The Secret to Life

 It is true that life only works when lived in accordance with God’s Word. And in the end, it is the meek — those yielded to God — who inherit the earth.

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.

 

—Psalm 37: 7b-11 NKJV

Live Unselfishly

We must dare to live our dreams despite challenges and difficulties. This is because there are some lives and destinies that are tied to ours. There are people who stand because we stand and people who may never find their places in life unless we find ours. We must realize that the lives we live are not for us alone, so we should not live selfishly—Unyime-Ivy King.

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. . . . Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

—2 Corinthians 5:14–15, 18 NKJV

Children: A Reward

Never disregard, or despise, your children; they might be the channels through whom God will fulfill some of your long held dreams.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

—Psalm 127:3-5 NKJV

Destiny Partner

A God-given spouse is a companion whose destiny is divinely intertwined with yours. It’s important to seek God’s guidance when searching for this person because your choice will impact your ability to fulfill His purposes successfully.

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The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.

—Genesis 24:7 NKJV

Our identity

Children of God are not defined by what they do but by what God says about them. God called Abraham a father and Sarah a mother of nations before they had a child. They were a father and mother of nations, not because they had children to prove it, but because God had declared them so. Since He is God and His word never fails, what He said of them proved to be true in the long run.

Are we willing to believe and declare what God has spoken about us? Are we willing to accept His word as our identity and reality even before we see any manifestation?

A mature servant

A defining quality of a mature servant of God is the willingness and ability to place the welfare of God’s flock over personal accomplishments.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.

—John 10:11-13 NKJV

Faith

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“Faith is a firm persuasion and expectation that God will perform all that he has promised us in Christ”—Matthew Henry.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Our agenda

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To fulfill God’s purpose for our lives, we must embrace His agenda. We should emulate the example of our Lord Jesus Christ who did not have His own plans for His life but followed exactly what the Father laid out for Him.

“My Father has been working until now, and I have been working”. . . .“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

—John 5:17–19

A heart of pride

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A heart of pride can get us stuck in a rut, because God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Michal, daughter of king Saul, missed the mark on this and found herself barren all the days of her life.

Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.” Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

—2 Samuel 6:16, 20-23 NKJV