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The Difference between Good Success and Bad Success

by sesan oguntade  
5/14/2009 / Christian Living

"This book of the Law shall not depart out
of your mouth, but you shall mediate therein
day and night that you may observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for
then you shall make your way prosperous,
and then you shall have good success" Joshua 1: 8.

The first time I read the above portion of the bible, I was inspired to understand that, there is a good success and a bad success.
Nothing support this fact other than the passage quoted above from the Scripture. The Word of God says if "you will hearken to the Voice of God, Obey His Commandments, Study and Meditate daily on His Word, you will have good success".
The Word of God qualifies the noun "Success" with the adjective "good". This simply means you will not have a bad success if you follow God's rules during your success journey in life.
What then, are a good success and a bad success? How do you differentiate a good success from a bad success? How do you recognize someone with a bad success and someone with a good success?

Good Success
I have tried to study carefully the lives of people in the bible days and those of present times and I found out that there are actually some people with good successes.
I was able to reach a conclusion using my definition of success stated earlier on as a basis of analysis.

God Almighty enjoyed good success during the creation of heaven and the earth. He actually set the pace at creation, showing us how to obtain good success in whatever we do.

"And God saw everything that He had
made, and behold, it was very good.
And the evening and the morning were
the sixth day.
Gen 1:31
There were many obstacles, which stared HIM in the face when HE was creating heaven and the earth but HE never allowed them to stop HIM.
"And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters"
Gen 1:2

Yes, even a formless earth and the darkness would not prevent Him from achieving His aim.
"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."
Gen 1:26
He also transferred His "breath of Life" into Adam for him (Adam) to become a living soul.
What a loving and selfless God who strongly desired somebody to act like Him

Jesus Christ was the most successful human being that ever lived on this planet.

"Looking unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter
of our faith: Who for the joy that was set before
Him endured the Cross, despising the shame,
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of
Heb 12: 2

This man fulfilled His mission of coming to the earth. He came as the "Lamb of God" to take the Sins of the world away.
Even in the face of great oppositions. He never lost sight of what he came to do. He pushed on and on helping a lot people along the way to overcome various problems.
This Man died, resurrected, and presently sits at the right hand side of God Almighty acting as an advocator in the presence of God for us.
Jesus had good success during His success journey on the surface of the earth.

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