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“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Josh.1:8; NKJV).

In today’s culture, success is defined in different ways. To many people, success means simply reaching one’s goals. For others, affluence, acclaim and accumulation are huge factors in gauging success. Many people want success quickly, with high visibility and recognition as an added bonus.

Sadly, character has little to do with whether a person is successful in the eyes of the world. If your goal is to make as much money as possible yet you fail to honor the Lord, would you view that achievement as success? Some goals are simply not worth achieving.

One of our core Alliance values states: Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success. We recognize that there is no true success apart from obedience to the Word of God and the character development that is a by-product of that obedience. While Moses was leading the Israelites through the desert, God told him that if he spoke to the rock in the presence of the people, while holding Aaron’s rod (which had blossomed after the previous uprising in Numbers 16–17), the Lord would produce water. Moses, angered by the people, did not trust God’s words. He chose to disobey and struck the rock twice with his own rod, which had worked well before (Ex. 17). God answered the prayer for water, but Moses had dishonored the Lord and paid a heavy price for his “successful” failure (Num. 20).

God’s words to Joshua (Josh. 1:8) make it clear that the believer should be successful in a good way. Not all success should be considered “good.” A word that is greatly abused by popular evangelists today is “prosperity.” God wants His children to prosper, but biblical prosperity does not always have a direct connection to our bank accounts. A prosperous individual is one whose spiritual journey is being blessed by God, thereby guaranteeing that person’s success in all they endeavor to do for the Lord. When the apostle John wrote to his dear friend Gaius, John’s prayer was that all would go well with Gaius and that he would “be in health” as he experienced spiritual prosperity. John expressed joy over hearing that his spiritual children were walking in truth, obeying the Word of God (3 John 2–4).

Believers should not expect to experience “good success” if they are not diligent in their pursuit of God through time in the Word. Joshua was instructed to meditate on the Word constantly and to make sure he obeyed what he learned. He was assured of success if he followed those instructions.

When David was passing the torch to Solomon, he shared these words with him: ‘“I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man. Observe the requirements of the LORD your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go’” (1 Kings 2:2–3; NLT).

All Solomon needed to do if he wanted to be successful was to apply the Word of God to his life in every situation. The same is true for each of us. As the apostle Paul wrote: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do” (2 Tim. 3:16–17).

Whatever we do, whatever our calling, career or circumstances, we cannot be fully equipped for success without a comprehension of and commitment to the Word of God. Commit yourself to obey the Word. The person who is faithful is always successful in what really matters.

Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success. (Josh. 1:8)

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