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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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Develop Vision That Will Drive Personal Growth in Your Life

Develop Vision That Will Drive Personal Growth in Your Life

Is there something in your life that you want to overcome, or accomplish, but you’re not able? The problem may be that you simply haven’t developed a vision for what you want become. Develop vision and watch things change!

You need a motivator in your life to move you ahead, to experience personal growth and to become someone that you weren’t yesterday. No, I’m not talking about a coach or someone to cheerlead (although that can be a big help). I’m talking about a real, emotional, internal drive that is going to take you from where you are right now, to where you want to be tomorrow.

That motivation, that drive is a vision.

This isn’t some weird, transferred-to-another-place-and-time vision. I’m talking about a picture in your mind of who you will become and what you will be doing in the future. Something like a goal, but a lot more powerful.

Without vision, you will continue to float along in life, never really accomplishing what you’re truly capable of or making a solid impact in the lives of others around you.

Where there is no vision, the people perish…
Proverbs 29:18

This verse is in the context of the correction of a son. The idea is this: if you don’t correct a son who is going the wrong direction in his life, he won’t have vision and he will perish. If you take the time to correct someone and help them understand where they’re going wrong, you begin to give them a vision of what they can become.

James helps us understand this as well.

For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed… A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 1:6-8

Here, we see a man who is praying to God for wisdom, but doesn’t really believe that God will answer his prayer. James tells us that this man shouldn’t expect to receive anything from God. He’ll continue to go through life wavering and unstable.

You need to have a clear vision and be single-focused, not double-minded, if you want any personal growth in your life.

I believe that most men today walk around with no clear vision of what God wants them to accomplish, who God wants them to impact or what they could really become if they had a clear vision.

You will find it much easier to overcome obstacles, and distractions will decrease, once you get a definite, clearly defined vision of where you’re going. You’ll know who you are striving to become, you’ll have purpose and a you’ll act like a man who is on a mission!

Let’s look at a few ways that you can start working toward developing that vision for yourself.

Develop Vision Through Prayer

First, pray and ask God to give you a vision, to show you what He wants you to do and to become.

God wants us to be productive, successful and prosperous for Him. To do this, He knows that we need a vision of where we’re going and what we need to accomplish. That’s why He told us what He did in Proverbs about people without a vision.

He also told us in James that if we ask Him for wisdom, He will give it to us if we ask and believe. But you need to ask and you need to believe that God will answer.

Pray and spend extra time reading God’s word during this time. God often speaks to us through His written word and He may just reveal some ideas to you through your devotional reading time.

Develop Vision Through Self-Evaluation

Next, take some time away from the noise of life and really focus on yourself. This isn’t something selfish. You need to get clear about what you have within you if you’re going to ever impact someone else.

Get a notebook and start writing. Write notes and notes and more notes. Ask yourself some questions and really spend time developing the answers. Here are some good questions to ask yourself:

  • What am I passionate about? What are those things that make me emotional?
  • What am I good at? What abilities do I have that could impact others?
  • What are my gifts? What do I feel naturally inclined to do for others?
  • What have I been through and overcome in life that I could teach others?
  • What great injustice or sin in life do you feel needs to be fought against?

There are some great tools online that can help you determine your gifts and discover some things about your personality and how you interact with others. Here are a few that helped me:

Develop Vision Through Counsel

Finally, talk to people that know you and can help you. It’s always a wise decision to get good counsel from others. Just make sure it’s good and wise counsel. Be a little discerning here and choose good, Godly counsel from people who are going to steer your in the right direction!

Ask others the same questions that you asked yourself above. You might be surprised with the answers! Remember, other people see strengths in you that you don’t often see. We tend to be very negative about ourselves and overlook our own strengths.

It can be very exciting to develop vision for yourself and your future! It will give you the drive to get up each morning with a mission on your heart. You’ll find yourself studying more and working harder on yourself so you can grow. You will know where you’re going, you will suddenly have purpose.

If you don’t have that vision, go through the steps outlined above. It might not come quickly, but be persistent and keep praying, reading, writing, thinking and talking with others. Feel free to reach out to me and let me help. You can connect with me over social media, email or use the Contact Me page of my site.

If this has helped you, please share it with it others using the social media sharing buttons on the page. Let’s work together to help men define their purpose, grow spiritually and impact others.

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 Create a Vision Board and Keep Your Focus on Success

How to Create a Vision Board and Keep Your Focus on Success

How to Create a Vision Board

Vision boards can be created in many different sizes and in many different ways. The importance of a vision board is that it helps keep you focused on your goals, your dreams and what you want to achieve long term.

In the video below, I share with you my vision board and explain some details on how you can create one. It’s all about the underlying emotion that the board represents.

Watch the video for details.

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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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2 Tips from Les Brown’s New Book, Laws of Success

2 Tips from Les Brown’s New Book, Laws of Success

2 Tips from Les Brown’s New Book, Laws of Success

2 tips from les brownThese 2 tips from Les Brown’s new book, Laws of Success, will help you along your journey to success and personal growth.

I’m on Les Brown’s email list and was happy to receive an invite a while ago to get his new book for free. He’s a great marketer and set up a sales funnel along with the request for the free book. (There’s a tip there for you marketers!)

He wrote about 12 laws of success and I’d like to just share 2 tips from Les Brown’s new book that I know will help you.

Listen to Your Heart

Learn what it is that you’re passionate about. What is it that you want out of life? What can you really see yourself becoming?

This is your Why, your Vision. What is it that is going to drive you through the fear, and beyond the feeling of wanting to quit.

Leverage Your Gifts and Talents

Discover what it is that you’re good at and work to become the best at that! I found it interesting that Les Brown didn’t say to work on your weaknesses. He said to to build on your strengths.

This might be very different from what other may teach, but I believe it’s a very good principle. You can always enlist help from others in the areas that you are weak in.

I share more of these in the video below.

 
I hope this helps and that you got value from it. If so, please comment and share with friends and team mates so that they can grow as well.

Let’s Make an Impact!
Doug

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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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Why You Need a Vision

Why You Need a Vision

VisionYou’ve probably heard that in order for you to accomplish something big, you need to develop your Why. I want to show you that you need something deeper than that. You need a Vision.

No, I’m not talking about a dream, an out-of-body experience or some mumbo-jumbo mystical vision of a ghostly figure telling you the future — “Luke, you must go to Dagobah”. But there is a vast difference between a Why and a Vision.

What is a Why?

A Why is something external to you. Your Why could be money, a nice car, bringing your wife home from work, sending the kids to college. There are probably as many different Whys as there are different people. And, yes, you need one.

Most will say that you must develop your Why if you’re going to be successful in a home business or in anything in life. It is true that if you don’t have a Why at the very least, you probably won’t have the mental fortitude to blast through the tough times or develop the discipline that it takes to move ahead.

Noah St. John, in his book The Secret Code of Success, says that if your Why-Not-To is bigger than your Why-To, then you likely won’t take action. Why should you? But, if your Why-To is much bigger than your Why-Not-To, then you’ll have the reason that you need to take action, even if it’s uncomfortable.

So, by all means, work on your Why and get one because it will push you to action.

What is a Vision?

A Vision, on the other hand, is much deeper than a Why. A Vision is internal. A Vision is the definition of yourself at some future point in time. It’s who you want to be, or become, somewhere down the road. Your Vision includes your character, how you relate to people, what you do and why you do it, your motives.

I heard the actor Matthew McConaughey say once that he wakes up every day chasing himself. What he meant was that he has a defined vision of who he is in the future and everyday he strives to move toward that vision. That’s an incredible way to live life, don’t you think?

Zig Ziglar once said, “Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” Character is part of that Vision.

Why You Need a Vision

A Why will push you to action, and that’s good. But a Vision will pull you, and that’s infinitely better. If you have a Vision pulling you, then you absolutely can not sit still, you have to take action.

A Vision will cause you to read the books that you need to read so that you can become someone greater. A Vision will move you to get around people who push you, motivate you and who are themselves examples of who you want to become. A Vision will cause you to stop listening to the negative music of the world and, instead, listen to motivational and instructional audio while you’re driving.

A Why will push you, but a Vision will pull you to new heights. A Vision will ultimately change your life.

So work to develop that Vision of yourself and who you want to become. You just might be surprised at what you can accomplish that, before, you told yourself you couldn’t do.


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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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