“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Pr 16:9 NLT
Here are three important truths to help you enjoy the life God wants you to live: (1) Believe God wants you to succeed. Give up the unscriptural notion that this life has no value. God has a special work for you to do—here and now (See Jer 29:11). You ask, “What defines success?” Answer: the progressive achievement of a God-given goal resulting in feeling good about yourself. “Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do” (Dt 29:9 NIV). (2) Consult God before you set your goals. The Bible says, “We should make plans—counting on God to direct us” (Pr 16:9 TLB). If you’re constantly stressed out and confused, you may be on the wrong track. Go back and check with God; what has He told you to do? It’s His will for you to succeed in these six areas: (a) spiritual; (b) relational; (c) physical; (d) mental; (e) social; (f) financial. “Whatever he does shall prosper” (Ps 1:3 NKJV). (3) Invest in yourself. “Though it cost all you have, get understanding” (Pr 4:7 NIV). If you’re willing to spend money at fine restaurants but not on good books, your future is already determined. And the first book you need to invest in is a Bible. John writes, “And the Word was God” (Jn 1:1). That means each time you read God’s Word, you’re depositing more of God into you. Wow! Think how that affects your life! Cultivate a teachable spirit. “Let the wise listen and add to their learning” (Pr 1:5 NIV). This is the life God wants you to live!
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