And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

Gen 41:25-31

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Eccl 3:1-3

In our hearts of heart, we relish these scripture, because we wish one thing above the other. We wish for the time to dance than to mourn. We wish the time to gain than to loose, we wish the time to reap than to sow, we wish the time to succeed than to fail. We pretend to understand that both times must come to pass. And just as we wish and plan to succeed, we must also bear the wish and the plan not to fail when the time to fail and its season comes. And this is because a man who fights not to fail has nothing more to gain, but protects what he can lose. Whilst a man who fights to succeed, risk what he can lose for what he can gain.
In our quest to succeed, to achieve our goals, it dawns on us that we can even lose that which we have already. We occupy our minds with the relish of success, and never plan for the season and time of failure.
Joseph’s integral interpretation of pharaoh’s dream was the implementation of the plan in anticipation for the lean years. The years of famine. That was a plan not to fail in the season and time of failure.
Gideon’s men who lapped water to their mouth, though were not in the battle at the time, were in touch with reality. They didn’t let down their guards, as far as they were concerned, there is no specific place or a specific time for battle. The battle can just be right here and right now, regardless of what they may be doing. Life may or may not fix or fax us the rendezvous and time to battle. But the man who cannot be defeated is the man who cannot be taken by surprise. The men who lapped like dogs perhaps have synchronized their watches to a particular time and their maps to a particular location for battle. But one strategy of warfare is surprise. How often we rescind or are at bay, just because everything is calm and OK on the horizon. Such moments are most vulnerable.
It is not only after the battle you know a champion. A champion is known when there is no battle at sight.
The first strategy to winning a battle is the caution and wisdom to plan not to lose. It is the capacity not to fail that gives you a platform to succeed. Men who ever succeeded, first survived.
You may not have gained something or everything in life, but you have something you can lose. It could be the breathe in your nostrils, or the Jesus in your heart. The ability to keep what you already have is success.
The greed of gain highly guarantees you losing what you have already.
The trick of great gamblers is to gamble outside what they already have. They always enjoy the gamble because they are never losing. They never stake what they have or their “capital”. What they stake might be “grand” but it really means nothing when they lose it, but profits them when they win. In any event head or tail, they still got what they have.
For instance, God staked everything about Job except his soul. God knew what was important and what wasn’t. God is willing to mess and tease the enemy with anything, except the soul. You may have thought it was game over when you lost what you have lost. Perhaps an opportunity, perhaps some fortune, perhaps a major and defining breakthrough, perhaps a battle, a bid, a contest, perhaps hope, perhaps favor, perhaps some member of the body. But if you still have your soul, you haven’t lost out; you are not defeated; you haven’t failed. You can be everything you want to be; beyond your wildest dream you can achieve. And if your soul is saved, then you have a glorious destiny ahead of you. The enemy can go ahead and do whatever he may do; even as far as offering you that very thing you desire and dream about, but for as long as you won’t get him touch your soul, he’s only fooling around. The life which will guarantee Job another opportunity to recover anything lost and the salvation which secures a glorious destiny are commodities God is committed to.
That’s why whatever you are going through right now doesn’t matter because it doesn’t matter. It is the wisdom to keep and protect what we have that immunizes us in the face and time of failure.
When you count what you’ve got: Your life; your salvation; you cherish and protect them; then you are a winner.
In his book, “The Richest Man In Babylon”, George Samuel Clason writes that one of the principles of wealth creation, is protecting what you have. The value you place on a particular thing determines how you guide it (Mt 13:44).
Jesus lost nothing that belonged to Him. And more often, success or addition gravitates to the man who doesn’t lose what he has.
“For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath”.

A successful man is the person who is not seeking or risking to add a sheep to his 100, than to protect his 100 from being 99. For when you can uncompromisingly keep what you already have, you have succeeded.

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