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Three Tips to Help You Succeed

What you MUST do to Succeed

Joshua is told he MUST lead the people to the place God has told them about. Why?

The people needed a leader in order to get to their promised land.

God *had* the people in mind *then* and he has the people in mind *now*. He will also have them in mind tomorrow. He is same yesterday, today and today.

The Lord also gives Joshua an ultimatum,  IF you follow my words exactly, you will be successful in everything you do.

In other words, success is yours, but only IF……

Ultimatums

I remember meeting a lot of musicians and artist and people in College. I attended the Savannah College of Art & Design.

There was this one guitarist I met. I thought he was a really nice guy. Why? He would take me out for lunch and throw parties for the students. His name was Rob. One time I was talking with Rob about God….not sure why…I was n’t exactly being intentional about worshipping or serving God at the time.

Anyway, in one of our conversations, I remember Rob saying he could not accept a God who serves ultimatums….hmmmm. Without getting too deep here,  I believe it would be impossible to have a standard without an ultimatum. Without a standard, there would be no rule for measurement. Without a standard, there would be no integrity, no repetition, no order. Without order, there would be no God. God exists because order says so. I will touch on this in another chapter.

I can’t help but think of this verse found in scripture: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12

My wife Sherry says we all have attitudes in our hearts. We all thoughts. We all have a soul. Everyone has a Spirit. The word of God is alive and it discerns everything on the inside of us…so that we know what is right. And we can choose to do it.

3 Tips for Success

God gives Joshua three extremely insightful tips to help him with success:

  1. Remember 
  2. Study
  3. Obey

Remember

Everyone has moments in their past where truth has proven its life changing importance. You have had those moments of awakening when you saw or heard something that had a major impact on your outlook and perspective. Remember the positive ones. For me, it’s certain bible verses and catchy one-liners of wisdom…like this one: what goes around comes around.

I’ve noticed that many of the wise sayings I’ve heard over the years are just different ways to express the ancient biblical truths of scripture…for instance…‘You will always harvest what you plant’ is part of a verse found in the book of Galatians 6:7

Remember the wise sayings and all the circumstances that may have surrounded your hearing them for the first time. Where were you? how old were you? who were you with?

Study

Study where these words of wisdom originated. Study their contextual clues. Memorize the truths. They are life changing. They are the standard that will cause you to rise to new levels.

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
-J.M. Barrie

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. J.M. Barrie. Jay Bryan Sandifer
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. J.M. Barrie. Jay Bryan Sandifer..

Obey

Obey is the holy word for action.  It means work. In fact, unless we want our faith to be dead, we must work. We must put action to our beliefs…we must put activity to our hopes. James 2:26 says, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”  NLT

IF: a powerful word

If you do these things, you will be successful. You will accomplish your purpose of leading others into their dreams of hope and freedom.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Started. Joshua 1:9

Mind setting is really important when beginning a new journey. The excitement of something new must be prepared to meet the adversity of doubt and unbelieving voices.

When getting ready to embark on a new venture, the mind must be filled with all possible courage and determination.

Could this be why the LORD told Joshua….not once, not twice….but three times to be Strong?

Isn’t once enough? No. It isn’t.

Hearing the right and wise words of success & life one time? It is not enough….it never will be.

Why else would Joshua be instructed to NEVER stop reading the Book of the Law? Why else would the Lord tell Joshua that he MUST think about what it says day AND night?

The reason is simple. Success results from the words of mouth. Life and death are in the power of the tongue.

Quick question….what did God use to create the heavens and the earth? ______________

WORDS…..words are powerful. What we believe and speak over ourselves…even if its only in our thoughts will absolutely produce fruit. As a man or woman thinks in their heart…..they are. We are the all sum total of our thoughts. If we want success we have to think success. It will not happen any other way.

God is ready to be with us in all that we do, but first, we must be with him in all we say. He is ready to place the river in the desert for us. He is able to set the table of feasts in the wilderness. He is the one who challenges us to Self proclaim richness in the midst of poverty, Health in the midst of sickness and strength in the isolation of weakness.

GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. Jay Bryan Sandifer
GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. Jay Bryan Sandifer

The DO’s of Getting Started

  • Be of good courage
  • Be strong
  • Be vigorous
  • Be very courageous
  • Be bold
  • Be confident
  • Be determined
  • Be brave

The DO NOT’s of Getting Started

  • Do not be afraid
  • Do not be timid
  • Do not be discouraged
  • Do not worry
  • Do not stress
  • Do not be anxious

Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 GNTD

A Simple Formula for Success. Joshua 1:8

There would be no need for positive healthy encouragement if it were not given. 

Think about the above statement. Reread it if necessary.

Positive healthy encouragement only comes from a place of confidence, authority, and love those who love, encourage others to move by faith into their Promised Land.

We can read and Joshua 1:8 the Lord is telling Joshua for a second time in the same breath how to secure success and prosperity.

The Lord clearly gives Joshua the formula for success and prosperity. It is a simple formula. According to the biblical Book of Joshua, the formula for True success is as follows:

Keeping the law in your mouth + meditate on the law on the law day and night + doing according to all that is written in the law = a prosperous way, wise dealings, and ultimate true success.

In this formula, there is a lot of mention of the word law. What is this law?

In all practical sense, Jesus Christ sums up the entire law given to Moses with to command. Those two commands are (1) love God and (2) love people.

When you love God, you love people. All is fulfilled because God is love.

True success simply comes from loving God first

Our true success simply comes from loving God first.

Jesus said, seek God’s Kingdom first. If you seek God’s kingdom first in everything you say and do, all needed and necessary things will follow.

Your dreams, your leadership aspirations, and your vision will be yours *after* you seek God’s Kingdom first. In order to seek God’s kingdom first, you must first love God.

God’s kingdom is your secret to success. The kingdom of God is your Providence. Without God’s kingdom, you have no vision, no dream, no plan, no direction, and no true success.

Your true success is located inside of God’s Kingdom. That is why you should seek his kingdom first.

God promises this prosperity and true success when we first look for his kingdom in everything we say and do. Everything. Every day.

I believe, this is what the Lord was telling Joshua, “Joshua, I have success for you but first make sure that you meditate on my words day and night, and do what they say. Put action to the ideas. Bring life to those words through your actions. Make sure these words never leave your mouth, Joshua.

One of the key ingredients to your success is to keep God’s word in your mouth.

Talk to yourself and speak out loud The divinely Inspired words of God continually.

When your mouth opens God’s law and word should be heard and seen and should never be absent.

  • Take in the wisdom of your mentors.
  • Think about the power of their words.
  • Speak out loud and declare them over yourself.
  • There should never be a moment when you are without those words.
  • Think of them constantly.
  • Put them before your eyes.
  • Put them into your ears.
  • Breathe them.
  • Live them.
  • Explore them.
  • Protect them
  • See them happening in your life.
  • Envision them.

How to Have Prosperity. Joshua 1:7

Be strong and very courageous. Make sure to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

If you want prosperity wherever you go you simply need to keep the focus on the insights, advice, knowledge, wisdom, example, and success of your mentor….wait! You *do* have a mentor, don’t you?

Remember the very first leadership lesson of Joshua. 🙂

Keep the INSIGHT in sight. Jay Bryan Sandifer
Keep the INSIGHT in sight. Jay Bryan Sandifer

Before Joshua began to move forward in his action of leadership, I believe he had to undergo a process of renewal, conditioning and mind setting. Before gaining the necessary confidence to lead a nation of people to victory, I believe Joshua needed to know victory himself. Joshua needed to think about his assignment in the perspective of a specific victorious vision.

Dreaming about the vision actually gave voice to the vision. The vision was able to provide specific directions for Joshua. Your vision will do the same for you too.

In this example, the details of direction were found in the vision. Vision actually became words for Joshua….words in the form of pictures and his mind. Thoughts.

Vision speaks of past, present, and future.

The voice of vision uses the present to light the wood of the *learned and understood* experiences of the past which fuel the fiery passion and desire the future dream.

God used the dream and vision to speak to Joshua.

The Lord used the vision to build Joshua up. The great God of Israel gave Joshua a pep talk that has miraculously continued to encourage lives of the greatest leaders to this day!

According to the text found in the first chapter of the Book of Joshua, this is the second time Joshua is told to be strong.

1. Be strong. Joshua 1:6. This strength was necessary to produce the results of leading others into their Destinies and dreams.

2. Be strong. Joshua 1:7. This strength was necessary to follow the example assess, wisdom m, advice, words of the mentor.

This second strong is what we need if we want to have Prosperity wherever we go.

You may have heard the adage, Success leaves Clues. These Clues are found in the words and examples of those who have gone before us.

The words of your mentor are not new. They are old. They are ancient and timeless. You have heard the wisdom, one-liners, and Proverbs many times.

For you to become prosperous, you need the strength to stay focused on the *law* given to you by your mentor and leader.

Think of 5 things your mentor says that have impacted you. If you can’t think of 5 things, try checking this out.

There is Nothing to Fear but Fear itself.

Franklin D Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, became the United Sates of America’s 32nd President during what he called ‘critical days’.

FDR was the longest serving President of the united states. He served 4,422 days.  He has been considered by many to be one of the top three presidents along side George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Franklin D Roosevelt is known for many quotes. Here is one of them, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Fear. It is the one thing that seems paralyzes us most. When fear is not properly understood, I believe we are definitely kept away from our fullest potential.

Fear is the opposite of Faith. It is believe the worst will happen instead of the best.

Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. What a great  acronym for fear by author Neale Donald Walsch.

Fear is powerful. It is used to control. If we are not careful, we will attract the very thing we fear.

The Details of Vision – How to be Be Specific. Joshua 1:4

When you dream about what it is you feel passionate about and begin to think about what it will look, you will most likely begin to see the details.

I like this humorous quote by Stephen Wright, “I went to a general store but they wouldn’t let me buy anything specific.”

lol…..

Specifics….Details…..Explanation….information….That is howThe Lord revealed to Joshua his call and rise into leadership.

In the of Joshua, Lord revealed to Joshua his call and rise into leadership using the necessity of specifics.

First, The Lord tells Joshua to GO.

Then, immediately after The Lord tells Joshua where to GO, Joshua is told what to expect when he gets there. BUT THEN….God shows Joshua the specifics….the details….the boundaries.

IMPORTANT: Joshua’s details and specifics about the land involved boundaries. Boundaries are extremely important to understand…without boundaries, you will find yourself spread too thin, unconcentrated and weak which will most like results in utter frustration and disappointment, check out this incredibly popular resource on BOUNDARIES by Henry Cloud.

Here are the specifics The Lord give to Joshua: It (the land) will reach from the Southern Desert to the Lebanon Mountains in the north, and to the northeast as far as the great Euphrates River. It will include the land of the Hittites, and the land from here at the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea on the west. Joshua 1:4 CEV

Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity. by Jay Bryan Sandifer

What Happens When God Tells You To Do Something? Joshua 1:3

What can you expect when you finally have your go ahead?

When you know its time to move into that place, role and position you’ve been waiting for, there are some very specific key elements used to help you build confidence in taking the plunge.

Does that make sense?

When I was 25 years old and ready to make my next move, I knew where I needed to go, I and I knew what I would be doing when I got there.

Think about it….first of all, you already know the voice of the Lord because he is the one who is telling you to step out when it’s your time to step out, right?  He is the one who is making it clear to you that it is now your time to make your move.

*What* he says after he tells you to step out is reliably ready to be used and promoted as the confidence to help you make the actual move…it’s the promise of what will happen as a result of your action in making the move. This is the expected result.

What is the result of brushing your teeth?
What is the result of washing your vehicle?
What are the results of not getting enough sleep?

Here are some of the words the Lord spoke to Joshua immediately after telling him to go and make his move. Using four different Bible versions as an example, The lord confirms the results and outcome to Joshua:

  • I will give you every place where you set your foot.
  • I have given you and all my people the entire land that you will be marching over.
  • I will give you every place you go in the land.
  • Wherever you go, I’ll give you that land.

 

I will give you every place where you set your foot. Joshua 1:3 Jay Bryan Sandifer

I will give you every place where you set your foot. Joshua 1:3 Jay Bryan SandiferYou see, the Lord first tells Joshua to: GO and DO. The Lord gives Joshua orders. Joshua receives:

  • a Directive
  • a Plana Task
  • a Task
  • a job

The Lord gives Joshua a clear and unquestionable assignment.

What will happen because you Go and Do….What can you expect? You can simply expect results, outcome, benefits.

Where God is leading you, he will make sure it is ready for you. If you are meant to conquer a thing….The lord will make sure to make it conquerable for you!

Where God Guides, He provides.

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First Serve, Then Lead -Joshua 1:1

Joshua was Moses’ minister.  He was the assistant to Moses. Joshua was the right-hand man to Moses. Joshua was the servant of Moses. Here are a few synonyms for Servant:

  • Slave
  • Helper
  • Dependant
  • Hireling
  • Minion
  • Live in
  • Waiter

In the ancient and beautiful language of Hebrew, the word used for this idea of servant sharath.

According to the Strongs Concordance The word sharath means to attend as a menial or worshipper; figuratively, to contribute to:—minister (unto), (do) serve(-ant, -ice, -itor), wait on.

Here is what the words looks like in Hebrew:

שָׁרַת 

If you are questioning your ability to lead, is your ability to serve also in question?

The greatest and most admired leaders are those who serve.

The greatest and most admired leaders are those who serve. Jay Bryan Sandifer
The greatest and most admired leaders are those who serve. Jay Bryan Sandifer

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