Unveiling Success Keys! By David Oyedepo
Topic: Unveiling Success Keys!
Welcome to another exciting week. I hope you were blessed by the teaching of last week. Today, we shall focus on: Unveiling Success Keys!
It is important to recognise that we are the offspring of God and the epitome of success. This is because at redemption, we were ordained men and women of outstanding and unusual feats. Thus, as no failure son is a pride to the father, we can never be a source of pride to God in our failure state. God rejoices over only His outstanding children like a natural father will do. He is the Most High; so, we cannot be the lowest and say we are His children? However, it is important to understand that the Kingdom of God operates on keys; without which we may not attain the height God has destined for us. Thus, we must discover these keys and use them.
What then, are Success Keys?
Purpose: Purpose is one of the four dimensional powers for outstanding success. Everyone born into this world is separated for something. Everyone is separated to a well defined purpose. As it is written: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). God is a God of purpose. Purpose is a secret for success. Purpose is power! It is the key to realisation. Life without purpose equals pressures without reason. When life lacks purpose, it loses colour. Martin Luther King (Jnr.) is quoted as saying, ‘If a man has no purpose for living, he’s not fit to live.’ Nothing distinguishes as purpose. Thus, there are ways by which we can locate where we belong here on earth.
Locate the gift of God for our lives (Romans 11:29; Proverbs 18:16).
Have one goal (1 John 3:8; Matthew 6:22; Philippians 3:14).
Pursuit: Purpose is of no value without pursuit. Pursuit is what gives purpose value. It is the relevant force that transforms our purpose into reality. In science, they say every object assumes a state of rest or uniform motion until a force is applied to it. Nothing works by itself; every working thing is made to work by some man. Likewise, when we don’t pursue our purpose, we cannot possess it. The Bible says: I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:1-3). This implies that the colour of every purpose is determined by the tenacity of the pursuit involved. Furthermore, only runners obtain the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24).
Persistence: The act of tireless pursuit is what I call persistence. It is keeping at the pursuit of our purpose with patience. Isaiah 66:7 says: Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child (Isaiah 66:7). But the very next verse asks: Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children (Isaiah 66:8). Hit and run people never make the race; it is the hit and stick that makes it. There is one major way to be persistent.
Run with patience (Hebrews 12:1-3, 10:35; Habakkuk 2:3).
Possession: Many are struggling and sweating in their pursuit but it is God’s hand on a thing that makes stars in the Kingdom. I have seen many workaholics, who are failures because of this missing key. What does it really take to take delivery of outstanding success? Having identified our purpose, pursued it persistently, how then can we take delivery of success? There are two major ways we can possess our possession.
Carry His presence (Psalm 127:1-2; 1 Corinthians 3:6).
We need joy (James 5:13; Habakkuk 3:17-19).
In conclusion, outstanding success is the heritage of thankful, praiseful and joyful saints because they are the ones who can provoke the hand of God to produce results. Just like a man cannot survive in the water, the same way it is choking for God to stay where there is no joy, praise and thanksgiving. Also, as long as our lifestyle is choking to God, we cannot carry His presence. Therefore, you must be born again before you can utilize the success keys.
Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
For further reading, please get my books: Ruling your World, Exploring the Secrets of Success, Success Strategies and Success Systems. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280; or E-mail: email@example.com; Face book: www.facebook.com/davidoyedepoministries/; Twitter: @DavidOyedepoMin
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David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel