Living Successfully - Cal Pierce
We all desire to prosper in the things we do. We work to succeed in all our endeavors. I have never met anyone who‘s goal was to fail. We, as believers, live in a world where everyone around us has pressure to be successful. We have competition everywhere. Just to live and pay our bills can become stressful.
As believers we have to be careful not to be caught up in this. God has the answer on how to live successfully. Being successful isn’t something you achieve, it’s something you are. In God, all things are possible. God desires that we prosper and are successful. He tells us this in 3 John 2, “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”
The key here is that success comes as our soul prospers. It’s a position we take that changes a condition we have. The more of God we get in us, the more prosperous we become, then we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. (Phil. 4:19) In other words, in the world you’re a winner when you cross the finish line; in the Kingdom you’re a winner when you enter the race. Success isn’t determined by what we do in God but by what God does in us. As we yield to the Holy Spirit in all that we do, success will be determined by what a prosperous God can do through us. This doesn’t come by striving it comes by being. Freedom is achieved when it is not I that lives but He who lives in me.
When we get this we will not strive for victory but live from victory. It is always God’s will that you have success. It’s never His will that you have failure. Failure is simply the part of the journey that tells you what not to do. The enemy desires that you fail, God desires that you succeed. The key is who we are going to identify with. Too many people struggle with being successful because they see themselves as a failure. To see ourselves as failures, we have to agree with the enemy rather than God. In the world you have failure, in the Kingdom of God you have success. In God there is no failure. The enemy will always measure you by how you see yourself. Failure is an event, not a person. Webster says failure is lack of success but in the Kingdom success is lack of failure. Live in the Kingdom of God that is within you. The position you take will determine the condition you are in.