What is Success?
We were grateful to have Dr. Neil T. Anderson share with us. Dr. Anderson is the bestselling author of Victory Over Darkness and Bondage Breaker and I can think of no one better to help us understand freedom from fear than Neil T. Anderson. The following are some of his thoughts on overcoming fear of failure and focusing on Godly success.
I started to realize over the years that you can hang onto the trunk and may feel more secure but the fruit is always out on the edge of the limb. If we are afraid of failure, what is failure and what is success? You can be a complete success in the eyes of the world and a complete failure in the eyes of God. And vice versa.
Number one: To be successful you have to know God and His ways. That’s where it starts. To know God and His ways. The only thing that you can boast in, by the way, according to Jeremiah 9 and 1 Corinthians 1 is, Let him who boasts, boast in this: that he understands and knows Me. So you have to know God and His ways. It drives us to His Word and is the important foundation to overcoming fear of failure and understanding true success.
Number two: To be successful you have to become all that God created you to be. God’s will for your life is your sanctification. There is not a person in this world or an event or a thing that can keep you from being the person God created you to be. Not even your teenagers. They’ll throw it into a serious test but the truth of the matter is, they are not keeping you from being the person that God created you to be. In fact, if they’re having problems, that’s when they need you the most to be the person God created you to be. Once we know God and His ways, nothing should stand in our way of becoming all that He created us to be.
Number three: To be successful you would have to be a good steward of the time, talent, and treasure that God has entrusted to you. Keeping things in order leads to success. Once you understand God and His ways and then move out in faith to be all that He’s created you to be, you need to manage the resources He’s given you—your time, talent and treasure. You may not appear to be a success in the eyes of the world but you would be as you stand before the Throne someday.
Do you understand success? Which of these three ideas is hardest for you? Do you sometimes feel like a failure in the eyes of the world while trying to be whom God called you to be? I’d love to know your thoughts.