Expect God to Work for Your Success

Book Marketing Jesus' Way (2 Chronicles 32:1-23)

Expect God to Work for Your SuccessHezekiah assembled his military officers before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words:

“Be strong.”
“Be confident.”
“Be courageous.”
“There is a greater power with us than with our enemies.”
“Our enemies only have the arm of the flesh.”
“The Lord our God who is with us helps us fight our battles.”

But the king of Assyria said:

“On what are you basing your confidence?”
“You remain under siege.”
“Your king is misleading you.”
“You will die of hunger and thirst.”
“How then can your god deliver you from my hand?”

Have you reached a point in your book marketing where you lack confidence? Do you feel as if you’re trapped without any way to move forward, any reason to keep trying? Have all the marketing pitches and promises left you bitter and cynical, doubting that your books will ever sell? Out of money, time, and ready to give up? Do you doubt that even God will help you?

If so, let’s look at how  King Hezekiah devised a strategy for success that depended solely on God.

  • King Hezekiah cried out in prayer to heaven. Turn to God. Lift up your eyes. Look to heaven for your help. Do not look to the past. Our God is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living (Mark 12:27). He has plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • The Lord sent an angel who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. Ask God to send his mighty angles to defend you. Ask God to destroy all barriers to your success.

    The Lord our God will command his angels to guard you. (Psalm 91:11) (Luke 4:10)
    The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him. (Psalm 34:7)
    The angel of the Lord delivers them. (Psalm 34:7)
    “I tell you that your angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)
    All angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation. (Hebrews 1:14)
    I will send an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way. I will bring you to the place I have prepared. (Exodus 23:20)

  • The Assyrian king withdrew to his own land in disgrace. Expect the obstacles to your success to withdraw and melt away.
  • Some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword. Expect the obstacles to your success to be cut down and cast away.
  • The Lord saved the people. Confess that the Lord saves. Through Christ we are saved. In Christ we have the promise of abundant life. Your faith in Jesus brings victory.
  • He took care of them on every side. Rest in peace with the knowledge that nothing surprises our Lord. He protects your flanks and back. Advance with confidence.
  • Many brought offerings for the Lord and valuable gifts for the king. Once you begin to see success, bring your best to the Lord as an offering. Praise him. Proclaim his name. List the ways he has helped you achieve success.
  • From then on Hezekiah was highly regarded by all the nations. Once the Lord has established you, embrace the title of victor. Stand tall. Stand firm. With quiet confidence and in humility accept the mantle of best-selling author in order that others may be encouraged to put their trust in Jesus.So it will be for everyone who places their confidence in the Lord our God. (Romans 10:11, 1 Peter 2:6 / Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 49:23, Psalm 25:3)

What lessons can we learn from this story of having confidence in the strong arm of our Lord?

  1. Assemble your people, your “tribe,” those committed to offering help and who believe in you and your books. Give each a task and follow up to make sure they execute their work. Feel free to delegate this supervision task to one “officer.” Ask each member to recruit one more person to your team.
  2. Receive courage from the Lord. Jesus says:

    “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27)
    “Daughter, take courage. Your faith has made you well.” (Matthew 9:22)
    “Take courage, stand up! Jesus is calling you!” (Mark 10:49)

    We do not need to muster up false courage. Jesus is on our side. Jesus on our inside. We are inside him. He is our courage.

  3. Believe a greater power is with you. This is your VISION for victory and success.
  4. Declare and believe that your adversary only has the power of man.
  5. Ignore the words and signs that sow seeds of doubt.
  6. Look beyond your circumstances and trust in the vision.
  7. Pray to the Lord.
  8. Do all within your power to achieve success, then expect, watch, and wait for God to act on your behalf.
  9. Bring offerings and praise to the Lord.
  10. In humility accept the high regard God has for you.

 

Blessing I Will Bless You

Book Marketing Jesus' Way (Genesis 22:17)

“Blessing I will bless you.” (Genesis 22:17)

Lord I pray back your word to you. While you are blessing us, you will bless us. You said that through Abraham all the families of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:3).  Through your Holy Spirit the apostle Paul testifies that if we belong to you, the Christ, then we are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29).

Your promises are pictures of what you desire us to become. Your promises are a picture of who you are. Multiplying you will multiply (Genesis 22:17). No matter how many promises you made, they are “Yes” in Christ. Therefore, through Christ the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of you, our father in heaven (2 Corinthians 1:20).

For this reason in the mighty name of Jesus I declare that while you are blessing Dead Man’s Hand, you will bless Skull Creek Stakeout. While you are blessing Dead Low Tide you will bless Rumor of a Werewolf. While you are blessing Phantom Gunslinger, you will bless Medium Well Done.

While you are blessing Curse of the Black Avenger, you will bless Dead Calm, Bone Dry. While you are blessing The End of Calico Jack, you will bless No Good Stede Goes Unpunished. While you are blessing Down to Davy Jones, you will bless The Day The World Sneezed.

While you are blessing Summers’ Love, you will bless My Father’s Business.

What Doors Do You Need Opened Today?

Book Marketing Jesus' Way (Luke 11:5-10, 13)

What Doors Do You Need Opened Today?Your pantry is empty. You have nothing left to set before your guests, your family. Spent, exhausted, frustrated, all you can do is borrow from friends.

Late at night you go next door and ask your neighbor for a little something to eat so you can feed your guest, but your neighbor replies:

  • “Don’t bother me.”
  • “I’m in bed.”
  • “Go away.”

Jesus warns that when we ask our friends for help—even when what we seek is for others—many will reply, “Don’t bother me. I’m your friend, yes, but…”

It’s as if Jesus is saying, “Do not be surprised by this. The nature of man is to withdraw, withhold, allow others to go without.” Instead Jesus encourages us to:

  • “Ask your Father in heaven for what you need.”
  • “Seek from your Father in heaven your provision.”
  • “Knock on heaven’s door for the help you need.”

Grab these promises of Jesus. Hold onto them with both hands.

  • “I promise you will receive from my Father.”
  • “I promise you will find all you need in my Father’s house.”
  • “I promise my Father will open doors for you.”

These promises from Jesus are not simply for those who are “good,” righteous in their own eyes—for those who can quote chapter and verse. These promises from Jesus are for all who come to the Father in humility, repentance, and faith.

What doors do you need opened today?
What supplies do you lack?
What have you conceived but not yet received?

Jesus says,

  • “EVERYONE who asks, receives.”
  • “EVERYONE who seeks, finds.”
  • “EVERYONE who knocks, a door is opened.”

How is that possible? Jesus replies, “Your father in heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

  • God’s Holy Spirit reminds us of the character, works, and words of Jesus and the father. (John 14:26) God is good. God is loving. God is generous. God is compassionate. God is faithful. God gives all the grace we need for every task.
  • God’s Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. (John 16:7-8) When sin interferes with our relationship with the father, his Holy Spirit brings our offenses to mind. Through his mercy and our repentance, our relationship and communication is restored.
  • God’s Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God and the deep needs of our soul. (1 Corinthians 2:10) We think we know what we want, but the Holy Spirit digs deep into our soul and supplies us with wisdom, revelation, and vision from the father.
  • God’s Holy Spirit guides us in all truth, making our steps firm. (John 16:13-15) Our wants, goals, and needs may seem right, but God’s Holy Spirit reveals all truth, all that is noble, all that is good.
  • God’s Holy Spirit gives us good gifts for the common good: wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) Our daily needs are not for us alone but for others. The works of our hands are not for our enjoyment alone, but for the benefit of others.
  • God’s Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness, searches our hearts, intercedes for us according to God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27) When we are frail, tired, and beaten down, God’s Holy Spirit continues to ask the father on our behalf.
  • With patience and self-control God’s Holy Spirit enables us to live in love, joy, faith, and peace while offering kindness, goodness, and gentleness to others. (Galatians 5:22-25) With God’s Holy Spirit within us, love, joy, faith, and peace replace anger, worry, fear, and stress.

With God’s Holy Spirit we have all we need to provide for others and ourselves. And should we lack anything, we only need to ask.

Jesus tells us we will, “Do the works I do and even greater works than these. (John 14:12)

Are we doing great works?
Are we writing great words?
Are we spending our efforts on others?

If you believe your words, your books, your vocation as a writer serves God’s kingdom in small and great ways, then invite others to join you in this prayer.

“‘My Father, your name is holy. Your name is greatly to be revered and honored. Your kingdom is here with me, within me, for you are in me and I am in you.

Each day you give me all that I need. You know my needs, even the needs I cannot fathom. Provide today as much as I need.

Forgive me of my sins. I confess them before you now. I repent of my sins. Have mercy on me.

I forgive all who offend me, hurt me, ignore me, past judgement upon me, and seek to harm me.

Lead me not into temptation. Instead lead me to open doors where I can display your love, joy, faith, peace and patience to others. Lead me to open doors where I, in the mighty name of Jesus, can show your kindness, goodness, and gentleness towards others. May it be so, father. Amen.