To Love God
There can be no success without loving God. Do you Love God? Remember the quote from John Pipers Book – would you be happy with heaven without Jesus? You cannot really, truly serve God without loving him passionately. It has always been the standard – Deut 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel:(A) The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5You(B) shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
We must search our hearts on this one. Because we can think we love God – but we may really only love the social aspect of church – or the position it gives us – or the activities – take all those away – just you and God alone – does your heart jump for joy to spend time with him – do you get lost in your devotion time talking with him or reading the word. Matthew 22:37-38: 37And he said to him, (A) “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment.
To Believe God
This may sound strange – but do you BELIEVE God. Belief in God is not the issue – even the demons believe in God and they tremble. Do you believe what he has said? Do you believe that God is the creator of every single atom in the universe? That every single thing he has said will happen. That every command he has given is true and right. Do we believe that Jesus died FROM YOU AND FOR ME? Do we believe that we are going to heaven and will spend eternity with him? Do you believe that if we pray to God he hears us? Do you believe that we can trust God in EVERY detail of our life? Do we believe that we do not have to worry about your life? Do you believe that God will take care of you – even when you are sick?
Are You A Person OF Prayer?
Do we spend a significant amount of time in prayer to God? This is not meant to give you a guilt trip but an encouragement. Prayer is where we engage with God – his word and his spirit. John Bunyan said you can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.
We must pray because of what prayer does to us. It draws us closer to God. It exposes us to his will, to his voice – we learn to discern his spirit – we can unload the burdens we carry and receive the sweet sense of peace that only God can give – that transcends all understanding. We must pray because Jesus prayed – he prayed alone – early in the morning – at night – he prayed. Leaders need to develop a prayer life.
Is Your Life Growing In Holiness?
God calls his people to be Holy. Leviticus 19:2 says “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them,(A) You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.
Jesus tells us in matt 5:48 You therefore must be(B) perfect,(C) as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Perfection – holiness – that’s the standard – the bar NEVER drops. But Jesus brings us up to that bar when we trust in him. But how is your holiness. Holiness is foundational to true success. No one can be regarded a success who pursues a life contrary to God’s will.