Class 29: “Let God Bless and Make You a Success” (Part 1)
Welcome to Class 29 of “The Ramp” to the Highway of Success course for young women. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society, working in partnership with the Martin Luther King Senior Institute for Young Men & Young Women. The Institute aims to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Sr., commonly referred to as “Daddy King”, whom God used to raise the great leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Our purpose is to guide young men and young women, and help them get on the path to becoming kings and queens for the glory of God.
I am your instructor for this course and the author of the ESSENCE Magazine bestselling book “Letters to Young Black Men” and the national bestselling book “Letters to Young Black Women.” My wife, Meriqua Whyte, and my eldest daughter, Daniella Whyte, co-authored “Letters to Young Black Women” with me. My daughter, who has her bachelor’s degree and is now pursuing her masters degree, and her mother, developed the Study Guide. We are using Letters to Young Black Women and its study guide to guide you through this course. This course is for all young women, but especially for young black women and young women of color who oftentimes face disadvantages that others do not. The goal of this class is to help you operate from a position of strength and power based upon the Word of God so you can be victorious in life. My prayer is that this class will empower you to win against your enemies: the devil, sorry men, and even yourself.
Today, we are beginning a new study titled, LET GOD BLESS AND MAKE YOU A SUCCESS.
— Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a word from Sheri L. Dew. She said, “We are not women of the world. We are women of God. And women of God will be among the greatest heroines of the 21st century.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the entire portion of the corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
Dear Daughters & YBW:
I trust that you have been doing well since my last letter to you.
It breaks my heart to see so many defeated and discouraged young black women in the world today. One of the goals of this book is to show you how you can live a successful, blessed, and victorious life.
The people who are happiest and who are genuinely successful are those who are divinely blessed by God. Well, you ask, how can I be divinely blessed by God?
First of all, God wants you to be obedient to Him. Deuteronomy 11:26-28 says: “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”
In order to obtain the blessings of God, you must obey His commandments. If you disobey them, you will be cursed. I have learned that God is no respecter of persons. He never blesses disobedience: He never has, and He never will, but He does bless those who are obedient to Him.
Second, you must study and meditate on the Word of God. It is vital to your success. All the knowledge you need for success in this life will be found in the Bible. Joshua 1:8 says: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Third, obey your parents and those in authority over you. Always respect them and love them, even though you may walk your own road as you get older. Ephesians 6:1-3 says: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” The Bible also says in I Peter 5:5: “Likewise, ye younger submit yourselves unto the elder.”
God wants you to be a grand success in this life. The road to genuine success is very simple, but not easy. As I mention above, be obedient to the Lord, which includes: prayer, read and meditate on the Word of God, listen to and honor your parents. Additionally, always tell the truth no matter what, and make up your mind to do whatever it takes to reach your God-given goals. Remember, true success in life is doing what God created and gifted you to do, and doing it well for His glory.
Blessed with Success,
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
What are some ways you can experience God’s blessings in your life? Let’s take a look at three of those ways:
1. We experience God’s blessings by being obedient to His Word.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 says, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”
Obedience matters. It is unrealistic to expect God to give us what we want and provide for our needs when we have taken no time and made no special effort to do what He has commanded us to do. The key to a blessed and fulfilling life is found in being obedient to God. This does not mean we will understand everything He tells us to do or like everything He says, but it does mean that we do whatever He tells us to do without question. Abraham obeyed God without question when God told him to sacrifice His only son, Isaac. On the other hand, Jonah, reluctantly obeyed God when God told him to go to Ninevah to warn the people of coming judgment. Both men were blessed after they did what God told them to do. They didn’t understand it. They didn’t like it. But it didn’t matter. Obedience is what God is after. God knows He has our heart when we choose to obey Him no matter what. And when we do that, He chooses to bless us abundantly.
2. We experience God’s blessings by serving and helping others.
Genesis 12:2 says, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing”
The Bible teaches us that we are blessed not so we can boast about our blessings or feel good about ourselves or sit around and do nothing with our lives, but we are blessed so that we can serve and help others. When God blesses us, those blessings are not just for us, they are also for others. As a Christian, our life should be a continuous outward flow of blessings. As God blesses us, we ought to serve and help those He brings along our path. Jesus guarantees that when we give up anything for the kingdom of God in service to others, we will receive many times more than we ever could have received by focusing on our own needs.
3. We experience God’s blessings when we have faith that He will provide for our needs.
Philippians 4:19 says, ““But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
There is nothing that God cannot do for us if we have faith in Him. If we focus on being a blessing to other people, God will take car of all of our needs. A person who has a heart to serve and help those in need will find favor wherever she goes. Rick Warren said, “When you care about helping other people, God assumes responsibility for your problems.” God rules over everything and He is in the business of making sure His children lack for nothing if we truly place our faith in Him and desire to serve others just as He does.
Someone said, “There is one discouraging thing about the rules of success — they won’t work unless you do.”
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET GOD BLESS AND MAKE YOU A SUCCESS”.
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.