When I was younger my parents were thrilled that I had decided to go to university and work for a commerce (Business Administration now) degree. Then, in their mind, I could become established and would be successful. I could have a house, a boat, a cottage, two cars, 2.3 children and live in Westmount (a wealthy and upper class subburb of Montreal where I grew up.
Then I felt the call of God to enter the ministry and they were anything but happy. They thought that I would be wasting my life and would never have the opportunity to be established and successful.
The Bible talks about being established and succeeding at “life”.
2 Chronicles 20:20 They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”
This is a great story … Jehosphaphat the King is leading his troops, God’s people, into battle. The enemy is stronger and bigger in number than his army is. He prays and the Lord gives him a battle plan. God tells him to put the choir out front as they march into war and to have them praise God for the victory that they have yet to see. They are to believe His Word and praise Him in faith.
Jerhosphaphat understands that the people of God must believe what God has spoken. He knows that this believing is more than head knowledge – it includes acting upon the word God has spoken. If they do – and if we do – then things will work out and they will be established. Of course, we must not forget to turn our ears to the word of the prophet for with them – if we hear, heed, cooperate and obey – we will be successful.
If we listen to and obey the Word of the Lord – the Bible – we will be established. Paul talks about this in Ephesians were he tells his people that he is praying for them. His prayer is that they would be rooted and established in love. (Ephesians 3:17). In Colossians he also writes of being “rooted in Christ and established in faith” (Colossians 2:6-7). This is not a contradiction as “faith works by love” and so being established in love and established in faith works like a hand in a glove.
As believers we need to know the Word and let the Word so transform us (Romans 12:1-2) that we are rooted and grounded – established – in Him and know His will which is always expressed in and through His Word.
The word “succeed” in the Hebrew means ‘break through’. If we listen to the current “now” Word of the Lord – prophecy – then as we hear and obey we will break through the things that are hindering us in our walk with the Lord and our ministry for Him. Every believer needs to have breakthroughs on a regular basis as life ‘comes at us’. This is one of a number of ministries that today’s prophets fulfill in the Church.
Yesterday we were part of a joint service of three Churches here in the city in which I live. Three very different churches coming together to worship and receive the ministry of the Prophet (Dennis Cramer). Here we saw 40+ people receive life-changing prophetic words from the Lord. All of them were words that encouraged people to reach for their destiny in God. In some cases it was more than evident that the Word of the Lord through the prophet broke through long existing pain, woundedness, generational curses, and other hinderances to a healthy walk with the Lord.
We are to be established and successful. Firmly planted and rooted in God’s love, walking by faith in Him. This is the exciting life of every born again believer.
So, I may not live in Westmount and have a country home in the mountains north of Montreal – but I am certainly established and would consider that in my life I have seen and am enjoying success. Afterall, I am doing what the Lord called me to do 40 years ago.