Sunday, October 13, 2013

31 Days - Day 13

God's Word on Success

Success by God's standards is not measured by material assets, but by godliness and all that is associated with it. Many are both materially successful and successful by God's standards. But we get into trouble when we gain material or worldly success at the expense of godly success. On the day of our death, when we lay aside all material assets, material success has not value. But how we have succeeded in godly matters counts in every way.

What is True Success in God's Eyes?

Faith in Jesus is true success...Acts 16:31
Love for God is true success...Matthew 22:37
Obedience to God's Word is true success...Psalm 119:115
Serving and helping others is true success...Matthew 20:26
Committing all you do to God and putting God first in your life is true success...Proverbs 16:3

True success, that which comes from God, is killed by our attraction to worldly things. When we lust for money, position, power, fame, we will be tempted to spend our energies to get these things, and that will take us away from a pursuit of God.

There are many godly character traits that, if applied to life, often bring material success (hard work, integrity, commitment, serving others, planning).

Throughout scriptures, there are frequent references to God's blessings for His people - you and me. God allow us - His people - to have material blessings, but urges us never to sacrifice spiritual matters for worldly wealth.

The Lord God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right. God blesses those who work hard to do right. Psalm 84:11

iLumina Biblical Encyclopedia

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