Success

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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Do Good and Fear No Man: Biblical-Based Success Principles

Do Good and Fear No Man: Biblical-Based Success Principles

The United States military builds some of the most incredible leaders in life. Do Good and Fear No Man, Life Lessons from a Career in the US Marines, is a book by one such leader.

He has shown himself to be a man who is faithful in his service to God, his family and his country.

I have the pleasure of knowing the author, Lieutenant Colonel David W. Pinion, U.S. Marine Corps, because of our service in church together. I was surprised the day that I learned that he had published a book.

Of course, I had to grab a copy right away! If a friend writes a book, you buy a copy, right?

Want to live a more prosperous life? Looking for secrets to impact the lives of people around you? Do you desire to become a better leader? A better husband? A better father?

This book will go a long way in moving you in the right direction.

Do Good and Fear No Man started as a project to give to the author’s children.

LtCol Pinion shares his thoughts on the frailty of life when serving in the military and what he would want his children to know should he not return home from a deployment.

“I try not to take anything for granted and am thankful for things as simple as the air in my lungs, my ability to walk across the room, and the ability to hold a thought in my head.”
LtCol David W. Pinion, Do Good and Fear No Man

do good and fear no man book coverFrom the moment I opened to cover, I could feel the heart of the author and a sense of love as he wrote the words. Very much like a father writing to his children, or even a grandfather who wants to pass on truths to his grandchildren.

The writing is certainly not condescending, though. LtCol Pinion will challenge you in the area of faith, your actions toward others and your thoughts of success and prosperity.

It can be read from cover to cover, yet be used as a reference book to look up guidance for specific situations in life.

There is even a list of 299 habits of success.

Do Good and Fear No Man is easy to read, but it won’t be easy putting the lessons into practice. As he mentions in Chapter 2, “Maturity, be it spiritual, emotional, physical or intellectual, doesn’t not just happen; it must be sought after.”

LtCol Pinion shares snippets of his experiences in the Marine Corps, hence the subtitle, Life Lessons from a Career in the US Marines.

In fact, my favorite part of the book are the two epilogues included. These epilogues detail events that happened in Fallujah, Iraq from the perspective of two different military leaders; one of them is the author. These alone are worth the price of the book!

“Life can be incredibly painful and unfair at times, but a lot will be decided on how you choose to react to the obstacles you encounter.”
LtCol David W. Pinion, Do Good and Fear No Man

Throughout the book, you will find quotes from from other authors, lots of Bible and other supporting references. It’s obvious that LtCol Pinion has taken great care to detail all of his sources.

Do Good and Fear No Man is a practical success book from a biblical perspective.

It is packed with life lessons, guiding principles and even practical resources like websites to teach you how to change a tire and recommended books to read.

If you have a desire to become a better person tomorrow than you are today, Do Good and Fear No Man is a great resource for you.

Click here to order your copy from Amazon.

While you’re at it, pick up a few copies for gifts to important people in your life!

You can follow LtCol Pinion on his Facebook page at the following link:
https://www.facebook.com/DoGoodandFearNoMan

Please share this post with others so that we can help LtCol Pinion make an impact on more people through this great book of his!

 

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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The Biggest Mistake Most People Make on Social Media (and How You Can Be Different)

The Biggest Mistake Most People Make on Social Media (and How You Can Be Different)

What’s the biggest mistake that most people make when marketing online?

This will kill your business if you’re posting in this manner. What is it? And, more importantly, what can you do to be different than all the rest and create better results?

 
If this helps you get better results, share it with your teammates.

 
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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 Positive?

Are You Positive?

Are you really a positive minded person? Or do you allow negative thoughts to creep in and corrupt your mind?

In our industry, there are some things that can trip us up in this area. If we’re not careful, there are negative thought processes that we might not even realize are causing us problems.

I explain 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.”

Posted by Doug Allison in Personal Development, 0 comments
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?
 

 
If this helps you, please share it with your team so that they can start finding better prospects too.

 
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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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