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6 Tips from Scripture for Success

Follow these six steps from the Bible to accomplish your goals.

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What is success? Wealth? Fame? Power? Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, defined it this way:

“After decades of experience, I am more confident than ever that the Bible’s principles can help anyone anywhere live more effectively. Real success is the spiritual process of developing a mature and constructive personality through which we can accomplish our highest objectives, with the help of God.”

The Scriptural principles of faith, determination, positive action, moderation, goal-setting and perseverance contribute to achievement in both the spiritual and the material worlds. God gave Joseph success in everything he did: “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man…the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand” (Genesis 39:2-3).

If you want to be successful, follow these six steps:

1. Put God first.
God promises that when you put him first, you can accomplish everything you need to. “The Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalms 84:11).

2. Go for the goals!
Focus on the goals God leads you to; give time and thought to achieving them. Proverbs 12:24 promises: “ Work hard, and you will be a leader….”

3. Dream big.
Think of the Bible heroes you have admired all your life: Abraham, Moses, David, Paul. They were men of courage and faith who accomplished great things—with God’s help.

4. Stick with it.
The Apostle Paul concentrated on one thing: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). Make sure your goal is the right one—and then give it your full effort!

5. Motivate yourself.
Every day, expect to do great things. Think positive thoughts. Fill your mind with affirmations, like this one found in Chronicles 22:13: “Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”

6. Gather good support.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 9-10). Look for people who share your values and your faith.

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