There was a time, not so long ago, when integrity was honored and valued. But today, those who insist on living that type of lifestyle often face ridicule from a society that has become jaded by rampant corruption in nearly every sphere. How about you? Have you ever yielded to temptation, knowing it was the wrong thing to do—that it amounted to being dishonest and was against everything you knew God’s Word represents?The truth is, at some point, every person has been tempted to compromise in some area of life. They have made decisions and choices they knew were not pleasing to God, and compromised their faith in Him and the destiny He planned for them. But it doesn’t have to end that way. God has made it clear that it is His good pleasure to give you the things that make for a successful life. His only requirement for such a blessed life is a heart that is above compromise—a heart that is focused on loving and trusting Him. Your heavenly Father knows the things you need before you even ask Him, and just like a good father He will make sure that you always have the things you need to succeed and prosper.
God is not surprised, neither is He concerned over any affliction or adversity you face. That’s because He loves you, and He’s already made a way for you to escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). For those who don’t know Jesus as Lord, it’s always going to be easy to lean more on their own human intellect to deal with adverse situations. But for believers it’s different. They know they can trust in and rely on God to help them through any challenging situation. When you’re in Christ, you can count on Him to give you the wisdom to navigate safely through life. You’ll see every adverse situation as another opportunity to experience the mighty, victorious power of God operating in your life.
The world measures greatness in terms of physical or material success. But true greatness, the kind that comes from God, begins in the very heart of God—where your value and worth never diminish. In God’s eyes, every person is of equal value. No one gets extra points because of what they accomplish, and no one is penalized for their failures or weaknesses. Don’t measure yourself based on what others are doing. God equipped you with certain abilities. Now, it’s up to you to maximize those abilities by yielding to Him and His Word so He can work in and through you, and bring out the greatness in you. That is His plan, purpose and destiny for you.
I can’t think of one person I’ve ever met who didn’t want to become successful and prosper in life. But I can think of many who, for one reason or another, have never reached their goals because they lacked faith in God. You see, Scripture is clear that without faith it is impossible to please God. Jesus emphasized that with even just a little faith—only the size of a mustard seed—you can move mountains out of your life and see doors open that, in the natural, would otherwise be locked tight.The world’s system will always try to offer you other means to become successful or get rich quick. Some of these schemes seem so easy, but they’re not realistic and they are temporary. Worse, they will probably cause you to compromise your faith and the eternal values that are crucial to God’s destiny for you. Having faith in God is the simple guaranteed formula for all the success you will ever need in life. That’s because faith in your heavenly Father is the foundation for your success and enjoyment of life.
If you’ve given your life to God, then I want you to know something: God is more than enough, and there is nothing you will ever need that He cannot supply. I know that because of what the Bible says in Philippians 4:19, where Apostle Paul wrote: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” The Message says it this way: “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.”
According to that verse, God’s generosity, His desire to give, has no boundaries. No limits! Jesus said in John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it
shall be done unto you.
Unlike man, God is not a respecter of persons. He has no favorites, and He is always willing to treat everyone who loves Him and obeys His Word the same. If you are His son or daughter, and are connected to Him, then you are a joint-heir with Jesus in everything He has—you share in all His riches! That means you never should worry, fret or be concerned over anything. You are always provided for and taken care of!
Need something from God? Then ask Him! If you don’t receive it right way, ask Him again. That’s what the Bible says to do in Matthew 7:7, New Living Translation: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” God has an abundance of blessings just waiting for you. But unless you’re willing to go after them, to stand up and step out in faith to claim what already belongs to you as a joint-heir with Jesus, you’ll never receive them. God won’t dangle something you desire in front of you, tease you with it, but then refuse to give it to you. His promises are sure, and He always keeps His Word. If what you’re desiring is His will for you, then you can confidently ask Him in faith, and trust that He will give it to you.
If you’re one of those people today, let me encourage you to remember what Jesus said in Mark 9:23: “All things are possible to him who believes.” That’s certainly a great declaration for everyone who has learned to take God at His Word and live by faith. But it should also be a strong encouragement to those who struggling in their faith because they have prayed and have yet to hear from God.
Anything you seek to accomplish or receive in life takes time. That includes those things you desire from God. Even though it may not seem like it, God is continually working on your behalf. He knows what you need, and the best time to give it to you—if what you desire is in line with His will for you.
Let those words from Mark 9:23 give you the strength and faith to stand firm and strong, and patiently waiting for God to answer your requests. Your success begins with putting your faith and trust in God.
In Ephesians 6:14-18, New Living Translation, the Bible tells you how to dress for spiritual battle. It says to “Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle, you need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers.” Why is it important to face your challenges dressed for battle—equipped and shielded by God and His Word? Because when you put on God’s armor, using the Word to stand against the attack of the enemy, then you are exercising that spirit of power God has given you to ward off fear. Second Timothy 1:7 says God did not give us a spirit of fear, which is one of the major weapons Satan uses against God’s people. Matthew 16:19, says, “Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” If fear is giving you a hard time, put on your faith clothes and bind it—forbid it from operating in your life and don’t receive it.
There is a popular saying you may be familiar with that goes: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The literal meaning is that when the situation becomes difficult, the strong will work harder to meet the challenge. The problem is, that’s not always the case—especially when the tough thing you’re confronted with is something that seemingly is impossible to overcome. Rather than stand and face the challenge, many become worried or feel threatened and back away in fear. Where do you fit in this picture? Are you one of those who lets the appearance of defeat cause you to tuck tail and run? Or are you willing to face the challenge? Do what the Bible says in Ephesians 6:13, Living Bible: “Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up.” Not everything is always as bad as it seems. And for sure, nothing is too hard for God to handle on your behalf if you trust Him to do so. What do you do when things start to get tough? You call on the One who is tough enough!