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God's Success Principles
16 Biblically Based principles for successful living with quotable quotes.
Following the introduction, in which I give Jesus' description of "The Kingdom," I give 16 Biblically Based principles for successful living, taken straight from the pages of my bi-weekly ezine, "Inspirational Success Tips" with quotable quotes for each chapter. From knowing your purpose to forgetting your past, to believing and not fearing, to slowing down, these are all vital principles for successful living.
From these parables, we gain a picture of the kingdom in various stages of development. It starts small but
grows to be big. It initially contains people with all kinds of hearts as represented by the different soils, some of whom will fall away, be snatched away by Satan, or wither and die. Those who remain produce fruit in various quantities. Yet, among them, there may still be some who are not real followers but are represented as either tares or bad fish, to be thrown out at the end of time. When, however, in chapter 19, he says of the children, “of such is the kingdom of heaven,” I believe that there he is talking about the basic nature of the kingdom as it will be at the end, after the removal of the tares and the bad fish.
I originally called this book .God‘s success principles. because I believe there are principles throughout the
Bible which, if followed, can cause us to have a successful life. There are many speakers or writers who speak
or write about some of these principles. Some of these speakers and writers may not be true followers of Jesus. Who is and who isn‘t remains to be seen until the final judgment. But that doesn‘t make the principles any less effective. Thus for the remainder of this book I intend to share some these principles which I have found
helpful along with some quotes from some of these speakers and writers as well as from the Bible in the hope
that as we follow them to the best of our ability, they will produce a measure of success in our life and
Since the kingdom is what it is, as depicted by Jesus in the Matthew 13 parables, that is, since at the present
time, it contains people of different types of soil and people in different stages of development and at present it
must contain both wheat and tears, both good fish and bad and we cannot really tell the difference as yet, I
thought it might be helpful to refer occasionally by way of example of some of the principles I am about to set
forth— to some of the characters in my novel, .OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM, A Novel of Biblical Times,.
even though of the characters themselves are flawed. I use them to show examples of the principles I am about to set forth, even though they may not be the best sort of people to follow. They, according to Jesus‘ parables would, could or may be in the kingdom at the time, but whether or not they will remain in it to the end, we
cannot now tell. I include Timotheus the beggar for his seeking attitude and hopefulness toward the coming of
Messiah. I include Pilate for his soft heartedness, confusion and weakness. Even though he sent Jesus to be
crucified, he did it grudgingly, washing his hands. And he did ask Jesus .What is truth?. I include his wife for
her far sighted vision and also for warning her husband of her dream regarding Jesus. I include Manaheeem,
Herod‘s foster brother for his searching and open heart as well.
Admittedly these characters lack something when it comes to being shining examples of truth to follow. But I use them to point to specific aspects of their character or life which illustrate specific principles or truths. And surely they can be of use, at times, as negative examples of what not to do or think.
Jesus also said, in vs.52 of Matthew 13 that every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like
unto a man that is a householder, which brings forth our his treasure things old and new.. I trust, therefore to
bring forth in the following pages, some timely principles derived from both the old and new testaments of Holy
Scripture to guide us toward successful living. As to why I use the Bible to derive success principles, there is
more on that in Chapter 2. But for now, let me briefly describe two of the most important principles, that of purpose and that of vision which together comprise the inspiration necessary for any mission.
B. THE POWER OF INSPIRATION
“But there is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding” (--Job 32:8)
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge HIM and HE shall direct
your path." (--Proverbs 3:5-6)
INSPIRATION can be a powerful thing. It can keep you going when all around you cries out .quit!. It is even
more powerful than motivation, as motivation gives you your basic reasons to keep going—it tells you why you
want to do what you do, because motivation is based on goals. These, in turn, may be based on necessity want
or desire. But, inspiration fills those reasons with hope, possibility and enjoyment and keeps the .grind. from
becoming too grindy. But just what does inspiration consist of? I posit three elements: purpose, vision and
1) Finding your purpose is the crucial first element which will give you the inspiration needed to move forward
in life. In my novel, "OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM," Timotheus began thinking seriously about purpose too late
in life. If he would have thought about it earlier, perhaps he MIGHT have been able to find a more useful way to
make a living. On this, we can only conjecture. Yet The purpose of your life, as Rick Warren reminds us in .The
Purpose Driven Life1, “is greater than ...your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions.”.. And it
begins with God. He further points out (and I paraphrase) that we were made by God and for God, and that life
will never make sense until we understand that. God‘s purposes are revealed in His Word, the Bible.2 That‘s
why I include quotes from the Bible in the quotes section at the end of every chapter and in every issue of my
ezine, .”Inspirational Success Tips.”.(More on Purpose in Chapter 4)
2) Once you realize your purpose, you will begin to have a vision. Proverbs 29:18 says .Where there is no
vision, the people perish.. A vision is the first step toward turning your motivation into inspiration. A person
with a vision sees down the road. He can sense what it will be like six weeks, six months, a year, two years, five years and more ahead.
But how do you get a vision? you ask. First, of course you need to sense your purpose. But having done this,
you need to narrow your perspective. You can‘t attempt to ride off in all directions at once,. so to speak. Try to
decide what it is you are looking for, so you‘ll know it when you see it. In other words, try to have in mind
some general goals as to where you want to be six months a year, etc. from now. These goals will not only form
the basis of your motivation but should also serve to limit to an extent the scope of your activity.
Next, try to locate and choose an opportunity (business, career or job) which you feel is right for you—which
will fulfill your purpose and thus further your vision. This may be easier said than done, as there are many
choices which sound good. You may come upon an outstanding one right away, purely by chance. If so, latch
onto it. But you will probably have to pick several at first and study the things which each one offers and try to
evaluate the potential of each one as you see it. Settle on the one which you feel has the most potential with the
least amount of hassle(preferably one that is totally Internet driven as opposed to one where you have to spend
time calling potential prospects by phone).
Once you have chosen your field of endeavor, (your career, job or company) stand behind it in every way and
don‘t quit or change your mind. B.C. Forbes said .”Without loyalty, nothing can be accomplished in any
sphere....” Think of yourself as being in it for the long haul, no matter what. Try to envision, based on what
you know, how things will be down the road. Keep that picture before your mind, and never doubt. Napoleon
Hill said .”What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve,. and the Bible says, in Hebrews 11:1 “Faith
is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen..
Once the vision stemming from your sense of purpose is firmly implanted in your mind, let it become your
driving force. Let the vision excite you with the possibility of its fulfillment and you will automatically begin the next step—you are on a mission. Your mission is to bring about the realization of the vision. If you keep
the vision in mind, you will move forward in the mission, accomplishing enthusiastically step by step that which
is necessary to bring the vision into reality. You will have developed a sense of excitement, importance and
urgency which will keep the fires of inspiration burning in your heart and moving you ever onward and upward.
Another example from my novel is Pilate‘s wife. She saw his purpose as to be a ruler over large territory and
she pursued that vision until it was her mission.
1)"Success is; knowing what you're doing, loving what you're doing, and believing what you're doing."
2 "Believe you can, believe you can't, either way you're right."
3).Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.
4)"NOW FAITH IS the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
--Paul(Hebrews 11:1 [the Bible])
1 Rick Warren, .The Purpose Driven Life. Zondervan, 2002, p.17-18