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Real Success for the Real Man: Prosperity and Purpose

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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This is the One Thing That Determines Your Success!

This is the One Thing That Determines Your Success!

Ever wonder what the One Thing is that you’re missing? Why do others have success and you don’t?

In this video, I share with you the One Thing that will determine your success or your failure.

Know what it is?
 

 
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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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What Are You Learning? (Are You Stuck?)

What Are You Learning? (Are You Stuck?)

If you’re not learning, you’re not growing. If you’re not growing, then you are stagnate; or worse, you’re digressing and moving backward in your personal and business growth.

Keep yourself in constant learning mode so that you can continue to become more than you are today.

I share my thoughts on this in the video below…
 

 
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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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Are You a Spender or an Investor?

Are You a Spender or an Investor?

Are You a Spender or an Investor?

I don’t mean this in the way that you’re probably thinking. I’m asking about your mindset when it comes to personal development or growing your business.

If you’re the kind of person that always sees things as an expense, like “I’m spending money on a book”, or “I’m spending money to go to the event (or buy this course),” then you’ll have a difficult time sharing your product or opportunity with others.

You need to shift that way of thinking as an entrepreneur and start seeing those “expenditures” as investments in yourself and in your business.

More details in this video:
 

 
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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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How to Be a Better Person. Or, How Big Are You?

How to Be a Better Person. Or, How Big Are You?

How to Be a Better Person. Or, How Big Are You?

Did you know that you will never progress beyond what you are?

It’s true.

how to be a better personWhenever you attempt to accomplish something great or move forward in your life, you will come up against opposition. Sometimes that opposition is outward, but most of the time the challenge or the obstacle is internal. It’s a fear of failure, a fear of rejection, a belief that “I don’t deserve this success in my life.” It could be poor attitudes. Or, perhaps it’s just a lack of a specific skill that you don’t feel you can learn.

How to Be a Better Person: You Need to Become Bigger Than Your Problems

If you aren’t bigger than the problem then you will never progress beyond it. You will be stuck where you are in life.

“You will never progress beyond what you are.”

Think of athletes that run and jump hurdles. The hurdles are 3.5 feet high. If those athletes want to compete and have any chance at success, they will have to be able to leap 3.5 feet high. If they fail and are unable to jump that high then they will have to work on themselves, train and grow to overcome those hurdles. If they allow laziness or wrong attitudes to keep them away, they will never succeed.

Jim Rohn, motivational speaker and someone who had great success in his life, said, “Don’t wish it was easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.”

You see, it’s the struggles in life, and your responses to them that help you to grow into a bigger and better person than you were yesterday. But you have to make the correct response to the problems. You can become bitter or you can become better. It’s all in the attitude.

How to Be a Better Person: How Big Are You?

I once heard someone say that “you can determine the size of a man by the size of the things that make him mad.”

That’s not intended to be a sexist statement. Men, more than woman, have a real problem with anger, but that doesn’t take you women off the hook, because we all struggle with anger. Think about that statement and then think about some of the things that you’ve been angry about recently. It’s a very humiliating exercise if we’re all honest with ourselves.

Honestly, I get angry if someone in front of me is driving too slow! What’s slow? Well, anyone driving slower than I am, of course.

Here’s the truth: small people get angry about small things. Big people don’t let small things bother them. Anger is not an internal attitude that is conducive to success in any area of life. If you want to accomplish something great, you will have to grow to be bigger and better than the small things and leave the anger behind.

Now, that example is focused on anger, but it can be applied to other areas of your life. Learn to recognize areas where you’re being small. You will need to grow in all areas; physical, mental and spiritual. All of these areas require attention if you are to become a bigger person able to overcome your obstacles.

How to Be a Better Person: Tips For Growth

So, you might ask me, if I know that I need to grow, how do I work on that?

First, take a look at who you spend time with. If you want to grow to be bigger than you are, you will need to be around people that help and encourage you in that direction. You just might need to separate yourself from some of your negative friends and possibly relatives. Read my post on influences for more information in this area.

Second, if you want to be bigger and better, then you need to work on yourself. Read books that help improve your attitudes and thought processes. Read inspirational books about others that have achieved. Watch videos or attend seminars by people that are dedicated to helping others succeed.

Finally, as you learn, teach what you learn to other people. You’ll be surprised how much you can improve yourself when you begin to use what you learn and help others. I once was told that, “You will find yourself when you lose yourself in the service of others.” It’s the teacher who always learns the most.

So, there are some thoughts on how to be a better person.

How big are you? Are there areas of your life that you know need growth?

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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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