Psalm 112:1 Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds GREAT DELIGHT in his commands.
Every man on the face of the earth wants or desires to be successful. And while..its right to desire to be successful, there are only two ways to get there. SUCCESS can either by FEAR-DRIVEN or FAITH-DRIVEN.
FEAR-DRIVEN SUCCESS says:
Blessed is the man who wakes up early and stays up late; the man who has a life insurance; the man who has savings for a rainy day; the man who exercises and eat health; the man who knows the rules of the game etc.
Psalm 127:2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat_ for he grants sleep to those he loves.
But…something goes missing for this man….HIS HEART! No matter how sure or secure he is at his present or perceived future….HIS HEART IS ALWAYS FEARFUL. Why? Because he has no fear of the Lord in his heart.
On the other hand…the man who has the fear of the Lord in his heart walks securely. His present or future is sure…as he walks by faith.
FAITH-DRIVEN SUCCESS says:
Blessed is the man who FEARS the Lord; the man who finds GREAT DELIGHT in his commands; the man who is COMPASSIONATE; the man who is GENEROUS; the man who is JUST.
But unlike the FEAR-DRIVEN man, the FAITH-DRIVEN man’s HEART is unshaken in difficult times. Yes, bad things might come his way…but his heart remains secure…TRUSTING not in his resources but in the Lord.
Psalm 112:7-8 He will have NO FEAR of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is SECURE, he will have NO FEAR; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
And while it is good and right to look and desire for a personal success, God desires to grant much more to the man who fears Him. God wants to give you an ALL-ROUNDED success.
PERSONAL SUCCESS… Blessed is the man who fears the Lord….Psalm 112:1
FAMILY SUCCESS… His children will be mighty in the land….Psalm 112:2
GENERATIONAL SUCCESS...The generation of the up right will be blessed. Psalm 112:2
Are you looking for success? Are you looking for a secure future? Then…this might be for you.
Proverbs 3:21-26 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do no let them out of your sight; they will be LIFE for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on YOUR WAY IN SAFETY, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your SLEEP WILL BE SWEET. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD WILL BE YOUR CONFIDENCE and will keep your foot from being ensured.
Go….and be successful in whatever you set your heart to do, but keep your HEART anchored in the Lord now and always!
The best insurance is still blessed assurance. Thanks for the encouraging word.
I always admire your ability to hit the nail right on the head with your posts.
This post about fear versus faith is another excellent one.
I do not know much of your background, or how you got to where you are now spiritually, but I can tell that you have spent much time at the feet of our Lord. My spirit always feels so refreshed after visiting your blog place.
Thank you. THe past two days GOd has been speaking to me about FAITH, so I have no doubt that it was God that led me to read the post you have written.
Blessings abound in your life today, dear blog friend.
Thank you Gladwell for this wonderful definition of success. . .and it all lying in Jesus! love, deb
Yes Gladwell, how we need to guide our hearts. God bless. Bisi
Gladwell, I used to seek fear-driven success, but faith-driven success is much sweeter even though I cannot take all the credit for that success. What a great reminder of the type of success that brings peace. Thanks! Peace, Linda