The Life God Wants You to Live
Here are three important truths to help you enjoy the life God wants you to live:
1) Believe that God wants you to succeed. Give up the unscriptural (read: unbiblical) notion that this life has no value. God has a special work for you to do—here and now (Jeremiah 29:11). You ask, ‘What defines success?’ Answer: the achievement of a God-given goal resulting in feeling good about yourself. ‘Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do’ (Deuteronomy 29:9 NIV).
2) Consult God before you set your goals. The Bible says, ‘We should make plans—counting on God to direct us’ (Proverbs 16:9 TLB). If you’re constantly stressed out and confused, you may be on the wrong track. Go back and check with God; what has He told you to do? It’s His will for you to succeed in these six areas: a) spiritual; b) relational; c) physical; d) mental; e) social; f) financial. ‘Whatever he does shall prosper’ (Psalms 1:3 NKJV).
3) Invest in yourself. ‘Though it cost all you have, get understanding’ (Proverbs 4:7 NIV). If you’re willing to spend money at fine restaurants but not on good books, well, you can imagine what your future looks like. And the first book you need to invest in is a Bible. John writes, ‘And the Word was God’ (John 1:1 NIV). That means each time you read God’s Word, you’re depositing more of God into you. Wow! Think how that affects your life! Cultivate a teachable spirit. ‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning’ (Proverbs 1:5 NIV). This is the life God wants you to live!
‘We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.’ Proverbs 16:9 NLT