What a great word of nervada. It makes you feel at ease and yet accomplished. Today I want to take a biblical perspective at success. And use the biblical perspective to see if we have the right view on success and all that comes with it.
Let’s start with biblical definition of success…
As I was researching the bible flipping through tons of scriptures, I became shocked in awe. Success… the word “success” is only used once in the entire bible. Out of 56 books and thousands of words and translations from Hebrew to Greek to English… “success” is only used once. Now I know what you’re thinking, success must first deal with the resurrection of Jesus? No. Or maybe it was something that Jesus spoke on? No. (Reference becoming Great article) The reference to success isn’t in any book of King Solomon either.. Shocking right?
Success is defined in the book of Joshua;
After the death of Moses the servant of GOD, GOD spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant: “Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take.” (Joshua 1:1-9 MSG)
This word success means the following in Hebrew;
have insight, wisdom, understanding; to prosper, successful, the potent capacity to understand and so exercise skill in life, a state caused by proper training and teaching, enhanced by careful observation, wise, prosper, skillful, have good success, taught knowledge
When you look at exactly what God said, we now see why Joshua was so successful in all the battles and acquisitions that he and his people embarked. If this is all that is described as successful, how can others gain this same success?
Thankfully the verse tells us exactly how to receive this same success. But we can get a deeper look by viewing from a different lens.
I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—
“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 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. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:3, 6-9 NLT)
What is the deal with the Hittites? I thought like most of you reading that there were at least 7 nations in their promise land? Yes that’s true… But there is something that is significant about the Hittite.
from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ (Joshua 1:4 NLT)
In the Hebrew, the Hittites are descendants of “Heth” who is define as “Terror”. We all know that terror is a adjective for fear. So what does this mean? Is it a coincidence that The Lord instructed Joshua to be courageous three times? I think not.
Expect the more you move to words your destiny, your promise land. The more that a spirit of fear will try and delay or stop you. However, follow the instructions of your Father… Be courageous and strong. Be like the Lion… Be courageous and reign forward.
I believe that the lives of many the bible are types and shadows. Metaphors made through real life accounts. For example the promise land for Joshua, maybe something different for you. However having an enemy that is taller than you named “Fear”.. That metaphor is plain simple. If ever you are going to cross your read sea and accomplish your “success”.. You are going to need to overtake fear.
The last part of the chapter explains exactly how to accomplish this success.
Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 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. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
1. Follow the instructions of your mentor. For you this maybe a pioneer in your industry or advise from wise and trusted friends. Someone that is going where you want to go.
2. Do not deviate, do not get distracted from the plan ahead of you.
3. Study your manual to life, the Word of God. Mediate on the word and revelations of it. That this light is what will empower you to be successful.
4. Be courageous and strong at all times. This includes being bold and powerful, see yourself strong and courageous, one who is fearless. The important part is that you see yourself as the Lion that you are. Be like the “Lion of Judah”. If you think about it… The Israelites were reported to be 5ft tall. While the giants were over 10ft tall. In order to even consider fighting an army of people twice your size… You had to view yourself bigger or better than how it may “appear” and you also had to be both strong and very courageous.
5. In all that you do, do it without fear. Do it consciously knowing that you have God on your side. Knowing that it is him who is backing you and walking with you side by side. You are unstoppable for The Lord is with you!
Go forth and prosper!
Leave your comments on how you’ve used this verse to overcome fear I your life and how you have obtain your success. Share your success story!