3 PRACTICES OF SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN WOMEN
In Hebrew, the word success means the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence; favorable or desired outcome.*
Here's what the bible says about how to experience this success.
Do not let this Book… depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be… successful” (Joshua 1:8, NIV 1984).
And in Proverbs 15:22 we read: Many advisers bring success.
Success for the Christian woman, according to God, requires these three things:
1. Meditating on God’s Word.
Old Testament or New, God clearly call us to read and meditate on his Word. Meditate, means to imagine, ponder, study, and speak about what we read. Why meditate on God’s Word?
Meditating on scripture helps us:
a) focus on who and what’s most important and true,
b) refresh and reset our minds, thoughts, and our focus,
c) offers answers to pressing questions and guidance in our circumstances,
d) leads us forward in obedience to God’s calling.
But meditation takes time.
So you might be saying, “When do I have time to meditate?” The answer? You don’t unless you choose to.
Successful women decide to schedule time to meditate on God’s word.
2. Practicing God’s Word.
Part of what I do as a Life Coach is help women see how and where God is calling them to apply scripture to their lives.
This may sound naïve, but I went to church and read the bible ‘religiously’ for years before I realized, by God’s grace, I began to understand his Word is designed to transform me from the inside out. And then, this new me is to apply what he teaches me in his word to my life.
Practicing God's Word is a two-step process.
Know and Live.
I understood commands such as love your neighbor, give to the poor, and honor your father and mother. But I never recognized the personal and transformative power of his Word...until in God's time, I did.
God's Word teaches me to let go of my old ways of thinking and doing life and instead, apply his will to my circumstances. Things like apologizing to someone who held something against me—even if I don't think I did anything wrong (Matt. 5:23), stopping my work and focusing my attention on someone who needs to be heard (Phil. 2:4), and using my time as God desires rather than making sure I get everything checked off my to-do list (Luke 9:23).
Putting into practice and applying God’s teaching to our lives is the outward evidence of our inner faith. A man is justified by works, and not by faith alone (James 2:24).
Others see our faith in our actions at home, at work, and everywhere we go. As we claim our faith as followers of Christ, people all around us; our family, neighbors, co-workers, community members hope and expect to see our uncommon responses of God in and through us.
This response is the favorable outcome God desires. This is practicing of God's Word is success.
3. Seeking Godly Advice.
Scripture instructs us to live in community. We are not meant to do life alone. Solomon reveals the strength of community as he tells us a cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Eccl. 4:12). And in Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. We gain strength and wisdom as we seek the advice of others.
But we’re not looking for just any advice. We’re seeking godly advice. Successful Christian women surround themselves with others who seek to know God and follow his ways. Not surprisingly then, the advice we look for ought to be from those who also spend time reading and meditating on his word.
Billy Graham once said, “Success in God’s eyes is faithfulness to his calling.”
For a Christain woman, faithfulness to God’s calling cannot begin to be imagined or exercised without, you guessed it ...
· Meditating on Gods Word.
· Practicing God’s Word.
· Seeking Godly Advice.
It's clear by the cross, God is for us. Romans 8:30-31 declares he is. But we are in relationship with God so we have a role to play in experiencing success. Let us do our part. Then, we can trust God will do his.
And as long as he sought guidance from the Lord, God gave him success
What one of these three practices will you begin today so you can experience more success in you life?
*NLT Life Application Study Bible