What dreams of success do you hold deep in your heart? What is it that you desire to accomplish or become that would bring you great satisfaction and fulfillment? Whatever it is, you should know that you have the potential to reach your goals and see your dreams manifest—right now! That’s because God has already given you everything you need to attain greatness in this life. He has planted seeds of greatness inside you—seeds in the form of gifts, talents, skills and abilities—that He expects to grow you into true greatness. That means living a life marked by His favor, and enjoying the incredible blessing that accompanies that favor.
The world measures greatness in terms of physical or material success. But true greatness, the kind that comes from God, begins in the very heart of God—where your value and worth never diminish. In God’s eyes, every person is of equal value. No one gets extra points because of what they accomplish, and no one is penalized for their failures or weaknesses. Don’t measure yourself based on what others are doing. God equipped you with certain abilities. Now, it’s up to you to maximize those abilities by yielding to Him and His Word so He can work in and through you, and bring out the greatness in you. That is His plan, purpose and destiny for you.
How often do you find yourself depressed or frustrated, and saying things like, “I’ll never get out of debt,” I just can’t figure out where I fit in life,” “I’ll never find a good-paying job,” or “I’ll never be healed”? Those kinds of negative confessions do nothing but plunge you deeper and deeper into despair. But in 2 Corinthians 12:9, New Living Translation, God answers all that negativity with six simple words: He says, “My grace is all you need.”
God’s grace, His unmerited or undeserved favor, makes all the difference in the world when it comes to your victory over failure. The best part is, you don’t have to work to receive God’s grace. It’s His gift to anyone who will love Him and obey His Word. The truth is, we can’t gain God’s grace by our own efforts. We can’t increase its flow in our lives by trying a little harder and hoping it will help us to attain success and victory. Our half-hearted efforts at trying to “help God out” in guiding our lives usually lands us in trouble. God tells us in His Word that through Jesus Christ, He is ready, willing and able to meet all our needs. And He does so despite our unworthiness, and without our help! That’s the power of God’s grace—His unmerited favor!
Sooner or later, most everyone faces hardship and trials. When we’re struggling to overcome the rising tides of life that come against us, it can be easy to slip over into hopelessness and despair—to begin to think things will never get better and that we’ll never reach our destiny and find true success in God. But adversity shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of us, especially if you’re born again. It’s part of life! The good news is, you don’t have to let adversity get the best of you. Psalm 34:19 says, “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time (New Living Translation).” That’s really comforting to know.
God is not surprised, neither is He concerned over any affliction or adversity you face. That’s because He loves you, and He’s already made a way for you to escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). For those who don’t know Jesus as Lord, it’s always going to be easy to lean more on their own human intellect to deal with adverse situations. But for believers it’s different. They know they can trust in and rely on God to help them through any challenging situation. When you’re in Christ, you can count on Him to give you the wisdom to navigate safely through life. You’ll see every adverse situation as another opportunity to experience the mighty, victorious power of God operating in your life.
There was a time, not so long ago, when integrity was honored and valued. But today, those who insist on living that type of lifestyle often face ridicule from a society that has become jaded by rampant corruption in nearly every sphere. How about you? Have you ever yielded to temptation, knowing it was the wrong thing to do—that it amounted to being dishonest and was against everything you knew God’s Word represents?
The truth is, at some point, every person has been tempted to compromise in some area of life. They have made decisions and choices they knew were not pleasing to God, and compromised their faith in Him and the destiny He planned for them. But it doesn’t have to end that way. God has made it clear that it is His good pleasure to give you the things that make for a successful life. His only requirement for such a blessed life is a heart that is above compromise—a heart that is focused on loving and trusting Him. Your heavenly Father knows the things you need before you even ask Him, and just like a good father He will make sure that you always have the things you need to succeed and prosper.
I can’t think of one person I’ve ever met who didn’t want to become successful and prosper in life. But I can think of many who, for one reason or another, have never reached their goals because they lacked faith in God. You see, Scripture is clear that without faith it is impossible to please God. Jesus emphasized that with even just a little faith—only the size of a mustard seed—you can move mountains out of your life and see doors open that, in the natural, would otherwise be locked tight.
The world’s system will always try to offer you other means to become successful or get rich quick. Some of these schemes seem so easy, but they’re not realistic and they are temporary. Worse, they will probably cause you to compromise your faith and the eternal values that are crucial to God’s destiny for you. Having faith in God is the simple guaranteed formula for all the success you will ever need in life. That’s because faith in your heavenly Father is the foundation for your success and enjoyment of life.
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