By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of January 1, 2023
When God is with us in our endeavors, we succeed. This awakens fear in our enemies and love in those we lead.
David is an example.
1 Samuel 18:14-16 NIV say that "In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns."
So, the key to success is submission to God. Where's there's faithfulness, there's a powerful synchronicity in relationship that includes honor and grace-favor.
Proverbs 3:3-4 TPT say, "Hold on to loyal love and don’t let go, and be faithful to all that you’ve been taught. Let your life be shaped by integrity, with truth written upon your heart. That’s how you will find favor and understanding with both God and men—you will gain the reputation of living life well" (Strong's #7922).
We simply cannot lose when we trust and obey God.
Joshua is another example. He was known for his careful obedience.
God's instruction to him was "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful" (Joshua 1:8 AMP).
The Word "successful" (Strong's # 7919) here means to be prudent, to gain understanding, which is to build Godly wisdom, insight, discernment and intelligence.
Right now, I'm seeing God bring a trail of in-road connections that will support us through some big shifts just in front of us. These connections will help us by warming and strengthening our hearts for new levels of work beyond.
God is revealing His truth and promises in ways that will get through to us. He’s helping our attitudes along by perfecting us. He’s making us into sharp, swift instruments as we continue to align with His Word.
Ephesians 4:22-24 TPT are key. They say, "And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self-life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you. And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness."
He is fashioning us to flourish even more. He is changing our anointings.
We’ll find a new boldness that’s rooted in His true strength and power. Gone will be the hard-heartedness of our pasts. As un-resolve continues to be uprooted, no longer will we attract more pain.
Since we become what we behold, Holy Spirit will cause us to release residual falsehoods that once kept us bound.
Where the enemy intended to bind us by blinding us, the curse will be reversed when we come into more of His truth. Former wounds will be bound and wholeness will prevail.
Where truth is restored, integrity is restored. Wisdom becomes a joy as we are reset to succeed in areas where God can trust us with more.
This kind of deliverance is, in itself, a type of success, where we prevail over that which once hindered us and our inherent promises by driving out ungodliness and taking possession of what God says is ours (Strong’s #3423).
We see this in David’s mission and in Joshua’s, where they constantly overcame that which tried to overcome them.
They built victories into their lives by first dwelling in it.
Willing to lay all down for His Kingdom, they were made strong in our Lord. They understood that their blessings came with persecutions (Mark 10:30). Yet, they were still faithful.
They depended on God for unique strategies that grew them to know Him and honor Him more. They fought their way through opposition and fulfilled their uncommon purposes with these divine strategy.
They understood God’s priority and timing. They knew when to rise and where to establish. They knew what to accomplish and how to endure. They knew how to take a stand (Strong’s #6965). And they trusted God to lead them.
They learned along the way by reaching for God to lead them beyond themselves. They experienced incremental successes that led up to the fulfillment of God’s big promises. And we can do the same.
So, pray with me if you will…
Thank You for being with us along our journeys of rebuilding (Nehemiah 2:20). Thank You for making us successful, for enabling us to dwell in Your victory and for causing us to advance and prosper (Ne 1:11; Strong’s #6743). Show us Your ways, Lord. Give us Your wisdom and help us receive it and apply it all along Your paths for us. For Your Kingdom’s sake.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.
Originally published Sunday, 01 January 2023.