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Three Secrets to Real Success in Life 

Today, success is generally measured in affluence and/or prominence. However, as for riches, the Bible tells us that it is easier for a rich man to go through the eye of a needle than to enter heaven (Mt 19:24). As for prominence, those that exalt themselves will be brought down and the humble will be exalted (Mt 23:12). The argument can clearly be made that today's standards for success are contradictory to what the Bible teaches. People from around the world would trade fame and fortune for good health, peace, contentment and a fulfilled marriage and family; therefore, riches and glory does not equate to success.

While the foolish has to wait to see, “He who dies with the most toys wins,” there is a better way to determine and commit oneself to success. This path is laid out in Proverbs. Solomon delivers wise instruction and deep insight into how we, the common people, can experience abundant success in our lives. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Pr. 3:5-6).”

First secret to success: The Word of God instructs us to first, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart (vs. 5a).” Trust is defined as being confident and sure. We must totally trust God with our children, home, health, careers, finances etc. Trust isn't an emotion; its confidence. The trust we put into God must be with all of our heart—the feelings, the will and even the intellect. Unfortunately, people are all too guilty of leaning to their own understanding (vs. 5b).

The Second secret: “And lean not unto thine own understanding (vs. 5b).” When we abandon faith and lean on our own understanding, we are supporting our self; we are not depending on God, but rather our own wisdom – our feelings, our will and our intellect. So much of society and media tells us to look within ourselves for life's answers. God tells us to look solely to Him. Too often our understanding is motivated and steered by fear instead of faith.

The Third secret: “In all thy ways acknowledge him (vs. 6a).” Way is defined as a road; it's a course of life or a mode of action. Everywhere you go, every person you meet, and in every circumstance you find yourself in, acknowledge God. Acknowledge means to know or remember—Keep God in the forefront. The Bible warns us of a way that for all practical reasons seems right, but it leads us to death (Pr. 14:12).

The secret to success is to put all trust in God; never lean to our own wisdom; and whatever, wherever and to whomever acknowledge God. Why? Because he promises us that “he shall direct thy paths.” The word “direct” here means to be straight or even. Hence, Heuristic's dictates that a straight line has less resistance and is the shortest distance between two points. Translation: Save yourself a lot of time, trouble and money and do what God says. It will be easier in the end and always end successfully.

In conclusion, success is letting God direct our paths, the first time around. How many lives have you seen destroyed because people meandered in circles instead of following God's instruction? God says, “He shall direct our paths”. That's a well-trodden road. In life we do not have to experience mishaps, mayhem, and blunders if we follow His plan. What is success? It's the road the Lord has chosen for us to walk down.



Article By Melvin E. Barnett



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