It’s probably not a secret to the people who know me, but I don’t have the greatest sense of direction. My husband, Matt, on the other hand, could find north if he were blindfolded and inside a submarine. So, naturally, noone was more excited about our new GPS device than me. All I have to do is tell it where I need to go, and it not only tells me if I’m going North or South and where I need to turn next, but what time I’ll get there and how fast I’m going. I really have a difficult time imagining how we got by without it.
I find myself wishing that getting an update on my other journeys were as easy. Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re going in the right direction, or if you were supposed to turn left a mile back. I have to remember that getting where I want to go is a balance between an internal compass and knowing when to stop for directions.
This week, Pastor and Publisher Don Nori Sr. writes for us on the subject of our personal choices and how they contribute to our success. His advice on better decision-making shows us that success is more than simply an “act of God,” but it is the result of us yielding to and partnering with God.
The Publisher also sat down with author Mark Chironna to discuss what it means to truly Live Your Dream. This video, available via Don Nori's facebook, teaches us that when we recognize God’s dreams as they are manifested in us, we are taking our part in bringing His Kingdom to earth.
Included the communiqué today, the first chapter of both Don Nori’s and Mark Chironna’s newest books are available for free download via the links below:
Don Nori – You Can Pray in Tongues
Mark Chironna – Live Your Dream
Success Is Not a Random Act of God
by Don Nori Sr.
Contrary to popular belief, success is not a product of chance. It is not the result of random selection or of a pre-determined function of fate. Success is written into the spiritual DNA by God for all mankind, no matter who they are, what financial or social environment they were born into, or what an individual may believe about himself. God has hardwired us to be successful. Failure does not exist in the plan of our Lord. Just as there is no failure in the hopes and dreams of parents toward their children, God has made us for success.
There are a few simple things we must understand in order for success to be a real part of our lives, but make no mistake, success is more attainable than most of realize.
Success is simply a series of right decisions. It is a progression of carefully researched, fully prayed over, and completely thought through decisions. Right decisions are made one at a time, with a clear goal in mind. No wonder the Scripture says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Prov 29:18 KJV).
You will never know how to make a right decision until you know where you want to end up. For students, success is a good job, so the short-term goal is good grades. Therefore, the student will make a series of right decisions: Go to class, study hard, get plenty of sleep and prepare well for tests. Medical students decide to put in the time, work hard and sacrifice many personal desires because they have set the goal and now are making the decisions needed to attain that goal.
Olympians, professional athletes, and all of us who work a regular day job have a goal in sight. We make the decisions necessary to bring about the fulfillment of those goals.
A spiritual calling is an incredible reason to want to make right choices, but sometimes our calling is sidelined or stalled because the decisions we make hinder what God wants to do in us, for us and most assuredly, through us.
But the good news is simple. Jesus says that His burden is easy, the load we carry through life should be light. Communicating with the Lord through the Spirit will most certainly bring this promise to pass in this life.
A dedicated of devotion to Him keeps our heart soft and our spirits open to the path He wants us to take. Personally, I love to wait on the Lord while praying in the Spirit, in tongues. This is an incredible source of power and connection to our Lord Jesus that is overlooked far too often in the decision-making process.
No matter who you are, what stage of life you’re in, what church you attend or what trouble you have faced, you can pray in tongues. You can experience this promise of God in your everyday life, giving you confidence, strength and the wisdom you need to either get on the right path or stay on the right course. Our Lord Jesus did not leave us alone. He gave us the Holy Spirit, along with all the Holy Spirit is. He will lead us to one right decision after another, until we find ourselves in the center of His will, the center of His dream for us. You will have achieved success.
Don Nori has authored eleven books and has worked in the publishing industry for more than 25 years. He has ministered internationally for more than two decades, working with people of all races and nationalities. Don and his wife of 36 years, Cathy, live at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in south central