Real Success for the Real Man: Prosperity and Purpose


How do you define real success?

Is it defined by a bank account? Is it defined by material possessions, grand accomplishments, fame or noterietay?

Real success for the real man must be defined in the way that God defines success.

The modern day prosperity gospel movement has it all wrong. It’s not biblical at all and to preach it one most accept Bible passages completely out of context.

Yes, God wants you to be prosperous. Yes, God wants you to have success. But real success as God defines it, not you.

If you study the principle of real success in the Bible, you will find it is often attached to obedience to God’s word.

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.
Joshua 1:8

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalm 1:2-3

Let’s take a look at some real biblical teaching of real success.

Real Success: Finding God’s Purpose

Most men today lack purpose. They have no vision, no goals and no direction.

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18

This verse is often taken out of context and used to teach the importance of a vision for the future, or the development of goals.

While that is certainly important, the word vision in this verse is referring to the receiving of God’s word as the prophets used to receive and then preach to the people.

What God is telling us here is that when people (you and me) do not have the illumination of God’s word in their life, they run around unrestrained, with no purpose to guide them.

That interpretation is backed up by the second half of the verse where we are told that the man who is obedient to God’s word is happy.

Again, real success is tied to obedience to God’s word, His law.

bible prayerFor real success, a real man needs God’s word in his life. He needs to be personally reading the Bible and attending church where the word of God is preached. (See Hebrews 10:25)

It’s when you are close to God as you read His word and pray that God will reveal to you His purpose for you. Your purpose comes from knowing God’s word and being obedient to it.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecclesiastes 12:13

Spend time with God and ask Him to reveal His purpose to you.

I believe that God has a master plan for every man’s life. He has a divinely designed purpose for each of us. He’s just waiting for you to get serious and ask Him..

God directly tells us what some of His purposes are in the Bible.

We are to witness and tell others about salvation and win souls for Him. We are to love, be forgiving and live a life pleasing and honoring to God.

We are to sacrificially love our wives and raise our children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Eph 6:4)

Obey what you know from God’s word and then God will begin to reveal more of His plan for your life to you.

Ask God to begin to show you His specific purpose for you. God wants you to know what that is, because He desires for you to experience real success.

Real Success: Focusing on God’s Purpose

Real success for the real man means focusing on the things that matter most in life. And those things will always be things that matter for eternity.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33

As you stay in God’s word and as He reveals his will, his purpose for you, stay focused on what He has for you to do.

Too many men start well, but then allow themselves to be distracted by what the world has to offer. They get turned away by the lure of money, power, fame and sex.

In Joshua 1:8 and in Pslam 1:2 we see the focus of a prosperous man. It’s in the law of God, the word of God, the Bible.

A former pastor of mine said often that, “God will simplify your life and unify your purpose.”

Once God reveals to you what He wants you to accomplish for Him, focus on that purpose. Remove all other distractions.

Paul said the he died daily to himself while he focused on the task that God had given him to do.

That’s tough for men to do. But as we grow in our relationship with God and with our Savior Jesus Christ, the Spirit helps to guide our steps.

I have found this true in my own life.

As God has revealed to me the purpose of helping young Christian men live for God and discover God’s purpose for them, it has become easier for me to focus on that desire.

All real success comes from God.

God calls, God equips and God fuels the desire within you.

Real Success: Faith in God’s Purpose

Once you know God’s purpose and you focus on God’s purpose, then have faith in God’s purpose.

Real success for the real man comes from faith in God and in His direction.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Psalm 37:23

Joseph had times when he must have wondered what God was doing. He was obedient to God’s law, but ended up sold into slavery. He lived right, but ended up thrown in prison.

The apostle Paul was very focused on God’s purpose for him, yet he was stoned, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and suffered physical problems.

Real success, real prosperity as God defines it means a man has faith. The prosperous man knows that any situation that arises in his life, God is using it to build him and further His purpose.

God may show you a vision for your life that you can’t possibly imagine achieving. It might even scare you!

Maybe God wants you to be a great leader of people speaking from stage and encouraging groups of men. Maybe it’s a calling to a foreign country to preach the gospel and start a church.

Moses argued that he wan’t equipped to lead Israel out of Egypt. Saul was found hiding when God anointed him King. Isaiah said, “I am a man of unclean lips.” Paul said that he was the greatest of sinners.

Want to experience real success, real prosperity? Want to know how a real man lives? Live by faith. Believe that God has your best interest in mind, wants the best from you and will always be faithful to you.

When God shows you His purpose, have faith and trust that God will be there to help you accomplish the task.

Summary and Resources

Real success does not mean that God wants you to be wealthy. There’s nothing wrong with wealth. A lot of good can be done when a Christian has wealth and uses it for God’s purpose.

God may allow you to have wealth, or he may not. Wealth is not the measurement of real success.

The apostle Paul was not wealthy, but he was definitely a man of real success and prosperity.

Real success does not mean that God wants you to be healthy. God has used so many people to be examples of His grace and strength through sickness and physical disabilities.

The book of Job shows us that sometimes God chooses to show His grace through someone who is suffering. Job lost his family, wealth and health. Why? Simply so that God could be glorified through it all. Think of it! Job has been an encouragement to millions of people who have experienced suffering in life.

By the way, God restored Job and gave him more wealth than he had lost.

Real success and real prosperity for the real man comes from knowing God’s purpose, focusing on that purpose and then having faith that God will work that purpose out in his life.

Become a man that strives for real success. Not success as defined by the world, but success and prosperity as defined by God.

If this has helped you in some way, please comment below and let me know. And share this with other men that you may know who are struggling with purpose in their life.

If you want to know more about how to find God’s purpose for your life, please reach out to me. I’d love to connect and offer you a free, short coaching call to help you.


Doug is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran who enjoys computers and technical gadgets. He serves God in his local church in the audio/video ministry. He holds an Advanced Diploma of Biblical Studies from Faith Bible Institute. Doug and his wife, Emily, have been married since 1989 and have successfully raised three children. It is his desire to impact young Christian men.

“I believe that most men are not living up to the potential that God has for them and I want to help them to find their purpose, grow spiritually and impact other men for Christ.”

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