Ever wonder how some people seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time? Don’t you just want a little of that? If you’re success minded and are looking for the right opportunities, let me show you how to be in the right place at the right time, every time.

What Most Success Gurus Teach You That’s Wrong

You may have attended seminars by people who teach you how to be a self-made success. They’ll teach you about preparing and positioning yourself for that golden moment that will open doors. But they won’t teach you what I’m about to unfold for you.

You may have a plan for your life, you may have a plan for your day, and you may follow your goal planning sheet religiously. But let me rock your self development world and show you how to position yourself for opportunity in a way that will give you an edge over everyone else.

Proverbs 16:9 says,

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”

I have found that I can plan my day, I can plan my year, and I can plan my life all I want, BUT…

At the end of the day…it’s the Lord that determined my steps. 

Opportunities You Can’t Plan:

I know people who have been experiencing huge financial blows and just like that – they bump into someone who gives them a job. A check. A unexpected miracle. Even a new car.

I know someone this past week who was searching for a home to rent, and they met someone in the parking lot who just happened to have a rental home become available the same day.

The home has the right amount of bedrooms for their family, the home is in the right location, close to the school their kids already attend, and the home is in their price range.

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Know what? You can’t plan for that!

That’s not luck. That’s not coincidence. That’s not even due to diligence.

It just happened…but not by chance…By God.

Being in the right place at the right time happens because God makes it happen.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,

He has made everyting beautiful in its time…

But what about preparation?

  • What about training?
  • What about talent?
  • What about discipline?
  • What about education?
  • What about all the things the success guru’s tell us we need to do to make sure our preparation meets opportunity?

Let’s see what the Bible says…

Ecclesiastes 9:11-12:

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.

Notice what Solomon says:
“The fastest runner doesn’t always win.”

This means that the winner is not necessarily the fastest or brightest person. (That takes a little pressure off, huh?)

Solomon also said:
“the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle.”

This means the one who wins the battle is not necessarily the stronger person. (And all the weaklings say, YAY!)

And Solomon also said:
“The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy.”

This means wisdom and skill don’t automatically bring you financial success.

And here’s the best part of all:
“And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”

He’s saying, those who are better, wiser, and stronger don’t always win the war, don’t always win the race, don’t always get the riches, and don’t always get the favor. Don’t always get the opportunities they’ve prepared for so diligently.

Oh snap!!! What about all of your hard work? Hang tight…

Solomon is mapping out a God-development plan for us not a self-development plan.

The ones who are in the right place at the right time are the ones whom God puts in the right place at the right time.

God is the only one who can put you where you need to be at the right moment.

You can try through self-effort to better position yourself for success. You can try working harder. You can try studying more. You can try networking more.

Yes, you might end up being slightly faster, slightly stronger, and more connected with movers and shakers, but only God can put you in the right place at the right time and give you good success.

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Yes, plan. Yes, prepare. Yes, be ready.
But know that it’s really up to God.
When He says it’s time, it’s time.

  • I spent years – decades actually – preparing and training for the things God uses me to do today.
  • I went through four years of Bible College to get my bachelors degree in pastoral theology.
  • I put myself through grad school while working full time as a pastor, with 2 school aged children at home to get my masters degree.
  • And even continued by pursuing my post graduate work and received my ph.d in clinical psychology.
  • Then I became a certified life coach and also a certified temperament analyst.
  • And I have 25 plus years in leadership and ministry training.
  • I’m also a voracious reader of books and personal development materials.

See, I’m not discounting preparation. I’m still preparing because I’m committed to life long learning. It’s important. But know this…

Just because you’re prepared, doesn’t mean the time is right. 

No amount of self effort on your part is going to open the door for you. You have to rely on God to position you and give you the opportunities you need.

And guess what? He will. Because God is interested in your success more than you are. He’s got a plan and you fit into it. He’s making all of heaven come together and your days are lining up perfectly.

Right now, at this moment, he’s orchestrating your steps behind the scenes. You have no idea the things he’s up to right now positioning you for your destined moments.

Jer 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

So what do you do on your end?

You trust. He’ll move. Let his plan give you hope. That’s how you can be in the right place at the right time – every time!

And that too… is fusing faith with personal development. Liked this? Please share.

I know you’re tired of waiting for your big break. It’s been a long time coming. You’re wondering if you’ll ever be rewarded for your hard work and loyalty. If this is you, here’s what you can do while you’re waiting – so you don’t go crazy and lose your footing.

Have you heard the story of Joseph in the Bible where Pharaoh looks at him and says, look at all this land in Egypt…It’s all yours Joseph. Then he takes off his signet ring and puts it on Joseph’s hand (Genesis 41:41-46):

41And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
44And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

Wow.

Talk about reward. That ring was the platinum charge card of that day. It was the way the king stamped the invoices, the decrees, or anything else he wanted to validate with his royal seal.

Now that Joseph had the ring on his finger, Joseph was the guy in charge. He spoke for the king. His word carried the authority of Pharaoh. Joseph was the man.

In the blink of an eye Joseph experienced a promotion that was Cinderella-like.

But before promotion came, Joseph was in the pit of prison left alone. Forgotten.

He never saw the promotion coming.

Is this where you are at the moment?

Forgotten.
In a prison you can’t escape.
Feeling like your in a dungeon of despair.

Bankruptcy
Divorce
Betrayal
Dismissed from your job
Demoted
Lied about
Stricken with sickness
Numb with pain

Have I got your number?
What kind of a dungeon have you been living in?

I want you to know this so you can hang on with hope for your days ahead…

When God says the time is right – you will be free – and it will be sweet!!!

You are on the verge of promotion and you don’t even know it, because God doesn’t announce His appointments in advance. 

So what do you do while you wait?

1. Believe His Promises.
While you’re still in the darkness of your dungeon, trust him to open the doors. I know you thought you heard footsteps outside the door, yet they never came for you. You almost gave up wondering if they will ever come and rescue you.

I’m letting you know – they will. God will send the right people at the right time to set you free.

So the next time you hear footsteps, believe they are coming for you. Believe they are about to unlock your prison doors and let you free.

The same God who allowed Joseph to live in the dungeon was the same God who brought him out. It just had to be the right time.

Even though today you have bruises and blows of disappointment… and unfulfilled dreams… doesn’t mean God has left your side.

At the right time he will get you out. Believe.

2. Know You’ll Be Stronger
When Joseph’s prison doors had flung wide open, he was different.

He had been refined and he came forth as gold. He had become a person of greater strength and stability. Deeper quality, nobler character. Talk about a self development chamber. This was character building 101.

God’s promises for Joseph are for you too. He’ll take what the enemy meant for evil and use it for your good.

When people forget you, and they will…
When people break their promises to you, and they will…
When you’re tired and tempted to give up, and you might…
Know you’re getting stronger.

While you’re waiting for your reward:
1. Believe his promises. He’s working on getting you out.
2. Know you’ll be stronger. You’re prison has benefits that the enemy can’t touch.

I’m pulling for ya. Hang in there. Your big break is on the way, if you’ll wait for it.

 

Got fear? Pick one and let’s start solving your fear problem with these 3 simple steps.

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Last night our dog Latte, was in fight mode. My son had some friends over late – like after the rest of us were in bed kind of late – to plan a chapel service for his alma mater, City of Life Christian Academy.

So we’ve got a group of 5 college ministry students entering the house. Good kids. Not a bit of malice in any of them. Latte’s sitting there unaware in the dark. She’s surprised by the crowd that’s pouring in the front door. Tyler’s not worried. He’s thinking she’ll calm down.

Great idea Ty. He’s doing a good thing, planning a great event for over 300 students. Except he forgot that when Latte smells danger she goes into fear mode and fights. In fact, she attacked Hank, one of Tyler’s best buddies.

No problem, Latte’s just being a good little watch dog, right?

Well, sorta. See, Hank is a regular at our house. She knows him. She sniffs him. She licks him. But last night she bit him.

What was Latte’s deal? Why did she fear something she’s familiar with? …Hank?

Seriously…Hank is such a sweetie!

I’m no dog whisperer, but Latte WRONGLY perceived Hank as a danger. Maybe because he trimmed his beard and looked different, maybe he wasn’t wearing his favorite plaid shirt…I don’t know. All I know is that Latte smelled fear and she choose to fight instead of take flight.

Have you ever done that? Feared something you’d been ok with in the past? Feared an event that you have handled with ease years ago, yet for some reason, now it seems too much for you to handle?

If so, you’re about to either fight or flight.

What is the fight or flight syndrome? When our brain interprets a situation and tells us that we are in danger and we have two choices, either to stand and fight or to flee from danger, that is known as the fight or flight syndrome.

One of the most famous scriptures about fear is Joshua 1:8 and it says:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

BUT, how do you do that?! How do you remain strong and courageous without fighting or flighting?

Here’s how to start:

Overcoming Fear

Sometimes the only way to overcome a fear is to face it head on; however, this can be daunting and even frightening at first. However, if you take small steps in the beginning, see, and recognize your small successes, chances are you will go on to bigger and better things.

1. Take Inventory

If you have areas, like we all do, that you would like to improve upon, then you should definitely take inventory of where you feel you are lacking and what your strengths are, as well.

For example, if you are weak in networking and social gatherings, you may want to look at some videos, take a class or attend a seminar on the subject. Look within and find the answers that you know are already there.

Once you have identified your weak areas, now it is time to take action.

2. Take Action

Taking action means that you take those areas that you have identified and taken action in each one of them. Now, you don’t have to take action in all areas at the same time – that may be too much at once.

Start with one small area and when you have finished working on that area, move on to another area. I love that scripture that says: “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” Start small.

Let’s say for example, you’re weak in public speaking. Take a class, watch a video, read a book, talk to a professional and you will see that you will begin to feel more empowered right away.

After all, knowledge is power and when you take action you give yourself the ability to minimize your weaknesses and enhance your power.

3. Take an Inside Out View

Sometimes your strongest suits are the ones where your weakest areas live. For example, if you always disliked the fact that you were quiet, shy, and withdrawn, perhaps you have a creative side that simply needs an outlet. (I tell my story about being shy on this podcast, you can listen by clicking here.)

Moses was shy too, yet he ended up becoming a public speaker. Even though, Aaron at first, rescued Moses by speaking on his behalf. Eventually Moses pushed passed his fear giving the Israelites speeches and instructions that directed them to their destination.

If you look at your weak sides and find a way to turn them inside out and turn them into your strong suits, you will find success was there all along.

So there’s your 3 steps to begin solving your fear problem.

  1. Take inventory.
  2. Take action.
  3. Take an inside out view.

Go get em! God’s right behind you. And here’s how I know that…

Psalm16:8 says:
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Like David, the Lord’s at your right hand, and you will not be shaken!

If you’d need more help – check out this resource, 5 Fear Busting Prayers You Can Pray On The Fly.