Today, I share with you a key secret to YOUR success. Maybe, nobody has ever told you about this secret…because they did not know about it themselves.
Maybe, you have never recognized this secret for yourself…although it has been laying openly before you all your life…waiting for you to recognize it and use it.
Or maybe, somewhere along the way, a teacher actually did tell you about this secret…but perhaps you did not recognize or understand it. Perhaps it was so contrary to the mentality of the people surrounding you that it did not register with you. Perhaps you simply did not like the premise of it. Whatever the case, the net result was that you turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the secret…you promptly forgot about it…and continued on in your life without it.
Now having said this, if you have read any of my writings, then by the end of this article, you will recognize that this secret has been laced through almost everything I have ever shared with you…and now, it is time for you to fully understand this secret so that you can use it for good: for your own good…for good in your family…and for good in God’s Kingdom.
Today can be a turning point in your life!
However, I should warn you in advance…this secret may at first make you angry…it may go against principles you have believed in for a long time…it may seem like heresy and sacrilege to you…it may contradict the “philosophy” you have built around a narrow list of favorite, nice-sounding scriptures that feel good to you.
But, IF you have spent years (or decades) using your philosophy…and it has not produced the success you want, then I recommend you update your philosophy with this secret.
The secret is summed up well in an old Quaker saying that says: “Pray…but move your feet!”
In other words, it is a good thing to pray…but DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE AND BENEFICIAL WHILE YOU ARE PRAYING. DO MORE THAN JUST SIT AROUND DOING NOTHING WHILE YOU PRAY.
To say it even more strongly, the secret is do not waste time and energy asking God for things that He has given you the ability to create and manifest for yourself.
Realize that God has given you the ability to create and manifest far more than you may have wanted to admit or believe up to this point.
Specifically, instead of sitting around wasting your life away asking God for miracles…instead of languishing in unwanted, unpleasant conditions and circumstances (and perhaps dragging the people you love down with you) while imploring God for a divine intervention…just GO AHEAD and create and manifest goodness WHILE you are praying for God’s help.
How do you create and manifest goodness?
You devote your time and energy towards learning and working…while your mindset, drive, focus, and commitment is directed towards providing benefit and value to other people.
Instead of praying for miracles from God…or from other people…direct your prayers towards asking for God’s help behind-the-scenes…in those areas that are outside of what you can do, affect, or impact…while you do your part of learning and working smartly on the front-scenes.
And importantly, this behind-the-scenes part that is outside of what you can do, impact, and affect is FAR SMALLER than what the typical person lazily wants it to be.
It is common for a person to want God’s part to be the large, hard part…and their part…the part they are responsible for…to be a TINY, SIMPLE, EASY, NO-EFFORT-REQUIRED part…and that is NOT how success is…or how success works.
Bluntly, too many people want their success to come to them as a result of God’s divine, miraculous intervention…or as a result of some wealthy benefactor giving them a large money-gift…or as a result of winning some lottery…AND SUCCESS NEVER, EVER COMES IN ANY OF THESE WAYS!
Even if a person is able to work up a heart-throbbing story and thereby finagle a money-gift from someone…or even if a person happens to get lucky and win a large lottery…it will not be long until that person is in worse circumstances and conditions than they were in before they received the gift or winning.
Now, let’s pause here…you may well be popping in anger…you may well be rejecting what I am saying…because it is not how you want the world to be…because it is not how you want life to work…because it is not how you want God to be towards you…because you want God to align with your model…instead of you aligning with God’s model. But always remember: how things really are…and how things really work…has nothing to do with how we “wish” things would be.
As an adult, you KNOW that the “idyllic philosophy” that a child exhibits in his or her “pretend play” simply does not correlate to success in the real world.
Pretending to be a doctor…or an astronaut…or a sports star…or a movie star…or any other high-performance person of success is very, very different from putting forth the learning and work necessary to actually BECOME such a person.
And yet, too many adults go through their adult life “wanting” their “idyllic philosophy”…their “pretend play”…to produce success for them…BUT IT DOES NOT…and the sooner they accept that…and update their philosophy to a grown-up philosophy…the sooner they can get to the success they want…and that God wants for them too.
Back to the child’s play…you will NEVER hear a young child say, “I want to be a low-paid, low-success person when I grow up.” No child wants to be a trash-hauler, floor-sweeper, dish-washer, and so on. What every child wants is to be something big, important, meaningful, significant, and successful.
That is what God wants you to be too. In fact, did not Jesus tell us in Matthew 18:3, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven“?
But again, while child-like faith and child-like desires are good…a childish philosophy DOES NOT produce the success we all want to enjoy in life. Similarly, a beggarly philosophy DOES NOT produce this success either.
Now, I can hear some of you rejecting what I am saying…I can hear some of you quoting scriptures such as Matthew 18:19, John 14:14, John 16:23, and so on that tell us we can simply ask and whatever we want will be given to us…but YOUR OWN experience has taught you that these scriptures do not work in this way…which is confirmed by James 4:3, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss“.
So, let your anger go…let your resistance go…and let’s look at some scriptures that tell us the truth of this secret I am telling you about…
“Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou are in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” Matthew 5:25-26
Notice what this pair of verses TELLS you.
Notice that this pair of verses makes it clear that IF you end up in trouble, God is NOT going to bail you out…that you are in fact on your own and you are going to have to work yourself out of your mess without God’s help.
Now, why is this?
It is because YOU COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO AVOID THE PROBLEM…BUT YOU DID NOT DO “YOUR PART” TO AVOID THE PROBLEM!
“But, doesn’t God love us?“, you argue. “Surely, if God loves us, He will help us get out of trouble, right?”
Well, you have to understand that love and consequences are two totally different things…and love does not excuse a person from consequences! In fact, true love administers consequences so that the beloved will learn and work properly.
Bluntly, this scripture is TELLING us PLAINLY that we should NOT expect or count on God to miraculously deliver us out of our SELF-INFLICTED troubles, problems, and messes…especially when the problems could have been avoided by learning and effort on our part.
Now, I grant you, God sometimes does deliver people. In His great mercy and grace, He sometimes delivers people in spite of their foolishness and ignorance. But, to live life EXPECTING God’s miraculous deliverance out of self-inflicted problems will soon prove to be foolhardy…as proven by the corresponding misery and suffering such a person gets to live in.
Again, we see the secret…God expects YOU to do for yourself those things that you CAN and SHOULD do. And, if you do not, then YOU will pay the price and suffer the consequences.
If God has bailed you out of self-inflicted troubles, problems, and messes, then you should realize that was pure mercy and grace…AND…you should realize that God will NOT continue to bail you out…because He has already given you mercy and grace…He has already given you the opportunity to LEARN what you needed to learn…He has already given you the opportunity to do things PROPERLY and CORRECTLY…and if you did not learn what you should have learned from your past experiences…and if you did not use the opportunities to MAKE SURE YOU NEVER AGAIN MADE THE SAME KIND OF MISTAKES…then you can reliably count on the fact that you are on your own…and you ARE going to pay the “uttermost farthing” to get YOURSELF out of your mess.
The other thing these verses speak to…that we all know…is that life can at times be quite “adversarial”. It does not matter if you are the world’s poorest person…or the world’s richest person…or anywhere in between…life IS going to throw adversity at you. That is part of the curse that we inherited from Adam. But, adversity or not, there is always something YOU can do…there is always something that needs to be done by YOU…WHILE you are praying and asking God for help.
Now we come to the next scripture that pertains to this secret…
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee“. Hosea 4:6
It really is the most amazing thing…people will eagerly learn about things that have no meaning, benefit, or value…and at the same time, they will resist learning meaningful, important, beneficial things with all of their being.
They will diligently STUDY the latest sports stats…or the latest celebrity trends…but try to get them to read a book or listen to an audio program that will give them some valuable knowledge and they will resist, reject, and procrastinate…until ultimately the net effect is that they refuse to read or listen to anything that will give them knowledge.
They will invest spectacular amounts of time and energy towards learning how to work and manipulate charity systems and subsidy programs…but try to get them to learn about how to provide value and benefit to other people…well, you will find that it is a major up-hill battle because they are not very interested in that…and they have loads of excuses besides.
By the way…here is a side note for you to consider: successful people are constantly amazed at how HARD unsuccessful people “work” at being…and remaining…unsuccessful.
Unsuccessful people consistently work FAR HARDER…and SUFFER FAR MORE…in order to get their meager portion out of life…than the successful person ever had to work or suffer in order to create and manifest success.
But, this should not be surprising I guess…after all, the Bible tells us in Proverbs 13:15, “the way of transgressors is hard.”
Who is the transgressor? It is the person who is unwilling to acquire and apply WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, and UNDERSTANDING…the very items that the ENTIRE Bible directs us to seek, acquire, and apply.
So, understand clearly that if we reject knowledge, then God TELLS us PLAINLY that He will reject us too.
In short, people who reject learning…and who refuse wisdom, knowledge, and understanding…are rejecting and refusing success.
That brings us to this point: ALL successful people are LEARNERS! No exceptions!
“But wait!“, you argue. “What about those people who did not finish high-school or college and yet they became millionaires or billionaires?”
Well, I challenge you to dig into the details of their back-story…and you will infallibly find that the person was a diligent, dedicated, devoted, devout LEARNER.
Perhaps the person had to drop out of school for survival reasons. Abraham Lincoln is an example of this kind of person. But, after Abe’s long day of working to survive, history reports that his evenings were filled with reading, study, and learning. Moreover, history reports that Abe literally read books while he walked to work day by day. Abe came from the poorest of circumstances…lost his mother at a young age…but he was a LEARNER…and ultimately, he became one of the greatest…if not THE greatest…President the United States has ever had.
Or, perhaps the person dropped out of college because the learning pace was too slow or the learning depth was too shallow…and the person realized that they could learn much faster or more thoroughly on their own. Perhaps the person recognized that a college environment was just slowing him or her down from doing important things. Bill Gates of Microsoft fame is a great example of this kind of person.
Again…feel free to dig into the back-story of ANY truly successful person and you will infallibly find that they are (or were) SERIOUS LEARNERS!
Now, I DO believe in prayer…the Bible tells us to pray always…and I DO believe in miracles.
IF, like Daniel, you find yourself being thrown into a Den of lions…and there was nothing you could have done to prevent it short of denying Christ…then in that case, you can absolutely expect and depend upon God to provide a miracle.
But, outside of situations like this, when you find yourself receiving a miracle…you better realize that it is one of two things. One, it may be that God is giving you mercy and grace…and you better learn what you need to learn…and change or do whatever you need to change or do…so that you never again put yourself in a bad situation like the one God just delivered you out of…because if you do, you will most likely find yourself “on your own”. Two, it may be that God…in His goodness and generousness…is simply giving you a gift…which you should receive with thanksgiving and praise…while continuing your learning and working to provide value…without depending upon any additional miraculous gifts.
Ironically, the less you depend upon miracles, and the more you devote yourself to learning and working, the more “miracles” will happen in your life.
To summarize, do not waste time and energy asking God for things that He has given you the ability to create and manifest for yourself. Instead, devote your time and energy towards learning and working…while your mindset, drive, focus, and commitment is directed towards providing benefit and value to other people…and in doing so, you will create and manifest success for yourself, those you love, and God’s Kingdom.
One last point related to this secret I am sharing with you…
Unsuccessful people LOVE to proclaim that successful people obtained their success by being greedy liars, deceivers, and cheaters. However, prevailing reality does not support this proclamation.
Similarly, poor people LOVE to proclaim that the rich obtained their wealth by robbing the poor. But again, prevailing reality does not support this proclamation.
Certainly, there has been…and there always will be…people who are greedy liars, deceivers, and cheaters…but there are just as many or more of these kinds of people in the unsuccessful ranks of life as there are in the successful ranks.
Certainly, there have been wealthy individuals who took advantage of poor people…but there continues to be FAR MORE cases of poor people taking advantage of other poor people…than there has ever been of rich people taking advantage of poor people.
Similarly, there continues to be FAR MORE cases of poor people stealing from and cheating their employers than there has ever been of employers stealing from and cheating their employees.
The prevailing reality is that success stems from providing value, service, and benefit to other people. And, where there is a lack of success, there is a corresponding lack of value, service, and benefit provision.
Who are the successful people who have plenty of money?
The answer is easy…they are the people who are behind the many “brands” that we appreciate, value, and enjoy in our regular lives.
Why do we appreciate, value, and enjoy certain “brands”?
It is because they provide benefit in our lives. These “brands” are the best products…the highest levels of service…the grounds of trust and loyalty…the means by which life is made better, easier, and more enjoyable.
How did these “brands”…that we continue to GIVE our money to…come to mean so much to us?
Was it just luck? Was it just happenstance? Was it due to devious misconduct? NO it was NOT!
The success and wealth of these “brands” came as a result of certain people APPLYING and DEVOTING themselves to LEARNING and WORKING to provide value, service, and benefit to other people.
Search the internet…scan the business magazines…look for the “top brands”…and then dig into the back-story of how those brands came into being…and how they progressed. Today, many of them are huge, multi-million, or even multi-billion dollar businesses…but at the beginning, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE BRANDS was nothing more than an idea in some man or woman’s mind…and that man or woman applied his or her self to LEARNING and WORKING to create and manifest that idea into the thing of value, service, and benefit to other people that we see today.
They did it…and you CAN do it to…IF you APPLY and DEVOTE yourself to LEARNING and WORKING like they did!
You don’t need a killer idea. You don’t need a giant financial grub-stake. You just need to apply and devote yourself to learning and working…while holding your focus upon finding some small way to provide value, service, and benefit to others. In time, you may well find yourself in the list of wealthy “brand” creators and owners…enjoying all the success that God meant for you to have and enjoy all along. He was just waiting on you to apply and devote yourself to learning and working.
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