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GRC ONLINE DIGITAL CARE GROUP #15

Good Success

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The world equates success with outcomes like promotions, closing a big deal, and making your first million. While these are all wonderful to have, the chase to attain these things often includes great sacrifices and immense stress. But while the world may define success and the means to achieve it as “no pain, no gain,” God has a different and higher way for us. 

In our last digital care group of the year, hear our pastors and leaders talk more about God’s definition of success and learn how you can thrive in every area of your life! 

Take part in this digital care group session on your own or with your friends and family. Feel free to use this guide to follow the conversation with our pastors, use it for your personal time of study, or to facilitate more conversations with your community.

This session is based on the message:

  • Joseph Prince—Be Occupied With The Word Not The Enemy (Oct 16, 2022) [Sermon Notes]

1. A new definition of success

We all want to experience success. There is nothing wrong with wanting success or being successful, but God does not want you to merely experience success. He wants you to experience good success (Josh. 1:8). 

The world’s ways to attain success always involve a price—your health, your time, your relationships, or even all three. “Bad” success looks like having plenty of money and accolades but never having enough time to spend with your loved ones or being healthy enough to enjoy the abundant life that Jesus died to give us. 

Today, we encourage you to have a new revelation of what God calls good success! 

Talk It Over

Are there any areas in your life you want to experience good success in?

2. Have a faith picture of what good success can look like

A life of good success involves not just doing and achieving but being—being loved and taken care of by your heavenly Father. A beautiful picture of this is found in John 15. 

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
—John 15:4–5 

The vine life is what produces the fruits in our lives. The branch cannot produce fruit on its own, no matter how hard it tries, but as long as it is attached to the vine, it will bear fruit effortlessly. Go from having to rely solely on your own self-effort to being able to involve the Lord and rely on Him for His wisdom and favor to give you good success!

As you abide in Jesus and His love for you, the fruits of your success will be effortless!

3. Enjoy good success the way God has designed for you to

“The blessing of the Lord—it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].” 
— Proverbs 10:22 AMPC

Good success comes from the Lord. It is success that has no sorrow or grief added to it. The Lord’s way is not for you to get into great debt, work yourself to the bone, or always sacrifice time with your loved ones to get the blessing His Son has already paid for on the cross for you to enjoy. He wants you to get there by rest, by peace, by grace, and by simply enjoying His love for you. 

Abide in the Lord’s unending love and depend on His unmerited favor to bring you to a place of good success. Let Him open the right doors for you. Let Him put you at the right place, at the right time.

4. Own the Word

OWN THE WORD

Meditate and experience good success

In this care group, we learned that our heavenly Father doesn’t want us to merely experience success in our lives; He wants us to experience good success. 

But how can we begin to experience that? One practical way is found in Joshua 1:8—by meditating on God’s Word! When you meditate on His Word and on the finished work of Jesus Christ, the Bible says, “you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”! 

Here are some verses you can meditate on:

For health and renewal of youth:

  • Psalm 103:2–5
  • Psalm 92:12–14


For your family’s protection:

  • Psalm 91


For your career:

  • Isaiah 65:22

For your finances:

  • Deuteronomy 28:8
  • Deuteronomy 28:12

 

For your parenting:

  • Isaiah 54:13

 

For your marriage:

  • Psalm 128:3
  • Ecclesiastes 4:12

 

As you meditate on His Word, ask the Holy Spirit to unveil fresh revelations of the Lord and His love for you. Enjoy and abide in His love, and allow His Word to nourish you and bring practical results in your life! 

Check out these additional resources:

  • God’s #lifehack for good success [Video]
  • How to enjoy good success in every area of your life [Video]
  • Why you can find rest in the hustle [Article]

Questions about this topic

Do you have a question that you would like answered from this care group session? Here are some thoughts from the team that we would like to share.
  • Since I only need to depend on the Lord’s favor, does it mean I don’t have to work hard or put in as much effort as others in order to be successful? Does working hard mean I’m not relying on His grace?

While our trust is not in our own efforts or smarts, that does not mean that work or diligence is not involved. Relying on God’s grace does not mean “doing nothing.” The word “sorrow” in Proverbs 10:22 means “painful toil.” What that means for us is that even as we work, we can find joy and enjoy our work. 

In the same chapter, it also says that “the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Prov. 10:4). Diligence in the book of Proverbs is not about slogging and working so hard to the point where you always don’t have time for your loved ones, or you don’t have time to be with the Lord in the house of God. Like we learned in this care group, God wants us to enjoy good success—success that does not rob us of our health, time, or relationships. 

Knowing it is the Lord who brings good success is not an excuse not to work hard or be excellent in our work, for the Bible also says that “those unwilling to work will not get to eat” (2 Thess. 3:10 NLT). But today, you can put your trust not in your own accomplishments, but in the Lord’s heart for you and in what He has already done for you at the cross. 

As you work unto the Lord with a spirit of excellence and put your trust in His unmerited favor, the Lord will bless the work of your hands and cause you to experience good success!

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Nicola Jane Tait

thank you so much such a blessing to me …. Pastor Prince has transformed the way I see Jesus and I am so grateful to listen to other believers and receive His life giving word and the ministry of His grace through all of you ….

City, State
Adelaide South Australia
Margaret Carney

Can I make GRC my church?

City, State
Creve Coeur Missouri
Tinuade Okoro

I just want to thank you for this last digital care group. Every part of it is rhema to my soul. As my family prepares to move to Dallas in the next few weeks , (Abba’s miraculous accelerated answer to one of my prayer requests for this year ) , these words are all His confirmation and guidance on all the preparations to be made. Looking forward to meeting some of you in person in the new year !

City, State
MN
Charlie Tracey

thank you so very much! This is such a powerful, practical and encouraging word! I was bummed when I missed the live recording of it but watching it today was my Daddy God’s perfect timing..it is just the word I needed to hear, when I needed to hear it. Pastor Josh and Lindsay thankyou for sharing about the experience with selling your home. That really helped me see practically the truth that you are sharing. That word that when God calls us to grace then it will also be by grace…the means to support our calling will always be by grace really spoke to my heart and I can see where sometimes I’ve got hung up cleaning off my own roofs, lol.
Also, Deaconess Jessica the word you spoke about our good success being tied into our Daddy God’s love for us is so powerful for me. I just keep meditating on this truth that it is because He loves me, He wants me to have good success. The Holy Spirit just showed me that I was still believing a lie from my childhood that I’m not supposed to want success in certain areas. I grew up in very legalistic teachings. I learned from a young age that I wasn’t supposed to want money and along with that success. Since being under Pastor Prince’s ministry I learned that God isn’t against us having money, but against us loving it. The truth is money makes a great servant for loving people and sharing the gospel of grace. And He just showed me how I was still believing this lie about success. I’m reminded of Pastor saying once that as humans we are funny things, we can believe and not believe at the same time. On the one hand, I’ve learned and experienced so much about our Father’s love for us and desires to prosper us in all ways, spirit, soul and body. But on the other hand I see that I’ve been squeezing off His supply to give me good success in all areas of my life. And by His grace, I’m letting go. I sense a deeper rest and trust in Jesus and His love for me. Thank you everyone for this care group. Thank you for sharing, there is so much good and Godly wisdom here. Most of all, thank you Jesus!!!

City, State
Roy, WA

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Triana S.
Triana S.from our Facebook group
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I love these digital group sessions! Of the many take-aways available, the ones that stood out to me had to do with the practical, free flowing, non-formulaic ways we can spend quality time with God across the seasons of our lives. Hearing how Pastor Prince and GRC staff have us on their hearts made me feel loved and connected. Thank you pastors for being relatable, for sharing in authentic and humble ways, and for letting us know how you successfully face the same challenges we do! Looking forward to the next digital care group.🙌
Donna S.
Donna S.from our Facebook group
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The digital care group discussion was so practical and helpful. I listened to it twice today and the activities are so very useful for me to put all this into practice. I'm so thankful to both of you (and of course Pastor Prince as well) for doing this!
joyfullyHuntersville, NC
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So glad to be part of GRC and this wonderful care group!!! 🙏😀❤️ So very blessed! The Lord bless you Pastors and your families!! I feel so loved and cared for! There’s no distance in the Spirit! I love and pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ🙏❤️...
Liz GAGeorgia
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We truly feel like we are valuable members of GRC though we are physically distant.
Wendy HAustin, TX
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This is awesome, I work two weekends out of the month, as I am not able to get to church. So now I am so blessed to have this gathering in my home.
LoneyVictoria, BC
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Thank you for the care group notes, that’s really great!! Something we can work on during the week - really appreciated.
Lisa W@username
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GRC online is an answered prayer for me. 🙏🏽 Thank you for a rhema word. Jesus loves me and I’m never alone.
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