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In Part 1 of the series Positioning Yourself for Success, we talked about from Psalm 1:1-3 what it means to be blessed.
We are taught a very powerful truth on how to position ourselves for success. It is such a simple truth that it is quite often missed. No matter what your circumstance, whether you are in financial hardships, stressful relationships or bad health, you can easily and quickly apply these simple yet powerful principles and see immediate results. Even if you are going well in life, you may seem successful but success may be coming at a price of over working, or at cost to your health and relationships, then these principles once put into place will give you effortless change and success.
The word blessed means to be Happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable.
I made the outrageous statement that if you were not happy, fortunate, prosperous and even enviable in your daily life and on a continuous basis then really you were not blessed and therefore out of God’s purposes. Yes, to be blessed by God is to be happy, fortunate, prosperous and enviable. Wow, what a magnificent gift and blessing we have from God through Jesus Christ.
I then went to to explain that by applying a simple truth you can live a blessed life. That is to
Delight and Desire in the law of God
Meditate or think on God’s law Habitually and Continuously
Now, how do you do this? How do I delight and desire God’s word. Well simply by following the new covenant commandments Jesus laid out for us. There are only three commandments in the word of God that sums up all the commandments of the old covenant.
Love Your Neighbour
Preach/Share the Gospel
We love God because of His perfect love over us. 1 John 4:7-11 sums it up for us perfectly
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (NKJV)
As we allow God’s perfect love to abide within us, we are able to delight and desire the law of God.
To meditate continuously and habitually on God’s law is to do what Romans 12:2 says.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)
Your mind can only be renewed through the Word. Faith is activated by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). As you make a purposeful effort to delve into the most exciting book of life that ever existed, your mind will be renewed and you life will begin to live in a blessed life.
So, two things you need to do to be blessed. Receive God’s perfect love over your life thereby delighting and desiring the law of God and think on and read the word of God on a continuous basis so you mind is renewed in His truths.
I also mentioned in part 1 of this teaching on Positioning Yourself for Success that the benefits Psalm 1 lists in being blessed are as follows:
Total confidence – You shall be firmly planted in a flowing river of contentment. There shall not be any lack nor wavering.
No Fear – Being planted by the river brings no fear of being burnt by the heat of hardships, economic crises, relationship or health issues.
Fruitfulness – You will always be generating an income, have great relationships and great health. You life will not be determined by the external environment of the world but rather by where your roots are planted firmly in the river.
Vitality your leaves will always be green – they will not fade. Strength will be in you all the days of your life.
Today I would like to share with you the three positions Psalm 1:1 instructs us to take as positions of success. In fact, verse 1 of Psalm 1 instructs us what position not to take and the book of Ephesians instructs us on the position to take. Praise God for the bible.
Remember the bible comments on and confirms itself. It the most reliable commentary.
What are the three positions we are to take – Sit, Walk & Stand.
Psalm 1 tells how not to sit, walk or stand and Ephesians tells us how we are to sit, walk and stand in order to be blessed. Remember Ephesians 1:3 states that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. There’s that blessed word again and there’s the source of our blessing – in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Do you know that the word blessed in this scripture is from the root Greek word eulogeo (pronounced yoo-log-eh-o) which means to invoke a benediction upon, to prosper. Wow that is amazing. How blessed are we because of the new covenant of Jesus Christ. David foresaw this new covenant in his time with the Lord and was excited by it. The saints of old longed to live in our days when success in the Lord is effortless on our part as it has to do completely with the finished work of Jesus and not our own efforts. Amen and thank God for that.
What I am trying to say here beloved is that we don’t have to work to be blessed. But rather we are blessed with ALL blessings through Christ. Our only effort on our part is to believe on Jesus and His promises. To believe is to have faith. Unbelief is what keeps us out of the benefits of being blessed.
What are the three positions we are to take up to be in a position of success. How we sit, walk and stand.
How we sit – Our Identity. Psalm 1:1 – don’t sit with scoffers and mockers. Those who don’t give honour to God. Don’t hang around such company. There is a saying who you hang around with is who you become. Instead Ephesians 1:20 says we are to recognise that through Christ you are seated with Him in the heavenly realms. Your identity is secured in the position He has graciously allocated for you through His blood.
If you identify and secure who you are as a child of God, then regardless of your position in the world, regardless of your failures and successes, your attitude in life will not be determined by these things but rather grounded in the Word of God. Being seated in heavenly places puts the devil under your feet as you now have a heavenly view point and vantage.
How we walk – Our Purpose. Psalm 1:1 – Don’t walk in the advise and counsel of the ungodly. What can they tell you of your future? Instead Ephesians tells us to
walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called (Eph 4:1)
walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance. (Eph 5:2)
walk as children of Light (Eph 5:8)
Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people) (Eph 5:15)
Our walk therefore is to walk in our purpose and not in the advise of the world. To walk in our purpose is to walk in our calling that God has called us after. To walk in love to one another, to walk as an example of being a child of the light and to walk and live with purpose and on purpose.
How we stand – Our Fight for Victory. Psalm 1:1 – don’t stand in the path of evil doers and sinners. You are likely to get run over with evil, sin and the pleasure of this world that lead to destruction. Instead, Ephesians 6:11-14 tells us to stand against the viles of the devil. Take on a position of war that would battle this present age of evil so that God’s love can invade the earth through us and touch every person on this earth giving them a chance to hear the gospel of the Good News.
To position yourself for success it to be on the winning side. Does it take effort – yes. Faith without works is dead. But, it doesn’t take our good works. Our effort is to simply make the word of God our reality above the world – i.e. To believe in God and not to doubt His promises even when our present reality may contradict the word. Our work is to believe on the One who sent Him.
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29 NKJV
How we sit, walk and stand will play a significant role on what we believe on and in turn play a significant role on our success in being blessed – Happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable.
Which in turn gives us the benefits of
I hope you are getting what this message is trying to convey. Rather than waiting for the benefits before you start being happy, feel fortunate and being fruitful, instead as you believe that God has blessed you and you are blessed and take on a position of success, you will see the benefits flowing in.
Psalm 1:3: And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].
Remember what I said in part 1 of this message. Romans 10:17 states that faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. It then goes on further to say that faith without action is dead. So therefore, you have just heard the word. This will either produce or agree with your faith. The next step is for you to put your new found truth in action and see results.
What must you do next?
Look at the page on Making Change – on sowing a seed of faith and not manna. No, I am not talking about financial sowing, but something much more important that will yield results (fruit) in your life. Click here to find out more.
Then come back and pray this prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, I repent of not living life in the fullness that you have already paid for through your son Jesus Christ on the cross of calvary. I have allowed the lies of this world and the devil to deceive me and influence my thinking. I have not lived a blessed life even though it is readily available to me. I repent of not spending time meditating on your word and being transformed by the renewing of my mind. I repent of forgetting your perfect love over me that casts out all fear and brings life to my whole being.
And now, in the name of Jesus and on the authority through the Spirit of God, I command all lies and deception to leave my mind and I sow a seed of how blessed I am into my life today that will yield fruit for the rest of my days. I thank God for being blessed, happy, fortunate, prosperous and enviable. I declare and decree that I have total confidence, no fear, fruitfulness and vitality in all areas of my life. I declare and decree that I take on positions of Godliness in that I AM seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus and the devil is under my feet defeated. I AM walking in the calling of God and in love. And I AM standing and taking my ground against the viles and plans of the enemy. I speak victory into my life. In Jesus name. AMEN.