Question: What is the one step that leads to leadership success?
Answer: The next one!
How many of us have given up just before the last step? Maybe that next step was the final step to success. Now, I’m not writing this to bring up the shoulda, woulda, coulda of the past but rather the next step of now.
Take a look at the promise God gave the Children of Israel in Deuteronomy 1:8 and the the literal steps they needed to take to fulfill the promise in Joshua 1:3.
"I’m giving you this land. Enter, and take possession of the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to you, their descendants.” Deuteronomy 1:8 GW
"I will give you every place on which you set foot, as I promised Moses." Joshua 1:3 GW
God gave them the land and there was a condition in order to get it. God didn’t say, “Here is the land, now kick up your feet!” God said, “Here is the land now pick up your feet!” Each step brought more land. Each step brought more territory. Each step brought more blessing. Each step brought more success. It’s interesting to note a couple of things.
First: Did you know that the Israelites never marched across more than one third of the land they were given?
Second: Did you know that the Israelites never possessed more than one third of the land they were given?
There seems to be a correlation between what they had and where they walked. What if the Israelites had walked over two thirds of the land they were given? What if they had walked over all the land they were given? My thoughts are simple. With each additional step they would have had more land, more territory, more blessing, and more success…with just a step.
How many times have I unknowingly come up one-third short? Two-thirds short? When just one more step would have allowed me to possess the promise?
I think I should have put my best leg foremost, if whatever I could put my foot upon would be mine—would not you? Mark, then, that if you put your foot down upon a blessing and say, “This is mine,” it is yours. What a very simple operation is the claim of faith! You do not have to pass through the Universities to learn that—it is grasping with the hand or appropriating with the foot. Many of the Lord’s poor and unlearned ones obtain more from the promises than the more cultured ever do. The learned man lifts his head up, but the simple put their foot down.”
He that can trust his Lord may say, “In the name of the living God this blessing is mine.” Come, then, Brothers and Sisters, if there is a need for more holiness, put your foot on it. If you need more happiness, put your foot on it. If more usefulness is what you want, put your foot on it. Lay your claim to all that is put within your reach in Scripture. This is the victory that overcomes the world. *Taken from Possession of Our Inheritance by C.H. Spurgeon
Each step is a small success! The children of Israel only possessed the land where they walked. This leads me to believe that we may not need more faith, just a larger map and some perseverance.
Question: What Promise Will You To Step On This Week?
God Promises Us Wisdom
"If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you." James 1:5 NLTse
God Promises To Answer Our Prayers
"And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for." 1 John 5:14-15 NLTse
God Promises Us Peace
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand." Philippians 4:6-7 NLTse
God Promises Us Comfort
"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLTse
God Promises Us Rest
"Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 NLTse
* Taking Possession of our Inheritance Sermon Number 2086 Delivered May 12, 1889 at The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, England by C. H. Spurgeon.