At this writing the space shuttle Atlantis has just entered orbit at an approximate speed of 15,000 miles per hour or roughly five miles per second. From liftoff to orbit everything went flawlessly with every engine performing exactly as designed. It is breathtaking to see something that large lift off and function perfectly. A lot of work went into this blastoff with many hours of preparation and meetings, technicians working over the craft to insure that everything was right on.
To say the least, success is a beautiful thing to see. Even more beautiful when it happens in the lives of people. Although none of us are programmed like some machine to do a certain job flawlessly God gave us something that will guide us to success. True success and what it means is given to us in the Word of God.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
In much the same way that the shuttle worked perfectly, you and I can be successful by living life according to a set of principles and laws that are perfect and right. These laws have been proven over the millennia as the right way to go.
Psalms 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
The Word of God contains laws about money, relationships and a host of other relevant issues facing us today. It seems that many people are just looking to be successful in life and find “happiness” or “the good life” without seeking for the true riches that come only from God and his Word. There was a man however that found the secret to true success. David the King of Israel was a very successful man both in leadership and in personal accomplishments. He came to a conclusion that we would all do well to listen to. He found the secret to true success and started out his career of singing with the first song that gave us this principle. Listen to the melody.
Psalms 1:1-6 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
What kind of success are you looking for? It really does makes a difference. You can blast off to blessings or can sit on the launch pad and dream, it’s really up to you. All of the studies at Focus on Freedom are Bible based and are for your benefit. Why not start with the one entitled “Becoming Successful”? There’s a lot of others too that I pray will be of help to you or a friend. Check them out.
Here’s the weekly inspirational scripture. (It’s a repeat, it’s that good!)
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:31-33 (KJV)
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