SUCCESS: GOD'S WAY
When we do what we have been best prepared to do, many exciting things happen in our life. We will be happy because we will feel fulfilled. We will become credible in the sight of people because we live an authentic life.
Furthermore, we will live a valuable and significant life because we serve as inspiration to others. We can stamp an influence in the life others by showing them how they can realize their best on earth. All the elements of success are present in the life of a person who does what he does best.
God has prepared each of us to be a success. At the time of our birth, he has imbedded in us a latent ability. He also imprinted in us a unique personality. He has also designed our heart to yearn for something. He leads us into varied situations in life so he can make us better. Rick Warren puts these components together in an acronym, S.H.A.P.E. (Spiritual Gift, Heart, Ability, Personality and Experience). Through these components, we are able to do at least one thing that others can’t. There’s one thing we can do best and succeed.
The Bible tells us stories of people like Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Nehemiah, David, Daniel, Peter, John and Paul. They had one common denominator. They became achievers because they did what they could do best.
How can one reach a similar success status in life? How can one become a doer of something he or she does best? The story of Joshua gives away an answer. He starts off by discovering what God wants him to do in life (vv. 1-4). He gets strength from his confidence in God’s presence (vv. 5-9). He focuses on his life mission with determination (vv. 10-11). Through him, others received God’s blessings of victorious and prosperous life (23:3-5)
(Synopsis of Pastor J Laroya's sermon based on Joshua 1:1-11)
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