Are You Properly Setting Yourself Up for Success in 2018?

Most of us have set goals for 2018. But not all of us are setting ourselves up to actually achieve success.

In order for anyone to reach their goals, they have to set themselves up to achieve it. But among everything we can do to do that, what’s the first thing that should be on our list?


Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Joshua 1:8 gives us a pretty clear direction for setting ourselves up for God-given success. But… what’s a Book of Instruction?

(It’s the Bible. You can thank me later for decoding that ancient secret for you. Because I know you certainly weren’t confused like I totally, completely, definitely wasn’t.)


So far, we can kind of see what Joshua is saying: read the Bible often for success. But let’s dig a little deeper.


  • Did you know the Bible is not only the longest book in the world according to WolframAlpha, but it’s also been translated in more languages than any other book in the world?
  • Thousands of men and women have risked their lives and families, have been tortured, and have even been executed to bring God’s Word to people.
  • The Bible is banned in 53 countries (13 of which you will be beheaded if you’re even caught with one). Looks like even those leaders who hate God and His Word know the power of it!

Truth doesn’t have an expiration date. The Word of God and all of His promises last forever. You can look on a website today that has different versions of a false religion’s writings and notice its many revisions; looks like its “truth” didn’t hold out to the standards of time as the world got more modern.

But God is outside of time. He knows what’s going to happen in the future. Everything in the Bible applies to all of time. Likewise, the Bible never needs to be made more “relevant” or “modern”; bread does not need to be made relevant to a hungry soul.

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

When an attack from the enemy comes, what do you refute him with?

When Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert, he slapped the devil upside the head with some mic-drops from the Scripture He had been studying all His life. The devil couldn’t stand it, so he left Jesus alone (Matthew 4:4, 7, 11).

What comes out of you when you’re squeezed? Are you full of the Word of God to combat attacks that come your way?

Put God’s Word in when you don’t need it, and it’ll be there when you do need it.
– John Osteen

It’s important to be reading the Word of God on a daily basis. When situations come our way, we need to know what to do about them!


 What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up and the last thing you think about when you go to sleep?

So many things try to push for our attention and crowd out the most important things in our life, but that doesn’t mean we have to let them.

Carving out time for God in both the morning and night is an awesome way to keep God’s Word in front us at a constant rate. It helps our mind place the things of the day in their proper perspectives. Plus, scientist say the first ten minutes of your day sets how the rest of your day goes.

I wind down at nights with reading my Bible (sent to my dad by JONATHAN SHUTTLESWORTH ASDFGHJKLASFKJHLSL that I stole and crossed out my dad’s name with my own >:)). I also get up early in the morning and devote the first part of my day to studying His Word, too.


Put God first and you bet your bottom dollar He’s gonna bless you in every area of your life.

No, literally:

The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did.
(Gen. 39:2)

And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.
(1 Kings 2:3)

Blessed is the man … but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night … And whatever he does shall prosper.
(Psalm 1:1-3)

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!
(Psalm 119: 2)

Putting God and His Word first is the best way to set ourselves up for success; and not just any success. God-given success. With the Word of God firmly hidden in our hearts:

  • We know what to do when situations come our way.
  • Our minds are refreshed and renewed. (Rom. 12:2)
  • We’ve given Him first place and can therefore open ourselves up to His radical blessings in our lives.


By |2018-01-13T14:10:53-05:00January 13th, 2018|Butt-Kicking, Encouragement, Life Undefeated|39 Comments

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I'm Madi: blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about me here and this blog here.


  1. meandmydogsblog January 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks you Madi, this post is really good. This will really help me


    • Madi January 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much for reading and commenting, M&M! That means so much. <3

  2. EnniMorgan January 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    THIS IS SUCH AN AMAZING POST, MADI. Thanks a million for posting it!

    • Madi January 13, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      AWW, THANK YOU SO MUCH, ENNI! Thanks a million for commenting! <3

      • EnniMorgan January 13, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

        YOU’RE WELCOME! Thanks a million for…well…stuff. XD

  3. silverfoxstudios January 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    This blog post is so true. We can’r do anything without God’s help. This will totally help me

    • Madi January 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Amen! Putting God in the equation blows the results of our dreams out of the water.

  4. Kendall January 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Awesome post, Madi! I agree totally! One of my New Year’s Resolutions for the past few years has been to form a habit of diving into Scripture each day- and more than once. It has been super helpful, for sure!

    • Madi January 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Kendall! Same, here — the results are awesome!

  5. Julia M January 13, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    This is a really great post! But also, you mentioned the Bible being the longest book? But that’s not true.. Like there’s plenty of much longer books out there… Like War and Peace isn’t even the longest book ever and its over 200,000 words longer than the Bible? If I’m like missing something, please clarify ’cause I’m kinda confused..
    ~Julia <3

    • Madi January 13, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Julia! I just double-checked. The KJV version of The Holy Bible is 789,650 words, making it the longest famous text, according to WolframAlpha.

      • Julia M January 13, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

        Okay I don’t know I’m still pretty sure there’s longer books out there.. Like there’s this French(?) books which title translates to Remembrance of Things Past that is holding the Guiness World Record for the Longest Book. It’s not really a big deal or whatever I was just kinda throwing that out there ’cause I was kinda confused

        • Madi January 13, 2018 at 2:10 pm - Reply

          I’m not so sure about the Guinness World Records — I guess the longest book depends on the source. Thanks for mentioning it! I’ll clarify in my post.

          • Julia M January 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

            Thanks for listening, I appreciate it!
            ~Julia <3

  6. wanniesworld January 13, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Such a useful blog! Love it xx

    • Madi January 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for following! <3

  7. ?Hope? @agdolldreams January 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Awesome post, Madi!!!! ?

    • Madi January 13, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Hope!

  8. Olive January 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I didn’t make any goals. ?
    Ok, ok, I’ll go actually read the post now….be right back….
    When I wake up it’s usually something along the lines of:
    “Oh great I overslept”
    “That was a weird dream….what was it again?”
    “Great job Olive, The sun beat you. Again.” (In a sorta snarky tone)
    (I’ve forgotten the exact definition of snarky, I hope that was the word I meant. ?)
    “dang, it’s pancake day.” (I have to make the pancakes. It takes me about 2 hours)
    When I’m falling asleep it’s hard to tell when I stop coherently thinking, but I’m usually daydreaming, thinking about something from my actual life, or making fan theories. ?
    who’s Jonathan shuttlesworth? ?
    Have a great night! Get a lot of sleep! (Or morning, day, whenever you read this. ?)
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madi January 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Oh dear. ?

      HAHA, your thoughts are great. ? Yikes, two hours for pancakes? Do they taste yummy?

      Jonathan Shuttlesworth is my ministry role model and inspiration. He’s a kick-butt evangelist with a big ego, plenty of epic mic drops, and a whole lot of fearlessness. >:D

      Haha, you too! XD

      • Olive January 14, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

        Unless I mess something up, then yes. ?
        “a kick-but evangelist with a big ego” sounds like you. ?

        Most crazily, ~Olive

        • Madi January 14, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

          Ah. 😛

          ??? I literally laughed out loud. Quite true, quite true indeed! ?

  9. Bella January 13, 2018 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    I don’t really have a 2018 resolution, but I would like to stay more organized and stick to my blogging schedule more! 😀

    Great work on this post, Madi! Your posts are always so amazing!

    🙂 Bella

    • Madi January 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Same here! I’ve been working on my blogging schedule a lot. XD

      Awwww, thank you so much, Bella! You’re the sweetest!

      • Bella January 14, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        XD Of course!

  10. AGs in Alaska January 14, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Hey, Madi! I am currently reading the Bible. I am on Deuteronomy Chapter 10. I really enjoy it! I got a new coloring Bible that is super pretty.

    • Madi January 14, 2018 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      I love Deuteronomy! Chapters 8 and 28 are my favorites from it. Ooh, coloring Bibles are so gorgeous! I hope you have tons of fun with it!

  11. Olivia @ Purely Olivia January 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this post, Madi! I really appreciate you sharing this with us, it’s important to keep in mind as the new year begins. 🙂 (And all the time, too!)

    • Madi January 14, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Aw, thanks so much for commenting, Olivia! Very true!

  12. Anna January 15, 2018 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    This is SUPER helpful! Thank you so much!

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you SO much!

  13. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) January 15, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    This was so great, reading my Bible every morning and evening is very important to me! Thank you for encouraging us all to feast on God’s Word in 2018 (AND ALWAYS!!!)! 😀

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Same here! It’s such an awesome way to start and end the day. Awwww, thank you for commenting!! 😀

  14. daisypaquet January 15, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    This was a great post and a great reminder for the new year. Keep up the awesome devil-butt-kicking!

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Daisy! You too! ?

  15. kirstyntodd January 24, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    God-given success is the best kind of success. 😉 Sometimes God-given success can be pretty dramatic success, too.

    • Madi January 27, 2018 at 2:08 am - Reply

      All other success pales in comparison. 😉 Very true.

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