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How to Be A Success (Robb Thompson)

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Success Is Only A Dream For Those Who Talk About It; Success Is A Reality To Those
Who Pursue It.
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"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in
it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in
 it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

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Intellectual Greeks, proud Romans, ancient Syrians, culturedEgyptians, fiery Arabs,
colorful Persians, and worldly Babyloniansoccupied half of Palestine on the eve
of Jesus' birth. The other halfwere Jews-a divine culture split into many rival,
 often hostile sects.But from the beginning, Jesus lived and breathed success. Let
me remind you, however, success doesn't come because you're a nice person or because
you yearn for it. Success only comes because you achieve it. You earn success by
 being willing to exchange your time and effort for what you desire.
Well-known author James Allen, says, "Achievement is the crown of effort." No significant
achievement in all of history ever came without paying a significant price. The
marked effort you are willing to exert ultimately determines your success. Fulfilling
your dreams and achieving your goals is your responsibility. God gave you the tools,
but you are the one who must build the house, which represents your life. What kind
of home would you like to have-large or small? It is your choice. You are the master
architect, the chief builder, and the eventual homeowner. Your life is the result
of your own construction. God supplied you with everything you need in order to
build a great life. The only requirement is that you must build it according to
His standards of success.

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Daily Confession
Father, I thank You that Your Word does not depart out of my mouth, but I meditate
on it day and night, and I do all I am commanded to do.
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What Defines Your Life? (Robb Thompson)

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Life Is Defined Not By What You Get, But By What You Give Away.

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“In the same way, the Lord gave orders that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it. Yet I have never used any of these rights. And I am not writing this to suggest that I would like to start now. In fact, I would rather die than lose my distinction of preaching without charge… What then is my pay? It is the satisfaction I get from preaching the Good News without expense to anyone, never demanding my rights as a preacher.”

1 Corinthians 9:14-15, 18 (NLT)

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What an incredible man Paul was! The situation described here is a result of the shortcomings of the Corinthians. Though Paul was their spiritual father, the one who freely gave of himself so they could hear the Gospel, they did not treat him justly. Instead, they unwisely gave honor to people who did much less for them in comparison to Paul. And what was Paul’s response recorded in the Scriptures above?

  • He never demanded his rights.
  • He diligently worked to add to the Corinthians, not to use them for his opportunistic gain.

Do you go to work adding value, or are you like crawdads in a bucket? Every time one crawdad almost makes his way out of the bucket by walking all over the other guys, another crawdad reaches up, pinches his leg, and pulls him right back to where he started. You can live that way if you choose, but you will have nothing to show for it. Instead, be the one to propel others to their promotion. Go to work to add value, not to use others.

Daily Confession

Father, I thank You for enabling me to add value to my world. I pray that You would continue to give me opportunities to become the answer for others.

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