Does life seem like an uphill struggle with no breaks? In this three-part series, Joseph Prince shows you how a simple shift in your thinking can greatly transform your life. Whether it’s your personal walk with God, or a life of good success for you and your loved ones, or freedom from destructive lifestyles, see how believing right about God sets you on a glorious path of victory.
FROM BEING THE TAIL TO BEING AHEAD
Some people think that what I preach about depending on God’s grace or unmerited favor will just give people a license to be lazy and unproductive. Granted, there will always be a few who misunderstand and misapply grace. But going by the countless testimonies I receive from all over the world, a revelation of God’s grace has not just caused people to break free from all kinds of addictions and fall in love with the Lord, but it has also produced people who practice honor and excellence in their workplaces and relationships with others.
One such person is Tracie from Texas. In 2011, Tracie was a newbie in the field of business development for a consulting firm and was told she was severely underperforming. She told me how she tried everything in the natural, including mimicking the lead generation activities of her colleagues who were doing well. Yet, nothing seemed to work and she was in danger of losing her job.
Success has nothing to do with self-effort, but everything to do with Jesus’ finished work.
During this time, Tracie started listening to my messages on grace. Tracie shared that what had intrigued her most about me was that before I became a pastor, I was also a business development professional and the Lord had prospered me greatly. She listened to find out what the “secret” to my success was. What secret sales technique did Joseph Prince use? But as she listened to my sermons, she began to realize that my success had nothing to do with any secret technique or marketing mantra. It had nothing to do with my skills or self-efforts, but everything to do with Jesus’ finished work and unmerited favor. That totally transformed her way of thinking and working. She shared:
It was His grace that set me free…I realized that Jesus had already finished everything for me and I could never “earn and deserve” the prosperity and success I was asking or believing for.
Sometime toward the end of last year, my boss set an ultimatum and gave me three months to meet my sales target. Although I had a dismal year in 2011, I decided to practice resting in Jesus’ finished work rather than striving in 2012. And in January 2012, I had my best month ever! It is now November 2012 and I’ve already exceeded my annual target by over 150 per cent and I am earning additional commission for the remainder of the year! This is a stark contrast to last year when I barely met 30 per cent of my annual target. On top of that, this has been the easiest sales year of my entire career—the sales just flowed in without my effort!
Tracie also shared that her family has been so blessed that they are now in a position to bless their local church as it grows and moves into a bigger building. What an amazing turnaround in her natural circumstances at work, at home and in ministry as her belief system changed. Beloved, like Tracie, when you begin to believe the truth of God’s grace, it will truly cause you to excel in every area of life.
Perhaps someone like your boss or teacher has told you that you’re too stupid and slow to amount to anything in life. That, my friend, is a lie from the pit of hell! Now, you may not be the sharpest in your sales team, or the brightest in class, but let me encourage you with this: Believing in God’s favor in spite of your weaknesses will take you places you never imagined possible. What God did for Tracie, He wants to do for you too!
Believing in God’s favor in spite of your weaknesses will take you places you never imagined possible.
BELIEVE RIGHT AND GOOD WILL FOLLOW
All the testimonies I’ve shared bear the same refrain—how coming to personally know and believe the Lord’s grace and goodness toward them brought freedom from their bondages, life transformation and a confident expectation of good for their future. As they shifted their focus from themselves—their efforts and their failings—to the Lord and His grace, God did for them what they could not. They have become wonderful testimonies for the Lord, excellent parents, model students and over-performing employees.
My friend, it all begins with right believing—not in more rules and regulations—but in the powerful truths of the Lord’s grace for you. When you believe right in His love for you, you can’t help but experience a life of victory!
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