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Help Someone Else Succeed

Help Someone Else Succeed

Welcome to Part 15 of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you're tired of living without direction, this blog series is for you. For Part 14, "You Can Never Make It Alone" click here. One by one we will address each of the seven steps outlined in Part 9, "Executing God's Plan For Your Life" . Today, we will focus on Step 6. Help someone else! If you don’t extend a helping hand, it won’t happen for you.

Luke 16:12(NKJV) - And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?

In our society it's easy to forget the benefit of helping someone else succeed. In fact, many people are only interested in their own success and would willingly step on someone else to get ahead. However, that's not God's way and it won't lead to good success which is the only type of success available in God's Kingdom.

Are you faithful in what is another man's? Have you made an effort to help another man's vision?These are the types of questions you must ask yourself anytime you feel frustrated with your current positions. God wants to open doors for you to get your own business, ministry, organization, etc but you have to be faithful where you are first. If you cannot serve someone else then you don't qualify to be served by someone else.

Mark 9:35(KJV) - And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

The Bible is replete with examples of how this system works. Elisha faithfully served Elijah for years then received double the anointing when it was his turn to be God's prophet in 2 Kings 2. David served King Saul in 1 Samuel 16 and several years later became King David. Timothy served The Apostle Paul until he was eventually commissioned to minister on his own in 1 Timothy 1.

It took me a long time to accept this truth but thank God I eventually did. In God's Kingdom if I expect to succeed I need to help someone else. Who are you helping?

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You Can Never Make It Alone

You Can Never Make It Alone

Welcome to Part 14 of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you're tired of living without direction, this blog series is for you. For Part 13, "God Wants Your Heart Above All Else" click here. One by one we will address each of the seven steps outlined in Part 9, "Executing God's Plan For Your Life" . Today, we will focus on Step 5. Ask for help! Don’t try to go solo because you won’t make it alone, no matter how hard you work.

Ecclesiastes 4:7-12(MSG) - I turned my head and saw yet another wisp of smoke on its way to nothingness: a solitary person, completely alone—no children, no family, no friends—yet working obsessively late into the night, compulsively greedy for more and more, never bothering to ask, "Why am I working like a dog, never having any fun? And who cares?" More smoke. A bad business. It's better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there's no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you're unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn't easily snapped.

The first time I saw this scripture I was fascinated. I wondered if the scripture could have possibly been written any more directly. It spoke to my heart because in many ways it was describing someone just like me. Nonetheless, God brought me through that difficult season and sent the right group of friends into my life.

One of the core characteristics of highly successful people is their relationship choices. In high school I learned that no man is an island. There are no self-made success stories. Everyone's success has been powered by at least one good relationship. Several history makers openly admit to being at least indirectly mentored by someone else.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. - Proverbs 27:17 NLT

When you decide to dedicate your life to shaping culture be very selective of your friends. Choose wisely the people who will sharpen and challenge you in important areas. In case you didn't realize it, sharpening is a painful process. When an object like a knife is sharpened what really happens is that fragments of it are forcibly removed by friction to reveal a sharp edge.

A true friend who sharpens your life will help you to remove what is making you dull and ineffective. Through friction, that person will help to expose areas of compromise in your life that keep you locked in a cycle of mediocrity. Sharpening is not supposed to be a comfortable process so friends of that type don't always rub you the right way but the results are undeniable. You can never make it alone. Let The Lord guide you to the right relationships.

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