“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
There have been many books written on how to achieve success in this life. Many of these books give you ways to improve who you are and what you are doing all with the idea of making a person rich and famous. I know that material wealth and worldly success are not enough to satisfy a person’s deepest needs and desires. At the heart of every person is the need for peace in our hearts and a knowledge that we are making a difference.
God has a purpose and a plan for our lives that is much bigger than achieving the world’s definition of success. God desires that we commit our lives and our actions to Him on a daily basis. In essence, God is calling us as Christians to live for a purpose that is so much bigger than who we are. I believe with all of my heart that giving our kids a transcendent purpose or living for something bigger than themselves (God) is the greatest thing we can teach them.
We spend so much time in our lives making plans and planning for the future. We do the same with our children as we are focused on helping them to achieve success in life. There is nothing inherently wrong with that idea.
However, I believe that Proverbs 16:3 gives us a better way to approach life and planning. Instead of spending so much time on planning, this verse I think is challenging us to spend more time on finding God’s purpose for our lives and then committing all of our actions to His glory.
I ran across a quote that illustrates this idea so well. Myles Munroe said: “God's purpose is more important than our plans.” Finding God’s purpose for our lives will meet the greatest needs of our life in finding the peace and hope that people desperately seek. More than that, it will bring a sense of satisfaction that money and worldly success will never provide.
In fact, Proverbs 16:3 tells us that if we commit our actions to the Lord then our plans will succeed.
What is the success here that is being referred to? I believe that it is a Godly success that is characterized by fruits of the Spirit such as love, joy, peace, contentment and so much more that only God can give.
When we commit our lives and actions to God, everything about our lives will change. I meet so many people who are tired and discouraged from the rat race of life and in trying to find success. Proverbs 16:3 is showing us a different way to live. Who does not want to find success?
The greatest thing about committing our actions to the Lord is that it is the only way to gain a success that is lasting. God sent His Son Jesus so that we may experience life to the fullest not only in this lifetime but also in the eternity that is to come!
I pray that Proverbs 16:3 will encourage you today and also inspire you to make a commitment to success God’s way.
“When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.” 2 Corinthians 7:5
“There are really two major obstacles all parents face in teaching their children to obey: not only is the world they live in corrupt, but they themselves are sinful creatures too. They face a difficult struggle both inside and outside.”- John MacArthur
I used to love to ride my bike when I was a kid. In those days, we never wore protective gear such as helmets or knee pads. At age 12, I fell off my bike and broke my arm. Today, we equip our children with knee and elbow pads, helmets, and gloves to ride their bikes to protect them from falls. These kids look like soldiers because of all the protective gear they have on. We go to great lengths to protect children against physical injuries but do we take any precautions in regards to their spiritual protection?
When our children are little, it is important to teach them Biblical principles such as to be kind to one another and to teach them the importance of sharing. As our kids begin to grow, we need to develop a more detailed spiritual plan that will equip them to face the battles on the outside that Paul described in 2 Corinthians 7:5. A great detailed battle plan is found in Ephesians 6:11-18:
“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
Putting on the armor of God is one of the most important Biblical principles we can teach our children. If they are to be victorious in their Christian life, putting on the armor of God daily will be essential. From this passage, what are we to teach our children?
- Their battle is not with people. It may seem like it at times. However, I want to teach my kids to love others and recognize that problems and disputes occur between people but learn not to take things out on people we are upset with. I want them to be quick to forgive and ask for forgiveness. I want them, as they grow up, to know where the real source of our problems come from.
- I want them prepared through a study of God’s Word how to use the Bible as their sword to deal with the conflicts, disputes, and problems that come their way. Knowing God’s Word and hiding it in their heart will provide them with the tools necessary for the battle.
- I want them to own their faith boldly as their helmet of protection. Knowing that they are a child of the King will provide them much needed security for the battle.
- I want to teach them to walk in the Spirit as Colossians tells us so that they can wear the body armor of God’s righteousness.
- I want to teach them to be filled with the Spirit so that they will readily share the Good News, sense the peace of God, and know the comfort of truth.
Parents, prepare your children for the battles of life by teaching them the principle of putting on the armor of God.
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20
Christianity Today has conducted recent research that indicates almost 78% of all Americans identify themselves as Christian. If that is true, then why is church attendance in decline in this country? Also, why do so many people struggle living with a Biblical worldview or, in other words, making their everyday decisions of life according to God’s Word?
I am sure you have heard the old saying that goes like this: “You can talk the talk but are you walking the walk?” I am afraid that many people are living very defeated and discouraged Christian lives because they are not living their daily lives with God’s power. Many, I believe, are talking about Kingdom living but struggle with really living out this principle.
How can we live out the idea of operating our lives under the power of our great God? To begin with, we must daily commit our wills to His. To do this, we must spend time with Him daily by studying the Bible and also spending time with Him in prayer.
With that as a starting point, we must then begin to daily give God control of our lives and our desires. Specifically, we must commit ourselves to living out the truth of Galatians 2:20. That verse declares: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
What does this look like in everyday life? Simply, to pray daily for God to live through you in every decision and action you take. My desire for my life is that each day I pray and ask God for His wisdom and discernment in all that I do.
As Galatians 2:20 tells us, we must begin to trust Him for every detail of life. The Bible has clear principles for all that we will encounter in life. Not only does it provide principles for living, but it also provides the power we need for living these principles out. I love the promise that is contained in Philippians 2:13: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
I do not want my Christian life to be all talk. I do not want others to see me as a hypocrite. I want others to see the power of God operating in my life on a daily basis. Philippians 2:13 offers us the hope that God is working in our lives and giving us the power we need to walk the walk. This verse gives us the hope that we do not have to live defeated or discouraged Christian lives.
I pray for those who are defeated or discouraged today that you may be encouraged by the truth of Philippians 2:13. I pray that each of us will see the power of God come alive in our lives so that our Christian lives will be more than just talk.