Success…Defined

Exodus 6:6-7 NIV – “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 

As the Lord spoke to Moses, He revealed the plan to redeem the children of Israel. He also revealed through this how He would redeem us to be His children. He also reveals in this the plan for our prosperity.

Success is moving people from where they are to where they need to be.

4 Cups (Processes)

1. Sanctification – Set apart (Recovery)

        Bring out from under the yoke

        Salvation – Release from burden…

        Get you out of it.

2. Deliverance – You’re out of Egypt, but Egypt’s still in you (Strategy)

        Free from slavery

        Stop acting and thinking like a slave to sin

        Freedom for quality of life

        Get it out of you

3. Redemption – Put back to what God intended us for (Our purpose) (Prosperity)

        Redeem to special purpose

        “You stoop down and make me great”

        The world depends on us finding redemption

        Get you on the right path

4. Praise – Be my people (Legacy)

        Live a fulfilled life

        Celebrate the fact that you’ve gone through the first 3 cups

        God’s ultimate plan for us is that we’re happy and fulfilled regardless of what’s going on around us.

        Get you to significance

The Cup of Sanctification – Bring out from under the yoke – Recovery

(Exodus 6:6-7) “I will bring you out from under the yoke…”

Forced as slaves to make bricks. You feel enslaved.

Proverbs 22:7 – The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

We define this as scarcity to stability.

This person is the opportunist.

The person in the recovery phase needs accountability. They need someone to help them work together to get out of the hole.

Every person who tries to find their purpose in life without getting rid of their own slavery, will never find it. You can’t skip a step. The order is important. Let go of the past.

Vision leaks…sometimes we forget why we’re doing things.

3 Things necessary to get to the next level:

  1. Take action. Do something different.
  1. Albert Einstein – The same level of thinking that got you to where you are is not the same level of thinking that will get you to where you want to be.
  2. 2 Corinthians 6:17 – Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
  3. Get help. You can’t do it alone.
    1. Mark 8:34 –   Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Follow me and I’ll show you how.
  4. Commit to change.
    1. Ephesians 4:22-24 – You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

The goal of Step 1 is to create change in your heart.

The Cup of Deliverance- Free from slavery – Strategy

(Exodus 6:6-7) “I will free you from being slaves to them”

The first promise was to get them out of Egypt. The second promise was to get Egypt out of them.

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

We define this as stability to security.

This person is the strategist.

Once the major issues are handled, communication issues are on track, plans must be put in place to grow. This is also where belief systems start to change and emergency planning starts.

Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Everyone has issues in which they need deliverance. The best place to get help is with other people.

Go through the process to get you back to square 1.

The goal of cup 2 is victory over the mindsets that hold you back.

3 Things necessary to get to the next level:

  1. Victory over habits
    • Isaiah 55:2 – Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
  2. Healing wounds
    • The devil’s goal is to keep us down. Keep us in a cycle of repeating financial mistakes over and over
    • Proverbs 10:3 – The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
  3. Vision for the future
    • Proverbs 29:18 –   Where there is no vision, the people perish
    • Goals

The Cup of Redemption – Prosperity

(Exodus 6:6-7) “I will redeem you with an outstretched arm”

God has a plan for us. He created us for a reason.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

God had a plan, then He created you. Not the other way around.

We define this as security to success.

This person is the strategist.

Growth, multiple streams of income, business ownership, investments, real estate, work because you want to not because you have to.

Redeem – To change for better; reform

God sees us as valuable regardless of how others see us. The devil makes us believe that we shouldn’t be successful, prosperous or rich. He tries to make us feel guilty because we have and others don’t.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

You have a divine, supernatural enablement. It is something that you have grace for that you enjoy doing.

Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV – So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

3 Things to do to get to the next level:

  1. Discover your talents and strengths
    • 1 Corinthians 14:1 – Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit
    • Romans 12:6 – We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
  2. Develop Your talents
    • Focusing in your areas of weakness will, at best make for mediocrity
    • No matter how good you are, you can always get better.
    • Proverbs 1:5 – A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
  3. Use your talents
    • 1 Peter 4:10 – God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
    • Hebrews 6:10 – God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

The Cup of Praise – Legacy

Exodus 6:6-7 – I will take you as my own people

You were created to do good works.

We define this as success to significance.

This person is the philanthropist.

Life is more than you. Serving others is the highest level of being. Lasting significance, wealth to last generations.

Bill Gates example

Proverbs 13:22 – A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

People need to be part of things with other people.

Move, then move others.

3 requirements for this level:

  1. A calling
    • 2 Timothy 1:9 MSG – God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it.
    • You must desire to make a difference
  2. A cause
    • Acts 20:24 NLT – But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
    • You must want to make a difference in a way that matters
  3. A congregation
    • Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor
    • You must find other people who want to make a difference

1 Peter 4:10-11 –  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.