Minister: Rev’d Sam Oye

Text: Joshua 1:8 (KJV)


Success is not a game of chance. You can succeed by chance, but you cannot be successful by chance. Success is a function of principles not just prayer and prayer is one of the principles of success. You can be prayerful and not enjoy success. Prayer only will not guarantee success. If you want to leave a successful life, please pay attention to what we will be discovering together. I need you to remember that life is governed by laws and principles. That I why we have laws of gravity, laws of hydrostatic gravity or laws of aerodynamic. These laws proof that life is governed by laws and those who understand the laws of life utilize it to their advantage and those who ignores the laws of life become a victim of their ignorance.

One of the laws of success is the law of relationship. This law states that relationship minimizes or multiplies the laws of your life. The results you will get will be determined by your ability and competence to manage relationship optimally. Who you surround yourself with will determine the quality of success you will attract in life. Proverbs 13:20 (AMP)He who walks [as a companion] with wise men will be wise, But the companions of [conceited, dull-witted] fools [are fools themselves and] will experience harm. There is no such thing as harmless relationship, you will either suffer or enjoy the benefit of your association. You can be implicated by association, you cannot lay with dogs and not have fleas. Relationship must be carefully chosen. Who you connect with is a matter of choice. You don’t get to choose the family you are born into, but the liberty to choose who you are connected to. It is your God-given right.

Your experiences are shaped by relationships. It matters who you hang around with. Proverbs 22:24 (NLT)Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. Can you see relationship has consequences on your life. Censure and audit your network. If you value your life, audit those you relate with because there is no harmless relationship. You are becoming better or worse by the relationships you keep. There are people who should still be alive but for the relationship they kept. There are men who should be making impact but for their spouse. Relationship has effect on the outcomes of your life. 1 Cor 15:33 (TPT)– So stop fooling yourselves! Evil companions will corrupt good morals and character. When you associate constantly with people who perform some wrongs, after a while you become desensitize and start to even make excuse for them. The greatest fool on earth is the one that believes in the neutrality of friendship, the greatest fool is one who accommodates this ideology. The closer you get to bad people, the gradual it is that you begin to learn their ways. Many began to steal because somebody educated them on how to do it.

Narrow your friendship, don’t be too broad. Don’t reward everyone with friendship, be friendly but keep few friends. The companions and the relationships that you attract and keep will determine the outcomes of your life and the experiences that you have. Therefore, you must master the act of attracting and keeping relationship that are strategic to the next phase of your life. You cannot succeed without people and at the same time, you can fail because of people. Watch who you hang out with. Even the father achieved creation with His team, He said “let us make this…”. Build a team of strong people around you and do not be intimated by the strength of your network. Do not celebrate that you are better than your team.

Look closely within your circles and it will tell you why your success is limited or not. Who are the people in your circle, who are your closest friends? Where you are going is bigger than where you are and what you need is to find people who are better than you are and call them your friends. The outcomes of your life reveals the quality of the association of you have. There are mistakes you should not have made but for the association you keep. Even God the Father did not create the world alone. Can I advise you, look for people that are better than you, your life cannot be better than your immediate network.

Relationship attracts favour. Favour flows through relationship. Those who succeed, help others to succeed. How do you measure your success? Stop looking at yourself, start asking yourself, how many people have I helped to succeed? Who’s school fees have I paid? Who’s vision have I clarified? Build big relationships and so you can make big request and get big results. Your problem is that you are making big request from people you do not have big relationships with.

When you have needy people around you, it is your opportunity for growth, invest into them. Those you sow into may likely not pay you back. They are not your reward, this way you do not get hurt when people you blessed do wrong against you. Can you make a moment impact in someone’s life that will not be forgotten for years? Relationships not only guarantees the flow of favour, it multiplies results. Increase your results by increasing the strength and quality of your relationships. Relationships also eliminates your struggles. Multiply your results by the relationships you build. Be of help, that is the key to your success.