Kennard, a servant of the Merciful Eternal Father and His Spectacular & Compassionate Son.
- Is money the key to success according to the pure words of Elohim?
- Should you have many cars, homes, clothes, electronic appliances . . . etc. to guarantee success?
“Only be strong and very courageous, to observe to do according to all the law, which Moses My servant commanded thee; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest have good success whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy ways prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:7-8 Jewish Publication Society – JPS)
According to the Word of Elohim, to be successful we must do the following:
- Be strong
- Be courageous
- Obey the entire Torah of Moses which is the Torah of Elohim (1 Kings 2:3 KJV)
- Think about the Torah of Elohim day and night so we can obey ALL of the words of Elohim
If we consistently do the above deeds, then we are guaranteed success.
What does success mean?
A primitive root; to be circumspect and hence intelligent: – consider, expert, instruct, prosper, (deal) prudent (-ly), (give) skill (-ful), have good success, teach, (have, make to) understand (-ing), wisdom, (be, behave self, consider, make) wise (-ly), guide wittingly. (Strong’s Concordance of the Bible)
sākhal: A verb meaning to act with insight, to be prudent, to give insight, to teach, to prosper, to consider, to ponder, to understand, to act prudently, to act with devotion. The primary meaning of the word is to be prudent. The word is used in Isaiah to denote what was hoped and expected of Israel, i.e., that they would consider and understand that the hand of the Lord had acted (Isa_41:20). The word is also used in Deuteronomy to denote a lack of understanding on the part of the people. If they were wise and would understand, they would know what their end would be (Deu_32:29). Jeremiah used this word to denote wisdom in terms of insight and comprehension (Jer_9:24 ). In a similar usage of the word, fools are to take heed and become wise (Psa_94:8). The wisdom of comprehension will open their eyes to the Lord, who sees and punishes wrong actions. In a confession of sins, the Holy Spirit is remembered as having been sent to instruct (Neh_9:20); the prudent person keeps quiet in evil times (Amo_5:13); those who meditate on the Book of the Law day and night, being careful to do everything in it, will be prosperous and successful (Jos_1:8). In the causative form, śāḵal denoted God’s actions to Solomon if he observed what the Lord required and walked in His ways. If this pattern were followed, the Lord would prosper Solomon (1Ki_2:3). (The Complete WordStudy Dictionary)
Prudence according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary is:
- The ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason
- Shrewdness in the management of affairs
- Skill and good judgment in the use of resources
- Caution or circumspection as to danger or risk
To simplify, success is the ability to manage your affairs in a righteous, cautious, reasonable, and sane way. Success does not mean just having an abundance of money and possessions.
“Then to the people he said, “Be careful to guard against all forms of greed, because even if someone is rich, his life does not consist in what he owns.” (Luke 12:15 CJB)
“. . . and constant wrangling among people whose minds no longer function properly and who have been deprived of the truth, so that they imagine that religion is a road to riches. Now true religion does bring great riches, but only to those who are content with what they have. For we have brought nothing into the world; and we can take nothing out of it; so if we have food and clothing, we will be satisfied with these.
“Furthermore, those whose goal is to be rich fall into temptation; they get trapped in many foolish and hurtful ambitions which plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all the evils; because of this craving, some people have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves to the heart with many pains. But you, as a man of God, flee from these things; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you testified so well to your faith before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:5-12 CJB)
“Two matters I have asked of You – Deny them not to me before I die: Remove falsehood and a lying word far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me my portion of bread; Lest I become satisfied and deny You, And say, “Who is יהוה?” And lest I be poor, and steal, And seize the Name of my Elohim. (Proverbs 30:7-9 The Scriptures)
Observing the commandments will give any human being the ability to have common sense.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” (Psalm 111:10 KJV)
The word “understanding” in the above verse means to have sense, intelligence and success.
From H7919; intelligence; by implication success: – discretion, knowledge, policy, prudence, sense, understanding, wisdom, wise. (Strong’s Concordance of the Bible)
śēḵel: A masculine noun meaning intelligence, good sense. This intelligence is more than just mere book knowledge or learning about a particular subject. It has a greater significance and means insight or understanding. This insight is a gift from God (1Ch_22:12); and God holds the freedom to give it or to take it away whenever He chooses (Job_17:4). The results from having this intelligence and insight is that it gives a person patience (Pro_19:11); and wins praise from others (Pro_12:8). Only fools despise this intelligence (Pro_23:9). This noun is used once with a negative connotation in Dan_8:25 where it stands for cunning, requiring much intelligence. (The Complete WordStudy Dictionary)
Elohim desires for us to properly think about every decision we make by studying, mediating and applying all of his holy words which are the Tanakh [Old Testament] and Apostolic [New Testament] scriptures. (Matthew 4:4; 2 Peter 3:15-16; 2 Timothy 3:15-17 KJV).
“In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true (Psalm 119:142; Matthew 4:4 – The Word of Elohim is Truth – emphasis mine), noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.” (Philippians 4:8 CJB)
“Blessed is the man who shall not walk in the counsel of the wrong, And shall not stand in the path of sinners, And shall not sit in the seat of scoffers, But his delight is in the Torah of יהוה, And he meditates in His Torah day and night. For he shall be as a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That yields its fruit in its season, And whose leaf does not wither, And whatever he does prospers. The wrong are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind blows away. Therefore the wrong shall not rise in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For יהוה knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wrong comes to naught.” (Psalm 1:1-6 The Scriptures)
“He has made everything suited to its time; also, he has given human beings an awareness of eternity; but in such a way that they can’t fully comprehend, from beginning to end, the things God does. I know that there is nothing better for them to do than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live. Still, the fact that everyone can eat and drink and enjoy the good that results from all his work, is a gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 CJB)
If we lack the ability to be successful, then we need to ask Elohim for wisdom (James 1:5 KJV).
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10 KJV)
“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” (Proverbs 15:33 KJV)
“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16 KJV)
“Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.” (Proverbs 24:3-5 KJV)
- A human being can be rich in a righteous way. We have the examples of Abraham, Job and Joseph that proves you can be rich and righteous. However, the history of humanity tells us this is rare. Yet, it is possible if you learn how to put Elohim first in your life. Plus, you should not desire to be rich unless you have a desire to help people with your wealth (1 Timothy 6:17-19 KJV). We must be careful that our main focus in life is not about “getting rich & making lots of money to get whatever I want.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10 KJV) Remember, it is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle, then for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Elohim (Matthew 19:23-24 KJV).
Elohim desires for us to succeed in everything we do if it is not against His Torah.
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:1-11 KJV)
Work and Jobs
According to a Gallop survey, 70% of employees in the United States do not like their jobs. This is sad. This indicates there is a lack of proper career planning for a significant number of people. Elohim desires for you to like your occupation. He desires for you to grow in your profession; to successfully manage your affairs and prosper. He desires for you to have the ability to give to those who are in need.
“The thief must stop stealing; instead, he should make an honest living by his own efforts. This way he will be able to share with those in need.” (Ephesians 4:28 CJB)
“Beloved ones, I pray for you to do well in every way, and be in health, as your life is doing well.” (3 John 1:2 The Scriptures)
- The key to producing enough monies to take care of your needs, and to help others with their needs, is to choose a career you like; get the education necessary to produce a livable income. Livable income is consistent monies that will pay your living expenses, enable you to pay off any bills and give you the ability to help people in need; save for emergency situations (losing a job, medical issues, or a “time and chance” event – Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 KJV). Plus, you should try to do all you can to get out of debt (Romans 13:8 KJV). It is very important to make every effort you can to stay out of debt, and to live within your means.
The good news is you do not have to go to school in the traditional way to obtain a quality education in the 21st century. You can take courses at home. The following resources have helped me in my life and I hope they help you locate a profession you like if you do not like your current job or profession. I have included a resource that can help you manage your finances should you need personal financial counseling. Click on the topic for more information.
- Campbell Interest and Skill Survey
- You can get this book at your local library or from a bookstore: The Power to Get In: A Step-by-Step System to Get in Anyone’s Door So You Have the Chance to… Make the Sale… Get the Job… Present Your Ideas (Paperback) by Michael A. Boylan
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – Look for occupations that will produce livable income for yourself and your family
- Affordable Job Training
- Distance Education For Working Adults
- Credit Counseling
- Online Typing Course-for FREE
Every human being can be successful if they learn how to obey the Torah of Elohim and put Him first. The Word of God commands us to get the wisdom and knowledge we need to be successful-to provide for those who are in need. Elohim has provided man with knowledge of various professions. If we have access to the resources, then we each have the responsibility to choose the profession best suited for our personality, skills, abilities and cost of living environment. For those who do not have the resources to better themselves, pray to Elohim to provide you what you need and He will (James 1:5 KJV).
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 CJB)
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV)
“I have strength to do all, through Messiah who empowers me.” (Philippians 4:13 The Scriptures)
- As you try to financially better yourself, you may need to temporarily take a job you do not like until you are able to get the education you need to locate your desired job or, if you already have the required education, obtain your desired occupation. You should make every effort you can to leave the temporary job you do not like without causing yourself or your family unnecessary financial hardship. The key is to always work towards improving your career. Do not ever assume your current job will always be available to you.
- A job or work environment can be so bad you may have to resign from your job because of health concerns, moral issues (for example: company trains you to lie related to a specific task or duty; employer tries to prevent you from keeping the Shabbat and Holy Days of Elohim listed in Leviticus 23), employer brakes the original employment contract, and for various situations out of your control. If you quit your job for good cause and you have worked long enough, you can get unemployment benefits until you are able to locate suitable employment. Please refer to your local Unemployment Insurance Office for more information on good causes for quitting your job and the required length of employment to qualify for unemployment benefits. I have had to quit jobs in the past for worship, moral and health reasons. However, Elohim provided me with better opportunities (Matthew 6:25-34 KJV).
- Do the best you can to avoid “dead end” jobs. I understand what it feels like to work at a “dead end” job. A “dead end” job is an occupation with no growth opportunities.
- Submit your resume to the following job boards and learn how to use them: CareerBuilder, Monster and Indeed.com.
- Build a LinkedIn profile-LinkedIn can help you locate your desired job.
- Get the following book: Get Back To Work Faster: The Ultimate Job Seeker’s Guide
I was forced out of my family’s house at age 20 without the ability to financially support myself because of my desire to keep Shabbat. I have had 41 jobs in my life and a significant amount of the 41 jobs I had were “dead end” sales jobs with unrealistic expectations. Additionally, I had several direct marketing consulting projects I completed as a direct marketing consultant (I operate a part-time direct marketing consultant home-based business in addition to ministry). While I worked, I tried the best I could to keep my skills sharp and to constantly educate myself. I continue to regularly educate myself to this day.
We should steadily study the Bible and we should repeatedly study to improve our existing skills or develop new skills. Several years ago I took the Campbell Interest and Skills survey and I am following the suggested vocational interests. Some of those interests are Religious Activities, Office Practices, Domestic Arts/Home Economics which involves family communication and parental education.
The Campbell Interest and Skills survey can help anyone plan a successful career.
May the Great Elohim bless you and protect you.