The two statements above are totally dependent on each other. You can’t live well unless you break free from the bondages that hinder you from a life of success and prosperity. And you’ll never break free from those bondages and live your God-given destiny unless you learn to live well on a consistent basis.
Here are some suggestions that have helped me to accomplish both:
- Know your purpose in life. I believe the greatest tragedy is not dying before your time, but living without purpose.
You can’t know your purpose in life apart from knowing God. He created us for a reason and discovering God’s purpose for your life happens when you discover who God really is and how important He is to you (Ephesians 2:10).
When I was about 27 years old, I invited Jesus Christ into my heart, and I discovered why I existed. Thus began my journey toward breaking free and living well!
It took me 27 years to discover who God really is, to have a personal relationship with Him and then begin my journey of living with His purpose in mind. Make sure Jesus is in your heart and not just your head.
- Know that you are valuable. What I mean is that you are unique and different from everybody else. You don’t have to try to be like them. You don’t want to be a cheap copy of a great original. You’re not in competition with others. You’re uniquely made with God’s fingerprints all over your life.
Your value isn’t based on what other people think of you. The only opinion that counts is God’s.
Celebrate your differences and God-given uniqueness, instead of hiding or denying them. When I accepted that truth, it liberated me from the boundaries I and other people had placed on me.
- You have what it takes to finish the race. God has already placed in you everything you need to succeed and fulfill His purpose in your life. When I discovered that, my success wasn’t something I was waiting for in the future. Instead, I recognized it was already in me and it changed the way I live.
God always starts with the end and then backs up to the beginning. He already placed in you everything you need to fulfill the purpose for which He created you.
I began looking inside myself for success instead of looking on the outside for other people to make me successful (Ephesians 3:20). How liberating it is to know you’ve got what it takes to finish the race, to fulfill your reason for existence!
- It’s all up to you. I had to take responsibility for my own choices and decisions instead of blaming God and others for what was going on in my life. I stopped looking to other people to give me what God had already deposited in me. My success was waiting to be released.
Start discovering the treasures God has already placed in you by believing what He says about you. You and I were created for success, not failure. And if you’re going to break free and live well, these 4 steps are essential.
Stop living in bondage; break the cycles of defeat; and start living out God’s potential in your life. The best is yet to come!
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