KEY SCRIPTURE: Philippians 1:20 KJV” According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death”.
“IF Apostle Paul is to come around these days, he would say to most modern preachers that he does not understand what they are saying or preaching” Bishop Dag Heward Mills. Many of the preachers these days have a concept of success that is very different from what the apostle taught and exemplified. Many in our time equate success to having a ministry where one has broken through. Breaking through means, one has a large church with very good finances. I do not in any way speak against a large church. That is the will of the Lord Jesus for his body. This is shown in the parable of the mustard seed (Matt 13:30,31) What is success in the concept of God? To God success is living to please Him. (Job 1:8)
Apostle Paul states it so clearly in our key scripture. Philippians 1:20 KJV “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death” .He says his life goal is to magnify Jesus in his body, whether it be by life or by death. These are the people who go very far with God, making a great impact in the lives of many. We were created to give God pleasure. Life is all about pleasing God (Rev. 4:11). The results of blessings and promotions are all God’s acts and choices. Indeed, He is a just God who would surely bless them that please Him. Just consider what he says about those who please him. Psalms 128:1, 2 “. Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
God would always bless and honour those who honour Him, yet our number one duty and God’s expectation of us is to live to please Him. This is what God calls a successful man. God did not refer to Job’s riches, but He talked about how He pleased him (Job 1:8) There are so many Christians who have been overtaken with the “craze” to make it, and so get themselves involved in all kinds of evil acts. Some steal, cheat and some Pastor’s even stage manage miracles. God gets along very well with those who have embraced His concept of success. If God is pleased with you, then you are a big success.
I have found the answer to a great and fulfilled life. I live to please Him in all I do. God is good and faithful, and He has blessed me in every way.
Matthew 3:17 KJV. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Job 1:8 KJV And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?