Everybody wants to be successful in life. Some people dream about it. Some people work hard at it. Some people do devious things to accomplish it. Some people actually achieve it. What is the secret to success? Is success really obtainable for everybody? Will the world always have a class system that makes it harder for some to be as successful as others? Is it God’s will for us to be successful?
Success is not for the faint at heart. It requires commitment. It requires focus and determination. It requires aptitude as well as being gifted. It requires discipline and sacrifice. It requires the knowledge of the principles of life as well as your craft. It requires influence.
But, did you know that success can only be achieved from having a supernatural mindset? Believe it or not success is given to those who excel in the discipline and focus of their desired goal attracting the rewards of their work. The ability to be successful is actually given supernaturally by God or by Satan. In Luke 4 of the word of God, Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness by Satan He was told by Satan that He would give Jesus the authority to the kingdoms of this world along with their success because he gives it to whomever he wishes. Thankfully for our sake Jesus responded that He will only serve God.
This spiritual battle Jesus was having with Satan revealed that in order for one to be successful, we will have to serve the one who has the authority to make us successful. In the world, the ultimate spiritual authority working behind mankind is Satan (Ephesians 6:12-13). In the kingdom of God, the ultimate authority is God, the Creator. The word of God tells us in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind proving the acceptable will of God”. The word of God tells us in Deuteronomy 8:18, God gives us the power to get wealth. Jesus told us in John 10:10 that He came to give us life more abundantly. An abundant life is a successful life. A successful life is a prosperous and well-balanced life.
The kind of success, God gives is always rooted in us understanding the mind of Christ. In the mind of Christ lives the fullness of God’s wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 4:7). This is our gift of eternal life, which is the gift of understanding God’s higher and heavenly thoughts, as well as His ways. Eternity is how God thinks because He is heavenly minded and His desire is for the earth to reflect His heavenly mindset. He created the universe, planets and the human body from His higher and heavenly thoughts. He understands the intent, thoughts and ways of all His creation.
In life, we try to be successful at not only managing His creation but discovering how His creation works and discovering how to maximize the greatest potential of the resources He has made available to us on earth. How do we expect to be able to successfully manage God’s creation without being aware of His heavenly and higher thoughts to include His way of achieving success?
Now the enemy may have the authority to give success, but he does not have the understanding of how to remain successful. He is missing the key, which is the presence of God. Anything the enemy gives only last temporarily. Whether it be the end of an opportunity, end of a dream or the end of a relationship (Romans 6:23). Everything the enemy gives only last temporarily because the kingdoms of his world and their glory is passing away. The world is not the earth, the world is a carnal mindset full of thoughts and beliefs that regulate the people within that worldly mindset (Romans 8:6-8). The enemy’s world is passing away because his kingdom has already been defeated by the obedient sacrifice of Jesus leading up to that cross (2 Corinthians 4:18). Now, it is all about the body of Christ walking that victory out by faith so we can be the evidence of the success God has already secured for us inside the mind of Christ (Romans 12:2).
When more believers put their trust in learning and applying the wisdom and understanding found in the mind of Christ, we will understand the thoughts of God and have the hopeful future He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). No worldly riches in the world’s economy can stand against the pure gold found in the mind of Christ.
People value worldly success because they have yet to see and understand the rewards that come with the Godly kind of success. It is indeed a supernatural kind of success that really surpasses the success of this world. The wisdom this worldly success is built on is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 3:19). He is waiting for His children to believe in the success He has for them (Isaiah 55). However, some of us have been content with broken marriages as long as we can say we are married. Broken families as long as we can say we have a family. Unfullfilling jobs as long as we can say we have enough to pay the mortgage, car note and family vacations that we really do not get to enjoy because of all the dysfunctional life issues.
I am here to tell you, this is not God’s best. He has so much more for us and He guarantees we can enjoy it without sorrow (Proverbs 10:22). I use to be one of those people, but since I decided to learn and apply God’s higher and heavenly thoughts to every area of my life, I am living a life where my career is fulfilling, my relationships are healed. My point is until we give up trusting our own understanding, we miss out on the opportunity of understanding how God is truly able to not only supply our needs through His higher and heavely thoughts, but allow us to enjoy the desires of our heart (Psalms 37:4). So if you are already pursuing success God’s way, keep up the good work. He has so much more for you. If you have not pursued success God’s way and you are feeling unfulfilled in your life, it is not too late to start.
The daily devotional I provide on this online publication is a start in helping you with this process. We also provide additional resources for the women who are members of VWL Community. We encourage you ladies to join us for a 40 day Spiritually Fit For Life Empowerment Journey where we focus on strengthening the whole person to better ensure our success in our relationships, health, career and lifestyle. Gentlemen, if you are in search for support groups that help you work on your whole person development, I invite you to send an inquiry and I can send you some information on how to connect with men of faith. It is never a waste of time when we invest in our whole person development because then and only then will we experience supernatural success that is nothing near mediocre but definitely beyond extraordinary.