"If you take this diet pill, the fat will just melt away."
"Using this cologne will attract all the ladies."
"Do you want to feel sexy? Wear this brand."
"Just use this exercise machine three times a week and I guarantee you will have one hot bod."
Soon, if they haven't started all ready, we will be inundated with guaranteed-results commercials because the Christmas shopping season is almost here. Halloween is Saturday. The ads start right away November 1.
But any of us who have been around for a while, the ones who have lived a number of decades, know that these claims are false. None of these commercials are telling the truth. Those aren't guarantees. They might work for some but not all.
But I can give you a guarantee that I know is true for absolutely everyone alive on this planet. I won't know if you take me up on it. It is between you and God. But it truly is a guarantee. If you do A, B WILL DEFINITELY HAPPEN.
I love a day I can look back on and feel like I've accomplished something. I don't think I'm alone in this either. And we all have issues and challenges in our lives. Many of us have financial challenges. Many of us have relationship challenges. Many of us have issues with our health or with a family member's health. No one is exempt from struggles. If you don't have any now you will (oh, there's a bonus guarantee for you).
Yet, even with struggles the guarantee I am talking about will happen. It doesn't matter who you are. It doesn't matter if the people around you believe in you or not. It doesn't matter if you are royalty or living in a half-way house. This is a guarantee for anyone who does the first part.
So, what am I talking about?
If you have faith in God, you will please Him (check out Hebrews 11:6 and John 6:29). If you have that kind of faith that says, "I will believe no matter what;" the kind of faith that laughs in the face of fear; the kind of faith that waits expectantly for God to come through.
This kind of faith pleases God.
And if you exercise this faith you can know for sure the God of the Universe, The God Who created you and everything you love; The God who is above all and who sent His One and Only Son Jesus Christ to die for us all; is pleased with You.
Wouldn't you say having the most important Being pleased with you makes you successful?
Think of someone you totally admire, that one person who you'd love to meet -- what if that person came up to you today and said, You're doing a great job. I am so proud of you?
It wouldn't matter what anyone else thought. It wouldn't matter what else was going on in your life. After he/she said that to you, you'd have the biggest smile on your face and feel so light inside.
We can feel that way all the time because God is pleased when we exercise faith in Him -- that kind of faith is active and progressive and sees not with physical eyes but with spiritual eyes.
Choose it today! We have to choose to exercise this kind of faith. I'm choosing it today. I want my Father pleased (and no -- it isn't a works thing. Working hard and trying to get His approval is NOT what i am talking about -- if that is what you read in my words, ask God to help you understand as you re-read what I wrote).
Believe, Believe, Believe!