As Christians, we are concerned with success and maintaining the right relationship with God. Some scriptures seem to imply a successful or wealthy person cannot enter God’s Kingdom. It is your attitude toward God that gets you into his kingdom.
Reading and studying the Bible will bring clarity that God desires you to prosper and succeed. Consider biblical patriarchs such as Abraham, Joseph, David, and many others who overcame difficult challenges to achieve goals according to God’s will.
Biblical Examples of Success
There are many successful Christians in various roles today. Christian character opens doors of opportunity to excel in business, career, and employment. The Bible gives several patriarchs who were successful and wealthy. Abraham was a very wealthy man. He and Lot could not live in the same area. Yet Abraham was chosen to be the father of God’s chosen people, Israel.
Joseph was cast into a pit by his brothers and sold to a traveling caravan. He was sold in Egypt, falsely accused, and put in prison. Yet he became the second in charge of Egypt because God was with him
David the shepherd boy defeated the giant Goliath and rose to the height of becoming king of Israel. These are just a few of the many who have accomplished great tasks serving God.
Growing and experiencing faith in God as you trust him, will strengthen you to reach your full potential in his will. Succeeding in your present life is God’s desire and design. When you persevere to reach God’s purpose and do his will, he will help you. You will be on the path to living your most successful life.
Understanding Biblical Success
First, it is important to have a clear understanding of the biblical definition of success. The biblical definition of success begins with reconciliation with God. But it does not end with spiritual development. A closer walk with God goes in every part of life.
Through your close relationship with God, you are better able to determine his will for your life.
Discovering the ability or abilities God has given you and developing your abilities is part of biblical success.
Success is achieving the goals you have set. Christian success starts in the spiritual realm and goes into every aspect of your life. Restored spiritual life gives you the fortitude to accomplish goals that fulfill the purpose and the will of God.
Remember, God’s desire is for you to prosper and have success Working with a godly character on jobs, careers, and businesses put Christians in a good position to succeed. This pleases God.
Biblical success begins with spiritual renewal and development and extends into all aspects of your life. Education, workplace, career, and business are all affected by the character and spiritual development of a person.
Source of Success from the Bible
Our culture is obsessed with success. There are many thousands of books written about the subject of success in various areas of life. The definition of success varies. For all practical purposes let’s define success.
Success – the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. 2. The good or bad outcome of an undertaking. The definition given by Miriam Webster defines success as a favorable or desired outcome. It can also be the attainment of wealth, favor, or imminence.
The story of Joseph in Genesis 39:1-4 informs us God is the source of success. Whether it is in school, in the workplace, in your career, or business. God’s will is for humanity to reach its full potential.
God’s work requires human effort. Joseph shows us that success is not just getting the right principles and mindset, but it is being in harmony with God. Genesis 39:2 states, the Lord was with Joseph. He became a successful man.
Genesis 39:3 reveals the ultimate reason for Joseph’s success the Lord made all that Joseph did to prosper in his hands. The word prosper in this verse is the same word successful in verse two.
A successful person is defined as someone who sets and achieves goals. Some people may define success as being happy and fulfilled, while others may define it as having status and accomplishments. Often when talking about success, all of these elements are relevant. Above all, seek God’s and his righteousness and all resources will come to you. Including money.
A Successful Person by Biblical Standards
Personal success starts with having the knowledge and wisdom to make good decisions and increase your confidence and esteem. You integrate these to find and implement growth opportunities. Also, set goals and remember to balance life and work.
A successful person experiences joy and peace. Success is setting the core values needed to have the character and mindfulness to build wealth and influence. Your ability to manage the resources gained by disciplining good work habits will determine your degree of success.
Additionally, keep the charge of the Lord your God to ensure success. Walk in his ways to keep his statutes. Learn his commandments and his judgments. Witness his testimonies as it is written in the law of Moses. Therefore, you may prosper in all you do and wherever you turn.
Scriptures About Success
As you understand these scriptures, you can apply them to your life and do God’s will to succeed. Here is a short list of Bible verses
Joshua 1:7-8 – Be strong and courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; Do not turn from it to the right or the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. v8. Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful with him being you will be prosperous.
Deuteronomy 8:18a – But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce and confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
Psalms 37:3-4 – Trust in the Lord and do good theory then you will live safely in the land and prosper. v4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire.
Proverbs 16:3 – Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established (KJV). A clearer understanding from the New Living Translation Bible reads: Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (NIV). This verse is to encourage you that God has your best in His mind. When things seem at their worst, God is unwavering in His intention to give His best concerning you.
The blessings of the Lord are sure and recognizable by others. But many Christians are satisfied with incremental blessings. They are satisfied with the crumbs that fall from the table. When a seat at the table allows the whole loaf of bread.
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Success is a blessing of God given to the diligent. Therefore, it is important to read and study your Bible. Selecting a Bible in today’s language is a great benefit to you. Using other Bible aids like a commentary and Bible dictionary helps as well. Only listening to others about the contents of the Bible will hinder your Bible knowledge. It is equally important to take notes, write down questions, and seek answers for yourself.
You must learn for yourself, develop your abilities, design your own life, and work on your plan to reach the goal God has set for you in Christ Jesus.
God gives you the ability to build wealth. Building wealth is in God’s will for his people. He has given us the power to create and build wealth in this lifetime. We are to properly manage the resources he gives us. Avoid depending on wealth, being greedy selfish, or proud. Trust God with all he puts in your hand.