The content below is the outline of the ten chapters of the personal and professional development book Opportunity Truth with Bible verses that support each chapter.
There are over 200 important success principles and at least 10 of these principles claim to be the #1 most important success principle. The book Opportunity Truth provides these key principles, the content below shows us the Bible told us about these principles over a thousand years ago.
Don't have time to read? There are highlights at the end of each chapter. You can probably read all the chapter highlights in under an hour. There are also sections on leadership and business development. This is not a book about the author's experience. This is an educational book based on research.
God spoke the world into existence (Genesis 1) and made human beings in His image (Genesis 1:27) as a spirit, with a soul, in a body (1 These 5:23), with a spirit of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7), with power of death and life in our words (Proverbs 18:21). God so loved the world He sent His only Son Jesus, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Love God and love your neighbors as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40). Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Do not withhold good to those who it is due, when it is within your power to do so (Proverbs 3:27). The Lord hates haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked plans, feet quick to run to evil, a false witness, and one who sows discord among brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19). Blessed is the one who finds wisdom and gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver, gold, or jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor (Proverbs 3:13-16). Because Solomon asked for wisdom and not riches, wealth, honor, power, or long life, God gave him wisdom and much more (2Chronicles 1:11-12). If anyone lacks wisdom, ask God for it (James 1:5).
Make captive every thought (2 Corinthians 10:5). Do not be conformed to the world, be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). A joyful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Let the wise hear and increase in learning (Proverbs 1:5). Whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, if there is any virtue and praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8). And Isaac went out to meditate in the field (Genesis 24:63). Who has no rule over their spirit is like a city broken down, without walls (Proverbs 25:28). God gave us all a spirit not of fear but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger (James 1:19). Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding (Proverbs 14:29). Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Bodily training is valuable (1 Timothy 4:8). A happy heart does good like medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Keep the body under control (1 Corinthians 9:27). It is not good to eat much honey (Proverbs 25:27). Everyone who strives for mastery has self control (1 Corinthians 9:25).
God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, and whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). When we confess with our mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart God raised Him from the dead we will be saved (Romans 10:9). By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so through one man’s obedience many were made righteous (Romans 5:19). If we have faith as a grain of mustard seed, we will say to this mountain, be gone; and it will be removed; and nothing will be impossible (Matthew 17:20). Ask, and it shall be given; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7). Ask in faith, not wavering (James 1:6). Sometimes people ask, and don’t receive, because they ask for their desires of the flesh (James 4:3). For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
There are many members in one body, and they don’t have the same office (Romans 12:4). As God distributed to each, as the Lord has called everyone, let them walk (1 Corinthians 7:17). The gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29). Let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful (Titus 3:14). Whatever you do, do it well, as for the Lord and not for others (Colossians 3:23).
Love God and your neighbor (Matthew 22:37-39). We should comfort ourselves together and build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). We should do nothing from strife or deceit, but in humility esteem others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-4). A man with friends must be friendly; and there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Don’t be deceived, evil communication corrupts good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33). Iron sharpens iron, and we should sharpen the countenance of our friend (Proverbs 27:17).
Where there is no vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). For who desires to build a tower and does not first sit down and count the cost, to see if they have enough to complete it? (Luke 14:28). The thoughts of the diligent tend to plenty (Proverbs 21:5). Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14). By wisdom a house is built, by understanding it is established, and by knowledge the rooms are filled with precious and pleasant riches (Proverbs 24:3-4). Prepare work outside; get everything ready in the field, and after that build your house (Proverbs 24:27).
A slack hand makes one poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich (Proverbs 10:4). See a diligent man in business? He will stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men (Proverbs 22:29). In work there is profit, but just talk tends to poverty (Proverbs 14:23). Walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time (Ephesians 5:15-16). Dreams come through much business (Ecclesiastes 5:3). On the good ground, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience (Luke 8:15). In the morning, rising a great while before the day, Jesus went out, to a solitary place to pray (Mark 1:35). Bodily training is valuable (1 Timothy 4:8).
And let us not be weary in doing well, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9). Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, as we know our labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). Blessed are those who remain steadfast (James 1:12 and James 5:11).
We should invest our ‘talents’ to reap interest (Matthew 25:20-27). The rich rule over the poor and the borrower serves the lender (Proverbs 22:7). The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).
Are you interested in learning more? Get my book Opportunity Truth. It seems to me that Christian growth is a never ending process that is meant to be a good thing. The creator of the universe, who created us, wants relationship and fellowship with us, and wants us to walk with Him daily. I believe the Bible and prayer are the primary ways we do this. I confess that I used to feel like this was a chore that I should do. I have come to feel this is an honor.
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I've also been studying business for years and read many books written by world-class business experts about culture, strategy and execution, and there are some patterns in their knowledge and experience. It seems the most important point they make, for long-term sustainability, is to seek the truth, embrace it, and move forward with it.
“Confront the brutal facts (yet never lose faith).” - Jim Collins, Good to Great.
“Be radically open-minded and radically transparent.” - Ray Dalio, Principles.
“The ultimate point of building greater trust, conflict, commitment, and accountability is one thing: the achievement of results. That certainly seems obvious, but as it turns out, one of the greatest challenges to team success is the inattention to results.” - Patrick Lencioni, The Advantage.
“To ask such a question, and to ask it without being afraid of the truth, is a mark of the effective executive.” - Peter F. Drucker, The Essential Drucker.
“Do define measures that will tell you, over the short and long run, how you are performing relative to your strategic choices.” - A. G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin, Playing to Win.
“The main thing that will change your company is your commitment to create a culture of communication.” - Dave Ramsey.
“Embrace the Messenger: One of the most vital moments for creating safety is when a group shares bad news or gives tough feedback.” - Daniel Coyle, The Culture Code.
“Validated learning is the process of demonstrating empirically that a team has discovered valuable truths about a startup’s present and future business prospects.” - Eric Ries, The Lean Startup.
“The criteria of ‘target audience interests’ is a good example of needing to confront the brutally honest facts about your demographic, rather than looking at the end user through rose-colored glasses.” - Bill Aulet, Disciplined Entrepreneur.
“There are no facts inside your building, so get the heck outside. Getting out of the building means acquiring a deep understanding of customer needs.” - Steve Blank, The Startup Owner’s Manual.
“Leaders and decision makers are trained to give feedback on early ideas to help them evolve. They know their opinion can be trumped by market facts and they’re comfortable with that.” - Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Gregory Bernarda, and Alan Smith, Value Proposition Design.
God's word is truth (Psalm 119:160 & John 17:17). The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth (Romans 1:18).
Woe to him who builds his house with unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages (Jeremiah 22:13).
Let each person lead the life the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him (1 Corinthians 7:17).
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With grace and truth, the better our lives will be.
Individually and collectively, apply them and see.
With courage and caring, the more we know.
Individually and collectively, employ them and grow.
Through technology comes power.
Through humanity comes love.
Both are needed to rise above.