Strategies for success: The cost for success

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; for by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety. Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the gate." Proverbs 24: 3-7 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Proverbs 24: 10, Luke 14: 25-33, Deuteronomy 18: 20.

Success comes with a cost. It comes with a price you have to pay. Success is fame, wealth, achievements, impact, family, fulfilment, riches, health. It is an achievement of a certain or desired goal. If you don't have a desired goal, even if you achieve it, you actually haven't achieved anything. Success is what God has designed or placed for you to achieve.

Success has nothing to do with what you acquire but your assignment. You need wisdom to acquire success. Anybody who is wise is successful. If you want to become like the master, you must become an apprentice to learn the way it is done. 

Jesus said if you want to be successful (like him), you must take up your cross and follow him. To be successful in life, get ready for battle. A life of success is not an easy one. There are several things that follow a person who will be successful. Success can never be attained when you are looking back.

There are 7 things you must kiss goodbye to be successful;

⁃ Family: because a man's enemies are his families. Your family will always tell you how little you are. They belittle you. Until you finish your assignment and achieve something, kiss your family goodbye. There is wickedness of the wicked in your family.

⁃ Friends: the reason why you haven't risen to where you should be is because you refused to leave your friends. 

⁃ Familiarity: the places you know. You must leave your area. You must step out by faith into something that is not familiar. 

⁃ Fantasy: you knowing you can't achieve something but yet you want to do it. Get something achievable.

⁃ Love of fame: some people who are famous are not successful. Being famous doesn't mean you are successful. 

⁃ Fear: if you want to step out, step out by faith.

⁃ Offences: if you want to be successful in life, people will offend you but you must be willing to love. 

Prayer

⁃ Grace to kiss this things goodbye, father give to me.

⁃ Grace to pat every price in life, father give it to me.