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Destined for Success

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‘Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left…’

Isaiah 54:2-3

Do you have a dream, goal or desire that is slowly withering away? Often we give up on them simply because we fear failure. Thomas Edison, who discovered the light bulb failed more than 10,000 times before he succeeded. Despite many failed attempts, he refused to give up, famously saying: why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.” If you could display such tenacity, what could you achieve? No matter where you are currently at in your life, I want you to know that you are destined for success. As you read this I want to encourage you to never give up on your dream.

One person in the Bible who from birth was destined to fail was Jabez. He had a bad start in life. Having caused his mother excessive discomfort in childbirth, she named him: ‘He Will Cause Pain.’ Talk about negative words being spoken over one’s life!  With that name, Jabez had been set up for failure. Every time someone called him, he was reminded that ‘He will cause pain!’  But Jabez did not allow this to limit him. Instead he called on God knowing He could reverse the curse and turn his life of failure into one of great success, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ (I Chronicles 4:10). He knew that with God on his side success was guaranteed. With God in your life, there are no limitations to the level of success you can achieve.

In order to succeed you must:

  • believe that God wants you to succeed. Yes, God wants the best for you. Know this: God is committed to your success.
  • see failure (rather than a negative) as something positive. Each failure is an opportunity for you to learn and grow.

So don’t give up on your dreams, and one day success will come.

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