You are responsible for your prosperity and your success. 3 steps to success

Joshua 1:8 (NLT)
Study this Book of Instruction continually.  Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.  Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

The word “continually” and the phrase “day and night” mean you are to focus on the principles in God’s Master Success Book on a daily basis.  It is up to you to do something if you are going to be successful.  Often while you are waiting for God to do something, God is actually waiting for you to do something.  God is waiting for you to do three things.  There are three success principles in Joshua 1:8 that will enable and empower you to prosper and succeed in all that you do:

1.  Study God’s success principles.
(“Study this Book of Instruction continually.”)

2.  Meditate on God’s success principles.
(“Meditate on it day and night…”)

3.  Practice God’s success principles.
(“…be sure to obey everything written in it.”)

1.  Study God’s success principles.

The first principle is to study the instructions contained in God’s Master Success Book.  Studying God’s Word is the starting point for your success in life.  To become prosperous and successful, study God’s Word.

You have available to you the success principles found in the Old Testament and the success principles in the New Testament.  The New Testament success principles are found in the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and in the book of Revelation.  All of the Epistles were accepted as being for the benefit of the church as a whole, of which you are a part.  The success principles in the Epistles include the Love Scriptures and the “in Him” Scriptures.

To empower your success, combine your study of God’s success principles with speaking God’s success principles.  Speaking God’s Word releases the power in God’s Word.  Focus on speaking the Love Scriptures and the “in Him” Scriptures.  Speak three things: who God says you are, what God says you have, and what God says you can do.  Studying and speaking the Love Scriptures and the “in Him” Scriptures will give you a good start on the road to prosperity and success.

2.  Meditate on God’s success principles.

The second principle is to meditate on the instructions contained in God’s Master Success Book.  To become prosperous and successful, meditate on God’s Word.  Meditating on God’s Word will help you internalize God’s success principles.  Writing God’s success principles on index cards will help you internalize the principles.  Place each index card where you will see it during the day.  When you see the card, speak the success principle on the card.  This will keep the success principles found in God’s Master Success Book in the forefront of your mind.  To prosper and be successful, meditate on the scriptures that address the issues you are currently working on.

Your associations are a major source of your meditation.  The people you associate with provide you with a source of information that you will meditate on because you are listening to what they have to say.  Who and what you listen to is what you meditate on.  The highest and best possible association is with God.  When you meditate on God’s Word, you are associating with the Creator of the universe.  When you meditate on God’s Word, you are programming yourself with the success principles contained in God’s Master Success Book.

3.  Practice God’s success principles.

The third principle is to practice the instructions contained in God’s Master Success Book.  To become prosperous and successful, practice God’s Word.  Action brings God on the scene.  The successful person is the one who seeks God’s will and delights in doing what God says in His Word.

The phrases “be careful to obey” (in Joshua 1:7) and “be sure to obey” in Joshua 1:8) indicate that success requires action.  Success in life is not unconditionally guaranteed.  You are responsible for the realization of your God-given dream.  Realizing your God-given dream will require more than action, it will require persistent and consistent action.  After taking action, your prosperity and success will require persistence and determination.  There is power in perseverance; never give up!

The Love Scriptures and the “in Him” Scriptures give you an excellent starting point for studying, speaking, meditating, and practicing God’s Word.  When you carefully observe and diligently practice the Love Scriptures and the “in Him” Scriptures, the blessings that belong to you will manifest in your life.  God’s idea of success is that the blessings overtake you!

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