Success and Prosperity

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” 

Joshua 1:7-8/NIV

There are many avenues in life which may result in success and prosperity.  Playing by the rules and following proper guidelines and procedures leads a person in a successful direction.  Following helpful education and guidance from knowledgeable mentors is also helpful with achieving success.  Repeating previous appropriate and successful actions is also a strategy to follow with high probability of a good outcome.  Teachers, mentors, knowledge and past successful outcomes provides valuable insight for future successes and prosperity!  

Counterintuitively, people may want to take shortcuts hopeful for a positive outcome.  Shortcuts that somehow cheat or wrong others may be chosen which in the short-term may be successful and rewarding.  However, in the long-run someone will be short-changed and treated unfairly possibly resulting in harm to them.  Karma is a belief that if we do something bad to others, something bad will happen to us in return.  There must be a better way!  Let’s explore further! 

Matthew 6:33 (NIV) provides excellent guidance: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  “All these things” refers to what humanity will need for survival: food, drink and clothing.  “These things” that are referenced in some cultures could reflect “success and prosperity!”  As we put God first, we will be provided for in a prosperous manner which should reflect success!  Keep God the priority! 

Going back to the focal passages, God provides Joshua instructions regarding what he needs to do to be prosperous and successful: read His Word daily; meditated on it continually; speak it to others; do everything that is written!  Great guidance for us thousands of years after Joshua received this important teaching!  In the following verse (v. 9) God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous; do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!  If God is with me, and I am doing what He has called me to do, I am confident success and prosperity will occur!  Amen! 

Many blessings to you! 

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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