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Good Success

(Preached 3-11-09 at Faith)

 Joshua Chapter 1, Gives the commissioning of Joshua to take Moses’ place in leading God’s people into the Promised land. The Lord tells him “to be strong and of a good courage…be thou strong and very courageous…observe to do according to all the law…turn not from it…meditate therein day and night…for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have GOOD SUCCESS.” The word “success” here means to be expert, prudent, skillful etc.

Let me emphasize here that there is a difference between success and “good success.” A person could be a bad success. The news is filled with those who are successful at wrong, evil, or in bad things. The world thinks financial success is good success. The entertainment would thinks a big hit song or movie is a good success. Politicians think good success is passing a new law or defeating an old one. Actually, all of these are at best just temporary success. WHAT IS GOOD SUCCESS?

  1. GOOD SUCCESS is knowing where you are going when you die. “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” 1 John 5:10-13 If you do not know you are going to heaven when you die, you are a great failure.
  2. GOOD SUCCESS is walking with God in this life. There is no success like the success of walking with God day by day. It means to be in harmony with, be in step with, to be close to. 2 Cor. 6:16-18
  3. GOOD SUCCESS is having the privilege of winning others to Christ. Prov. 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. One of the greatest successes of the Christian life!
  4. GOOD SUCCESS is winning the battle with the world, flesh, and devil. 2 Cor. 10:3-6; Rom. 12:17-21
  5. GOOD SUCCESS is knowing and doing the will of God. This is one of the great failures in life. The person who fails at this fails at “Good Success.” Eph. 5:17
  6. GOOD SUCCESS is to be clean (Spiritually) , faithful, ready and watching for Christ’s return. 1 Thess. 5: 5-9

Are you a GOOD SUCCESS? Do you know Christ as Saviour? Are you walking daily with the Lord? Are you winning the battle? Are you living in God’s will? Are you ready and watching for His return? May God help those of us who are saved, to be GOOD SUCCESSES!

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