In the beginning the Eternal Creator designated and set in motion living laws for the very purpose of producing happiness, abundant living, pure and continuous joy, in all humans who would follow them. These are the seven great laws of success” (The Seven Laws of Success, p. 17). Let’s look at these seven laws.
Fix the right goal
As Christians, God tells us what our focus must be: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness… (Matt. 6:33). We must allow the living Christ to instruct us, to change us and to build within us God’s holy righteous character. All other goals (building and maintaining a good marriage; rearing our children properly; working productively) must be secondary to that one! No exceptions!
All Christians must pray diligently, study the word of God enthusiastically, meditate often and fast according to a pattern. They must attend holy day services regularly and fellowship with people of like mind. Getting ready for membership in the God Family must be paramount.
In order to pursue the Kingdom of God, we need both bodies and minds that are in good working order. Factors include: proper diet, adequate sleep, exercise, plenty of fresh air, cleanliness, proper elimination, right thinking and clean living. We need to be temperate in all things and strive to avoid accidents and taking in of substances harmful to our bodies and minds.
We must constantly move forward. The apostle Paul was inspired to write: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-14). We all fall short, but God tells us: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). In short, we must believe we have been forgiven by God, then forgive ourselves and move ahead. The primary focus is driving toward eternal life and ruling with Jesus Christ, not some secondary objective.
We will face obstacles in the process. What must we do? Mr. Armstrong summed it up briefly: “To succeed, you need to cultivate the ability, and the habit, of remaining unexcited, yet leaping to action on high tension, reaching the right decision, then acting on it!” (the Seven Laws of success, p. 31). We must not let the obstacle get our minds off our major objective in life: sharing the glory of Jesus Christ. Moreover, we should use the Bible as the primary source for knowledge, wisdom and understanding. The book of Proverbs contains many excellent principles for right living, for example.
We must keep on track as the days move into weeks and the weeks move into months and the months turn into years. God tells us that He will test us. The apostle James states: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). The apostle Peter warns us: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (I Peter 4:12-13). We must realize God allows trials in order to build godly character within us. Our loving Father must also correct us. “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (Heb. 12:5-6). Through all these trials and chastisements, Christians must not quit. Jesus admonishes us: “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). We must never turn back to the slop of Satan’s world.
Contact with, and the Guidance and Continuous Help of God
Christians must allow the Spirit of God to guide them daily. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1). The apostle Paul adds: “ Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). To whom should we go for help? Hebrews 4:14-16 gives us the answer: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Only with Jesus Christ living within us can we hope to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.
What is joy? It is an emotion. It is a by-product of an action and it is a gift of God. Each Christian should ask: Is my life filled with joy? Am I living an abundant life? Each of us needs to examine himself and truly take the time and meditate on each of these questions.
To achieve more and to reap even greater happiness we must work hard to overcome human nature, this present evil society and Satan. Also, struggle valiantly for growth and consistency in Christian living, constantly apply the seven laws of success to accomplish your primary objective—the Kingdom of God. We must work hard to accomplish the secondary goals in our lives. We must diligently apply the principles leading to success to these lesser important objectives. We must never allow any secondary goal to distract us from our prime objective and partaking of the joy that is a characteristic of our God.