The Open Secret
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 1 Corinthians 3:11 AMPC
In spite of the best efforts of the great economists and finance experts of the world today, world economies are still in shambles. All their economic theories and postulations are failing because they were founded on man’s wisdom.
Thankfully, God has given us a way out that cannot fail.
In Joshua 1:8, He unveils His guaranteed recipe for unending success when He said: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (NIV)
The Best Measure of Success
You see, God’s Word is the surest foundation for everlasting success.
But sadly, many, including Christians, spend a great deal of money and time on books and teachings on success written by men without any spiritual insight or scriptural foundation.
They fail to realize that human knowledge or wisdom can’t guarantee permanent success in life; only God’s Word and make you a true success.
The Best Guide
You need the Holy Spirit--the Author of life--to teach you through His Word, how to be successful in life.
God has given you everything you’d ever need for a successful life; but they’re all wrapped up in the Word.
So, get the Word into your spirit; it’s the only sure foundation for a successful, victorious and prosperous life.
My life is built on the Word of God, the sure foundation for success. When the storms of life billow against me, I’ll not be moved because I stand secure in the Word, conscious that the greater One indwells me! Of my success and progress, there shall be no end, because I’ve made the Word my stay and my meditation.
Follow Up References
2 Peters 1:3, 1 Timothy 4:15
Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.” That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, “The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me.”” Hebrews 13:5-6 TLB
Everything Is Perfect in Heaven
Psalm 119:89 NIV says “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens,” which means that in heaven, everything about God’s Word is firm and settled.
All the angels and demons know it!
However, Satan would have you believe it doesn’t work here on earth; that’s why you’ve got to enforce it for you!
If you dare to take God at His Word and do what He says, you’ll cause the Word of God to be done in your life, as it’s been done in heaven.
It’s Not God’s Job
As far as the Lord is concerned, He’s given you everything- health, riches, abundant grace, wisdom and strength.
However, you’ve got to believe and confess these blessings to enjoy them! Refuse to accept anything else than what the Word says.
The Law Of Enforcement
If symptoms of sickness, poverty or defeat show up in your life, don’t consider them. Rather, say, “It is written of me: I’m the healed and not the sick! I’m rich and not poor! I’m a success and a victor in Christ!”
That’s the way to make sure God’s Word is settled in your life - through your confessions of faith- speaking in agreement with the Lord what He’s already said about you.
Dear Father, I’m what your Word says I am. It’s working and producing the fruit of what it talks about me! I live in your divine health; I live in your supernatural abundance and continuous victory for me everyday. Your Word is settled in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Job 22:28, Ecclesiastes 8:4, Psalm 119:89
Envision and Possess
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Joshua 1:3
God made a promise to Joshua, just as He did Moses, that every land he set foot on would be his. Joshua 1:3. But that was in the Old Testament days. His promise to us in the New Testament is different.
Today, from right where you are, you can possess cities, nations, and even the whole world from your spirit, through your spoken words.
You can speak anointed words of faith over cities, towns, and nations where cruelty, wickedness, evil, violence, and hatred abound and make such places peaceful and habitable.
The Lord has set the world in your heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11)!. This means that your spirit has the capacity to encompass the world, and there’s no limit to what you can possess from within.
The story of Abraham in the Bible is an example. God promised to give Abraham all he could envision, and Abram possessed the whole world with his spirit:
“After Abram and Lot had gone their separate ways, the LORD said to Abram: Look around to the north, south, east and west. I will give you and your family all the land you can see. It will be theirs forever!” Genesis 13:14-15 MSG
There’re no limits to what your spirit can envision and possess. From where you are, you can speak words of faith and effect changes in the spirit-realm concerning any town, city, or nation you want for Christ.
You can do the same in your family, your school, and your neighborhood.
Dear Father, I thank you for setting eternity in my heart, such that there is no limit to what I can influence. Right now, I declare that your Word is prevailing and taking center stage in my country and that people are being delivered from Satan’s power and translated into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Eccelsiastes 3:11, Romans 4:16-22, 1 Corinthians 2:11
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 NIV
Some of John's classmates thought him a weird dude, because of the way he talked to himself all the time. But there was no denying the fact that he was the best student in the class and somehow still managed to excel in sports, debates, drama,and anything else he got into.
"So, why are you always muttering to yourself?" Newton quizzed him, "I'm sure that's your secret"
"It's sure is, and it's called MEDITATION" John responded.
The word "meditate" in Joshua 1:8 is translated from the Hebrew word "Hagah", which means "to ruminate, mutter, or say under one's voice", "to say something to yourself over and over again."
Thus, in meditating on the Word, you ponder upon a Scripture,and mutter it to yourself continuously.
You may want something, and everything around you is telling you how impossible it is to have.
However, the Word says, "The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need" (Psalm 23:1 GNB) and "....my God will liberally supply...your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19 AMPC).
When you meditate on such scriptures, you begin to say to yourself, "My God lavishly supplies all my needs; therefore, there's no lack in my life! I have everything I need, in the Name of Jesus!"
As you talk like this, you drive the Word deep into your spirit, where it mixes with faith; and suddenly, the challenges that previously looked insurmountable become a walker for you!
Dear Heavenly Father, my spirit is open right now to receive the Word of your grace that heals, transforms, renews, strengthens, and changes hopeless situations. I choose to spend time with you in fellowship, as I meditate on your Word day and night, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Follow Up Reference
Luke 1:37 AMPC
God Cares For You
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers. 3John 1:2 AMPC
Rags To Riches
God’s intention, every time He comes across a poor person, is to make him, and his generations after him, rich and powerful. He’s the expert at crafting “Grass to grace” stories; He loves turning drifters into princes.
The Bible says, “He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with nobles and inherit the throne of glory…”(1 Samuel 2:8 AMPC).
The Lord Jesus Himself declared, “The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me...to preach…(the Gospel) to the poor…” (Luke 4:18 AMPC)
He knows that when the poor receives the Gospel, it would catapult him from poverty into superabundance.
The Wealth Mentor
He’s saying to you today, “...I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way that you should go” (Isaiah 48:17 AMPC).
In essence, He’s the best Person to teach you about success in any endeavor, be it your relationships, a new course at school, or your emotions.
He goes further to say, “Oh, that you had hearkened to My commandments (His Word) Then your peace and prosperity would have been like a flowing river, and your righteousness [the holiness and purity of the nation] like the [abundant] waves of the sea” (Isaiah 48:18 AMPC).
Peace of Prosperity
The word “peace” is from the Hebrew word “shalom”, which means “the peace of prosperity and well being (a state of perfect soundness)”. If you’ll only listen to Him and let Him teach you, your success, peace, and prosperity would flow endlessly like a river and you’ll never run dry!
Then like the Psalmist, you’ll say, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1). Hallelujah!
Dear Father, I thank you for your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. My path is as a shining light that shines brighter and brighter and brighter to the perfect day. Thank you for teaching me the principles of prosperity in your Word and for making me prosperous, in Jesus Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 9:8
Make A Move
For as long as Earth lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat,summer and winter, day and night will never stop. Genesis 8:22 MSG
The verse above reveals an important principle in the Kingdom of God: sowing and reaping.
Jesus also made reference to it in John 12:24 where He said, “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried i the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over” MSG
In other words, “Except you sow your seed, you have no reason to expect a harvest.”
A Universal Law
This principle applies to everything about life, and it’s no respecter of age or status. The harvest a farmer gets is a direct result of the seeds he plants. Just as it is with the farmer, so it is with you.
Your seed could come in different forms; it could be your time, talent, strength or any other gift God has blessed you with for a glorious life.
But how great and glorious your life will be is hinged on what you do with your seed.
This is why it’s important that you give yourself to the service of God and humanity. You can’t put your best in the wrong things and expect to have a glorious life.
Remember Paul’s words, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7 NIV).
So, give your best to God and His work; it’s your guarantee of a glorious future. Remember, the more you give the more He adds to you, and the greater you become.
Dear Father, I’m so glad to be a partaker of your glorious wisdom! Your word has shown me the way to live in abundance through the seed-principle of faith. I thank you for the results I get from putting this principle to work in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Follow Up References
Genesis 26:12, Isaiah 55: 10-11, 2 Corinthians 9:6
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15)
I’ve seen people try to bring down the heavens with their praise. They praise God so loud with their voices until they shout themselves hoarse. Anybody can sing, dance and shout to praise God. Now, there’s nothing wrong with praising God with dancing and shouting and singing; the Word actually says to do that. However, there’s a kind of praise that gets God’s attention. Iâ€™m talking about a kind of praise God cannot but respond to.
That was the kind of praise Solomon gave God. Indeed, Solomon praised God with his voice and danced, but he didn’t stop there. He thought much of this great God of glory and honoured Him with his substance. He offered such sacrifices to God as no king ever had a thousand burnt offerings (1 Kings 3:3-4), and that got God’s attention.
Later that same night, God showed up in his bedroom and told him, Ask Me for anything. I mean, God gave him an open cheque. Solomon could draw anything he desired on God’s account because he praised God with his substance. This is the kind of praise I’m talking about. When you give yourself to God like this, He ministers to you personally. Little wonder the Apostle Paul had such wonderful visions of God. That’s the man who said, And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you… (2 Corinthians 12:15). The Lord appeared to him in visions and He had angels minister to him several times.
He enjoyed so much attention from God because he had given everything and was ever willing to give anything to God. Whatever came into his hands went to the gospel. You too can get God’s attention this way by becoming committed to Him with your substance. Position yourself in the way of God’s blessing; give Him sacrificial praise today.
FURTHER STUDY : 1 K I N G S 3:3-15; 2 S A M U E L 24:21-25; P S A L M 27:6
The Bible clearly shows that givers are very special to God and this is why you must be a consistent giver. God is unwilling to abandon a cheerful giver. In other words, God would always locate such a man or woman, and intervene in any situation that concerns such a person. The Bible records that one day, the elders of the Jews pleaded with Jesus to heal the sick servant of a Roman centurion (Luke 7). Ordinarily, the Jews shouldn’t have had anything to do with this Roman centurion because he was a Gentile. But they besought the Lord on his behalf because the man was a giver (Luke 7:4-5).
Jesus followed them immediately He heard all he had done. Givers will always move the heart of God. Peter had a similar experience in Joppa (Acts 9). A certain woman called Dorcas had died, and the Bible says that this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did (Acts 9:36).
In other words, she was a generous giver. When Peter arrived there, they showed him all the wonderful things she had done and immediately his faith was stirred. Guess what: he raised her from the dead, even though nobody asked him to; her generous heart stirred the anointing even in her death. Connect to the anointing through your giving. God is stirred by people’s giving more than by their need or complaints. Commit yourself to consistent giving to the Kingdom; it’s for your own blessing. You can put this to work today, and receive an answer that you’ve long been expecting.
“Let the thief steal no more, but rather let him be industrious, making an honest living with his own hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need” (Ephesians 4:28 AMP). God has blessed you and has made you a blessing to your world (Genesis 12:2). Whatever you do, do it well and it will bless and help someone. Your effort must be beneficial to your world, the people and the environment. The reason for working is not to make a living; it is to make a giving. I’m not just referring to the giving of money, but working for the good of humanity. It may be in the sale of goods or services; if you’re diligent to perform excellently in your job, people will be grateful that you came their way. This was the thought the Apostle Paul tried to communicate to the Church in Ephesus. He admonished them to work primarily in order to have something to give. And this is still true for us today. Your inheritance in Christ is enough to last you all your life; if you were to sleep for the rest of your days, you’ll still have inexhaustible resources. The reason you shouldn’t just sleep all your days is because you wouldn’t be acting like your Heavenly Father, Who lives a life of giving. You should be out of bed, ready to do something good for your world today. If you don’t have a job, get one or make one! Work with dignity because you’re a blessing to your world! Follow God’s principle, which is to always do more than you’re paid for. Some people talk about “the dignity of labour” and I often wonder if they understand what they’re talking about. Dignity of labour doesn’t just end in having a job; it’s having a job and understanding the reason for the job. Yes, you render services to help someone else and they pay you, but that money is not your life’s source. God is your source! What you’re paid is just a compensation for your effort. Always do more than you’re paid for. Then and only then will your job and your lifehave a meaning, both to you and to your world. F U RT H E R S T U DY : 2 C O R I N T H I A N S 9:8-9 (TLB); N EH EMIAH 8:10,12
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord” (Leviticus 27:30).
I once read about a pastor who was asked how many members he had, and he answered, One hundred and fifty. He was asked again, How many of them are tithers? One hundred and fifty of them! he answered.The man asking him was surprised, You mean you have one hundred and fifty members and all of them are tithers? he queried. Yes,replied the pastor, but some bring their tithes and God collects it from the others! he added quickly.
In other words, those who wouldn’t bring their tithe willingly, God collects it from them, because the tithe belongs to Him, and they’re all supposed to be tithers anyway. The point is this: Whether or not you know it, since you’re in the Kingdom of God, you’re a tither. If God doesn’t get it from you willingly, He’ll surely get it one way or the other, and then with interests! The tithe is not a contribution you make. It’s not something that belongs to you that you decide to give God and He says thank you for. It’s not a freewill offering you give at any time and in the quantity you choose.
The tithe is a compulsory offering. God said it belongs to Him and you’re obliged to pay it. Every time there’s an increase in your life or you receive your income, ten per cent (10%) of it belongs to God. Don’t use it for yourself, because if you do, trouble is inevitable. But when you tithe, God rebukes the devourer for your sake. Instead of losses, there’s a blessing upon you and you find yourself riding higher and higher. Glory to God!
F U RT H E R S T U DY : M ALACHI 3:10-11
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