Having Success with Satisfaction

(scripture taken from the Classic Amplified Bible)

Becoming the person that God has created you to be, and doing the things that God has created you to do will be the greatest achievement of your life as well as the greatest task.

Many people spend the most productive years of their lives overly concerned with comparing themselves to others. Trying to “keep up with the jones”. Living in the shadow of others rather than standing out in the world.

Being yourself can be extremely difficult when you are carrying around the reproach of words or abuse from your past. But be certain that if God did it for Joshua, He can do it for you too.

Joshua 5:9 And the Lord said to Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you…

God has made a way for you to come into everything He has for you.

He has not called us to be clones, rather He has made us members “individual” in a body! His body! The body of Christ!

Romans 5:4-6 For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use, So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another]. Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them…

1 Corinthians 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where [would be the sense of] hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where [would be the sense of] smell?

To dismiss God’s creative work in our lives and seek to mimic others can be a dangerous ridgewalk.

 

God has fashioned you by His own design and for His own purpose to accomplish the target that He has designed you to reach.

No one can do it for you just as you cannot accomplish another’s purposes in life.

The greatest satisfaction comes when we find ourselves positioned in the places of life that we were created and destined for.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.

2 Chronicles 26:5 He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the things of God; and as long as he sought (inquired of, yearned for) the Lord, God made him prosper.

 Let’s look at Daniel

There is no record that Daniel was ever married, in fact, it seems more likely that he was one of the Eunuchs. Celibate and set apart in ministry as was Paul of the New Testament.

I’m not saying that every single person is called to singleness, I’m merely using these Bible personalities to establish the point that, your singleness does not exempt or devalue you. You have purpose, you also have adversities.

Being single and set apart in ministry did not exempt Daniel from the difficulties in life. Rather, at times it seemed to accelerate troubles.

Daniel faced real life problems:

–He faced tragedy and heartache that could have destroyed his faith and made him bitter

–He was forced to move to another city, he had to go to a new school, he had difficulties in his schooling, he had to learn a new language

–His religious heritage was attacked

–He was forced to be a single adult all of his life

–He had unreasonable bosses

–He faced intense politics around him and was faced with manipulative colleagues.

–He was thrown into the legal system for the purpose of destroying    him

Daniel didn’t let his trouble define him, but instead he discovered God’s power, presence and purpose in his life

  1. Set boundaries for your life even when “everyone else is doing it”

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself by [eating his portion of] the king’s rich and dainty food or by [drinking] the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might [be allowed] not to defile himself.

2. Respect and cooperate with the authorities in your life

Daniel 2:14-16 Then Daniel returned an answer which was full of prudence and wisdom to Arioch the captain or executioner of the king’s guard, who had gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon. He said to Arioch, the king’s captain, Why is the decree so urgent and hasty from the king? Then Arioch explained the matter to Daniel. And Daniel went in and desired of the king that he would set a date and give him time, and he would show the king the interpretation.

3. Have at least 2 or 3 friends that can pray for you or stand with you

Daniel 2:17-19 Then Daniel went to his house and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, So that they would desire and request mercy of the God of heaven concerning this secret, that Daniel and his companions should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, it is not necessary for us to answer you on this point. If our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up!

4. Develop excellence in your work

Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding concerning which the king asked them, he found them ten times better than all the [learned] magicians and enchanters who were in his whole realm.

Daniel 6:1-4 It pleased [King] Darius [successor to Belshazzar] to set over the kingdom 120 satraps who should be [in charge] throughout all the kingdom, And over them three presidents—of whom Daniel was one—that these satraps might give account to them and that the king should have no loss or damage. Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and satraps sought to find occasion [to bring accusation] against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could find no occasion or fault, for he was faithful, nor was there any error or fault found in him.

5. Spend “daily” time with God and with His Word, Trusting Him with your life

Daniel 6:9-11 So King Darius signed the writing and the decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house, and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he got down upon his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. Then these men came thronging [by agreement] and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

 Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.

Is Jesus at the Center of your life

Is Jesus at the “Center” of Your Life?

When we study to know the Word of the Lord, we find several “constants”. One of which, is “what is in the Old Testament CONCEALED, is in the New Testament REVEALED”. We don’t see an open view of Jesus in the Old Testament but, He’s there, CONCEALED throughout the written truth.

Proverbs 25:2 tells us…It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

So when we begin to search for the revelation of Jesus, we find him throughout the Old Testament in very beautiful ways.

In Genesis we see Him spoken of as “the seed of woman”, in Exodus, the Passover Lamb, In Leviticus, the High Priest, in Numbers He’s the Cloud and the Fire, in Deuteronomy He’s the Prophet like Moses, in Joshua He’s the Captain of our Salvation, in Judges He’s the Judge and the Lawgiver, in Ruth He’s the Kinsmen Redeemer, in 1&2 Samuel He’s the Prophet of the Lord, in 1&2 Kings He’s the Reigning King…and so on, throughout the entire Bible. So the idea of Jesus being first and foremost in every part of our life speaks to us clearly throughout the entire Bible.

In Ezekiel He’s the “wheel in the middle of the wheel”….

bicycle-wheel

…because if Jesus is the CENTER of our life, everything will flow out from  “our RELATIONSHIP with Him”

We often try to “do” our Christianity without a great deal of success and can become very disillusioned with the whole thought of “being a Christian”. Our Christianity becomes “works oriented” and we fall over and over again. But when we align ourselves in relationship/fellowship with the Lord of Glory, we become successful and our walk of faith grows and becomes steadily progressive because everything is flowing out from our relationship with Jesus (the wheel in the middle of the wheel).

There are many things that cry out for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our hobbies, our appetites and desires—the demands and distractions of life. And we have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God.

The first of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) states we will have no other gods before Him. Deuteronomy 5:8-9 says, “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.  You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.”

Yet how many of the things that occupy our time, money, thoughts and attention have taken the place where God is supposed to be?

Anything can become a god to us—anything we worship or put an excessive amount of time into. Even your feelings can become a god if you allow them to control you. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I bowing down to God and His Word or to my feelings?” Feelings are very real and we all have them, However, we must learn to not allow them to control us.

Another challenge we have to confront is living in a world full of humanism and people not wanting God and His Truth to interfere with their lives and routines. It seems we have an epidemic of selfishness in our world today, and this creates all kinds of unhealthy situations.

For example, when people refuse to honor God and follow His wisdom in their decisions, it causes them to become bogged down with worry, resentment and bitterness. Eventually it shows up as sickness and disease in their bodies. And in our culture, this behavior causes a decline in our moral standards and attitudes.

But the good news is, we don’t have to settle for this way of living. In Christ, we can enjoy our lives—abundantly!

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

The key to having God’s “abundant life”—His love, peace and joy—is keeping Him in His rightful place (in the CENTER) in our priorities. God said to Abraham, Genesis 17:1 “Walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete, mature)”. Notice that God instructed Abraham to be habitual in walking with Him and living for Him we can do this by establishing daily habits of prayer, worship and regular, consistent time spent in His Word.

The Word of God is amazing, it contains wisdom, encouragement, comfort and inspiration for every conceivable human problem or dilemma. His Word brings peace and stability to our spirits and it will renew our minds

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Make it your goal to have a deep, intimate relationship with God. Let Him into every area of your life. If you constantly look to other people for answers and validation, pray about this and ask the Lord to help you stop doing that and instead look to Him.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.

As we live to please God, He promises to bless our lives and make us prosper.

When you decide to serve God with your whole heart and make Him first in your life, your soul will prosper and your joy and peace will increase. Lean on Him more than anything else, and tell Him, “God, I want to do this, but I can’t do it without You.” He doesn’t expect you to live for Him in your own strength or ability, and He understands when you make mistakes, He factored in “the human experience”. He is acquainted with our faults and failures (Is 53:3).

So if you mess up, don’t be discouraged and let it hold you back; confess it and keep going. God will give you grace to walk with Him and build His Kingdom in the earth.