Success in life is one of those things that each of us desires. No one sets out to be a failure. We all have hopes and dreams, and we do
all that is within our power to see them fulfilled. The truth is God wants for you to be a success even more than you want to succeed. He is
a good Daddy and any good Daddy wants his children to prosper and succeed in life. Your heavenly Father has taken the steps to insure
your success in life, and He did this by sending His Word (Jesus His Son) to earth. In so doing He set in place the assurance of your
success in life. Look at the promise He makes to you in II Peter 1:4 “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and
godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” That is a Daddy that loves you a lot!

  It is important to understand that success is not totally dependent upon God to get you there. It takes His power added to your
cooperation for success to happen. In fact, all God needs to do, He has already done; now, it is up to you. To illustrate how this works, let’s
do a brief study of a passage from
Mark 5. Allow me to develop your four keys to success from this passage.

25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,
26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.
27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.
28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately, the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

                   KEY #1
                                                                                     YOU MUST HEAR THE TRUTH.
                                                                                                      (Romans 10:17)

  This woman heard about Jesus who did mighty miracles. What if she had never heard of Jesus, would she have been healed? The
answer is “No.” For her, everything started the moment she heard the truth. So it is with you. When you encounter truth (John 17:17) you
encounter the power of God. The key for you is to immerse yourself in the Word of God to the point where it conditions your thinking to
conform to the way God thinks. Hearing is a matter of choice. You decide many times each day what you will hear. If it is truth, you are
edified; if what you hear is not truth, it has the potential of destruction.

                                                                                                            KEY #2
                                                                                   YOU MUST SPEAK THE TRUTH.
II Corinthians 4:13)

  Once this woman heard the truth about Jesus, she began to speak to herself about what would happen once she encountered Him. In
reality, she prophesied her future. This was an important step on her road to recovery; it is an important step on your road to success.
Speaking truth is how the power of God is released in your life. It is not enough just to believe God will help you succeed, you must get
involved with Him and your part is to speak the words He has given to you. For example, He says you are healed by the stripes of Jesus, (I
Peter 2:24) so begin to declare what God has said about your physical condition. He says that wealth and riches will be in the house of the
righteous man, (Psalm 112:3) so begin to declare that wealth and riches fill your house. Remember: you are not creating something from
nothing; you are creating something that is in the heart of God that has already been created by Him for you.

                                                                                                           KEY #3
                                                                   YOU MUST POSITION YOURSELF TO RECEIVE.
                                                                                                    (Matthew 6:33)

  The sick woman did not remain at home once she heard Jesus was in her town. She got up and went to where He was – she went to the
Source. So it must be with you in your pursuit of success in life. You have heard the words of God about His desire for you to succeed.
You have declared what He has promised you. Now it is time to press in to Jesus just as the woman did because He is still the Source. You
do this by close covenant fellowship with God in prayer, in meditation, in praise and worship, and in study of His Word. Hang out with Him
and make Him priority #1 in your life. You are positioned to receive from God.

                                                                                                           KEY #4
                                                                               YOU MUST ACT ON YOUR FAITH.
                                                                                                       (James 2:26)

  What if the woman had made it through the crowd that surrounded Jesus but failed to reach out her hand and touch His garment, would
she have been healed? The answer is “No.”  There was that last action of faith necessary to seal the deal for her. So is must be with you.
Faith is how you receive from God; faith is how you achieve through God. In most cases success is a process rather than an event; you
achieve success one step at a time by constantly reaching out to touch the One who has the power to move you upward into your destiny.
Jesus is the Word incarnate; therefore, you must touch Him daily through the Word of God. With each piece of knowledge you gain, you
touch Jesus and that moves you one step closer to the manifestation of your success in life.

  You can see throughout this discussion how vital the Word of God is to your success. Everything starts by hearing the Word of God, and
continues through to your ultimate success in life by speaking it and acting upon it.