HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL FOR THE LORD
In order to be a successful Christian, you must first become a Christian.' Jesus said, "Ye must be born again..." (John 3:7). In order to be born again, you must, by faith, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour. (Acts 20:21; Luke 13:3; John 1:12, 13). After you start right, then you need to:
I. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES DAILY (Acts 17:1) Each day you should study the Bible. The word "success" is mentioned only one time in the Bible (Josh. 1:8), and this verse tells us that we must meditate in the Bible day and night, and then obey it, in order to be a success.
II. UNCEASINGLY PRAY - (I Thes. 5:17) The Christians who amount to anything for God are like the first-century Christians who said, "But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word" (Acts 6:4);
III. CONFESS CHRIST - (Matt. 10:32, 33; Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 1:8) Don't be ashamed of Christ - tell others about Him. "Silence is golden" is an old saying, but sometimes it's just plain "yellow".
IV. CONFESS EVERY KNOWN SIN -1 John 1:9 Sin in a Christian's life will break fellowship with God, but confession will restore it. "Keep short accounts with God."
V. ENTER THE SERVICES OF A GOOD BIBLE-PREACHING CHURCH (Heb. 10:25) As soon as you are saved, be baptized and enter into the fellowship and services of a good, Bible-preaching, Bible-loving and Bible-living church (Acts 2:41,42).
VI. SET ASIDE AT LEAST ONE-TENTH OF YOUR INCOME FOR THE LORD'S WORK - (I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 8:7,8; 9:6.7) God's people in the Old Testament were commanded to give 10 per cent to the Lord. Should we under grace in the New Testament give less?
VII. SURRENDER TO THE HOLY SPIRITS WORKING IN YOUR LIFE-Gal 5:16 No person can really be a success as God counts success unless he is filled with the Holy Spirit. Eph5:18 "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit."