The Lord is so special!! He always knows how to give you what you need when you need it. Today was one of those days. Without going into detail, I was very frustrated with my son today and God responded by blessing my wife and I beyond our wildest dreams. My 10 year old son wrote this today and I had to share, I hope you enjoy and are encouraged.
5 Keys To Success, by Joshua K. Harris
The Lord showed me some real important things in his word. He showed me 5 keys to success and 5 verses to share. The first key he showed me is to move forward. Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.” My past, present, and future sin are forgiven. This means I can move forward knowing that my past, present, and future sins are forgiven. I keep looking back at the bad things, but those times are over now. It’s a new year; new things are going to happen. Moving forward is an important key to success. The second key to success is to let go, and let God. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, and you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I abide in him, will produce much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.” I cannot do anything without the Lord. I will only succeed if I trust God. In Proverbs 3:5-6 Solomon tells us to trust the Lord with all of your heart, and not to depend on our own understanding. If we trust God, He will direct our paths. To me that means, if I trust God he will help me succeed. Trusting the Lord and letting God help me succeed is the second key. The third key is the power of prayer. Matthew 21:22 says, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, that you will receive.” The power of prayer is really helpful. When we pray, we know that God will answer. Also, when we pray we should believe that what we asked for will happen. It is having faith what you asked for will happen. To me this means that, when I talk to the Lord in any situation can help me succeed in life. The power of prayer is the third key to success. The fourth key is to know that you have everything that you need. Psalm 23:1says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Knowing that the Lord gives me every good thing, I can trust the Lord. I don’t need to beg. I don’t need to be stressed out to have everything I need; I already have it, for it is Jesus who is everything I need. Knowing that the Lord gives me everything I need is the fourth key of success. The final key is to receive God’s love, grace, and mercy for you. He showed all of this on the cross. Took every beating, was spit upon, crown of thorns put on his head, carrying a heavy cross to Mount Calvary to save our lives, nails stuck into his hands and feet, all for our sinful bodies. God showed us his Love, Grace, and Mercy through all the pain. The only thing left to do is receive. Receive his love, grace, and mercy. Receiving is the final key to success. I thank the Lord for putting this on my heart. This is amazing what the Lord has showed me. I’m glad I got to write it on paper. I’m also glad that the Lord is pleased with me. Out of every single sin I have committed has been forgiven. These are the Lord’s 5 Keys to Success!