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How to Be Successful in God

A Biblical Perspective of Success -Part One

Rom 14:10-12 says, “For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat…so then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

2nd Cor 5:10 tells us, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

In the context, it is clear that both scriptures are referring to Christians, not unbelievers. The Judgment Seat of Christ, therefore, involves believers giving an account of their lives to Christ.  The Judgment Seat of Christ does not determine salvation; that was determined by Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf (1Jn 2:2) and our faith in Him (Jn 3:16).  All of our repented sins are forgiven, and we will never be condemned for them (Rom 8:1).  We should not look at the Judgment Seat of Christ as God judging our sins, but rather as God rewarding us in heaven’s Kingdom for our lives on earth.

  • God invites everyone to be great in His kingdom.  He put within each of us a longing to be great and successful. We cannot repent of this longing, but we should just repent of seeking after it in a worldly way.

Whoever breaks…these commandments (of the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle of Mat 5-7)…shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom… (Mt. 5:19)

  • There is much confusion, pain, and disillusionment related to what a great and successful life is. We need a biblical definition of what success is. Our humanistic culture wrongly defines success in terms of receiving recognition from people and being in a position of influence with great finances.
  • God invites us to greatness without regard to our outward achievements or the size of our ministry impact.   What God will reward is actually based on the development of our heart in love, meekness, and revelation.  No one is born with these things, we must realign our priorities to get a prayer life to keep our naturally cold heart before the fire of His Word and Spirit.
  • Some Christians think that everyone gets the same reward in heaven, however in Mat 13, the parable of the sower, Jesus says some will get 30, some 60 and some 100-fold return in their works on the earth, in letting the Word be watered in the soil of their innerman, by the Holy Spirit, that they would bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.  The fruitful Spirit-filled ministry of love.
  • Also 1 Cor 15 talks about the saints having different levels of glory, based on their works related to love.  Most of us only have small and few things to be faithful of, but to whom much is given, much is required.
  • We are accountable for the sphere of our influence.  Mat 16:27  “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

  • Let’s ask God for a BIG vision of His love in our lives.  We don’t want to be in heaven and look back with regret.

1. We are to focus on being great in His sight rather than in the sight of men.

2. The greatness is based on our heart responses not on natural giftings and resources.

3. It will not be fully manifest until the age to come, after Jesus’ return.

  • God gave each person an assignment that will lead to their greatness with eternal rewards. This is based on the capacities that He gave each mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. We will be rewarded according to what God entrusted to us. We are not accountable for what we do not have. Some have despair over what they do not have, and so sadly, they neglect to use what they do have.
  • If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. (1 Cor. 3:14)

The definition of a great and successful life is found in doing God’s will and in hearing Jesus say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” All can succeed in their God-given assignment.

Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord… (Mt. 25:21)  Most people are only given a few things to steward, and the biggest one is growing the Word in their heart by the Spirit.

In the parable of the faithful steward (Mt. 25:14-30), Jesus called us to focus on three things: to walk in the grace to be faithful (diligence) and good (motives) with a servant spirit (humility) in our life assignment even when it is difficult (v. 24) and small (v. 21).

  1. Good points to the goals and motivations with which things are done. It refers to the sincere intentions to love God and people and to do God’s will in each area of our life.
  2. Faithful emphasizes the diligence in our work. It refers to the follow-through in our intentions to do good in the face of pressure, difficulty, mundaneness, and temptation. To be considered faithful requires that we are consistent for years. Our best faithfulness is flawed, but His evaluation of it is “human friendly” as He edits our life by grace.
  3. Servant refers to the willingness to deny our personal agenda, honor, and comfort.   Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant (Mat 20:26).

One stumbling block to a life of greatness is that the pathway to it is to be diligent and humble in context to smallness with difficulty. We imagine that we would be faithful and humble if God gave us big and easy things to do.

We must continually re-align ourselves to greatness and success on God’s terms as defined by Jesus. He calls us to greatness that is based on a life focused on doing good, being faithful, and living with a servant spirit in context to smallness and difficulty.

Many of us know the ‘love’ chapter of 1 Cor 13.  Works done without love will not profit us in heaven.  We also know the first and second commandment loving God, and loving others.  What is so crucial to understand here, is the principle of 1 Jn 4:18 “We love, because He first loved us.”  Meaning that our love is anointed best, when we are filled with His love.  When we are focused on feeding our hearts of the love of the Father and the love of Jesus.  It takes the Holy Spirit and hunger to experience God’s love.  The Holy Spirit was given to us to anoint the Scriptures of God’s love and open our hearts to receive of it.  Like all things of God, hunger is required. For more on praying Scripture see “Deeper Prayer.”

In pursuing God and the things of Holy Spirit “Hunger is required.”

 -See James 5:16  (The fervent prayer of a righteous man makes much available to him). (James 4:2 You do not have because you do not ask).

Mark 4:24 (The measure you use, is the measure you will receive).

Mat 5:6 (Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.)  

Jn 7:37 (“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”) 

Mat 11:12 (“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.”)

Contemplative Prayer

But we all, with open face beholding (dimly) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD. (2Cor 3:18).

A.            The “beholding and becoming” principle – whatever we behold (meditation unto revelation) in God’s heart towards us becomes awakened in our heart back to God (transformation).

  1. Bible study is crucial, but so is beholding.  Renewing our minds happens by agreement with the Word.  But transformation happens by beholding prayer.  By beholding we will change our emotional chemistry.  Long and loving mediation on the Word and Dialouge with the Spirit, are values being emphasized with the new wine/wineskin.  As in the wedding of Cana, so in the generation the Lord returns, He has saved the best wine for last, the revelation of intimate prayer and communion.
  2. Men who have done greater revival works such as David Brainerd and Bernard of Claireveau, have testified to the transformative power of beholding prayer.
  3. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all (2 Cor 13:14). (communion of the Spirit -nkjv)

ESTABLISHING A VISION FOR DEEP PRAYER ACCORDING TO Eph 3:19 FULLNESS OF GOD

That he would grant you… to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man… that all of you might be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph 3:16-19).

Key to the ‘new wineskin’ of bridegroom fasting(Mat 9:14-17) is the value of Contemplative Prayer, or ‘Long and loving Meditation/Dialouge with the Holy Spirit).  And secondly ‘key’ to contemplative prayer is establishing and sustaining a corporate vision to go after the ‘fullness of God’ (Eph 3:19).  We set a vision to be filled with the Spirit in greater capacities.  Faith arises as we increase expectation.

  1. I’ve never seen a church sustain a fire for prayer, without prophetic preaching of a vision for going after the fullness of God in the innermanWe need the regular, clear proclamation of what God has in His heart for the heart of the people.” –Mike Bickle
  2. The absolute definition of fullness is that we will progressively pursue it continually, but the relative definition of fullness relates to overwhelming experiences of God’s presence and revelation filling our capacity and understanding.  Some define ‘going after the fullness,’ as being hungry for God.  Illustrating the ‘fullness’ highlights the difference between what we are walking in naturally, and the ‘fullness’ He is offering.
  3. Eph 3 is one of the highest points of revelation of what God will give the human heart.  Paul starts the prayer ‘for this reason,.. I labor in prayer; that you experience the love of God and are filled with all the fullness of God.  Many say ‘I don’t feel loved.’  As they shouldn’t, it is the supernatural divine power of the Holy Spirit moving on us to experience this.  You don’t have because you don’t ask, knock on the door and it shall be opened to you.  Each Scripture relating to the love of God is a door to be knocked on.
  4. God has invited each of us to experience the deep things of His heart. He has opened Himself up for us to understand and feel His emotions, desires and affections. This is foundational to what Paul prayed for the Church when he asked that we would be able to comprehend the depth of God’s love (Eph. 3:18-19). But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God..Now we have received.. the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (1 Cor 2:10-12)

PRACTICAL HOW-TO

John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

  1. We want to let the written word take us to the Living Word.  –Jeanne Guyon.  Communion with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14) is our goal in this model.  We see here the principle of ‘coming to Him’ using the Scriptures that testify of Him.  Each verse we can: 1. Thank Him for and 2. Ask for either revelation or power to obey.
  2. So with a verse like 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26) We would pray, Thank you Holy Spirit that you teach me, I ask for revelation on what it truly means for you to teach me, and help me to understand you leadings.  Or John 15:9 As the Father has loved Me, I love you.  We would pray, Jesus thank you for this love, strengthen me with might (Eph 3:16) to experience this love.  I ask for greater revelation of this love.  And we would worship and journal revelation.
That is the model. There are more examples at the end of this document.
  1. Scriptures will impact us most when we pray them directly, not just thinking about them or studying them.  We when meet with Jesus, the Scriptures are our anointed conversation material.   So depending on the verse, we can thank God for the truth in it, and then ask for revelation on the verse, or ask for power to obey them.  The Scriptures are living and active (Heb 4:2) and are so powerful to transform us and renew our mind as we pray them.  They rewrite the code of our inner man enabling us to abide in God so that Christ can more fully manifest within us (Eph 3;16-19).
  2. The Gen 1 principle is that the Holy Spirit hovers and waits to move in power wherever the Word is spoken by those in covenant with the Father.  Therefore we value the Scripture in prayer, though He speaks many ways and hears all our words.  The Spirit lives to reveal Jesus, and impart His love to us.
  3. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good… (Gen. 1:2-4)
  1. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (Rev 3:20).  We are seeking to behold and experience, we want to not just ‘read the menu, but eat the meal’.  If a man love me, he will keep my words(written on our heart): and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (Jon 14).
  2. Continually asking for revelation is so powerful, we grow in revelation.  Each Scripture is like a door we knock on, as God is inviting us into encounter, in the Knowledge of God. The Holy Spirit is with us to teach us, like Jesus taught His disciples.  We must lean not on our own understanding, but seek God.  It helps to ask for the Eph 1:17 Spirit of wisdom and revelation and enlightening of the spiritual eyes.

26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26) 13 The Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth; He will tell you things to come. (Jn. 16:13) 27 The anointing…abides in you, ..as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things… (1 Jn. 2:27)

  1. David calmed and quieted his soul (ps 131:2). We need to dial down or just take our foot off the gas pedal and listen (without stirring our souls up to fervor). An over-active soul keeps us out of sync with the subtle movements of the Spirit. We quiet our soul to connect with the Spirit’s whisper in our heart (the still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-13)). We quiet the turbulent activity of our soul in our clamoring for attention, pleasure, a restless anxious spirit that naturally active.
  2. To fellowship with the Holy Spirit means we talk often to Him as we give our heart to Him. It means we hear back from Him in a two way dialogue. The Holy Spirit honors our part in the relationship by not forcing us to dialogue with Him, if we do not want it. He does not force conversation or friendship with anyone who is not desperate——click to > Continue reading
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