Your success formula is the continuing achievement of becoming the person God wants you to be and accomplishing the goals which God has helped you set. So simply ask God to include you in His plans.
So if you have been wanting good success and it’s been eluding you, quit wondering if you have what it takes to make it—and remember instead Who is with you and in you.
“The blessing of the Lord brings [true] riches, and He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God]”. Proverbs 10:22
God’s Success Formula is designed by God in Heaven. It is not based on our abilities; it’s based on His abilities. We may be inadequate in a dozen different ways, but with God everything is possible.
“God is with me. He will never fail me or forsake me.” Joshua 1:5
Let us look at a case study: let us say you were lucky enough to have a prayerful motherand married to a prayerful wife. You would naturally expect to be plugged in to unmitigated success. What actually happens is that your life becomes more aligned with God’s plan.
This happened to this author: I could look back at my life and see how God had aligned most everything in my favor. God just knew that I had potential and He designed it so that I would someday be His disciple: joyful on earthand hopefully joyful in heaven.
“I thank you and I praise you for my healing, Lord Jesus. Thank you!” Saying this small prayer is a reflection of your faith: faith that God is healing you.Continue reading GOD’S SUCCESS FORMULA→
All the benefits of your generosity may easily be construed as selfish, which is a completely different way of looking at generosity.
“And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple–amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
Here are four benefits we gain by sharing our time with others:
Generous People are Healthier.
Generosity is not just about getting out and working with people; generous people have been shown to develop all sorts of health benefits as well. Ranging from lowered cholesterol in teens to lower mortality rates in older adults, generous people seem to have enviously healthier lives. It might be counterintuitive, but generosity and the accompanying benefits are great reasons to help people.
Generous People are Smarter.
And generosity doesn’t just make you feel healthier; it also makes you think healthier. In fact, studies have shown that generous people are more likely to use preventative health care services and spend less time in the hospital. There are even correlations between a decrease in depression and functional limitations and generosity.
Generous People are More Successful.
If you are reaching for that dream job; generosity can help you achieve it. It helps you make connections with other people in the same field, and even land you in a prestigious position. All you have to do is find an opportunity that fits.
Generosity is Easy.
You are earnest in worldly matters; do not be cold in spiritual matters.A century ago there was always a cot located in the kitchen for a stranger. This was a time when there was great need to help our neighbors. Today even though “rent a couch” is available over the Internet, we are still afraid to set aside a room in our house, to which Christ may come; saying, “This is Christ’s room; this is set apart for Him.” Yet, there are many other ways to be generous. No matter what your skills, desired position, or time commitment, you will be able to find something that fits you.
Generosity is Selfish
It makes you healthier, smarter, and more successful. It’s easy to get started, and there are always opportunities ready and open for any time commitment and skill set you have. It’s good for you, and it’s easy to find, so you really have every selfish reason to do it.
What is your future?
Will it be a time in which your affairs prosper, your friends are true and your happiness assured? The more important question is,“Will you have the King as your friend?”
Money has always had meaning for people beyond its purchasing power. for many, money means success, power, and even moral worth. The giving of money has always established the giver as a valued member of a community.
Jesus saw this as a private act of love to be seen by God, not as public act for show and honor. “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:3, 4
Usually one is more important than the other. Wealth is the chief rival of our day to God. It is said that money is a good servant but a bad master. Personally we must master money or money masters you. Are we being choked by the wealth and riches of the world so that our faith cannot grow to maturity and bring a bountiful harvest?
“The seed sown among thorns is the one, who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.” Matthew 13:1-23.
Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delightand false glamor and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.
The enjoyments in themselves may be innocent, which worldly prosperity enables one to indulge. These “choke” or “smother” the word; drawing off so much of one’s attention, absorbing so much of one’s interest, and using up so much of one’s time, that only the dregs of these remain for spiritual things.”They bring no fruit to perfection”Luke 8:14: a possible promise of fruit—which never ripens. You may realize the truth too late: God expects and requires fruit.
It’s easy to think that we’ve carved our own way, worked hard, proven ourselves, and been blessed by God as a result. There’s some truth to here, but these realities need not obscure the fact that we are all in the positions of influencethat God has us as a result of the generosity of others.
We’ve all had help and we know it.
Generosity is not only primarily about money. We see a need around us and we seek to do something about it.
It often seems like this type of generosity is far more common for believers in the fourth-quarter of their lives. They know that their legacy hinges on the investment they make in others. But it’s often a rare trait for Christians in the prime of their lives.
How generous are you with your valuables; the stuff the costs money or money itself? We are not talking about your time or talent. “Teach us to give and not to count the cost.” St. Ignatius of Loyola
THREE REASONS TO BE GENEROUS WITH GRACE (MONEY)
Grace (money) is entirely about God and His love. We give grace (money) to show love.“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”.1 John 4:11
We give grace (money) to prevent conflict.“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” Hebrews 12:15
We give grace (money) because are called to serve one another.“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”1 Peter 4:10
Are we saying this will be easy? Nope! It won’t. In fact, giving grace (money) is hard. Giving grace requires laying down self and giving priority to others. Giving grace necessitates that we let go of our expectations and focus instead on encouraging others.
We demand grace (money) be given according to our need and yet we resist offering that same grace to others.
We cannot tell what may happen to us in this strange medley of life. But we can decide what we do with our talents and money. That is the real test of living: taking your gifts and making it a thing of worth and beauty. SAY: THE GREATEST GIFT TO GOD IS MYSELF!
“The seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirty-fold.” Matthew 13:23
The shock element of this parable is in the math.The few seeds that find their way to good soil produce a super-abundant harvest. Jesus delighted his audience by pronouncing boldly that this small amount of seed would produce a crop thirty, sixty, or even a hundredfold greater than what was sown! Agricultural historians estimate that this farming method never yielded more than ten to fifteen percent gain.
1 Timothy 6:17
Real Christian generosity seems hard to come by, but when you do see it in action it can be life changing.
Unfortunately, old habits die hard. Over time we tend to hear what we want to hear and to see what we want to see. No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people and money ultimately tells all. People should use their talents to make money but money should not take away people’s attention from God, your Creator.
Lord, open my eyes so that I can see again. Open my ears so that I can hear your voice. Lift my heart to you so that I can experience a grace that will produce in my life an abundance that I cannot fathom and that I will share. Let my life become good soil, ready to receive the seed and be “one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit.”
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
Money is like manure: it’s not good unless it’s spread around.Francis Bacon