THE TRUE SUCCESS
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” —Psalm118:1-3
We are loved by Him, and therefore, we are lovers of Him. That is our primary identity. From this perspective, life looks totally different because no matter what happens, a song fills our hearts, our spirits are stirred, and our inner man becomes tender toward God. I have set out to do some risky enterprise endeavors in the Name of the Lord that the Lord called me to and have unexpectedly hit many brick walls. During such times the Lord makes clear to me that He does not want ministry or financial success to be our primary reward. He wants His Son to be our magnificent obsession, not the fact that we might preach to a stadium of one hundred thousand people and lead ten thousand to the Lord. The great news is that when your primary reward is in place, you can be in prison and still be successful. You can have the disappointments of a lifetime in your ministry and have people in the local church misunderstand you and write you off, but you will still be successful in your heart if loving Him and being loved by Him are your primary reward. The Church in Ephesus got a knock on the head for abandoning their first Responsibility of loving the Lord, and focus on Ephemerals.”….Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV. The scripture tagged them “loveless.”
WHAT IS LOVE?
God is Love as Apostle John put it, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1John 4:7-9 NKJV Apostle Paul wrote this to the Church, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” 1Corinthians 13:1-3 NKJV In Love we are perfected, and our peace and success comes from Loving God. Little wonder He commanded His disciples on Loving one another as He loved us, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” John 15:12-14 NKJV We may preach the best message in church or on social media, we may work mighty signs and wonders to the admirations of people, without the Love of God, it is nothing. Now, what are you waiting for? Keep demonstrating Him by loving.
Loving You and being loved by You are all the reward I need. Keep me from allowing achievements or successes to be more important than Your love.