God desires for you to succeed (2 Peter 3:9) God wants you to be happy (Galatians 5:22-25) God has provided a plan to achieve both (James 1:17-22). Your ability to achieve all is real. How many make the dire mistake of not seeing that God’s instructions are for their success? Too many are satisfied to be mediocre, and middle of the road. Many are not willing to see the possibilities of God’s way. God’s instructions are for bringing us up to our best. We need to seek improvement and God will provide the way, considering true success and how to achieve it in this life, a success that will carry us beyond this life. We must have a desire to achieve or this will not work. We need to go to God first (Acts 17:27). We must seek His counsel (Psalms 1:1-6). We need to know that we are not at our fullest without Him. God is the source of both happiness and fulfillment. To find success we must submit to the plan. Righteousness is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change. Righteousness is a new way of living, not just an occasional reading and prayer. Yes, I am saying that all have to do something to attain this success. You will have to be educated in God’s Word — the plan. We all have to purposely and intentionally conform and commit our lives to it. Our effort will let us experience God’s ability to direct us toward love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And most of all we have the promise of Heaven (John 14:1-6): everlasting success and happiness!
BULLETIN DIGEST — Charles Willis, Opp church of Christ, Opp, AL