peace.

You have to make yourself be at peace.

You do it; God doesn’t do it for you.

You make yourself be at peace.

What does it mean to be at peace?

It means be anxious for nothing

It means stop worrying about what is not working or happening.

Stop worrying about your economic position or whatever you’re going through.

Be at peace.

Wait on Him

God is your source, and He will show up for you.

The key to the good success is to get acquainted with God.

Get acquainted with God in this way.

He will be real to you and will minister to you.

You will not be disappointed.

God will show up for you before this year is over

Jesus is Lord!

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