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Summary: See how the apostle Paul, measured success.

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Joshua 1:8-9

How can we become successful

Never met anyone who wanted to be a failure

Met a lot who have embraced it

Go to childrens church and ask, what you want to be- You won’t hear: I wanna be a pimp, drug dealer, on welfare and knocked up by 18

You’ll hear dreams and goals that are positive.

We should always have god’s word in our mouth

Speak the things that God has already spoken

What does god think success is

1. Not measured by how I look- the world thinks it is

Cost of Abercrombie shirt

Buy things we don’t need- with money we don’t have- to impress people we don’t know

1 Sam 16:7- God looks on the heart, not our outward appearance

that’s why god chooses who he chooses

2. not measured by what I have- wealth doesn’t make you a success

wealth means you have more opportunity to be successful

Just watch those Hilton girls, they’re rich, THEIR STUPID-

They’re not successful, they’re a freak show

There is nothing wrong with things, WEALTH IS AWESOME- I”VE HEARD

“If I had a million dollars, I’d never work again”- that’s why you ain’t getting it

Mark 8:36 Luke 12:15

The more money our church has- the more we can bless people

3. not measured by who I know

Ecc 10:6

Popularity means nothing- ask Tom Selleck, Farrah Fawcett, Boy George

7 Attitudes of Acheivement

Paul was a success- If he’d had a jet and tv station, he’d been unstoppable

Lets see what Paul thought success was.

1. He had a Direction ---Romans 15:20

Paul was a builder, architect

Paul wanted to start churches, not go to one where the pastor had left

Pool of Bethesda- 38 yrs sick- “Do you want to be well?”

Get a job, lose handicap sticker, no sympathy

Paul had a clear vision- didn’t care what it cost him

Phillipians 3:13

He didn’t say I’m a great loser-

I PLAY TO WIN- WHY! I WANT THE PRIZE

Paul knew what he wanted

If you want to hear;

politics—end times (old men slobbering)— wrong place

I have a direction

People saying, God’s coming back- See the signs- Same sex marriage, What are we going to do

What if election doesn’t go how we want?

Ezra, Nehemiah, Daniel, Shadrach…. All ministered in heathen natiions

Give me a break- whatever happens around me- I will serve a good God

We’ve reduced religion- hairbuns, make-up, demons and Harry Potter,---

We need a direction

ARE LIVES BEING CHANGED?????

2. Be Content--- Phillipaians 4:12-

I have learned to enjoy what I have-

I have dreams, goals, hopes, ---But I’m going to enjoy today

Whether things are going good- or I’m Broker than 10 Commandments

IF I ONLY HAD…

3. Commitment – Acts 20:24

People are afraid of commitment- marriage, job, church, God

WE want the benefits- I’ll have sex with you, but if a BABY COMES, I’m outta here

Some people will never commit to The church,

But when chips are down… they look to us

People say, ‘I’m afraid to commit” bull- commit to a car payment, drinking,

You’ll find success where you find commitment

4. Compassion- 1 cor 13:2-3

You gotta love people

The whole Bible “LOVE GOD< LOVE EACH OTHER”

“A new comm.. I give… love one another

Choose to love---If it wasn’t a choice, wouldn’t have made it a comm.

5. Enthusiastic FAITH- Romans 8:31----Phillipians 4:13

I love Orange COUNTY Chopper

Paul SR. – menopausal lion Paul Jr. ---creative Mikey- Dumb as a rock

They scream and yell, cuss,

But they’re enthusiastic- makes you watch- It’s CONTAGIOUS enthusiasm

Crocadile Hunter- Crawling in alligators, Shorts so short- undrerwear

O she’s a BEAUT.

ONE BITE OF THIS SNAKE WOULD KILL 50.000 HIPPOS

SHE”s a bit wirey, she’s a naughty girl

Why are these shows so popular- they’re enthusiastic

If we had that enthusiasm for God…it would be contagious,

and people would have to watch

Too many Christians saying you can’t do it

Bumble cant fly- according to science, Don’t tell him

6. Service- “Paul a servant of the Lord

2 Cor 8:19

2 Cor 12:15

The more we give ourselves away, the more we’ll get to give away

Look for needs and find a way to meet them

7. Staying power- Don’t quit

2 Cor 4:8-9

If I can succeed, I won’t have any problems---

KNOCKED DOWN, BUT NOT KNOCKED OUT

Most people quit too soon

Pray for healing twice, aint healed, I GIVE UP

We can’t be quitters

2 Cor 4:16-18

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