Class 30: “Let God Bless and Make You a Success” (Part 2)
Welcome to Class 30 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 continuing our study titled, LET GOD BLESS AND MAKE YOU A SUCCESS.
— Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a word from Barbara Becker Holstein. She said, “May you be truly blessed to always glitter with a radiance that shines from deep within you.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read a portion of the corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
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.
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 more of those ways:
1. We experience God’s blessings and gain success by meditating on His Word.
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.”
We see from this verse that true success never precedes obedience. Success always follows obedience. Faithful obedience to God produces success without sorrow. Meditating on the Word of God includes not just reading it or listening to it, but it involves rehearsing it in our minds and letting it filter through to our hearts so that what we say, what we do, and how we act is in accordance with Its precepts. God does not run short on blessings. But He reserves His truest and most fulfilling blessings and avenues of amazement and enjoyment for those children of His who delight in His word and strive to obey His Word.
2. We experience God’s blessings and gain success by choosing to be fully dependent on Him.
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Being fully dependent on God means that we love Him enough and trust Him enough to obey Him and walk hand in hand with Him in order for His purpose and plan to be fulfilled in our lives. When we refuse to trust God, we attempt to do life our way and work out our situations in our time and way which is almost always wrong. No situation or experience in life is wasted if we are trusting in God with all our hearts and not leaning to our own understanding. Adrian Rogers said, “To know God is to love God. Then to love Him, is to trust Him. To trust Him, is to obey Him. And to obey Him, is to be blessed.”
3. We experience God’s blessings and gain success by allowing Him to give us direction in life.
Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
When we meditate on and obey the Word of God, we open up our hearts and our minds to His direction and guidance. He will guide us away from closed doors and toward open doors. He will speak to us through prayer and confirm what He has spoken through HIs Word. True blessing and success does not lie in our skill or talent, our education or our ability, but in acknowledging the power of God in all of our ways and being willing to surrender our will to His so He can direct our steps. Someone once said, “the steps and the stops of a good man (or woman) are always ordered by the Lord. When we meditate on God’s Word, depend on His Will, and trust His Way, He will literally open the floodgates of Heaven and bestow blessings and success on our lives. Steven Olford said, “it is our duty and it is our joy to find, to follow and to finish the will of God for our lives.”
Someone said, “When we do what we can, God will do what we can’t.”
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.