The Prescription for Success - by Nancy Dufresne

A few months ago, I wrote about how on one particular occasion, I had been talking to God, repenting about some things — not things I had done wrong, but things I had failed to do — things I could have done better. Afterwards, I began to study, and while studying, I had the sense to get on my knees. When I did, Jesus stood in front of me. I didn’t see Him, but by the word of knowledge, I knew He was there. Jesus said to me, “You have failed many, many times, but I NEVER have. So, I share My success with you.”

     As new creatures in Christ, the life of God, the power of God, and the ability of God are in us. But also, the success of God is in us. We share in His success because we are made in His image, and God has never failed at anything!

     The success of God is in us, so we don’t have to try to achieve success on our own with our natural ability, but we can draw on the divine success that is within us. 

     The Word instructs us how to draw on that success and put it to work for us. “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success” (Joshua 1:8, AMP). 

     This verse gives us the three-step prescription for success:

        1. This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth. We must have a lifestyle of speaking the Word, no matter what the circumstances look like.

        2. Meditate on the Word day and night. Meditating on the Word deals with our thought lives and what we are holding our attention on every day. Meditation is also how we drive the Word down into our spirits, and it’s when the Word flows from our spirits that it becomes effective.

        3. We are to DO according to the Word — act on the Word. We are not to endeavor to act on the Word until we have taken time to do steps 1 & 2 — that’s when we will get results.

     One of the best ways to illustrate these three steps that we are to take is by looking at how an old-time musket rifle works. To make one of those rifles work, the first step is to pour gun powder down the barrel, load it with a bullet, and then put in a wad of paper. The second step to take is to pack it all down with a long rod. By packing it down, you improve the musket’s accuracy. The third step is to fire the musket.

     When we speak the Word, that’s like loading the rifle with gunpowder, the bullet, and the paper wad. To meditate on the Word day and night is like packing it all down, which ensures accuracy. To act on the Word is like firing the rifle. It won’t do any good to pull the trigger until it’s been loaded and packed down. 

     It won’t do any good to try to act on the Word without taking the time to speak the Word and meditate on it — that would be like pulling the trigger on a rifle that hasn’t been loaded. This is where many misunderstand faith. They think if they take actions of faith that it will work, but actions of faith must be backed up by words of faith and thoughts of faith. That’s how we arrive at success. 

     Success belongs to us, but it won’t automatically show up — we have to take the steps prescribed in the Word. That’s what will activate the success of God in us. 

Take Off the Limits! - by Nancy Dufresne

Joshua 1:8 instructs us, “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success” (Amplified).

     The Word IN you is the fountain of your success. Our success is not by willpower and self-effort. Our effort and work is to get the all-conquering Word in us and dominating us – it’s then we experience the success the Word gives.

     This verse gives us three instructions: keep the Word in our mouths, meditate on the Word day and night, and do the Word.

     One way for us to keep the Word in our mouths is by meditating on it day and night. To meditate means to think deeply into and to mutter to ourselves. This is dealing with what we allow in our THOUGHT LIVES and what we have our ATTENTION on. Meditation is how you get the Word in you and how you get you in the Word. The only part of the Word that will work for you is the part you get IN you – in your spirit – not just in your mind.

     Meditating on the Word takes the limits off small thinking. Small thinking limits God and limits the degree of success we will have. We will have everything we are okay with – but if we will reach for more, God will back us up. Meditating on the Word is how we ENLARGE our spirits to lay hold of the greatness of His plan. We have to lay hold of things with our spirits first before we will ever see them come to pass. If you think, “I can’t have that,” you’re right, you can’t. Break off those limiting thoughts by meditating on the Word.

     First Kings 4:29-30 read, “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and LARGENESS OF HEART, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. The Amplified translation reads, “And God gave Solomon exceptionally much wisdom and understanding, and BREADTH OF MIND like the sand of the seashore.”

     Solomon had no limits on the way he thought, and he had a large spirit that could accept and lay hold of the wealth God blessed him with. He had no limits on his thinking and his believing. This verse said his largeness of heart and breadth of mind was “like the sand of the seashore” – unlimited. Where did that largeness come from? God gave it to him.

     I appreciate that the Word listed his wealth for us, for in seeing it, it helps break small thinking off of us. 

     King Solomon ruled from 970 BC to 931 BC, and during this time he received 25 tons of gold for each of the 39 years of his reign. That’s 50,000 pounds of gold each year, which totals almost 2 million pounds of gold over the 39 years. In today’s calculations, King Solomon’s net worth was $2.2 trillion. His wealth didn’t bother God – He was the one who blessed him with it.

     Second Chronicles 9:13-29 lists his wealth. “Every year King Solomon received over twenty-five tons of gold, in addition to the taxes paid by the traders and merchants. The kings of Arabia and the governors of the Israelite districts also brought him silver and gold. Solomon made two hundred large shields, each of which was covered with about fifteen pounds of beaten gold, and three hundred smaller shields, each covered with about eight pounds of beaten gold. …The king also had a large throne made. Part of it was covered with ivory and the rest of it was covered with pure gold. Six steps led up to the throne, and there was a footstool attached to it, covered with gold. There were arms on each side of the throne, and the figure of a lion stood at each side. Twelve figures of lions were on the steps, one at either end of each step. No throne like this had ever existed in any other kingdom. All of King Solomon's drinking cups were made of gold, and all the utensils…were of pure gold. Silver was not considered valuable in Solomon's day. He had a fleet of ocean-going ships. …Every three years his fleet would return, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys. King Solomon was richer and wiser than any other king in the world. They all consulted him, to hear the wisdom that God had given him. Each of them brought Solomon gifts—articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons, spices, horses, and mules. This continued year after year. King Solomon also had four thousand stalls for his chariots and horses, and had twelve thousand cavalry horses. …He was supreme ruler of all the kings in the territory from the Euphrates River to Philistia and the Egyptian border. During his reign silver was as common in Jerusalem as stone, and cedar was as plentiful as ordinary sycamore in the foothills of Judah. Solomon imported horses from…every other country” (Good News Translation).

     I’m not saying that everyone will amass the wealth of King Solomon, but I am saying that we are settling for far too less of what God has made ours! Since God’s blessing on Solomon enabled him to amass such a great natural wealth that is fleeting, just think of the wealth of the true riches that belong to us! How do we access that? We must allow the Word to enlarge our spirits and minds and break off small thinking and limited believing. We must engage in extravagant asking and extravagant receiving. 

     Meditating on the Word plays a big role in helping enlarge our spirits and minds and removing those limits that hinder us from receiving all God offers us. We have an end-time harvest to fund, so let’s take off the limits!

Sharing in Jesus' Success - by Nancy Dufresne

On one particular occasion, I had missed God in something, so I repented. Afterwards, I began to study, and while studying, I had the sense to get on my knees. When I did, Jesus stood in front of me. I didn’t see Him, but by the word of knowledge, I knew He was there. Jesus said to me, “You have failed many, many times (thankfully, He didn’t end with that), but I NEVER have. So, I share My success with you.”

Although Jesus was born the Son of God, He still walked this Earth as a man, and His success came from doing the Word and from relying on the Holy Spirit.

Let’s look at Joshua at the time when Moses died. Joshua was facing the greatest responsibility of his life. He was the leader of a second generation of Hebrews who had been delivered out of Egypt. This generation had been raised by parents who had never arrived into God’s best – the Promised Land. Their parents were a disappointed, unfulfilled people. They had been disobedient and rebellious, and they carried a “slave” mentality. They wouldn’t walk by faith because they wouldn’t change their mentality – they carried a “slave” mentality. And that mentality was, no doubt, passed on to their children. God had brought them out of Egypt with mighty signs and wonders – but to get into the Promised Land required their faith. They had refused to enter in by faith – so they lived with what was barely enough in the wilderness – they never arrived at the abundance of the Promised Land.

This second generation had been trained by their parents – and Joshua was to lead them into a place where their parents had refused to go. How could 40 years of doubt, disobedience, and rebellion be turned into a generation of success?

God spoke to him and told him how. “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success” (Joshua 1:8, AMP). God gives to Joshua the prescription for success. Something that had been going the wrong direction for decades could be turned.

Moses had laid hands on Joshua and imparted the spirit of wisdom into him, but that wouldn’t take the place of the word that God prescribed for him in Joshua 1:8.

This prescription for success didn’t just work for Joshua and the Hebrews, but it will work for every person who will do it – no matter how long their life has been going the wrong direction – no matter what kind of upbringing they have had. God has planned success for us in every arena of life, and He gives a prescription for success in this verse.

Success isn’t automatic – we must DO the right things to experience success. God has a part toward our success, but man also has a part toward success, and this verse spells out our part. When we assume our responsibilities and our duties toward faith in the Word, success is the outcome.

God’s first instruction, “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth....” This means that we must SPEAK the Word all throughout the day – in the face of tests, oppositions, and difficulties that arise – and when everything is in place. As Dad Hagin taught us, no matter what you face, learn to ask yourself, “What does the Word say about this?” To put it in our mouths, we must feed on it. We have to take in the Word; we are to have a lifestyle of feeding on the Word, so that we live full of it.

Mark 11:23 says, “…He shall have whatsoever he SAITH.” We are to confess what the Word says about us and about our situations. It’s not enough to only BELIEVE it. For faith to work and to have success, we have to SAY the Word. The more we say it, the more we have it – the less we say it, the less we have it. Healing is fulfilled in our lives when we speak it. Prosperity is fulfilled in our lives when we speak it. All that God has blessed us with operates when we speak.

The second instruction God gave Joshua was, “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but YOU SHALL MEDITATE ON IT DAY AND NIGHT....” To meditate means to think deeply into and to mutter to ourselves. This is dealing with what we allow in our thought lives and what we have our attention on. We are to meditate on the Word day and night – when the sun is shining in our lives or when darkness comes. God is telling us that we are not to have our attention and our thoughts on circumstances, on things we feel, on things that are heard. If we are to have success, we must hold our thoughts and attention on the Word day and night, no matter what circumstances surround us. 

We can’t say one thing with our mouths and something different to ourselves in our thought lives. James 1:7-8 says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways – don’t let that man think he will receive anything of the Lord. It’s double minded to say one thing with our mouths but something different to ourselves.

Meditation is how you get the Word in you and how you get you in the Word. The only part of the Word that will work for you is the part you get IN you – in your spirit – not just in your mind. Meditation drives the Word down into our spirits. It won’t work to just speak or confess the Word from our minds, but it has to be from our spirits, and meditation is how we get the Word in our spirits. We must spend time in the Word. This is vital to renewing our minds with the Word.

The third instruction God gave Joshua was, “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and DO according to all that is written in it.” God doesn’t just want the Word to be in our mouths and in our thought lives – the Word must be in our actions and our behaviors. Faith COMES by hearing, but it doesn’t OPERATE by hearing. For faith to operate, it must be released, and it’s released by SPEAKING and by ACTING.

There is a divine order in the prescription of success: speak the Word, meditate on the Word, THEN act on the Word. Don’t try to ACT on the Word until you’ve done the previous instructions – speak it and meditate on it. We don’t do faith acts to try to GET faith, but because we HAVE faith. Faith comes by the Word, not by actions. That’s why we put the Word first in our words and our thoughts – then faith-filled acts will be the result.

The Word must dominate in all 3 places for us to arrive at success – we are to speak faith WORDS, have faith THOUGHTS, and take faith ACTIONS! Prosperity and success are the byproducts of carrying out the instructions of faith lined out in Joshua 1:8. When the Word is in all three places, there will be success in every area of life. Our success is not up to God – it is up to what WE do with the Word.

When God told Joshua what to do, Joshua was in the most difficult circumstances. This was God’s instructions to turn a nation’s failures into successes. When people are faced with great difficulties, they search to know what to do. Here’s the prescription for success – no matter what your situation – SPEAK, THINK, ACT the Word. It will turn failure into success.