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Three Realms of True Success

by Charles R. Swindoll

1 Peter 5:5–7

Yesterday, we looked at the apostle Peter’s three crucial realms related to true success: authority, attitude, and anxiety. Let’s translate those realms into practical principles. You could think of them in steps, one building upon another.

First, submit yourself to those who are wise (1 Peter 5:5). Listen to their counsel, be accountable and open to their reproofs, accept their suggestions, respect their seasoned years, and follow their model.

Second, humble yourself under God’s mighty hand (1 Peter 5:6). In the Old Testament, God’s hand symbolizes two things: His discipline and His deliverance. When we humble ourselves under His hand, wanting Him to grant us His kind of success in His own time and way, we willingly accept His discipline as being for our good and His glory, and we gratefully acknowledge His deliverance by whatever means He chooses. In other words, we refuse to manipulate circumstances or maneuver people or massage our own image by some promotional scheme. We let God be God.

Third, throw yourself on the mercy and care of God (1 Peter 5:7). Anxieties will come. Count on it! Troubles and disappointments will appear; fears and worries will build up, leaving you weary and depressed. So, what should you do? Throw them back on the Lord! Cast your burdens—your anxieties—on Him, because He cares for you.

This scriptural game plan is completely out of sync with today’s promote-yourself propaganda. But when God is in charge, both the timing and the extent of whatever success He may have in mind for you will be surprising. This does not mean there is no place for planning or goal-setting or diligence; it just means we refuse to make success our private shrine. When God is in it, we’re surprised at it rather than smug about it.

Instead of spending all those hours pushing and promoting, we’ll wind up with more time for friends and family. And the Lord will even grant you some time for yourself, plus a few extra hours to go fishing!

Seems almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? It isn’t.

 When we’re humble, we acknowledge God’s deliverance by any means He chooses. —Chuck Swindoll Tweet This

Excerpted from Improving Your Serve: The Art of Unselfish Living, Copyright © 1981 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. (Thomas Nelson Publishers). All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.

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Two Gates, Two Ways

Matthew 7:13-14

Have you ever been accused of being a narrow-minded Christian? Those who level such accusations against us certainly mean it as an insult. According to Jesus, however, that’s the only way to walk if we want to experience abundant life now and eternal life with Him in heaven. But it will require a deliberate choice on our part, because no one automatically drifts onto this pathway.

The broad way is easy to find. In fact, unless you make a conscious choice to avoid it, you’ll find yourself on it. Most people like this wide path because it encompasses all philosophies and belief systems. Everything is acceptable, and everyone’s “truth” is valid. It even seems like the loving path because no one is left out. There are no restrictions, and freedom is unlimited. Or is it?

What those who travel this road fail to realize is that it’s a downward descent into destruction. All the promises it gives of satisfaction and fulfillment end in disappointment because it’s a path without God. But those who enter by the narrow gate of faith in Christ find the peace and joy of a relationship with Him that satisfies the heart. The gate is small because truth guards the entrance. The way is narrow because the Lord protects us with wise boundaries.

Which path are you traveling? You can’t have one foot on each, because they’re going in opposite directions. When you tolerate everything, you’re headed for destruction. But when you choose the narrow way, your life truly begins. You’ll walk with Christ day by day until He walks you home to heaven.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visitwww.intouch.org.

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Inheritance

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5

People are hungry to know what Heaven is like. A popular TV celebrity conducts mass séances. Oriental mysticism has us transmigrating from one body to another until we are merged into the mass of deity. Muslims believe in seven heavens, full of carnal pleasures. Heaven was the “happy hunting grounds” for American Indians. I believe God intentionally revealed only a fraction of what Heaven is like. Otherwise, we’d all be looking for the fastest route there. The truth is our inheritance in Christ is more wonderful than the human mind can grasp. This inheritance is not subject to time, entropy or rust. God’s promise is that we get there on His terms, which can be summed up in a name—Jesus Christ.

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BIBLE MEDITATION: 
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven.” Matthew 6:19-20

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Years ago I read about a man who had a rather ingenious way of getting rid of his garbage. He would gift-wrap it, put it out on the curb in front of his house, and invariably someone driving by would see that wrapped box, stop, and pick it up. And the man would be behind the curtains, watching those people drive away with their gift-wrapped garbage!

So many times that’s what the devil does. He just takes the things of this world and wraps them up so beautifully. But what we get is not treasure…it turns out to be trash.

Don’t let the devil cheat you—don’t cling to the worthless things of this world, but use your resources and energies wisely to invest in souls and store up eternal treasures in Heaven!

ACTION POINT:
Add up everything you have that money can’t buy and death can’t take away. The sum will reveal to you how rich you really are.

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