Successful Christian Living

Lately I’ve had some time on my hands. It’s not that I don’t have things to do. I have several clients and my daughter is six weeks old. But I’ve just been reflecting on the direction of our lives. The mindset behind Exploits for God has certainly evolved (with the Holy Spirit’s direction) since 2004 when I first launched the website. But recently I’ve been confronted again and again with this idea of successful Christian living.

Just one look at the headlines will make you want to cry. There is so much pain and need in this world your heart can feel stressed and powerless. (It’s so important during those moments to remember that you can’t do everything, but you can do some things.) I hate seeing people sad and hurting, especially children. I know God is going to have me do things about it. But I also hate to see Christians not walking in the fullness of God’s promises.

I can boldly say that I’m living a very good life and that it’s all in line with God’s will and plan for me. We’re healthy, we have appropriate finances, and we have no real problems. We seek God’s will, put faith in His Word, and regularly see Him powerfully move on our behalf. Sure, we must deal with things, sometimes very difficult things, but we know that God is for us (Romans 8:31) and God will perfect that which concerns us (Psalm 138:8). Unfortunately all Christians don’t live victoriously. What saddens me more is that many churches don’t preach the victorious possibilities in Christ Jesus.

As I’ve said before, I believe God wants us to have a good life. God wants us to be blessed spiritually, physically, financially, and every other ly. Remember that He says He wishes above all that we prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers (3 John 2). We can live free of poverty, free of physical problems, and free of any other flesh bondage that the devil can throw our way.

Now I do believe we will suffer persecution for our faith. Also I believe situations will arise that tempt us to worry or fear. I’m not saying God causes those things actively, but they happen in a fallen world. The good news is that God will deliver us from every affliction (Psalm 34:19) and give us perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).

I want Christians to know all that God promises them, and I want them to know that the physical manifestation of those promises in this life on Earth is a definite possibility. So we're going to work for that. I pray that you read with us as we begin going through God’s great and precious promises and the mechanics of seeing God’s promises realized in our lives.  Amen.


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