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The Search for a Godly Definition of Success

The winds of the world’s ideas of success swirl around us: the pressure to create and to do, to earn more, to be productive, to be successful. People and families alike have definitions of what it means to be successful: major in that field, get that job, be married by xx age and having children.

When we accomplish only some of these things or feel led by God down a different path, people may deem us unsuccessful or misguided, even pressuring us to do something different. Or perhaps we’ve walked those paths and feel disillusioned by the result. Even the world around us is filled with calls to find our niche, push for popularity, make a six-figure income, hustle unto productivity and more, and it’s everywhere!

How we define success in life is crucial. It affects the trajectory of our entire lives and even colors our moods, mindsets and attitudes. How we define success affects everything! Nonetheless, we who are disciples of Christ should be seeking to walk out our journey with God in His ways of success.

How should a disciple of Christ pursue success? What defines success for those endeavoring to live a godly life? And in discovering a godly definition of success, what should we do to achieve it?

Let’s aim to define success God’s way. Below are three keys to a godly definition of success. Continue reading

​Loving Truth and Loving People

Have you heard anyone say that we should love people more than loving truth? I read this recently, yet I know from studying God’s Word that this is false. Hear me out for a moment. :)  

We must love people but we also have to love truth.

God’s Word says that you and I must be lovers of the truth so we can avoid deception in the end times (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

The question is often asked, what is truth? It’s not relative or decided by man. God’s determines truth; it is absolute and unalterable. Jesus defined Himself as the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).

The Bible also says, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). So Jesus is both Love and Truth. You and I are called to love both.

Loving Jesus is the First Commandment. We make Him Lord through our loving and obedience. In the Second Commandment, Jesus exhorts us to love others as well.

John 3:16-17 helps define how to view people; it describes how God feels about them:

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How to Grow in Passion for Jesus

We want to grow in love and passion for God as we pursue a relationship with Him, yet so often we make things far too complicated. Read about and put to action these three simple ways to help grow your passion for Jesus Christ. We want to know how God truly feels about us and what Jesus has done for us, and then take time to be with this One who so loves us.

1. Knowing what God thinks and feels about us ignites our passion for God.

I believe that one of the primary keys for growing in passion for Jesus is knowing how He thinks and feels about us. Many of us have believed things about God that are simply not truth.

When we think of God as a distant dictator waiting to strike us down or believe the lie that He is always angry, we will not even want to spend time with Him. Our feelings of guilt and condemnation will cause us to avoid spending time with Him, or we will always find ourselves trying to “perform” well enough to earn His love.

I once fit this description; I knew God loved me, but it wasn’t getting from my head to my heart. By meditating on the truth of how God enjoys us and experiencing heart healing through His Spirit, I began the journey of truly knowing His heart toward me. You can too.

Know this: The truth is that God loves us and He is not mad or disappointed with us. He gave His Son because He loved all, even before we repented of our sin. He does not condemn us (that’s what the devil does). Father God longs for us to come closer to His heart and experience His love. Continue reading

Union of Hearts

“Someone once asked, ‘Do you know God?’ But there’s a question that is far more important: Does Good know you? The issue on the great day of judgment will not be whether you know God but whether God knows you.”
– Bob Sorge, Secrets of the Secret Place

In that day, many will say they know God, saying, “We did so much in Your name!” Despite their exclamations, they did not have a genuine, intimate relationship with Jesus. They did not talk and walk with Him, the Person, though they knew about Him and did things for Him outwardly. Inwardly their hearts were far from Him, like the religious folk of Jesus’ day (see Matthew 7:21-23).

Inspiring Passion for Jesus Christ : Exchange of Love

Love God, and love others; in doing so, also love yourself as God loves you. Of all things, love is of the most importance, and if our actions do not stem from the roots of love, they profit nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3; 13).

Jesus tells us, “Abide in Me…” He spoke not only of abiding in His Word, but in Him and in His love (John 15). Abide, have your dwelling in Him, friendship. Intimate relationship where you disclose all of you, your thoughts, your feelings, your sins and faults, your victories and hurts.

True communion is more than reading about God and His Word or talking to Him, but the union of our hearts to God’s, where we allow Him to speak and respond to us, letting Him move upon our hearts with His love, light and truth.

May we pursue the most important ambition in all of life, the very purpose for which we were made: Relationship with God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Spirit of God living in us. For this reason we live and breathe, to be loved and to love, growing in intimacy day by day.

To Be Possessed by God

We want to be so possessed by God that we live out of His heart and thoughts, not our own. We want to be laid down lovers of God, as Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries expresses this.

Our number one focus must be intimacy with God (relationship), and living as ones who seek first His kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33). May we be a people of one thing:

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4 AMP)

Our words, our worship and our prayers are far more powerful than we realize.

The Lord has such a calling on our lives to be vessels of His presence in this world, bringing His love and truth to others. We can change the atmosphere as His people, bringing His light, hope, truth and love into every situation.

When we speak His words, they are powerful in bringing life and bringing change! We are called as ambassadors to further His Kingdom on the earth as it is in Heaven.

Put on Love

As representatives of Jesus in this world, we must share the truth in love and not wound our own. We must be careful not to even come to conclusions or assumptions before we have all the information. Above all, we must remember that God alone knows each and every heart, and we must put on love:

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].” (Colossians 3:13-14 AMP)

When we love and bless even those who don’t have everything right (and probably we do not either!), their hearts will be convicted by God’s Spirit and touched by His love.

The Lord is faithful to answer when we pray for Him to change their hearts or work in a particular situation. They will be more willing to hear what we have to share from the Lord, possibly even being set free by His love and truth.

Let us go on to be lovers of God in every way: How we interact with Him and others, how we think and speak, and how we walk and act.