The good news about today’s culture is that we have so many choices. But there is another side to that coin! Sometimes we can have so many choices that we feel overwhelmed and confused. And what experts teach us is this: The confused mind says, ‘No!’
That’s why I try to find simple, go-to solutions that I know always work and that I can count on. They’re “recipes for success,” whether it’s a matter of the spirit, a matter of the soul, or even what to cook for dinner when both time and creativity are short! So here are my “go-to recipes” that I use regularly. I hope you find them useful to you, also!
Success recipe for spiritual matters: The Bible teaches us in 2 Peter 1:3 this powerful truth, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” Did you catch that? The Word says we have everything we need for a godly life! And that everything comes through our knowledge of Christ.
So whenever you need a spiritual boost or a have a question about your life . . . go to Jesus and His Word! Find scriptures that speak to your need. Very often, I print the scriptures on cards or small pieces of paper and post them all around my house. I recall I time when I was facing serious financial matters due to the sub-prime mortgage debacle. I desperately needed God’s hand to work in my life. So I claimed Deuteronomy 28:8, “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
I posted that verse in six or seven places in my house so I would see it throughout the day. Every time my eyes laid on the verse, I read it allowed and affirmed the truth that God always upholds His promises. I chose faith over worry . . . and it was through this practice and a powerful journey of faith with the Lord, that He pulled me out and met my need in a way I never expected.
So when you have a need, go to the Word. I like to ask and answer these questions about the matter I present to the Lord: 1) What does the Lord say about this? 2) What does the enemy say about this? 3) What do I say about it? And then I discipline myself so that my thoughts and words match with those of my wise and truthful God.
Success recipe for matters of the soul: Our soul is the part of us that is our mind, will, emotions and personality. When we experience thoughts, attitudes, feelings, and character qualities that are not in line with the ways of God, then we can see these are opportunities for growth and transformation.
Romans 12:2 of God’s Word says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Our minds need renewal so God’s truth and our faith are guiding our lives.
Some of the emotions we might feel are fear, jealousy, or bitterness. But these emotions don’t line up with God’s ways. We might have a judgmental attitude or a critical way toward ourselves and others. We might have strong beliefs about issues . . . that are not consistent with God’s Word.
So the recipe for success is one of submitting ourselves to God and allowing His Holy Spirit and Word to change us . . . to transform us. His Word is always the truth! His ways are always the best. And He is always the best mentor for leading our lives so we can indeed be transformed so we really know and behave according to “that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Success recipe for our body: Whether we are fasting or during our everyday lives, we want to take good care of our physical bodies. The Bible says, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
If we live by this command . . . then we are called to make good and healthy choices for what we should eat and what we should drink. And for many of us that means overhauling our typical fast-food and processed food choices and developing a lifestyle of health.
When we choose health, we want to make it easy and doable. Especially in today’s busy times, we need recipes that are easy to make, are satisfying to the palette and have good nutritional and economic value!
One of the best practices is to make sure you have healthy foods available. And one of my very favorite go-to recipes for the Daniel Fast (and even when I’m not fasting) is my Vegetarian Chili. I’ve been making this recipe for decades now . . . and it’s still a winner!
You can make this recipe in less than 20 minutes (from start to serving) and you can have all the ingredients you need on hand for those times when you need “fast food” of a healthy sort. Just click on the ink below for a copy of the recipe. I hope you print it out and add it to your own collection and that it becomes one of your “go to recipes” for your healthy lifestyle.
Click Here for Susan’s Vegetarian Chili recipe
As children of the Most High God, you and I are called to live differently from the way the world lives. God calls us His “chosen people.” And we are chosen to live a holy (used for the purposes of God) so that we can reveal God to people who don’t yet know His Son. When we choose success for our spirit, soul and body and continue to grow in the love and knowledge of Christ, we become better ambassadors for our Lord. We fulfill the call He has on our lives. And we fulfill the purpose He has planted within us.
Praise God as you continue to be transformed for the cause of Christ.