What is Good Success?

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth . . . for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Jos. 1:8 KJV)

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The desire, and longing, for success is ingrained deeply inside each of us. In today’s verse, the Lord gave Joshua clear instructions to lead him to “good success.” The adjective “good” immediately teaches us that there are different types of success, one of which is good. God gave Joshua “secrets” that led to “good success.”

But what is good success? Briefly stated, good success is what God considers success. All good things, including good success, come from God.

Good success in our earthly endeavors is that which comes with a heavenly touch. It means you are succeeding both here on earth and above in heaven.

God gave Joshua instructions that caused him to be successful in his earthly endeavors (military and leadership activities) as well as in his relationship with Him (heavenly success.) Joshua therefore had good success.

Sadly, many believers are successful with God (heavenly success) but fail in many of their endeavors on the earth. This is incomplete success. Though it is better than the unbeliever who succeeds on earth but is a failure in heaven, it is not God’s best for us. The Lord’s desire is for you to have good success.


Was it God’s will for Joshua, and for us, to prosper and succeed in this life? Declare: “I am paying attention to God’s Word and therefore entitled to good success from God!”


Compare your own life with God’s instructions today. Are you successful? Are you doing as God instructed so you will have good success? (Jos. 1:8)


Thank the Lord that it is His will for you to prosper and have good success. Pray that the Spirit will help you pay attention to the Word as Joshua did, so you can have the good success that he had.

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