October 15, 2017 – Covenant Success Habits!
By David Oyedepo
Even though success is a universal desire, many people go about chasing shadows because they do not understand how to get there. Interestingly, success is much more a function of character than activity (2 Peter 1:10). Principles and character must go together to maximise result in the pursuit of destiny.
A wise man once said, ‘You don’t decide your destiny; you decide your habit and your habit decides your destiny.’ In other words, where we find ourselves in life is entirely a function of our habits. That is why I have often said that it is our attitude that ultimately determines our altitude. Therefore, there are certain Covenant Success Habits which I believe we need to possess to enhance our success in life. These habits are fundamental in the school of success because without them our success is not in view.
Decision: In the school of success, we are responsible for our decisions. Decisive men are successful men. They don’t look back but are ever forward looking. Also, they don’t take no for an answer as their hearts are fixed, trusting in the Lord. There are so many people that God has shown their destinies but are afraid to take a decision to move. I remember when the Lord called me in an 18-hour vision, I was not indecisive. I made a decision to run with the heavenly vision; else, I would have been stranded today! Let us understand that indecision is a plague. Its effect is frustration, depression and devastation (Revelation 3:16). So it is not enough to have a goal, but we must make quality decision as far as that goal is concerned.
Association: Many believers are victims of wrong associations. Let us understand that our relationship in life can either make us or break us; they never leave us neutral. There are many people around our lives that will never allow us to see the fulfilment of our vision except we separate from them. So, right association is a booster of vision. Don’t be deceived! Friendship is by choice and not by force. We have the responsibility to decide the people we walk with. Many destinies have been ruined as a result of wrong associations. We must understand that anyone who has a negative influence on our lives is an enemy, not a friend. Beware! (Mark 9:38-40; Psalm 106:32-33; Mathew 7:6).
Concentration: One of the factors that will enhance the fulfillment of our vision in life is concentration. This has to do with being focused. Concentration is sticking to our discovered vision. Those who stick to their goals are those who are steadfast in the pursuit of that goal. We don’t know how high we can fly until we stick to our jobs or assignments. When we have discovered our destinies, we must give it all our attention; mentally, physically and emotionally as the power of concentration always guarantees distinction.
Gratitude: This is acknowledging the grace of God, as we move towards the fulfilment of our vision. We should look at where we are and convince ourselves of God’s backing in getting there. Unfortunately, many people despise the hand of God in their little businesses and become stranded in life. As believers, therefore, we must beware of ingratitude because it shuts us off from God’s blessing. We should never take God for granted as it is risky to do so. When we despite the days of small things, we miss the greatness that lies ahead. Grateful people don’t miss greatness. Remember, it was gratitude that brought Solomon into his place of encounter. Those who truly celebrate their God in the Kingdom become celebrities (Psalm 103:1-3).
Joyfulness: Joy becomes part of our nature when we become born-again. This is because; it is part of the fruit of our regenerated spirit. One interesting thing about life is that only excited people excel in it. Interestingly, every moody, long-face person has a long way to go. The longer the face, the longer our way. Until we become depressed; we cannot end up as failures. So, we must beware of depression as that is the bait of the oppressor, the devil. When he succeeds in introducing depression into our lives, he has made us victims of life (Isaiah 3:10).
Uprightness: God’s provision for man’s success has uprightness as its foundation (Proverbs 10:9). For instance, Job was an upright man, and he was the greatest in the East. Many people know the system of success, but don’t have the result. This is because the foundation of uprightness is not in place. Without uprightness, the struggle for success continues.
Faithfulness: There is always a reward for being faithful. It guarantees us a fulfilling future and raises us above limitations. If we have been faithful over a little, God will make us master over much (Luke 16:10). For instance, if someone pays his tithes faithfully, despite having little, he has committed God to move him to abundance. When we eat our tithes with the excuse of being poor, we become stranded in life. No excuse is tenable for disobedience in the Kingdom.
As it is written: …if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee( Deuteronomy 28:15). This scripture re-emphasises the truth that our misfortune in life is rooted in our disobedience to the fundamental laws of the scripture. We shall not end as victims! (Deuteronomy 28:1).
Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the Living God.
Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”.
For further reading, please get my books: Success Strategies, Success Systems, Maximising Destiny, Exploring the Secrets of Success. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:40 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. respectively.
I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280; or E-mail: [email protected]