Good Success (Sermon Note)
Success is relative and measurable. Even as Christians, there is a lot that we can do ourselves to aid our success in many areas. This is why our focus in this teaching is to examine the role of ideas and the importance of setting goals in the attainment of success. May the LORD Himself teach us through His Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!
- A plan for action, A design.
- A Visible representation of a conception.
- A formulated thought or opinion.
- It is all about image, conception, impression, mind’s eye, notion, picture, thought.
- The terminal point of a race
- The end towards which efforts is directed, such as an AIM. Thus, in a football field, the goal is an area or object toward which players attempt to advance a ball to score points.
- It is all about aim, ambition, aspiration, dream, objective, purpose or target.
- A. Success is an idea- 1 Corinthians 2:16
- A goal is an objective you want to achieve. A plan is a specific way of reaching that goal. Both goals and plans are IDEAS in your head.
- Everything you see around you in the world is an IDEA, and except where it is part of nature, it began as an idea in somebody’s mind. 1 Corinthians2:16, Christians have the mind of Christ.
- All tangible object began as goals, plans, or ideas in the minds of people.
- If your mind can see it, your hands can have it – Mark 9:23; Philippians 4:13
- B. Success begins by setting goals – Habakkuk 2:2
- Success is better attained when goals are set – Habakkuk 2:2
- Take it one step at a time – Isaiah 28:10
- Human beings started as an idea – Genesis 1:26. The idea of man thus was to replicate something in the IMAGE and likeness of God. The GOAL of making man is to have dominion on earth and all that is in it – Genesis 1:26-28.
- Faith as an idea, starts small (as mustard seed) with Salvation, later on it grows into Sanctification, Baptism in the Holy Spirit and then into power, for healing, to cast and conquer demons, for prosperity, etc, the ultimate goal being to make Heaven.
- Learn to start small and grow big, over time – Job 8:7; Ecclesiastes 7:8.
- Start with five goals and write them down. Pray over them – Proverbs 19:21.
- C. Success involves determination – Genesis 11:1-9
- You can be what you determine – Genesis 11:3; Genesis 1:26; Genesis 11:6
- Determination can change even failure to success – 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
- Determination can keep you on the path of righteousness – Daniel 1:8
- Take stock of your abilities, your talents, inclinations, assets and strong points, which you can develop into something useful.
- Disciple your abilities for maximum usefulness – 1 Corinthians 9:27. Success demands foresight and industry, it responds to thoughts and care.
- Thorough preparation is imperative if we are to use our capabilities to the fullest – Luke 14:28-33.
- Have a definite sense of purpose. Don’t beat around copying people’s plan or allowing them to distract you – 2 Kings 2:1-22.
- Put your talents to work, because in using them, you develop them. Matthew 25:14-46
- Good success must be godly
- For success to be godly, motive must be right – 2 Chronicles 25:2.
- Good success must accord with the Will of God – Isaiah 14:12-16.
- For success to be good, it must be holistic – 3 John 2; Mark 8:36
Conclusion: The Ultimate success of a believer is through Jesus Christ – John 15:5B (for without me ye can do nothing).
Altar Call: You need to have Jesus to succeed!
May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!
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