Successful Living – Discover a Crucial Step in Getting from Problem to Solution!
Walk in Obedience and Live Victorious and Successful
and there is no getting around that fact.
We have to always be willing to do
our part as problems arise.
God wants us to live victorious and successful
and He has a wonderful answer to any problem
that shows up in our lives.
But let me remind you: We have to do our part to get from our problem to that solution.
The Supernatural Quick Fix
Who doesn’t want an instant, push-button, quick fix these days? As soon as a person has a problem in today’s society, they seem to expect someone else to provide an instant solution.
They want the pastor or church leaders to personally pray over them and hope for an easy “supernatural quick fix.” They want a person or organization to bail them out of their trouble. They expect God to do a miracle, and do it now!
Of course, turning to your pastor and church leaders for prayer and expecting a miracle from God, in time of need is a good thing.
However, the issue that comes into play with this plan of action, is when there is a refusal to walk in daily, simple obedience to God’s Word, and the guidance He provides us through our pastors and church ministers.
The Crucial Step of Obedience
Life is full of challenges and problems for all of us. Big and small they come and go on a daily basis and the best way to live successful is to live by faith, in obedience to God’s Word.
God has left us a great instruction book, the Bible, to help us live in victory. God expects His children to pray and seek Him and His Word for answers on a daily basis. And we are not to only listen and hear instruction, but we are to also be obedient to take action on what we hear.
Those who hear the Word of God and are obedient to also act on what they’ve heard, are the ones who build a strong, solid foundation and the storms of life do not shake them.
“Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings, and does them…is like a man which built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”
— Luke 6:47-48
Walk in Obedience and Walk in Blessings
Obedience to God’s Word never goes unrewarded. Walk in obedience and you’ll walk in blessings.
God gives us His Word, along with pastors and ministers who act according to His Word. They help instruct us in the Word and teach us how to apply it in our lives. Our part is to be obedient to act on the Word of the Lord by faith, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
“Why do you call Me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
— Luke 6:46
If we take offense at the instructions we don’t want to hear and do, if we walk away from those who try to correct us when we are off course, and if we get angry at God and His ministers, then our lives will continue unproductive and unsuccessful.
Faith in God and His Word is richly rewarded. Acting on the Word of God is a crucial step of obedience in getting from the problem we now face to God’s wonderful solution awaiting us.
Your next step? Purpose to become a person who not only hears the Word of God, but does it as well. Be a doer of the Word and build a strong, unshakeable foundation in your life. Live by faith – victorious and successful!
May you walk in faithful obedience to the Word of the Lord and live a successful life full of growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
Growing Prosperity – 5 Keys to Stay Positive and Hopeful in the Midst of Financial Problems!
Help When Discouraged by Financial Problems
in the midst of financial problems and setbacks.
Are you discouraged by financial troubles?
Well an important part of turning things
back around is learning to stay positive
5 Keys to Help You Stay Positive and Hopeful in the Midst of Financial Problems:
1. TRUST GOD
Stay positive and hopeful, knowing blessings follow those who trust in the Lord.
Many people, myself included, have discovered this “secret” during months of unemployment or other hardships. Our burdens must be put on the Lord. He is able when we are not.
“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.”
— Proverbs 16:20 NIV
When we learn to trust God, we discover how few things we really need, such as new clothes, restaurant dinners, vacations and new cars. We also quickly learn to recycle and reuse, not to mention many different ways to cook rice and beans.
2. KEEP GOD AS YOUR FINANCIAL PARTNER
Stay positive and hopeful knowing blessings are promised to those who partner with God through tithing.
If we trust God, we will continue to partner with Him and tithe 10% of our income, even during the difficult times. In order to get, we must give. And we cannot out give God.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse…and prove me now, saith the Lord, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
— Malachi 3:10
Cultivate a giving, loving, prosperous attitude and you’ll notice your circumstances begin to change for the better. If you don’t have extra money for offerings, then give of your time, your love, and the things you don’t need.
3. SAVE – Pay Yourself Second
It is definitely much easier to stay positive and hopeful knowing you have emergency savings because you’ve learned to pay yourself second. (God of course gets His tithe first.)
Successful people have learned, when managing their finances, to pay themselves second. God is first, savings second, then living on the balance. By learning to save consistently, regardless the amount, the discipline helps develop encouragement and goal setting.
Trusting God, keeping Him first, and paying yourself second will help you move to a place where your relationship with the Lord grows and your financial struggles lessen.
4. SEEK OUT POSITIVE PEOPLE
Stay positive and hopeful by surrounding yourself with positive people.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
— Proverbs 27:17
Associate with positive people and read motivational and inspirational books. We’ve heard it said, “If you hang around broke people, you become broke; if you hang around successful people, you become successful.” How right that is!
5. NEVER GIVE UP
Stay positive and hopeful knowing help is available to those who choose not to quit.
“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”
— Psalm 31:24
When things get tough, keep yourself going by committing to do the best you can, expect God to do the best He can, and never give up!
Conclusion: Don’t lose hope. Financial problems can be overcome. Stay positive and be encouraged by others who have pulled themselves out of financial slumps. Turn to God as a partner and put His financial principles to work in your life.
May you stay positive and hopeful and enjoy a life of growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
Successful Leadership – The Power of Teamwork and 4 Keys to Creating a Winning Team!
Successfully Lead a Winning Team and Together Achieve Incredible Things
the power of teamwork.
Much can be accomplished when
working together with others.
However, it is not just a numbers game;
the key here is working together.
Getting the job done requires a winning team.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
— John C Maxwell
Teams come in all shapes and sizes; from married couples, or small business partnerships, to large organizations of all sorts. A team not only provides companionship but it helps accomplish goals.
Every team requires a leader, and a successful leader knows that there is power in creating a winning team. However, simply having a team of people can be useless.
On the other hand, developing a winning team multiplies a leader’s value and makes them better than they would be on their own. It enables them to do what they do best and tap into the resources that those on the team do best. Then, incredible things happen and everyone on the team wins.
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow…And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
— Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
4 Keys to Creating a Winning Team:
1. Develop a Winning Attitude in Team Members
A winning attitude is a positive attitude and must be prevalent. A winning attitude is developed in team members and they believe in their leader, themselves, their teammates, and the vision to be accomplished. Negative thinking is not allowed to creep in and hinder the task at hand.
2. Teach the Value of Personal Development and Character Building
Each team member as an individual must keep improving. Why? Because the highest reward for their efforts isn’t what they get from it, but the person they become because of it. And without personal growth they become a weak individual and a weak link on the team.
3. Empower Teammates
Winners are encouragers and empower each other to be more and do more. They strive to make their teammates more successful. Empowered teammates maintain a thriving atmosphere with an expectancy to win.
4. Instill the Importance of Playing to Win
A successful team plays to win. They know the difference between playing to win and playing not to lose is often the difference between excellence and average. They don’t play to ‘give it a try’, they play to reach their goal; they play to win.
Bottom line: A successful leader understands the power of teamwork and the importance of creating a winning team. They know that by doing so, incredible things happen and everyone wins as they grow and develop individually and as a team.
May you successfully lead a winning team and together achieve much and experience an abundance of growing prosperity!
Confess Success – God Declares You Prosperous and Successful! Do You?
Why Not Agree with God and Confess His Good Success on Your Life?
Prosperous success requires –
having a mindset that strives for success.
God wants you to be successful in all that you do.
God declares you prosperous and successful…
so begin to agree with God’s Word.
Be a person of the Word; speak the Word.
Think and Imagine Success
If we want to stay in a place of growing prosperity and constant success we must diligently seek God and His presence at all times. (Ecclesiastes 8:12) The thoughts and images that we allow God’s Word to create inside of us are powerful forces that cause us to succeed in every part of life – spiritually, physically, and financially.
“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.” — Joshua 1:8
Meditating and thinking on God’s positive, life-filled words have the power to change your life.
Having prosperous success means regularly speaking and confessing God’s Word. His word will manifest results, but we have to speak it. We can’t expect a life of growing prosperity while we constantly speak the opposite of God’s Word and confess things such as; ‘Nothing I ever do works out.’
“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” — Job 22:28
Keep in mind: As you regularly speak God’s words of truth, your negative thoughts of doubt will gradually fade.
Confess and Declare Success
Take time daily to confess and declare over your life the same things that God declares over you. The following is a sample confession to get you started:
‘I declare the good success of God on my life. I confess that I have a spirit of faithfulness, wisdom, diligence and giving. I give bountifully and I reap bountifully. I am blessed coming in and blessed going out. God has given me power to be successful. The light and favor of God are shining on me and I am victory minded in everything I do. I am a winner, an overcomer, and I triumph and live successful to the glory of God. Everything I put my hand to prospers. Success is overtaking me in Jesus’ name.’
Believe me. Once you start to keep God first place in your life, you can expect His blessings. God declares you successful, so begin to agree with the Word of God, observe to do it and make your way prosperous.
May you declare the success of God on your life and live in growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
God bless you always –
Growing Prosperity – How Can the Power of Patience Help You Prosper?
The Power of Patience in an “I Want It Now” World!
for a society that wants to pick-up their prosperity –
like a drive thru meal.
Can anybody argue with the fact that:
we are now living in a microwave culture?
We now have all sorts of things from…
fast food, spray on tans, instant text messaging around the world…
to drive-thru marriage ceremonies.
The “I Want It Now” Prosperity
Most people are in a hurry to receive whatever it is they desire to have, and almost everyone wants it right now!
Unfortunately, the microwave attitude continues to play a part in much more significant issues in our life. We often approach God and ask him to get involved in a situation only because we want to do everything within our ability to get the answer we want, and that we want right now!
We expect to have God answer each of our prayers by the speed of a microwave dinner, otherwise we start taking matters into our own hands.
The thing is, those that have genuine faith will not be hindered by circumstances or even the passing of time. They will be steadfast, immoveable, unshakeable, habitual, and in addition, just won’t give up until they receive the manifestation of their God breathed prayer.
“Wait patiently for the Lord, be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
— Psalm 27:14
Patience to Prosper is Not the Norm
Patiently waiting is a principle to live by. Society will attempt to persuade people that to become a mover and a shaker these days they must win at any cost and also neglect others in their effort to be successful. On the contrary God does not intend we do any harm to others on our individual journey down the path towards prosperity.
God desires our heart to be dedicated to His way, His will, His instruction, His right timing. Many times that may require patiently waiting.
Of course, the things we do when we are patiently waiting are going to make a huge difference. The truth is: a lot of believers regard patiently waiting as wasted time. These people may truly want to see the Lord’s will be accomplished in their life; however they already have been trained to believe that God needs them to physically assist Him out, all of the time.
Patience that Places You in Position to Prosper
Bear in mind, people who wait patiently on the Lord place themselves in position to prosper. Take a look at these verses, and then be aware, the word ‘wait’ means to be available, to be ready, to expect, look, or wait patiently for:
- “Those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalm 37:9)
- “Blessed are those who wait for His help.” (Isaiah 30:18)
- “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him.” (Lamentations 3:25)
You will discover seasons in your life when God desires that you seek His presence and not seek Him just for his provision. In this fast paced world it is easy to get our priorities out of order.
Start patiently waiting on the Lord. Seek Him in prayer. Expect to see His promises fulfilled. Wait patiently for Him to set you up for future blessings. Worship Him. Many Christians will say this is time just wasted sitting around. But no!
Truth is: Patiently waiting on God requires faith, prayer, courage, and bravery. It takes a completely surrendered heart that trusts God, and believes His perfect timing is better than ours and will put us in the position to prosper.
May your patience increase as you wait on the Lord and position yourself for growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
How to Swiftly Overcome Anxiety with 7 Successful Self-Improvement Tips
Personal Growth: Be the Success You Were Intended to Be!
A life of panic and anxiety is no way to live.
If the symptoms of this hindering, fear driven behavior have been preventing you from being and doing all that you desire…
…then read on to discover some helpful tips.
It is possible to overcome and be in charge of your life and stop letting fear, anxiety, and stress have control.
7 Successful Tips to Swiftly Overcome Anxiety:
1.) CALL ON GOD – This tip has been listed first because God should always be first in our lives. The moment something else takes first place, is the moment we allow disorder to spread in our lives. Pray and call on God daily!
God says He will never leave you, so you can boldly say,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man can do.” (Hebrews 13:6)
2.) GUARD YOUR MIND & HEART – What you allow into your mind long enough is eventually going to get into your heart and show up in your life. Watch closely what you put in your mind and make sure it is positive.
Are you watching and listening to news, music, and movies with crude, fear driven, disturbing, negative, and stressful messages? Then you are allowing this garbage into your mind. Would you allow a garbage truck to unload in your house?
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
— Proverbs 4:23
3.) DAILY MEDITATION & AFFIRMATIONS – This follows the second tip. After putting a stop to negative intake, that encourages fear and anxiety, we now need to replace it with positive, confidence building thoughts, images, and words.
No one can preach to you like you can preach to you. Renew your mind daily. Take time to daily meditate and affirm positive confidence building statements that will build yourself up.
Start with positive affirmations such as the following:
- I am Bold, Courageous, Confident, and Powerful.
- I am Proud of Myself for the Positive Changes I am Making Daily.
- God has Given Me a Spirit of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind.
4.) HEALTHY LIFESTYLE – A healthy lifestyle is critical to our total well being. We are spirit, mind, and body. It is impossible to let one area of our being go downhill and not have it affect us.
A healthy, balanced diet that reduces sugar, alcohol, and caffeine will reduce stress and anxiety levels. An exercise routine, even one of simply taking regular walks, will quickly help lift your spirits.
5.) BE AWARE OF YOUR INNER DIALOGUE – What type of conversation is going on in your head? Do you speak to yourself with kindness, respect, and love; like you would with someone you care about?
Stop rehearsing your past failures, shortcomings, and mistakes over and over. Let them go and acknowledge that you have the ability to change your present and future. Make a list of your positive qualities and abilities. Then remind yourself of them. Speak to yourself as if you were your own best friend.
6.) TACKLE FEAR HEAD ON – We’ve all experienced the fear and panic that can overtake us with no notice. Fear is a thief and it steals our destinies and prevents our progress. It causes those who should be bold and aggressive to shrink back and be timid.
Don’t let fear control you. Face it head on and begin taking baby steps by doing things afraid. Move forward and do what you need to do even in the midst of fear. Each time you do, you crush the fearful, anxious spirit and build up the confident spirit within you.
7.) KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – Get informed and find out what you can about the symptoms and causes of panic and anxiety. Many people struggle with anxiety and many have overcome. You are not alone in your struggle and taking a step to inform yourself is a big step to victory.
Getting informed helps equip you with the power to overcome.
Your goal? To start utilizing these tips today. Do not allow anxiety to paralyze your potential. Overcoming is a gradual process, but by applying these tips to your life you can speed up the process. Lift up your head to the light and BOLDLY decide to be all that GOD created you to be. Now go take steps of personal growth.
May you continue to grow in confidence and experience a life of growing prosperity!
Soar higher –
Leadership – Do You Utilize these Top 3 Powerful Skills?
Discover the Top 3 Powerful Skills of Successful Effective Leaders!
Leadership is required in many different arenas of life.
A small number of people seem to be born with a built in set of skills for being an effective leader and it comes naturally to them. However, for the majority of people, study and training is required to bring out the true leader in them.
It has been said that “The person who says he is leading but has no followers is only taking a walk.”
That being said, I would also add that good leaders require good followers.
Effective leaders teach their followers how to step up and be all that they can be. As others imitate a leader, and follow their steps, growth and progress should come to the organization as a whole.
Top 3 Powerful Skills for Effective Leadership:
1.) VISION – It is vital that a leader be a person of vision. If you do not have a clear vision of where you are headed and what you plan to accomplish, how can you expect to get yourself and others there?
This type of vision is actually a spiritual vision.
When the Bible talks about vision it is about what will be; not what we see. Spiritual vision equals seeing what will be. Natural vision equals seeing what already is.
We are told that vision comes from God and that it should be written down and made clear to others. That way everyone can grab hold of it and run with it. (Habakkuk 2:1-2) It is vitally important that you stay focused on the vision.
2.) PLANNING & PREPARATION – Another key skill of an effective leader is the ability to plan. Before you start something; plan, make preparation, and look ahead.
What is the long-term impact of what you are about to do? Sit down and count the cost. Fully consider the project you are about to take on to be sure you can complete it.
Planning and preparation helps fulfill the vision. It is never wasted time. Learn to plan ahead, prepare, and be organized.
3.) PRAYER – Great leaders that stand the test of time are leaders that pray. Prayer is not just for your personal life, but also for your employment, business, family, school, etc.
In everything we do it should be by prayer. (Philippians 4:6)
Why would you not want to be built up spiritually before you do anything? In everything you do; be prepared in prayer and get God involved.
Keep in mind: Your vision may be so big that it seems impossible to ever attain it. Remember though, that vision tends to run in advance of your ability to fulfill it.
As a leader you have strength that can be tapped into through the resource of prayer. When God is your partner, nothing is impossible!
Your next step? Take what you have just learned and whether you are a leader of a business organization, or any type of group, ministry, or family begin to grow in these key skills. Start applying these powerful skills in your life and watch yourself become a successful leader.
May your leadership skills improve and your life overflow with growing prosperity!
P.S. If you have any comments or thoughts to expand on this, please feel free to share…I’d love to hear them…