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The Success Guidebook

Just be determined, be confident; and make sure that you obey the whole Law that my servant Moses gave you. Do not neglect any part of it and you will succeed wherever you go. Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1 : 7 - 8 (GNB)

A guidebook to success... If you visit your local bookshop you will find that there is an entire section dedicated to this genre of book. Some long and academic, some short and headline grabbing. Some are cheap and others expensive.

Many may speak of the importance of confidence and determination as driving factors for success. Some may focus on the value of believing in yourself. Others may simply talk about success being a product of good luck and good timing.

However there is one thing that they all have in common… They all completely miss the true secret to success. It is probably the world's worst kept secret, considering that the book that contains it has sold more copies than any other. Latest estimates by Guinness World Records claim that there have been more than 5 billion copies sold, the book in question of course is the Bible. The secret is revealed in our passage this week. The secret to success is to know and follow the word of God (the word of God being the Bible).

Other books may give advice on becoming rich and famous, but as I am sure you have seen in the media being rich or famous rarely results in long lasting success. True success is a long term (well eternal) thing, not just a brief window of good fortune.

Many seemingly successful businesses and individuals have faced ruin, sometimes with reputations and fortunes being lost overnight. Situations created though their decision to build their life in way that is opposite to God’s word. The only sure-fire way to building a life that will be truly and eternally successful is to build it in line with God’s plan, reading his word and trusting in him. The result will be far greater than you possibly imagined.

You now know the secret for success, so make sure you start striving for it! Have a great week.

This week's song is This is Living by Hillsong Young and Free.

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