What Stops You? Fear of Success! (4)

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the Lord gave him success in everything he did.‘ Genesis 39:3 NIV

In order to overcome your fear of success you must do these six things:

(1) Give yourself ample time to complete critical tasks on which your success hinges.

(2) Guard your ‘success-already-in-progress’, and don’t engage in actions that thwart it. For example, accumulating cash reserves for your small business and then spending them on clothes instead of marketing and publicity.

(3) Follow up with key individuals who can influence outcomes significant to your success. Get rid of the idea that you are unworthy of their attention, or that they wouldn’t have time for someone like you. ‘Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men’ (Proverbs 22:29 NKJV). Boaz not only owned the field that Ruth was gleaning wheat in, he fell in love with her and married her. Today there are people observing you who are capable of blessing you.

(4) Associate with goal-oriented finishers who get things done and who demonstrate the right priorities in doing so. Watch how they operate and emulate the God-honouring aspects of their behaviour.

(5) Consider the good you can do as a successful person. Think of the non-selfish actions you could take, or the ministries and causes you could support, if you had wealth beyond your needs.

(6) Understand that success is God’s idea, and He gives it to us to fulfil His purposes. As long as your motive is to please God and do His will, you can stand on this Scripture: ‘…the Lord gave him success in everything he did.’

Soul Food: Jonah 1:10 – 2:10; Matt 12:38-42 (Jonah)

Written by Bob & Debby Gass

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Are You in a Storm? (2)

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…Who can this be…?’ Matthew 8:27 NKJV

Matthew records: ‘Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith”? Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marvelled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him”’ (Matthew 8:25-27 NKJV)?

You‘ll never really know Jesus, or what He can do for you, until you go through a storm with Him. That’s why He plans your storms as part of the journey. Jesus asked, ‘Why are you fearful?’ He was teaching us that fear will suck the life out of you and drain you dry of joy. When fear rules your life, safety becomes your God. And when safety becomes your God, you seek a risk-free life. But those who are fear-filled cannot love deeply because love is risky. They cannot give to the poor because, humanly speaking, benevolence is no guarantee of return. And the fear-filled cannot dream. What if their dreams shatter and fall from the sky? No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear.

The Gospels list some 125 Christ-issued imperatives.

Of these, 21 are to ‘not be afraid’.

The second most common command, to love God and your neighbour, appears only eight times.

If quantity is any indicator, Jesus sees fear as one of our biggest issues.

That’s why the one statement He makes more than any other, and the one He is making to you today, is: ‘Don’t be afraid.’

Soul Food: Acts 24-26; Matt 5:21-26; Ps 94:12-23; Pro 11:16-18

Written by Bob & Debby Gass

Tuesday, 28 April 2015