Planning To Be Successful

PLANNING FOR SUCCESS


What do you think of when you think of success? Perhaps it’s becoming a doctor, computer analyst, web developer, therapist, pilot, entertainer, pastor, roofer, painter, architect, landscape or interior designer, lawyer, nurse, policemen, chef, executive or business owner, mother or father…? Webster defines success as; a favorable completion of something. The gaining of wealth, favor, or prestige.



Whatever career paths you decide upon or have decided upon don’t forget to consult the Lord! Opportunity is available to all that put forth the necessary exertion. Society tells you to get an education and do something with your life. Be successful! Parents encourage their children to apply themselves in school or to excel in sports. Whatever directions you choose just make something of yourself! Be successful!



The Bible tells us to "seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else will be added unto you" Matthew 6. I think God knows best don’t you? If you haven’t begun to employ God’s principles in your life, please start now! It is never too late…


There are so many unhappy unfulfilled people despite all the necessary material comforts. Looking for success in all the wrong places, people and /or things from every sector of life. I often hear people say "things don’t make you happy." But not one of them did not have anything themselves! They were clothed, fed and had a roof over their head. Yes its true things don’t make you happy, but we live in a material world. Material meaning anything that is derived from matter, better yet physical. The problem is not the things but how we prioritize and relate to them. Never measure yourself by someone else!



Let it become more important to you what God knows rather than what people think! This does not mean that you become cold, callous or unsympathetic ... You just Don’t allow them to subliminally program your thinking by the thoughts they project. You speak the “TRUTH in LOVE. ” If you listen to someone long enough they will reveal the sentiments of their own heart. One must first take the time to listen in order to hear!



Few people really know what it means to truly understand. They make a whole lot of assumptions based on what they see. Too often by misinformed information they arrive at conclusions that aren’t actually true. Don’t ever put confidence in the flesh! Understanding comes from God. It is a precious gift! To understand you must solicit righteous judgment. Real success is when your security and significance is in the LORD!



It is always good to regularly take a personal inventory! When you are walking with God you should see some personal improvement in your life. Your ability to handle life should improve. You don’t fall apart at the seams as much. You are able to receive correction when needed. You are able to shake off invalid perceptions perceived by others. You learn to allow the peace of GOD to guard your heart! Humility becomes a favorable companion. God’s perspective is quite different from that of man’s. God looks on the inside man looks on the outside. God’s Blessings are not contingent upon what man thinks!


Learn to “be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God!" Philippians 4. Be patient with yourself as well as others and exercise discipline. A certain amount of anxiety in life is healthy. It gives us an incentive to desire to improve.



There’s always room for growth in all of us! When you study God’s WORD it will increase your ability to DISCERN! Discern means to recognize or to discriminate mentally. To increase your cognition of good and evil. It will also guide you successfully over or around any seen and unforeseen stumbling blocks and landmines that are placed in your path! "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil ." Hebrews 5. Did you know Christ really did die for you and me? He has promised to meet all of our needs. The problem is needs and wants are often confused. The children of Israel confused their needs and wants. God provided all their needs. His presence was constantly with them. He even rained manna from heaven. They were instructed to take just enough. Why? Because it would spoil and become infested with maggots. Moses was a great leader but because of his disobedience he was not able to enter the Promised Land. God wants us to be obedient to Him. But how can you be obedient if you don’t know what He requires?




God has created in us a void only He can fill. Addictions of all sorts are on the rise! No career, nobody, no thing, nor any recreational sport, video game, activity, food or substance can fill that void! God has created us to have an intimate personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ! If at this point in your life you have not established such a relationship please don’t procrastinate any longer. Launch into the deepness of His WORD.



Cease to worry about whatever giant stalks your life! Giant meaning anything that prohibits you from coming into closer fellowship with Him. God can and will fight your battles. He can break any stronghold. But, He won’t force His way into your life. "Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty!" He allows you the freedom to choose.



"Trust in the LORD with ALL your heart and lean not to your own understanding in ALL your ways acknowledge HIM and HE WILL make your path straight. Proverbs 3. Joshua had a brilliant career under the direction of the Lord. Joshua is an excellent example of what happens when we are obedient to GOD. Joshua conquered the land of Canaan giants and all. But he had to go through some things. He accomplished what seemed to be impossible. Why? Because he trusted and obeyed God. God did not say there wouldn’t be any opposition. Just make sure your position is congruent with God! Joshua was successful because of his adherence to God’s direction. You see God told Joshua in the very beginning the land was given to him. That "No man would be able to stand against him all the days of his life. That He would be with him and not forsake him all the days of his life. To be strong and of good courage." In turn Joshua was to meditate on God’s WORD day and night and be careful to follow all that is written. It was then that God told Joshua he would be successful!




This does not at all mean that we are to become legalistic. God has told us: “This is the Covenant that I will make with them after that time. Says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them in their minds.” Hebrews 10.



STEPS OF SUCCESS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

!. Make sure that you spend quality time with the Lord in HIS Word.

2. Draw closer to the Lord daily. Faithfully apply the Truth of HIS Word to your own personal life.

3. Readily repent of any sin. This nurtures a growing Love for the Lord and His principles.

4. "PRAY without ceasing; All throughout the day. This is what keeps you connected to the Lord.

5. Be diligent in an assiduous quest to make GOD the CENTER theme of your success. Seek the WILL of the LORD above everything.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof the world and them that dwell therein." Psalm 24. The Lord has a plan for each of His children. Just make sure your success plan includes Him! He really does have it all under control! Trust God & Be Blessed!


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

DeBorrah, you are unbelievable! This Hub is a DIRECT confirmation from God regarding the Hub I am studying for right now! Believe it or not, my two favorite characters in the Bible are Blind Bartimaeus and Joshua. My alltime favorite verse? Joshua 24:15.

This Hub is on it's way to being Stumbled and receiving top billing on my Facebook Profile. Killer Hub!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

"Few people really know what it means to truly understand. They make a whole lot of assumptions based on what they see. Too often by misinformed information they arrive at conclusions that aren’t actually true. Don’t ever put confidence in the flesh! Understanding comes from God. It is a precious gift! To understand you must solicit righteous judgment. Real success is when your security and significance is in the LORD!" AMEN!

I agree that one of the stumbling blocks we put in our own way is drawing conclusions base on "appearances" and assume we have arrived at truth.

I appreciate your gentle guidance approach.

I support your recommendation of James Peterson's hub. It is truly spirit filled and awesome!!

Thank you DeBorrah for sharing this gospel insight.

Forever His,


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

This is a lovely positive pep talk and a nice reminder. And you know, since we are often so far away from our families and friends, it's nice to be able to have a resource like yours available - right here in my living room.

Someone once said something like 'fail to plan, plan to fail' - makes sense.

Thanks again.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Lady D, for a gret hub on planning to be successful, I enjoyed it. It took me a while to understand the verse Seek you first the kingdom of God and everything else will be added unto you. I realize if you seek and find the kingdom of God, everything else is beneath the kingdom, the kingdom has everything else inclosed within it. So once you seek and find the kigdom of God,you will have access to everything that God has for you and more. Blessings. creativeone59


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Unchained Grace, I am so glad that this was confirmation for you! Praise God! Thank you for visiting and sharing! I have added your "10 Steps Key Steps to Success" as requested... May you continue in your endeavors to bring "Glory to God" In His Love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Rev Lady, Thank you for sharing your insight! It is important that we consult the Lord in all we do.... For He is aware of everything!

We are truly in some interesting times ...! Jesus has given us a Wonderful Model of true Success! He totally accomplished His life's purpose in the flesh! He lived a sinless life, conquered sin in the flesh, died on the cross and was Resurrected with "All Power!" Out of His LOVE for us, He then returned and left us His Holy Spirit to guide us in "His WAY." It was not popular then and is not popular now...

I think we are to point others to Jesus....

Again thank you for visiting and sharing as always it is appreciated, In His Love, Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Creativeone, Thank you for sharing! I am so glad that you enjoyed this... It really is important to "seek the Kingdom OF God first" As the Word says "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand..." Meaning it is right here, its close.... But we can only enter as we "walk in the Spirit"

I agree! You are so right; "you will have access to everything that God has for you and more." Praise God! It is wonderful to know that we can ALWAYS lean and depend on the Lord! Thank you for sharing your insight, In His Love and Blessings!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

It seems more would want to know the knowledge of God. I am reminded myself, I need to spend more time in His word:) So seek to know Him more, this is my desire! Motivating Hub!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

BK Creativeone, It's so Great that this has been helpful! It is quite amazing that technology allows information to be readily available! I am glad to be considered a resource for you!

What is so interesting is that this a quote we use all the time... "failing to plan, planning to fail" - It orginally came from "Allan Lakein" You are quite welcome! Thank you for sharing, In His Love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Heart4therWord, It does seem that way...But the TRUTH is there are so many distractions about us, one must make a conscious decision to make it a priority! There is a wealth of wisdom in the Word! I am so glad that you have been motivated! It will make all the difference in the world!

Feel free to share here what the Lord reveals to you as you spend more time in His WORD... Thank you for visiting and sharing, In His Love & Blessings!


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Wonderful have, truly inspiring. Seeking first the Kingdom of God I believe is the first key to success. In minding first the Father's business we are blessed richly. Thank you for sharing it here at Hubpages.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

DeBorrah, this hub is poetic, it just keeps flowing and flowering. We live in an impatient time and people are so quick to succeed, they often develop an assortment of vices and addictions along the way simply because they didn't keep the Lord in their hearts and minds as they went. Wants can quickly become perceived needs in a consumer-driven community. This was beautifully conceived and delivered. Peace.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Cristina, YES! I so agree "Seeking first the kingdom of GOD" as you say is KEY! Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight! You are quite welcome! Thank you for visiting and please do come again! In His love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

A M Werner, Thank you for your gracious confirming comments! Your insight you have shared is so on point! As you say: "Wants can quickly become perceived needs in a consumer-driven community" Thank you I am humbled by your kind words! Thank you for visiting and sharing, In His love, Blessings!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for this edifying message. I must keep on remembering that we should be anxious for nothing as you noted - because God has it all under control.

Thanks also for reminding me of Joshua. He was asked to do something simple Josh 1:8 and the blessings would follow. I really hope I can be consistent.

Best Wishes


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Lady E, You are quite welcome! Yes! He does have it all under His control! I think we all need to be reminded of this from time to time...

Joshua is an excellent example! I Think that it is so wonderful that you are so sensitive to becoming wiser... I know that the Lord has great things in store for you so just continue to seek Him above all else! Much love & Blessings!


ellinor 6 years ago

Great hub, words of wisdom


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

ellinor, Thank you! Your visiting has been appreciated. Please do come again! Blessings!


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susansisk 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Very good hub. I love to hear it said "that God has created a void only he can fill." So many people spend years and years searching in the wrong direction.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Susansisk, There is a Peace that only comes from Lord! It is so true! "So many people spend years and years searching in the wrong direction." Thank you for sharing your insight, Blessings!


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

Thank you for this motivation and encouraging hub Ma'am, when I seek the kingdom of God first, I experienced that God has already poured so many and abundance blessings in my life. Wonderful hub:)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Febriedethan, You are quite welcome! So glad you are motivated! You are so right! "Seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness..." is what it is all about! Thank you for visiting, In His love & Blessings!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

What a Hub DeBorrah, it's one of those that I must read again and again...then in a few weeks read it again. Thanks for your thoughts, for sharing truth...and being forthright. All these things are a strength in you through Jesus and I thank Him for it.

Blessings to you

UlrikeGrace


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

Wonderful hub-I love it;when we have God there are no empty voids needing to be filled.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Ulrike Grace, Thank you! With everything going on in this world I think it is important that we share that true success comes from the Lord! God is not a respecter of persons! His promises are true! The Word is so Powerful!

Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your inspiring and thoughtful comments they are appreciated! In His love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Itakins, Thank you! Yes! It is through Him we are complete! It is always good to see you here! Thank your for sharing, In His love & Blessings!


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

So much knowledge here. Will surely require more readings of this wonderful hub filled with very constructive ideas for self improvement. Even though I love God, this hub reminds me to keep God with me in whatever I seek in my destiny. Lord keep you always in the arms of angels.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Stars439, How nice of you to stop by for a visit! Thank you for your kind words!

"Keep God with me in whatever I seek in my destiny." You are so right! God is with you wherever you are! You just have to invite Him in! What has happened you cannot change. But each day is an opportunity to build a better tomorrow... Just think each day is a gift from the Lord! Find something to ThAnK HIM for everyday!

In His love & Blessings! Have a wonderfully Blessd Day enjoying those the Lord has placed in your life!


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

How edifying! Thank you!!! As always, God works throuhg you! How is your Son doing? Much love...


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

DR PastorCarlotta, You are so welcome! GOD truly is GOOD ALL THE TIME...!

The LORD has truly kept and is STILL keeping my son in the miraculous way that only HE CAN! THANK YOU for your continued prayers... He has a marvelous and continuing testimony...

In HIS Love, Grace, Peace & Blessings! "TO GOD BE THE GLORY!" In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

GOD BLESS YOU!

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