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How does the Bible define success?

When King David was about to die, he gave his son, Solomon, the following advice:

  • “and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go” (1 Kings 2:3 NIV).

David didn’t tell his son to build up his kingdom with great armies, or to gather wealth from other lands. Instead, his formula for success was to follow God and obey Him.

When Solomon became king, he didn’t ask God for wealth and power, but for wisdom and discernment in order to lead well. God was pleased by this request and granted it, giving Solomon wisdom, more than any man had ever had before. He also gave Solomon the things he didn’t ask for—riches and honor among men (1 Kings 3:1-14). Solomon took his father’s advice to heart, at least for most of his life.

Jesus reiterated this teaching in the New Testament when He declared which is the greatest commandment:

  • “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).

Loving God means obeying Him and keeping His commandments (John 14:15, 23-24). The first step in this process is accepting the free gift of eternal life offered by Jesus Christ (John 3:16). This is the beginning of true biblical success. When the gift is received, transformation begins. The process is accomplished, not by human will, but by God’s Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13).

How does this happen and what is the result?

  • It happens first through trusting the Lord and obeying Him.
  • As we obey Him, He transforms us, giving us a completely new nature (1 Corinthians 5:17).
  • As we go through trouble and hard times, which the Bible calls “trials,” we are able to endure with great peace and direction, and we begin to understand that God uses those very trials to strengthen our inner person (John 16:33; James 1:2).

In other words, trouble in life does not cause us to fail, but to walk through trouble with God’s grace and wisdom. By obeying God, we gain freedom from the curses of this world—hate, jealousy, addictions, confusion, inferiority complexes, sadness without reason, anger, bitterness, un-forgiveness, selfishness and more.

Below are some of the scriptures about what success is really about

Deuteronomy 30:9
The Lord your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the Lord will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors.

Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Proverbs 22:29
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Proverbs 22:4
The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life.

Isaiah 1:19
If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land;

Matthew 6:24
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other you cannot serve God and wealth.

Matthew 23:12
Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

Luke 9:48
and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”

Ephesians 3:20
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.

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