In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Sunday July 16, 2006

God Desires Your Success

1 Samuel 15:22       

     

God wants you to be successful. This does not mean He has an automatic plan for you to become rich or famous, although either of these may be included in His ultimate design for your life.

 

God's idea of success begins at the Cross where Jesus died. Success is not measured by what you do in life or what you gain financially. Your love and devotion to Jesus Christ measure your success.

     

In 1 Samuel 15, we read how Saul decided he would offer a sacrifice that only God's anointed priest was commissioned to offer. Since Samuel was not present, Saul felt justified in his actions and made the sacrifice himself.

     

This one act of disobedience cost Saul the kingdom. Here is a lesson we need to learn if we are going to be successful. God anoints certain people to do certain things. He has placed leaders in our lives for a reason. If we want to lead, we must first learn to follow.

     

If you fail to submit to your God-given authority, then success from God's perspective will be difficult to achieve.

     

A successful person has learned humility to the point that he no longer thinks about whether he has gained it or not.

    

We are called to do the will of God, but this only can be done at the feet of Christ.


America at the Crossroads

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