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Definition of success!

The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the LORD. Proverbs 21 : 31

Good morning to you all.

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, “What did you want the most when you were there?” The boy replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it.” There is no other secret.

How do you define success today? Do you believe that you can do whatever you deeply desire? Do you believe in your self today? Friends, the world may define success in that way. But The Holy Bible says the victory belongs only to the Lord. It doesn’t belong to you, your hard work, your talent, your knowledge or anything else.

Because my Bible says, the Israelites did nothing, but the Lord fought the battle for them. David did nothing, but singing praises and by the help of the Lord he killed the giant Goliath with just a stone and a sling. Moses did nothing, but he could make a snake out of the stick. Without anything on their own, Moses and Joshua walked on the dry ground when the great Red sea and Jordan were divided. Without any great effort, because of Joshua’s prayer the sun stood still. With a prayer, Hezekiah was able to get fifteen more years added to his life. The Lord was with Joseph. He was taken from the prison and was made a Governor in Egypt, a foreign country. The Lord was with Daniel. He faced victory in whatever he did. He even came out of starving Lions’ den. The Lord was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed Nego when they were thrown into the fire. Not even their dresses or hair burnt. Are these not the amazing victories? Do you believe anyone can achieve it by sincere and hard work? No... No one can do it, except with the help of the Lord. The Almighty is our only strength. If He is with us and for us, who/what can shake us?! Let us learn to define success this way.

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