Nothing just happens automatically.
No vision. . .no matter how divinely inspired is self-fulfilling.
No calling. . .no matter how needed is ever fulfilled on its own.
No goal. . .no matter how excellent is ever accomplished without effort.
Every purpose birthed in the heart of man will require specific steps of faith and action.
It’s one thing to talk about being successful or even becoming a millionaire but it is entirely another thing to take the steps necessary to achieve the position God envisions for you in His Word and in the world.
To improve your position in life. . .to increase your possibilities for success. . .you must rely upon the Word of God and demonstrate a willingness to implement certain Biblical strategies.
Proverbs 24:3-4 in The Living Bible says:
“Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.”
Entrepreneurial and business success don’t just manifest in your life without wise planning. You will need a clear plan of action.
There are seven basic strategies every believer must follow. . .in order to turn their dreams into a reality. Your implementation of these strategies will create a spiritual dynamic for your continued success.
But remember the plan to fulfill your divinely inspired destiny is first hidden behind a wall of doubt. Take the seven strategies we’re going to share and knock down this wall blocking your path to success.
When you destroy the wall of doubt you will discover the creative strategies to your divinely inspired destiny were there all the time. In fact, they’re probably saying to you.
“I’ve been here the whole time. . .waiting for you to destroy doubt. . .so we can move on to fulfilling your destiny.”
This next statement is very important.
When you believe you can do it. . .the ‘how to do it’ will appear and begin to take shape.
Let me say that again.
When you believe you can do it. . . the ‘how to do it’ will appear and begin to take shape.
Here are the seven strategies.
# 1 Morning Confession and Possession
From the time you open your eyes in the morning. . .begin confessing the kind of day you want to possess.
You can create your confession based on the opportunities you’ll be dealing with that day.
Having a consistent confession will energize your day . . . especially when things don’t look so good. Remember, your words are seeds … they may take time to take root and grow. Don’t give up!
Your confession changes your direction.
Ephesians 4:29 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”
You can change where you are in life by what comes out of your mouth.
You choose your destiny by the words you speak. Need proof? Get this next scripture deep in your heart.
Proverbs 18:21 in the World English Bible translation says:
“Death and life are in the power of <<your name>>’s tongue: and if <<your name>> loves it, <<he/she/they>>loves it, <<he/she/they>> will eat its fruit.”
Once you confess your scriptures for twenty-one days you will begin to see a profound difference in your thought process and the quality of your life. More importantly, you will find that you’ll never want to be double-minded again.
One of the most spiritually creative strategies you can employ is confessing the Word of God over you, your family, your day and your life.
Vary your confessions based on what’s happening in your life. . .but here’s one that works every day. . .and yes, you can have more than one.
"Heavenly Father, I thank you <<date>> will be the greatest <<day>> of my life...a day filled with opportunities beyond my imagination and expectation. A day filled with previously unknown opportunities, previously unused potential, revelatory insight and divine connections. My desire is for you to be glorified in everything I do on <<day, date>>. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen."
# 2 Prayer and Praise
How do you begin your day?
There used to be a television commercial that said. . .”the best part of your day is waking up . . . to Folger’s in your cup.”
That’s a great slogan for Folgers but I can tell you this . . . when you open your eyes in the morning the best part is to begin praising God that He woke you up this morning. . .He clothed you with the mind of Christ. . .He gave you air to breathe. . .food to eat. . .that you can walk on your own. . .that you can hear others speak and they can hear you speak.
After you praise God for the glorious day you’re going to have. . .then spend time in prayer. . .talking with Him. . .not just to Him. There’s a difference. Think about it.
Psalm 5:3 in the New International Version says:
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."
Matthew 7:7-8 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.”
In a couple of weeks we plan on teach from the book 2 Chairs written by Bob Beaudine. It’s a life changer.
Just remember this. . .the most important thing you can do the FIRST THING every morning is to spend time in prayer and don’t just prayer to Him. Listen for His answer. That’s what 2 Chairs is all about.
Mark 11:24 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].”
If you want to live in your divinely inspired destiny. . .believe and live Mark 11:24. You might as well talk to the Lord about everything … you’re carrying Him with you everywhere you go.
# 3 Listen and Learn From The Master
As mentioned in the previous strategy. . .when you pray. . .take time to listen.
How can you listen for God’s response? Bear in the mind that the letters that form the word listen also form the word silent.
James 1:19 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.”
I find it significant that James 1:19 begins with the word “understand” just before we’re told to be “ready” listeners.
In fifteen different scriptures, it says: “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
Nowhere in verse 19 are we told to talk. . but we are told to listen and understand.
Romans 10:17 does says:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for hearing is akoē (G189) which is defined as:
“the sense of hearing; the organ of hearing, the ear; the thing heard.”
However, akoē is from the root word akouō (G191) which is defined as:
“to be endowed with the faculty of hearing, not deaf; to attend to, consider what is or has been said; to understand, perceive the sense of what is said; to comprehend and understand.”
And yes, you guessed it. . .it’s the same Greek word that is used in all of the fifteen verses discussed earlier in the teaching where we’re told to “listen and understand.”
# 4 Read and Reflect From The Greatest Book
Roughly ten years ago, I remember where I was sitting when God in a moment of divine inspiration stirred something powerful into my mental hard drive. Under the unction of the Holy Spirit I wrote:
“There is no secret password, code, passageway or handshake to success and wealth accumulation. All you have to do is follow the seven words I have just given you.
“READ YOUR BIBLE. . .DO WHAT IT SAYS.”
Since that time I’ve shared those seven words on television, in Rich Thoughts videos, blogs, church services and seminars. Those seven words have the potential to unleash a source of power in your life that you never thought imaginable.
READ YOUR BIBLE. . .DO WHAT IT SAYS.
I was planning to write a teaching on each of the seven words. . .however, God not only had another idea. . .it was a better one. He has directed me to just write on the subject of reading.
As this writing began to unfold. . .He showed me something powerful.
Read. . .is the first four letters of ready. You only have to add the ‘y’ to get ready.
When you read His Word. . .you’re ready to understand that you’re a Child of God and a Joint Heir with Christ.
When you read His Word. . .you’re ready to understand why you need to be born-again.
When you read His Word. . .you’re ready to know God wants you to prosper and be in health just as your soul prospers.
When you read His Word. . .you’re ready to understand God not only forgives your past sins. . .He forgets them as well.
When you read His Word. . .you’re ready to experience the good life God designed for you.
When you read His Word. . .you’re ready to defeat every attack of the enemy.
When you read His Word. . .you’re ready to fulfill His plan for your life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
If something is profitable. . .it’s going to be beneficial. The word profitable in the Strong’s Concordance is from a Greek word that means “profitable, advantage.”
If we want to fulfill your divinely inspired destiny. . .then you’re must devour the Word of God.
Please make a note on what I’m going to say next.
If you read just twenty minutes a day. . .you will have invested ten hours a month into your spiritual and personal growth. That totals 120 hours a year or the equivalent of fifteen. . .eight hour work days a year.
Think about it.
# 5 Prepare and Plan Priorities
The World English Dictionary defines preparation as:
“the act or process of preparing and the state of being prepared; readiness”
Preparation is a mental decision before it becomes a practical reality.
Before any well-trained soldier goes into battle. . .he/she will inspect their equipment to make sure they’re fully prepared to face and defeat every attack of the enemy.
If you want to be successful you can never ignore or minimize preparation time.
Proverbs 16:3 in the New International Version says:
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
The price for success is always paid in advance of your victory. . .never after the fact.
Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, once said:
“Plan your work and work your plan.”
God likes it when you plan your work and work your plan.
Proverbs 21:5 in the New Living Translation says:
“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”
Victor Hugo, the author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, said:
“He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.”
The way to move into your divinely inspired destiny is to plan your work and work your plan.
# 6 Initiate and Activate Your Plans
Don’t talk about what you’re going to do. . .just do it.
Ezra 10:4 in God’s WORD Translation says:
“Get up! It’s your duty to take action. We are with you, so be strong and take action.”
God didn’t create or call you to be a spiritual couch potato. . .He didn’t call us to talk about what we’re going to do. . .how we’ve planned. . .He called you to be a doer of the Word (James 1:22).
Luke 9:62 in The Living Bible says:
“But Jesus told him, “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
God created and endowed you with the seeds of greatness. . .the ability to see a need or opportunity and do it.
By the way, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t say “I have a critical path.” He said “I have a dream.”
You and I need a dream, a goal, a vision of what can be. . .recognizing, then taking action, creates a spiritual force. . .a dynamic. . .a momentum to success.
That’s how we fulfill our divinely inspired destiny.
Psalm 25:4 in the Easy To Read Version says:
“Lord, help me learn your ways. Show me how you want me to live.”
God tells us He will show us how He wants us to live in His word. We have to persevere in seeking Him and the way will open.
He won’t send you a fax. You won’t get a letter in the mail. But you will begin to sense and then see things that pull you toward them.
Isaiah 28:13 says:
“But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little…”
Some people want a word from the nearest prophet instead of profiting from reading the Word of God.
The way to prosper is to keep claiming the Word and don’t be amazed when God shows up through an opportunity you hadn’t recognized before.
Without question, the Word of God shows us the way He wants us to tread.
Ernest Hemingway said:
“Never mistake motion for action.”
If you know what to do...do it. If you don't know what to do...ask. It's your future...do something about it TODAY.
# 7 Review and Revise Your Daily Plan
Simply said, you must inspect what you expect to prevent defects if you want to be perfect in your plan.
As I was preparing this teaching I came across Lamentations 3:40 in the New Living Translation which says:
“Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord.”
In monitoring your progress. . .you will find that any turning from the Lord or minimizing your time with Him. . .will adversely affect your progress. That’s why monitoring or self-examination is one of the most important things you can do.
1Timothy 4:15 in the New Living Translation says:
“Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.”
Focus is critical to the success of your daily plan. . .which impacts the success of the decisions you make and the actions you take.. That’s why your “complete attention” to every detail is so important.
Check your progress each day around lunch time and make any necessary adjustments . . .it will ensure your success.
One final thought.
Galatians 6:4 in God’s WORD Translation says:
“Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others.”
People may doubt or question what you say. . .but will believe what you do.
Here are a couple of great quotes to provoke your thinking on making decisions. . .God’s way.
Tony Robbins, the author and motivational speaker, said:
“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
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