The power of faith

Brad Stanton —  April 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

408730_577751578906157_1311257080_nSome of the greatest people in the history of the world achieved their greatness because they were told as a child that they would do great things in life.

Alexander the Great is an example. In Alexander’s day, an oracle proclaimed that whoever unloosened the Gordian knot would become ruler of all Asia. Alexander cut the knot with one stroke of his sword – and rose to tremendous heights and power. Napoleon was given a star sapphire when a child, with the prophecy that it would bring him luck and some day make him Emperor.

J. Edgar Hoover took over the FBI before it was the Federal Bureau of Investigation, when the agents didn’t even have the authority to carry guns.  He had a strong sense that he was destined to build a mighty empire. He believed that he would and should build the FBI and he did. He often wrenched power from congressmen by illegally spying on them and blackmailing them, so he wasn’t the nicest guy in the world by any means. But he had great faith in his goals and because of this he brought about the massively powerful organization that is called the FBI today.

Many bad men have used the power of faith to bring about bad things, so one has to be careful how one uses the power of faith. For example, Hitler was a genius at building confidence, or faith, in the German race. He had amazing talent that enabled him to convince his people that they were the master race. Because they believed that, they achieved some very amazing things. The size of the war machine that small country produced was way beyond their proportions.

Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes. He also said that if a person has faith, they can move mountains. Nothing will be impossible for them.

One powerful way to strengthen faith is to visualize getting the results you want. The more you visualize, the stronger your faith grows. Also, thank God for giving you what you ask for. Obviously we should not ask for things that are not God’s will. But the more you thank God for answering your prayer, even before it gets answered, the stronger your faith becomes.

The magic of believing

Brad Stanton —  April 15, 2014 — 3 Comments

w clement stoneClaude Bristol wrote a book called The Magic of Believing. In it he expands upon the idea of Positive Mental Attitude, Power of Positive Thinking, or as Jesus called it, faith. Bristol noted that to achieve goals and dreams, it takes more than just hard work. Many people have worked very hard and never achieved their goals. Other people seem to magically achieve their goals.

Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the power of faith, of visualizing a goal and working for it to achieve it. Tomas Edison talked about the amazing powers of the mind. The outstanding scientists Steinmetz, Tesla (invented AC motors and over a hundred other of today’s most useful inventions) and Marconi (invented the radio) all agreed that there was something very powerful in the mind, call it faith or something else, that could bring about amazing results.

Bristol studied the science of faith and taught it to some of his workers when he was a vice president. “All of the employees sat around in a half circle and as I began my remarks, I asked each man to provide himself with paper and pencil.” He told them to write down whatever it was that they most wanted in life. He told them that he would explain to them how to get it.

Some of the men laughed but Bristol told them to do it or lose their jobs. “If this stuff doesn’t work, we’ll all be out on the street.”

One of the men who laughed apologized later, but said that the idea of writing down a goal and learning how to make it happen in such a way seemed unreasonable.

But the amazing thing is that in the years that followed, Bristol asked all of the men if they obtained what they had written down. “Without exception, every man had. One had wanted a wife of a certain nationality. He got her, and there are two fine boys in the family. Another man put down the figures of a very sizable fortune. He got it. Another man wanted a beach cottage, and other a better home and so on. Steadily through the years every one of these men has constantly made money, many of them averaging monthly more than they had ever made before in their lives, much to the astonishment of many others in the same line of business.” Page 167 The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol

What was it that Bristol taught these men? It was the power of faith, of believing. It is the same stuff that I constantly blog about in this website. Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

 


0000000000000000;lkjhgf“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”
~Abraham Lincoln

Marie Calendar

Marie Calendar is famous for desserts. She started out as a waitress at a restaurant. One day her boss told her that he wanted her to bake pies. At first she resented this because she already worked hard and this would mean even longer hours. But instead of resisting and complaining she decided to give it her best effort. She cooked the very best pies she could. Soon customers were commenting on the delicious pies at that restaurant. The manager noticed that business was up and many people came just for the pies.

Maria decided to go into business for herself. It was a bit scary for her, there was equipment to buy, a kitchen to rent and other costs. But she had faith that she could do it. The faith she had in herself and in her abilities gave her the courage she needed to take the risk. The rest is history, now she is famous across the USA for delicious pies that are available in most grocery stores.


418697_I have found that people who have achieved enormous success in life have the attitude that they are responsible for their actions. Not only that, they believe that they are responsible for their success. They don’t believe anyone else is responsible for their failures except themselves.

You probably notice that people who go through life making excuses are not winners.

They say that you reap what you sow, some call it karma. That seems simple enough. If you plant corn, you will harvest corn. If you plant wheat, you reap wheat.

You harvest what you plant.

You get what you give.

That seems simple enough at first, but if you think about it, it is not that simple. Notice it does not say you reap what you sow and you also reap what you don’t sow.

Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Why was Paul more adamant here than just about any other place else in his writings? Why did he stress this idea so much?

Hold on, this will be difficult for some people to believe.

Do we reap what we do not plant? Do we get things in life that we do not give? NO! It says we reap what we sow, period. That means that everything that is coming in to your life, you have brought in to your life by your thoughts, words or actions. God is in complete control, he won’t allow things to happen to you that you did not sow, or plant because he loves you so much.

If you sow love, you bring goodness and well-being into your life. That means if you “plant” thoughts, words or deeds of love, you bring goodness into your life. If you think about things you don’t like or love, you feel unhappy. You bring unhappiness into your life. Unhappy thoughts bring more unhappy thoughts. If a person continues to think unhappy thoughts he begins to speak and act in unhappy manners and brings more unhappiness to himself and others.

So the bad things that are coming into your life are there because you brought them there. Hard to believe? But the upside is that you can change and quit bringing bad to yourself. I’m not saying you will never face difficulties. Maybe a perfect person could pull that off, but none of us are perfect. Jesus said in this life we will face difficulties. But he also said that we should rejoice because he overcame the world. That means he overcame all the bad in the world. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Some people intentionally bring difficulties into their life. Navy Seals, for example, willingly go through training that would be considered torture if it were done to prisoners of war. Some people run marathons or take difficult college classes to improve themselves. Some people travel to far-away countries and put themselves in danger to serve God.

God allows difficulties to come into our life to make us stronger. We will always face some difficulties. But we can know that all the bad things are ultimately for good. Romans 8:28. “All things work together for good to those who love God…”

You can renew your mind by changing the way you think and bring less and less bad into your life.


281774_140105412736176_2166789_nThe Bible says to rejoice in all circumstances. Be joyful always. If your situation seems bad, realize it will work together for good (Romans 8:38) if you trust in God for good things. When the Bible talks about hope it doesn’t just mean hope for salvation. It means to trust God to do good things in every area of your life.

But if we worry and fret and feel sorry for ourselves when bad things happen it tends to make the very thing we fear come true. Example: a man gets moved to another group at work and doesn’t like it because he feels it is a demotion. He gets a bad attitude and starts to criticize and complain. Because of this his boss feels he is not doing a good job. Faith is more than just believing in God. It is trusting God to take care of everything in your life.

Romans 5:2 And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 2 Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which come from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

In heaven we have a lot of glory. We will reflect God’s glory. It is like the moon. It doesn’t shine by its own power but reflects the light of the sun. But the moon is beautiful. That is how we will be in heaven. We will reflect God’s light, his glory. The Bible says that the whole creation is groaning with anticipation, longing to see us Christians.

Here on earth many people have dreamed of glory. Many a boy has dreamed of catching the game winning pass in the end zone to win the homecoming game. What a hero he would be, what glory! Everyone in school would be grateful to him. Another example is a fireman rescuing a little girl from a burning building while dozens of citizens stand watching. The high school girl dreams of becoming the homecoming queen. What glory she would have as she wears the crown and sash and stands beside the home coming king. Or the girl who dreams of winning a gold medal in Olympic swimming or a famous singer with thousands of adoring fans gathered to hear her sing.

But all these things are glories that last only a short time. Not many people can remember more than a few, if any, names of last Olympic gold medal winners.

Yet the glory we will have in heaven will last forever and ever. Ten thousand years after we arrive in heaven will be like we have just got there. All kinds of creation, from angels to other Christians to some of the heavenly beings mentioned in the book of Revelation will stand in awe when they see our glory, the reflection of God’s glory.


Og-Mandino-Quotes-1A wildly successful book

Og Mandino wrote The Greatest Salesman In the World in 1968. It was incredibly successful and continued to sell about a million copies a year for 30 years. It is still selling well today. The reason it is such a powerful book is that Og learned how to sell and teaches others how to sell in this book. But more importantly, he teaches how to have a happier life and good attitudes that bring about success in any endeavor.

After reading his book, I decided to take the principles I have learned from reading many dozens of books about achieving success and structure the ideas similar to the way Og Mandino did it in his book, because it has proven so successful. Not everyone that reads his book becomes a great salesperson, it takes a strong desire and persistence. It also takes a lot of faith – a strong belief that you really can achieve success. The following are these powerful ideas:

Today I begin a new life.

Today I leave failures and bad habits behind. I leave mediocrity behind me. I will be transformed by the renewing of my mind, by changing the way I think and act.

Today I will learn wisdom from some of the wisest people who have lived on this earth, because this wisdom has been tested and proven to bring good results. Today I will be successful because I put this wisdom into practice.

Life is full of good opportunities

There are many good opportunities all around, however, many people encounter failure and despair. I will not fail because I know that a person only truly fails if he gives up and quits.

Failure will no longer be mine. Success and happiness are fruits that I can and will achieve over time, although it may take time. I will never give up because I know that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

The olive tree is the king of all trees, it takes one hundred years to mature. The mighty oak tree also takes many years to develop. I will be successful today and achieve some goals today, but I realize that full success takes time. I will remember Thomas Edison, who failed thousands of times to build a light bulb when he said “I have not failed a thousand times, I have succeeded in finding thousands of ideas that didn’t work.”

I have failed in the past and sometimes have fallen into the destructive habit of self-pity. I will succeed and become a truly successful person because I am learning the principles of success that have been proven to be useful for thousands of years.

What is success?

Success is reaching my goals and dreams in life. I will be successful in my relationships, in my work life and in my family life. I will be truly happy and remember to count my blessings every day and as I think of my blessings, I will enjoy them and feel happy.

Good habits are the keys to all success. Bad habits bring failure.

1st principle: I will form good habits.

My bad habits must be destroyed. The best way to quit a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit. The first new habit I will form is to read this lesson as soon as I wake up in the morning. Then I will read it after my mid-day meal. Then, most importantly, I will read it aloud before I sleep at night. I will read only this one lesson, not the other lessons that follow this, three times a day for one month. Then I will move on to the next lesson and read it three times a day for a month, and so on.

Each of these lessons destroys a bad habit and brings me closer to success.

Say this affirmation: I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking. Remember the affirmation in Joel 3:10 Let the weak say “I am strong.” So even if all the qualities in the affirmation are not true yet, go ahead and say it. It will make all of those qualities much more likely to come about in your life.

People are praying for you as you go through this series of steps and I know that God is good and will help you and give you all the strength you need to live a victorious life because he promised that we are more than conquerors. This means I can conquer bad habits, self-pity and sadness.

Why is it so important to form this habit of reading this lesson three times a day?

Because when I read this three times a day, it causes this information to seep into my subconscious mind. The subconscious is much more powerful than the conscious mind. It can change my actions without me even realizing it is happening. For example, have you ever bought a new car, maybe a white van, and after buying it realized there are many white vans on the roads that you never noticed before? Buying the white van made you think about white vans. Maybe in the past you never even noticed them. Now you will notice opportunities for success that you have never noticed in the past because your subconscious mind will bring them to your attention.

When powerful ideas are planted in your subconscious mind, beneficial results happen. This idea has been used by many people to achieve success. But not everyone who does this achieves success because they may not persist and do the other things talked about in the other lessons.

As these ideas are cultivated in my subconscious mind, I will begin to awake with a new vitality I have never known before. I will be able to get rid of negative thoughts as soon as they begin, and in fact, before they begin in my mind. My enthusiasm will rise and my fears will fade away and disappear. I will be happier than I believed possible.

Soon, I will react to any difficulty with strategies for success that I learn from these lessons.

Today I begin a new life.

I make a solemn oath to myself that nothing will slow my growth. I will not lose a day from reading these principles. For that day cannot be retrieved. I must not, I will not break the habit of reading these lessons. Truthfully, this is a small price to pay for a new and better life, a life filled with happiness and success.

I will not underestimate the simplicity of these principles because they have been proven successful for thousands of years. Today I begin a new life and I will be successful! Truly, I will be successful.

I will post more principles later. You don’t need them for another month, right? :)

Actually, this is very similar to my book, The Ten Keys To Success. Take a look at it and read some sample pages on Amazon.com click here

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