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(09/13/2000) what is success?
|Hello prayer warriors,
1. Prayer note: what is success?
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy
mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do according to all that
is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way
prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
How do we define success? Many times we look for
success in the world when success can be found in the
Word of God.
My pastor covered this topic recently and I thought
I'd share it. First principle he shared is:
It is not what I have -- what I give
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Many times, our lives' goal is to get this and to get
that. If we are only happy when we have gotten this or
gotten that, then our happiness will be very
short-lived. How many of us achieve our lives' goal
everyday? Are we only going to be happy for only those
few moments when we achieved what we want and unhappy
for the rest?
My pastor talked about Andrew Carnegie. When he was in
his 20s, he wrote on a slip of paper that he wants to
spend the first half of his life earning money and the
next half of his life giving it away. In his lifetime,
he has given away 450 million dollars.
Andrew Carnegie had some contemporaries who met at the
Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. They were considered
then as a group of the world’s most successful
financiers. In the end, three of them committed
suicide, one of them died a bankrupt, another died
penniless and two more spent time in prison.
God has blessed us to be a blessing. Our lives' goal
is not to obtain and hoard possessions on this earth,
but to build out treasures in heaven. And the only
thing we can take to heaven is our character and lives
of other people that we have impacted. People do not
remember you for what you have, but for what you have
given them. Success is not what we have but what we
2. New prayer requests:
i. Family needing prayer! -- eagleent
Pray for strength for my family as we try to live for
God. My wife suffers from an anxiety disorder,
depression & I suffer from lack of financial wisdom
among other things. God is the answer to all our
spiritual, physical & financial problems, but prayer
is desperately needed. Severe depression is dangerous
and I need to be a supportive Godly man & physically
provide for my hurting family. I also ask you to pray
God gives me spiritual leadership.
ii. Kidney transplant needed -- christiandeb
Please pray for my friend Jason. He is a loving
Christian brother whose been going through a very
tough time. His wife left him & now both of his
kidneys have failed. He is currently on dialysis &
unless God miraculously intervenes will need a
transplant as soon as possible. There is a big waiting
list where I live. Jason is also having an operation
to unkink a dialysis tube to-day.
iii. My church & town -- christiandeb
I live in an area in which there is much unemployment,
poverty, heartache, crime. We have a church there & it
is growing steadily but we desire to see the fire of
God sweep through our land. We desire to see
employment instead of unemployment, prosperity instead
of poverty, joy for heartache & law instead of crime.
We know there is no quick fix for things that have
happened over a long time, but with God all things are
possible & my desire is to see my land healed & many
won to Jesus.
iv. Pray for me -- ilovecats
(waihun: this is an excerpt)
I have been married to a Mexican man for 8 years who
speaks spanish & english. I don't speak enough
spanish. I've tried teaching myself on & off for the
past 10 years, but I get bored, frustrated or too busy
to study. We attend a spanish speaking church that
tries to go bilingual, but they don't provide any
english bible studies & basically I am the only one
that they speak english for during the sermon. The
worship is 98% spanish. They are investing in a $1000
interpreting headsets system but I still need to learn
spanish so I can fellowship. My 1st request is that I
receive a deep desire to study spanish. also for time
& resources (money) & memory to absorb the language
quickly. My 2nd request is for more energy, I'm 6˝
months pregnant & have 2 other children plus a full
time job. I feel zapped of energy & need prayer for
God's supernatural strength. My 3rd request is for my
husband to find a night job that he will enjoy, the
hours will fit our schedules & that will supplement my
income (he is watching the kids during the day). My
4th request is that I seem to have distanced myself
from God & am having a hard time getting myself to
pray even 15 minutes or so a day.
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|Wednesday, September 13, 2000 1:12:55 PM waihun|