How To Succeed With Success

Service for April 18th 2021. Pastor David will be continuing with part 7 of the sermon series on the life of David.


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Printable notes: Sermon-Notes-7-Succeeding-w-Success.pdf

Text: 1 Samuel 18

Success– ability to look around and perceive people and situations from God’s perspective 

Jesus– there is no true success apart from a right relationship with God (Luke 12)

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised. (Proverbs 27:21)

Q: How can I succeed with success?

1. Understand that success creates _______________. 

  • New p_____________________
  • New r_____________________
  • New h_____________________
  • New s_____________________

2. Choose your _________________ wisely.

3. Watch your ________________ closely.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves…Rejoice with those who rejoice… (Romans 12:10,15)

4. In the midst of the hoopla, stay _______________. 

Fear of the Lord teaches a person to be wise; humility proceeds honour.  (Proverbs 15:33)

Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honour. (Proverbs 29:23)

5. Don’t forget the ________________ of your success 

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”(Deuteronomy 4:9)

  • R_________________
  • R_________________

Digging Deeper

(For personal study, family devotions or Care group use)

Q1: Can you think of someone who appears to have “succeeded” with success?  Who comes to mind?  How about someone that was destroyed by success?

Q2: Have you achieved a measure of success in some area of your life?  If so, describe.  Have you experienced any changes due to your success? Is so, explain.

Q3: Read Deuteronomy 8:10-14,17.  What are the dangers of success that are described in this passage?  Any principles to help you succeed with success?

Q4: Pastor David talked about both friends and enemies in our success journey.  How has the Lord used people to help you stay grounded in the midst of success?

Q5: Read 1 Peter 5:1-11.  What do these verses teach us about true success?  Are there any particular principles that those in leadership should take note of?

Q6: Do you have a spiritual “trophy case” that reminds you of God’s power  in your life?  If so, describe that experience and how it displays a particular attribute(s) of God.

Q7: Read Daniel 4:4-8a, 10-16, 18-37. What does this passage teach about pride and the danger of forgetting the source of your success?