There are seven spiritual laws of success. However, the 7th Spiritual Law of Success ties the other six laws together. This article will illuminate the 7th Spiritual Law of Success.
The Spiritual Laws of Success
Before addressing the 7th Spiritual Law of Success, quickly reviewing the first six might be handy. It is important to note that many have never engaged these six.
1. Establish the correct goal – To establish the correct goal, one must first be able to define success. Once defined, make that the goal.
2. Preparation or education – One must acquire the know-how to achieve the goal. Once we have ascertained enough to choose a goal, the second step toward successfully achieving that goal is to discover the way—to secure the additional education, training, and experience to give us the know-how to achieve our goal.
3. Good Health – Obeying the laws of health is a sure way to obtain good health. Proper diet, adequate sleep, physical exercise, ample fresh air, cleanliness, suitable elimination, positive thinking, and righteous living all contribute to good health.
4. Drive – This law of success is highly dependent on the third: good health. Impassive efforts might carry an individual toward their goal. Still, it will certainly not get them far enough to achieve it. Drive is the engine that takes effort across the finish line. However, if their health is poor, it is challenging to employ the necessary drive. Without energy, drive, and persistent vigor, an individual should never anticipate becoming sincerely successful.
5. Resourcefulness – So far, we have quite a list of laws that, if followed, would guarantee one solid success. But not so fast! As crucial as these laws are, they are not enough to achieve the goal.
We perpetually confront unforeseen problems, perils, hindrances, or holdups as we live. While proceeding along on schedule, out of nowhere comes an unexpected
complication. Some abrupt occurrence arises, which seems to terminate the plan altogether or cause a substantial stall.
So, to meet these constantly arising problems, one must have resourcefulness!
Therefore, when obstacles and unforeseen circumstances arise to block one’s path, one must be resourceful enough to undertake the difficulty, thwart the hurdle, and remain on course.
6. Perseverance – Well, it is no wonder that perseverance would follow resourcefulness. Overcoming obstacles can become arduous, to say the least. In any event, one must have the resolve to carry on in spite of the obstacles. It takes a strong determination to accomplish a goal. The larger the goal, the larger the determination required to reach it. Perseverance is a necessary component of success. [For more information on these six laws, please click this link.]
7. Seek God – This law may be in last place, but it is not the least. In fact, it is the most vital of the laws. It is listed as last, given that it is the last that most will recognize and employ. However, it is first in terms of making real success possible.
Few will acknowledge that God is a chief factor in determining the success or failure of an individual’s life. Individuals will spend their lives paying no heed to divine direction until their backs are up against a wall and they have nowhere to turn.
Looking at this logically, if one were to acknowledge God initially, perhaps the wall would have never been an issue. God can part wisdom that would have prevented circumstances from reaching that point.
An individual may have acquired success using the first six laws, enjoyed a luxurious life, and suddenly fell on hard times, possibly losing all. Then suddenly, as a last resort, they recognize the God they’ve ignored all along. It is indeed better to recognize Him from the beginning instead of the end.
However, recognizing and trusting God is no longer the standard in our post-modern world of vanity, sophistication, and modern science. There is no place for God in our education systems.
Ironically, the crucial seventh law of success is staying in the guidance and continuous help of the Lord. Individuals who do not recognize and practice this law are doomed for failure when all is said and done.
Looking at the first law, choosing a goal is not choosing any goal but the right goal. This approach ensures that an individual makes a correct start initially. The proper goal sets the direction of one’s life’s journey. Success is the goal of that journey. Success is where you ultimately arrive—and true success comprises a happy and enjoyable voyage along the way.
Most goals are to reach material success, seek contentment in vanity, material acquisitions, status, etc., and seek people’s praises. The problem with those goals is true genuine happiness is not material, and money is not its supplier. In the end, it is vanity, as Solomon observed, is like striving after the wind! He said in Ecclesiastes 2:11, “Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.” NKJV
An individual’s bank account may be hefty, but their life is empty. Material accomplishments initially provide the thrill of satisfaction, but that thrill doesn’t last and only fuels the desire for more. It is like being high on a drug; once it has finished its course, then comes the crash, and the addict needs more. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”
We, as humans, always desire to have more than we have. In Solomon’s observation, those who consume their time compulsively pursuing money never experience the happiness it assures. This way of life leads many to depression once they discover the truth concerning material wealth.
Additionally, it is crucial to understand that wealth entices thieves and slackers, causes sleepless nights and fear, and ultimately ends in loss because it must be left behind (Mark 10:23-25; Luke 12:16-21).
No matter how much one earns, one will never have enough if one tries to create happiness by amassing wealth. Money in and of itself is not wrong, but loving money leads to all sorts of sins. 1 Timothy 6:10 reads, “For the love of money is the root of all evil…” and 1 Timothy 6:9 NIV reads, “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”
Money only solves one aspect of life: finances. This fact leaves all the other aspects dangling in the wind: emotional, physical, mental, etc.
Whatever the financial situation, one must not depend on money to make them happy. In its place, they must seek the will of the Lord for their lives.
Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:10-11:
10. I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.
11. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. NKJV
Man is a physical being but also a spiritual being. God “has put eternity in their hearts.” This eternity in the heart of man is a spiritual void. God has instilled in man an edgy yearning and a spiritual thirst, giving him eternal value. His physical body is sustained with physical things, such as food and water, and he is pleased with physical things, such as material things that he can touch and feel. However, they don’t feed the spiritual side of their souls, leaving a void, a spiritual hunger. Significant problems can occur when one attempts to fill this spiritual void with material things. A spiritual craving is never satisfied by material food! It is literally “grasping for the wind.” Only the eternal God can truly fill this void.
The Significance of the 7th Law
The 7th law is the wrap-around. It ties all of the laws together in one divine package.
The 7th Law casts success from a totally different perspective. It will cause one to modify their ultimate major goal (the first law). It changes everything. There will still be minor goals to provide for material needs, such as one’s profession or occupation, to achieve the major goal.
The major goal becomes spiritual instead of material, causing one to live the way of the Ten Commandments and every Word of God, the Bible. Without divine guidance, the wrong goal is always set.
It will also be a different way to fulfill the second goal (preparation and education). One will seek to learn the true values of life, the present one and the one hereafter, causing the Bible to be the leading textbook that reveals the mind of God.
In fulfilling the third law (good health), it will include divine knowledge such as the laws of health.
The fourth law (drive) will be fueled by motivation from God’s Word. The Bible has many Scriptures addressing diligence, thirty-seven in the King James Version. For example, Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Take Exodus 15:26, which reads:
…” If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”
By diligently obeying God and keeping His Commandments, one is assured of fulfilling the third law of good health.
Wisdom comes from God. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” NIV
Regarding the fifth law (resourcefulness), one needs God’s wisdom to resolve the perpetual problems and meet the frequent obstacles that plague life’s path. Individuals with a quality relationship with God can seek His counsel and advice and receive divine guidance. This relationship involves being submissive, obedient, diligent, and faithful.
Lastly, looking at law six (perseverance), one is advised to heed the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” These words encourage us not to give up, to press on, and to reap the rewards.
These seven laws are the way not only to material success but to spiritual success as well. Overall, a life that is rewarding, rich, and interest-filled leads to abundant living and, in the end, to eternal life and glory in the Kingdom of God. True success cannot be achieved without obeying the 7th spiritual law of success.
It teaches us to choose the correct goal. It teaches one to study, to show oneself approved of by the Maker. It teaches and leads one to acquire knowledge with correct and true education in preparation for success. It teaches one to observe their health. It teaches persistence, drive, dedication, and tireless application. It teaches resourcefulness and offers one devout help in applying it—and it teaches enduring to the end!
The 7th spiritual law of success helps one to constantly look forward to the overall goal, an eternity in the Kingdom of God!
The Scripture that best makes this point is found in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.” NIV
True success cannot be accomplished without the 7th spiritual law of success.
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