Success is an attitude. Success is a habit. Success is a lifestyle. Success is easily available to anyone who wants it...believes they can have it...works for it...never gives up and always...always trusts God...no matter what.
Success happens inside you before it ever happens around you. There is a defining moment when you decide to take control of your own life and embrace the success that God wants you to achieve.
Age, education, money, background and childhood experiences do not matter in the face of these principles.
Joshua spent twenty years preparing for his divine destiny…his success as a leader for the Children of Israel. In the life and book of Joshua there are ten success secrets that are critical to your future.
1stStep—See your goal
It’s not enough for you to believe for your goal…you’ve got to see it….you’ve got to know that it can be a reality in your life.
You’ve got to visualize it…Godly visualization…allows you to creatively see your goal. Picture your goal….you’ve got to see it clearly in your mind’s eye or imagination.
You’ve got to see your goal in such a way that you’re not just doing something but you know where you’re going when you do something.
God not only promised Joshua, he would win the battle, He also wanted him to see the victory before it actually happened. I want you to let this get into your spirit.
I want you to get this down in your spirit … it is critical to moving the hand of God in your every circumstance. One of the keys to Joshua’s victory was the fact that God said, “SEE, I have given [YOU] Jericho.” Joshua 6:2
God used the same principle in allowing Joshua to see the victory at Ai
Joshua 8:1 says:
“… arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land.”
2ndStep—Arise Do Something
In Joshua 1:2 when Jehovah said “Arise, go over the Jordan” Joshua was ready.
He went into the Hebrew camp in Joshua 1:11 and said,
“Prepare, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan, to go in and possess the land which Jehovah your God giveth you to possess.”
The Jordan River symbolizes any obstacle that stands between you and your goal. Oftentimes that barrier appears more difficult to penetrate than it really is….
The Jordan River wasn’t very big….especially by our standards…it was more like a large creek….the children of Israel had been in the desert so long that it looked like an extraordinary body of water.
To the children of Israel is seemed huge because …it was primarily a psychological barrier.
When God says, “Arise”….it means start moving towards your goal…the thing you desire….the thing you’ve been believing for.
When you move forward in faith…you move with Jehovah’s blessings
Joshua 1:3, 5.
Jehovah had promised Joshua
Joshua 1:6-9 says:
“Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
“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.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
How did the Hebrews respond to the Joshua’s direction…with enthusiasm.
They listened to their man of God.
You’ve got a part to play in your own success.
Joshua 1:16 says:
“All that thou has commanded us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us we will go.”
If you want to be successful, you’ve got to see yourself going, arise (get started) and start moving toward your victory.
If you want more money…buy a new wallet or purse; if you want new and better clothes…clean out your closet (bless someone else with the ones you’ve got—even Goodwill or the Salvation Army…instead of a yard sale…have a clothes give-away)….if you want a new car….keep the one you’ve got clean and ready….if you want a new house….repair the one you’ve got and keep it looking good.
Arise….do something….success is coming to your house.
3rdStep—Use Your ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ Powers of the Natural Mind
Joshua 2---Say Yes to the Promise—Say No the negatives
To many believers are saying “yes” to excuses and “no” to possibilities. I want to explore several of those excuses.
“I’m too young.”Tell this to Debbie Fields, founder and owner of Mrs. Fields Cookies, who was in her twenties when she achieved success, or Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computers, who made his first million when he was twenty-three, his first ten million at twenty-four and his first 100 million at twenty-five.
“I’m too old.”Work does not kill. Idleness, on the other hand, is often deadly; people who take early retirement often die younger than those who keep working.
Gandhi was 78 when he led India to independence
Mother Theresa was 69 when she won the Nobel Peace Prize
George Burns was 79 when he won his Oscar
Colonel Sanders was 65 when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken
Caleb was 80 years old when he said, “Give me my mountain”
“I have no capital.”Everyone in the world has at least one talent, one passion, one hobby that can become profitable if applied correctly.
Poverty seems to be a tradition in far too many families, an inherited trait like the color of one’s hair or eyes, passed down from generation to generation.
“I’m not educated.”Neither was fashion designer Donna Karan. Thomas Edison left school before the age of sixteen. Microsoft’s Bill Gates is a college dropout.
“Don’t I need an inborn talent?”Everyone in the world has some talent, some kind of gift. Once we discover our own unique gift, it becomes our purpose to develop it.
“I don’t have the energy it takes”Every action we take requires a minimum amount of energy, especially mental energy.
“I’m afraid of failure.”We’re born with two fears: falling and loud noises. All other fears are acquired.
Often deeply embedded within us, fear results from past failures, from a lack of confidence bred unknowingly by our parents or relatives, and it’s enforced by society’s general negative, short-sighted thinking.
Then there are the “if only” people:
If only their boss would notice them…
If only they could find a good idea…
If only they had more talent, ability, time, money or luck…
If only they had been born in different circumstances, or under another astrological sign…
“I’ve tried and it didn’t work.”
Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, wrote in his autobiography, “I was an overnight success all right, but thirty years is a long, long night.”
Say “No”, to doubt, fear and defeat.
Say “Yes”, to the greater opportunity that lies before you from the greater One that is in you.
Mark 9:23 in the God’s Word Translation:
“Jesus said to him, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.”
4thStep—Cleanse yourself of all unrighteousness…sanctify yourself
The next step in Joshua’s master plan for success was to cross the Jordan River. In preparation for this, Joshua told the people to “sanctify” themselves…meaning to cleanse themselves inwardly and outwardly…with the promise found in Joshua 3:5 which says:
“For tomorrow, Jehovah will do wonders among you.”
Joshua told the priests to go into the river and “stand still” just inside the water’s edge, bearing the ark of the covenant (Joshua 3:8)…And when they did so, the waters parted and the people passed over into the Promised Land.
Before you can cross over….you need to sanctify yourself…cleansing yourself of any and all unrighteousness…but the good news is that He is faithful to cleanse us and forgive us of any and all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).
There are a lot of folks who want success but they’re not willing to pay the price.
Sanctify themselves—Joshua 3:5, 8
You can’t live like the devil all week, ignoring God and his percepts and covenants….then run around the church on Sunday and think everything is going to be alright
5thStep—Dissolve Barriers With Victorious Words and Divine Promises
Speak words of life and power to your situation……..
Review the divine promises that assure you that successful results are your heritage by studying some of these great passages of the Bible:
Joshua 3:9 says:
“And Joshua said unto the children of Israel. Come hither and hear the words of Jehovah your God.”
Luke 4:6 says:
“And he said to Him, To You I will give all this power and authority and their glory (all their magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, and grace), for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will.”
6thStep—Eliminate all fear of failure
“And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up….”
7thStep—God is on your side
When you’re heart is right…seeking Him and His righteous….then God will fight your battles.
Exodus 23:22 says:
“But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.”
Romans 8:31 in the Amplified Bible says:
“… if God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]”
Psalm 118:6 in the Message Bible says:
“God's now at my side and I'm not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 in the Amplified Bible says:
“So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?”
8thStep—Realize the part you have to play in your own steps to success
Joshua 1:8 says:
“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.”
It you think you can, or if you think you can’t—you’re right.
2 Peter 1:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence).”
9thStep—Keep focused on your success
God is no happy. . .when we’re not focused on His instructions.
Luke 9:41 in the Message Bible says:
“Jesus said, "What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this?”
Hebrews 12:1-3 in the Message Bible says:
“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit!
“No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.
“And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”
Verse 12 says “Because he never lost sight of where he was headed.” He was focused and we should be too.
Either read the Bible or listen to CDs or MP3s of the Bible Daily…you will change in direct proportion to the Words you are hearing from Him
Nobody else can do this for you. You must pursue the Word of God for yourself.
One of the best ways to stay focused is reading books and listening to teachings that will stir your faith and God-given creativity.
As the Hebrews passed through the Jordan River, Joshua instructed them to pick up twelve stones from the water—one for each tribe of Israel.
After arriving on the edge of the Promised Land, they build an altar at Gilgal using the twelve stones as a memorial of thanksgiving to Jehovah for having divinely delivered Israel’s twelve tribes (Joshua 4:19,24).
When you have passed through troubled waters and are on dry land again…always give thanks…Don’t take the good you have for granted.
Get out in front of your battle and begin praising God for the things that He has already done in your life. . .the things that He’s doing at this very moment and the things that He’s going to do.
Psalm 35:28 says:
“And my tongue shall talk of Your righteousness, rightness, and justice, and of [my reasons for] Your praise all the day long.”
Deuteronomy 11:7 in the New International Version says:
“But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the LORD has done.”
1 Samuel 12:24 in the New International Version says:
“But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.”
Luke 8:39 in the New Living Translation says:
“No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.”
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