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February 16, 2007


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Success:  What is it?

A Bible Study by Adam Osborne, Jr.

What Is The Source Of Success?

Isaiah 45:7 (NIV) I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.

Gen 33:11 (NIV) Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

Gen 49:24-26 (NIV) But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
25 because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb.
26 Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.

What Does The Bible Promise Us About Success?

Joshua 1:7 (NIV) Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

 Gen 39:2-3 (NIV) The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.
3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did,

Prov 2:7-8 (NIV) He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Prov 16:20 (NIV) Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

Job 22:23 (NIV) If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent

What Are The Dangers Of Worldly Success?

Deut 8:10-18 (NIV) When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,
13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,
14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
15 He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.
16 He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

Hosea 13:6 (NIV) When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.

Hosea 4:7 (NIV) The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their Glory for something disgraceful.

Questions To Consider

  • Who do you consider successful?  Why are they successful in your eyes?
  • How does the world measure success?
  • How does the way that the world measures success differ from how the Christian measures success?
  • Recall names from the bible that were successful.
    • What led these people to success?
    • Were these people perfect?
    • Did they ever do anything wrong?
    • Would they have been successful in another role?  Why?

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