Class 31: “Let God Bless and Make You a Success” (Part 3)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, LET GOD BLESS AND MAKE YOU A SUCCESS.
Allow me to begin with a word from Joyce Meyer. She said, “It is God’s will to bless us, but not necessarily on our terms. Sometimes what we think would be a wonderful blessing would not bless us at all.”
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:
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 choosing to obey the authority over us.
I Peter 5:5 says: “Likewise, ye younger submit yourselves unto the elder.”
God places people in our lives who are older than us, wiser than us, and more experienced than us. Often, this person or people have walked with God for a significant number of years and know how to get a hold of God and to handle life with His strength. Be willing and humble enough to submit yourself to such people — whether it is your parents, pastor, small group leader, or mentor. Blessings and good success come in many ways and one way is by listening to and obeying the “elders” God places in our lives.
2. We experience God’s blessings and gain success by realizing everything we own belongs to God.
Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”
Everything we possess in life is a gift given to us by the grace and mercy of God. We do not own anything. Everything belongs to Him. God has placed in our trust and care certain gifts, talents, skills, and abilities with which we are to fulfill His plan and purpose for our lives. Our lives are not our own; we do not live for ourselves, our glory, our happiness, or our fame. We live for God and for His glory only. When we realize and acknowledge that everything is His, we will be more willing to give and always will experience fullness because in our giving, we will receive much more. Rick Warren said, “living for God’s glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.”
3. We experience God’s blessings and gain success by living on purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
God didn’t create you just to exist; He created you with a purpose and for a purpose. Things don’t just happen to you; they happen for a reason. Most times, the reason is to grow us, mature us, and make us wiser, stronger, and better people. Stop walking through life in a haphazard, aimless mode with a mindset of randomness and arbitrary activities. Circumstances and obstacles do not determine how you act and what you do, neither do people. You determine your success by choosing to act purposefully and intentionally. When we walk in the purpose of God, we don’t miss out on great opportunities that can transform our lives and the lives of others.
Sarah Francis Martin said, “But in God’s kingdom the first will be last, and those who serve Him daily, with humble hearts, will experience real, eternal blessings.”
In our next class, we will begin a new study, “ON THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR EARLY EDUCATION.”
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.