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Jim Henryt Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Print #87, CT 2092
"Is It Wrong To Succeed"
I Chronicles 4:9-10
Nobody has to be a loser in life. God didn't make people to be losers.
God made folks to be winners. In Jesus Christ you can win even if the
world says you've failed. If you know in your own heart that you've
succeeded, it doesn't make any difference if the world knows it or not,
because you have to live with you.
Now there are two kinds of ambition: holy ambition and unholy ambition.
An unholy ambition would be; "I want to make all the money I can make, I
want to have all the power that I can in life, as much prestige, regardless
of how I get there, who I step on on the way up, it makes no difference.
That is my desire to succeed in life, and I'm going to do it." That's one
kind of success.
The other kind is; "I want to win in life, but I want to win to the glory
of God." The Apostle Paul had that. He said, "This one thing I do, I follow
after Jesus Christ." He really had three ambitions, and if you read through
his letters, you'll find that he had the ambition to have a quiet spirit. He
had the ambition to preach the gospel where it was not known, and he had the
ambition to be strong for God. Those three things are what he prayed for in
different places. And he prayed for success. He was successful, wasn't he?
He touched the world, didn't he? Kind of touches it today, doesn't he?
Our philosophy in life however, is one of two things; "I'm going to be
Number One in my life and here's how you can be Number One in yours." It
tells you all the things you can do to be Number One. God's Book says that it's
not wrong to be Number One, but how you get there and what it means when you
get there, makes all the difference in the world and eternity. Here in the
Word of God, in the Old Testament, is an amazing picture of a man who prayed
to succeed, and I thi ...
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