The Bible says, “…but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (I Timothy 4:8) The knowledge of God’s character, His ways, and His principles are the most beneficial knowledge available to mankind. The knowledge of God is not just a collection of information, but practical knowledge that can be applied to every sphere of our lives.
The reason this knowledge has the greatest value is because, being, speaking, and living like God is the eternal way to live. This life is preparation for the next. God is perfect and His ways are perfect. If He ever changed, He would have to change from perfection to something less than perfect. Living contrary to the ways of God is missing the mark, that’s why it is called sin. Sin is simply missing God’s target or God’s mark that He ordained for man to hit.
As we learn to grow in godliness, our lives will be profitable from it now, and we will not have to learn those lessons in eternity. God does not “grade on a curve,” He only teaches at the next level after we have learned the lessons of the previous level. He knows better than anyone else, that it is impossible to build a second story on a vacant lot. J His lessons build one upon another. (Isaiah 28:9-13)
It is the goodness of God to reveal Himself to His children allowing us to benefit from the knowledge of His ways. His greatest desire is for us to experience the same abundant life and success that He Himself enjoys. (III John 1:2) God loves to reveal Himself to those that value Him enough to seek Him. He desires to share His abundance with His children, the apple of His eye. (Deuteronomy 32:10)
Who can contend against the fact that God lives the ultimate life possible for anyone to experience! He is always content, satisfied, and fulfilled all the time! (Isaiah 66:1-2) The only sadness or sorrow He ever experiences is because of His concern over the wayward ways of His children, but He knew what He was getting Himself into before choosing to create us. He purposely chose to take concern for us, watch over us, guide us, and instruct us in His ways of holiness. (Isaiah 30:21; 48:17)
God Himself lives according to His own eternal laws and principles. He has bound Himself to live according to His own Word. (Psalm 89:34) Through His goodness He has revealed everything that we need to know. (Deuteronomy 5:29) Anyone that seeks His knowledge will find the infinite wisdom of His ways. He claims that nothing we desire could ever compare to it. (Proverbs 8:1-11)
One thing I like about God is, He is established in Who He is, what He knows, and what He can do, and He doesn’t apologize for it! He doesn’t put on a show of false humility acting like He doesn’t deserve recognition for who He is or what He possesses. (Isaiah 43:10-13) He boldly declares, “I am God and there is none like me!” If someone lives by His words, He calls them wise. If someone lives contrary to His Word, He calls them fools. (Luke 6:46-47) Public opinion does not change His stand!
The following principles were written in the Word of God “thousands” of years ago. God promises that if they are diligently applied our lives will be successful and prosperous.
5. Have – (Joshua 1:2-4) The promise land of abundance without need or want to God’s glory.
- Personal – What do you need and what do you desire for God’s kingdom purposes?(E.G. Spiritual – intimacy with God, revelation knowledge, wisdom, understanding, virtue, and power. Soulical – confidence, assurance, peace, joy, and mental sharpness. Physical – health, strength, and stamina. Social – edifying, enjoyable, and refreshing relationships. Financial – prosperity and wealth, and being generous.)
- Family – What do you need and what do you desire for God’s kingdom purposes?
- Household – What do you need and what do you desire for God’s kingdom purposes?
- Business – What do you need and what do you desire for God’s kingdom purposes?
- Ministry – What do you need and what do you desire for God’s kingdom purposes?
4. Do – (Joshua 1:2-3, 6-9) – What do you need to do to realize God’s promises?
Your feet must walk your promise land not someone else’s. You must rise up from your current status to conquer, take dominion, and possess the promises. You must face, subdue, and overcome your enemies of fear, doubt, unbelief, and lies. You must apply God’s principles and laws of stewardship and success. (E.G. Commitment, planning, organization, preparation, discipline, and execution)
3. Be – (Joshua 1: 6, 7, 9) – What do you need to become so that it is natural for you to do what is required to possess the promises?
You must become what God has called you to be spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, socially, and financially to acquire the ability to do what is required. His will is done through man not for man. Jesus came from Heaven to do the Father’s will on the Earth. He didn’t come to watch the Father do His own will on the Earth. Laziness (retirement) is rebellion in God’s eyes. “Occupy till I come!” (Luke 19:11-27)
2. Say – (Joshua 1: 8) – What do you need to say to yourself, to change the way you see yourself, so that you will become what God desires you to be?
This is your self-image, the way you see yourself. You will never act (be) contrary to the way you see yourself. You will always act (be) congruent to the way you see yourself. You must renew the spirit of your mind until you see yourself through God’s eyes, then it will be natural for you to be what He has called you to be. (Proverbs 23:7)
How? Meditate upon His promises, objectives, principles, and laws of success. Put them in your own mouth, mind, and heart day and night just like this Scripture says. The Holy Spirit will take God’s Word and form Christ in you. He will change you from inside out. (Philippians 2:12-13) He will change your objectives, your motives, your viewpoint of yourself and others, your attitudes, your words, your actions, and all that you are from glory to glory. (II Corinthians 3:18)
1. Know – (Joshua 1: 2, 3, 5, 7-8) – What do you need to know to change the way you speak to yourself?
Before you can say it, you must know it. Before you can know it, you must find it. Before you can find it, you must seek it. In the revelation of God’s face you will find His knowledge, His promises, His objectives, His principles, His laws of stewardship and success, and then you can speak accordingly. (I Chronicles 16:11)
NOTE: Step #5 is first, because you must set “the need” or “the desire” first. (Ecclesiastes 6:9) By working the formula backwards to #1 you will realize the way to achieve the end result. (A formula is just a name for a list of steps)
The success God promises His people will not be realized by waiting for Him to do it all for us. Search the Old Testament and see how many times God commanded His people to face their fears, fight their enemies, and take possession of the promises He gave to them. We must walk WITH God, not sit down and watch Him do everything! God is waiting for His sons and daughters to take responsibility and grow up into maturity to faithfully handle the Father’s Inheritance. (Galatians 4:1-2)
“Learning is defined as a change in behavior. You haven’t learned a thing until you can take action and use it.”