Faith is important

Brad Stanton —  November 21, 2014 — 2 Comments

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It never ceases to amaze me that God considers faith so important. Faith is critically important to answered prayer. Not only that, it is the vehicle that saves us and brings us to heaven. Ephesians 2:8,9 says we are saved by grace through faith.

If we believe that God is good and that he will reward us, we go to heaven. If we don’t believe it, we don’t go to heaven. If we believe there is no heaven, for us it becomes true. To a certain extent, what we believe brings about our reality. If we believe it, it happens. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 http://bradstanton.com/2012/08/15/faith-bible-verses/

Many people use a different name for faith. They call it “positive thinking,” or “positive mental attitude.” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book called “The Power of Faith.” No one would publish it with that title, so he changed it to “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

In South Korea, Dr. Cho prayed for church growth when his church was very small. What did his faith look like? It looked like happy optimism that what he prayed for would happen. He prayed that a large number of people would join the church.  Then he actually got a tape measure and began measuring how much space he would need for all those people. He was so sure that it would happen that he took action.-.And he and many others in his church were rewarded when God answered his prayers.  Dr. Cho now pastors the largest church in the world.

The Holy Spirit living in you (if you are a Christian) is much more powerful than you can imagine. He provides power to dramatically change your life from a life of losing to a life of winning. He gives you the power to demolish strongholds in your life such as additions, bad habits, worry, sadness, or any other negative emotions. 2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

The power of the Holy Spirit within you is waiting to give you the peace and victory most people would not even believe is possible. Belief is the key. You have to believe and have faith that your dream will come true through prayer. If your goal is to improve a relationship, you have to believe that your relationship will improve. You have to believe that you will achieve your God-given dreams and goals in life. A great man of God once said “Work like everything depends on you and pray like everything depends on God.” It is true.

Jesus said, in Luke 17: 21, “The kingdom of God is within you…”  Did you know that you have a very powerful kingdom living in you? Stop and think about that. There is so much power to achieve your dreams that you will never stop finding the end to that unlimited power.

You have probably heard about the man who strung a wire cable across Niagara Falls. A large crowd gathered as he walked across the wire. He got a wheelbarrow and asked the crowd if they believed he could push a wheel barrow across the wire. Most clapped and expressed their faith that he could do it. But then he said “Okay, who will ride in the wheelbarrow?” No one volunteered. They apparently didn’t have enough faith to ride in the wheelbarrow high above the waterfall. This is the difference between weak faith and strong faith—action.

From the book Amazing Power of Prayer http://bradstanton.com/buy-ebook/

Make extra money

Brad Stanton —  November 8, 2014 — 2 Comments

000000000000000000000000000000I guess we all know that some salespeople make big money. I have a friend who is a dentist. He used to live in Kansas City, in an area that was, at the time, among the top ten wealthiest neighborhood in the USA. He said most of the people there were salespeople. He is not the only person that told me sales makes big money. Zig Ziglar talks about that often.

A friend invited me to a business started by strong Christians. They sell food supplements and train you to sell them. Watch the video in the link below. You’ll love it.

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Mountain moving faith

Brad Stanton —  November 7, 2014 — 6 Comments

I canBack in the days when there was an East Germany, they were world famous for having the largest number of Olympic gold medals per capita. How did they do it? They did it by teaching the power of faith to their athletes. They were trained to really believe they could win the gold medal. The more a person believes something, the harder they will work for it. They used visualization to produce strong faith. I love it when atheists validate some ideas in the Bible.

If you want to be successful at anything, study successful people. Henry Ford was incredibly successful. He was famous for saying “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, either way you are right.” That means if you believe you can do it you can. If you have faith, you can do it.

Jesus said the same thing over and over and over about faith. Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

He used the word “mountain” the way it was used in the Old Testament. A city on a mountain was a stronghold. If it was an enemy city, it was a bad stronghold, like an addiction, bad habit or difficulty. A mountain-top city that was friendly was a good stronghold.

What Jesus was saying was that if you speak to the problem and you have faith you can accomplish anything. The power of the spoken word was first demonstrated when God spoke the world into existence. Proverbs 18:21 says that ultimate power is in the tongue, in the words you say. The power of life and death is the most ultimate power in the mind of the writers of that day.

If you don’t get good results from your prayers, try speaking out loud to the problem. For example, “In Jesus name I am healed!” That is how Jesus taught all his followers to do it. (See Acts 3:6)

There are many other verses in the Bible that explain the power of the spoken word. Feel free to research it. You can google these ideas.

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More keys to success

Brad Stanton —  October 25, 2014 — 2 Comments

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All my life I have enjoyed reading books about people that accomplished great things in life. When I was young, it was Davy Crockett, the great hunter and frontiersman of US history. I enjoyed reading about John Paul Jones, the navy captain that helped us get freedom from England. Then I went on to many dozens of books by people who had built large charities, businesses and ministries. I was always excited to learn how they did it.

Success in relationships is one area that almost everyone has interest in, because we all have relationships. Dr. Hew Lin, a psychiatrist who healed a ward of mentally ill criminals is one of my favorites because he explains how certain keys to success are good for relationships and everything else in life.

Love is a key to success

Dr. Lin summed up most of the advice I had read from many different authors in just a few sentences.

He said the most important thing is to restore ourselves back to love. I liked that because I know that love is the most powerful force in the universe and it does amazing things. He said one way to do it is to forgive all who have wronged us. He has a system of four short sentences that help us achieve this. Say four things:
I love you
I’m sorry
Please forgive me
Thank you

You don’t even have to say these sentences to the people you are thinking about. Just think them or say them out loud when no one is around. He says he healed many people this way as a psychiatrist. If your husband is mean and unfair, just repeat these four sentences over and over again for a couple of weeks and you will see a big difference.

How does it work?

I know it seems a little hard to believe that saying the four sentences will help. But if you have read many of my other posts, it explains why this works. Psychologists tell us that 80% of communication is nonverbal. That means that tone of voice, expressions and other things convey how we feel toward other people. They pick up on these cues in their subconscious mind.

It is more than just this, though. Jesus said love flows out of us if we believe in him. If we could open our spiritual eyes and see what is happening in the real world, we would see how powerful love is. When you send love to other people, it has a healing effect.

We are responsible for our lives

Dr. Lin also said we must acknowledge 100% responsibility for our lives. We can’t blame anything on anyone else. If our parents were brutal and psycho and it left us scared emotionally, we can’t blame them for our problems today. Every person in the world has experienced unfair situations. Some come out of it stronger, some allow it to destroy their happiness.

I have heard many successful people say that it is critically important to acknowledge 100% responsibility for everything in life. Most people don’t believe that is true and that is why they can’t build the life they want. This post is not for the unbelievers, only for those who believe they can have a better life. If you don’t believe it, you are right, it won’t help. Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, either way you are right.” He means if we believe we can do something, we can. If we believe we can’t do something, we are right, because the lack of faith will cause failure. Who tries to do something they don’t believe they can do?

Our thoughts are key

Dr. Lin said that we must see our own thoughts create our life, not the people, places and circumstances but how we react to them that control our lives. This idea is very common among people who have overcome incredible difficulties to achieve success.

Dr. Lin holds workshops to teach people ideas for success. It is amazing to hear the testimonies of people who attended and found ways to restore relationships, solve problems and achieve success in any area of life.

To be successful, study successful people

I read books by Brian Tracy. He flunked out of school and took low paying laboring jobs for years until he found a sales job. He didn’t sell very well until he decided to ask the top salesman how he achieved success. Once he learned the keys to success he became incredibly successful in selling and went on to write many books that sell well. He starts businesses and is a multi-millionaire. The key was that he went to the successful people to learn how to do it. So many people listen to failures and end up with negative attitudes in life. They learn from failures and become failures.

Get answers to prayer

Brad Stanton —  October 13, 2014 — 2 Comments

000000000000000need godOk, so we all know that the most important reason to pray is to draw close to God and honor him. That fills us with joy and peace (usually). But there are times when you want to ask God for things, whether for yourself (that is not wrong) or for others. Many times we pray and don’t get answers to our prayers. Jesus said over a dozen times that if we have faith our prayer will be answered, so why is it so many prayers don’t get answered? John 15:7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be given to you.” Other verses.

So is that verse even true?

Yes! I know that many people have given up on prayer, including me many years ago. But if you really have faith, your prayers will be answered. True faith involves love for God, and if we love God, we obey him. (1 John 2:3-6)

James 4:3 says if we pray with wrong motives our prayer won’t be answered, and 1 Peter 3:7 says that if we are not getting along with people in our family, it will hinder our prayers.

There are many ways to strengthen faith.

F    Faith and Find a Bible verse to stand on.
A    Ask
I      Imagine the answer
T     Thank God for it
H     Hold on to your faith and be Happy while you wait

1. Faith.

Have faith when you pray and Find a Bible verse to stand on.
Matthew 9:29 “According to your faith will it be done to you
Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Mark 11:23, 24 “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Find a verse in the Bible that applies to your prayer request. At first, that seems restrictive and difficult, but there are so many promises in the Bible, you will surely find one if your desire aligns with God’s will. For example, if you are praying for money, get a concordance and look up verses that speak of wealth or prosperity. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1 and Psalm 112 are a few of many good verses about wealth. If you are praying for a relationship, look up verses on love. If you are lacking something, think of Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing.”

Find scriptures that promise you an answer to your prayer. It is a good idea to memorize a verse or two of those promises. Many times you will not find a specific verse that promises you what you are asking. That is okay. Just have faith and pray for it.

2. Ask God for it

Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Simply put, ask God for what you need. Another “A” in our FAITH acronym might be “Agree.” It is good to find other people to agree with you in prayer. Matthew 18:19 tells us, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

3. Imagine the answer to prayer in your mind.

Imagine that you already have it. If you are praying for a relationship to get better, imagine that it is. Your optimistic attitude will help change the relationship. That is the way God created faith. On the other hand, being pessimistic, lacking faith, and thinking about negative things, will cause problems in the relationship. When a person thinks about the negatives of the relationship, he will be more likely to get angry or do other things that are not good for the relationship. I have seen this happen many times in my own life and in the lives of others.

Olympic coaches find that faith is important. Athletes who really believe they can win the gold medal work harder than those who don’t. The athletes are trained to imagine themselves going through a perfect routine and standing on the gold medal platform. They say if you go there in the mind, you will go there in the body.

It is important to imagine you have already been given the answer to your prayer, because if you have faith and you pray in God’s will, you really do already have the answer, even before you see it.

4. Thank God for it.

Philippians 4;6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Every time you thank God for your answer to prayer, even before you get it, it strengthens your faith.

Mark 11:24 “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Notice it says “…believe that you have received it…”. This means that at the moment you ask God for it, you receive it. However, it may take some time for it to materialize or to become substance Some translations of Hebrews 11:1 read, “Faith is the substance (my emphasis) of things hoped for…” Daniel prayed in Daniel 10, but the powerful angel that came to give him the answer to his prayer was detained by Satan or a demon. There was apparently a wrestling match in the unseen world. Paul said we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the powers in the heavenly realms. These powers will do everything possible to damage our faith and prevent us from getting an immediate answer to our prayer. From the book The Amazing Power of Prayer

5. Hold on happily

If you are not happy before you receive your answer, you might not be afterwards either. When you thank God and are happy, it strengthens your faith. If someone told you that in one year you would receive a million dollars, you would be happy. If you really believe that God will answer your prayer, you will be happy about it.

You can say “I am so happy and grateful that God has given me ______________” Insert whatever your request is.


A man who has done marriage counseling for 30 years said that he believed the number one cause of divorce is bad self image.

Self image is important to success in almost every endeavor. Most people underestimate its importance.

Brian Tracy has sold millions of books about success. He said:

The Reactor Core of Your Personality

Your self-esteem is the most important part of your character. This is the emotional part of your self-concept. It is the “reactor core” of your inner power. It is the emotional component of your life. It is the most important single element determining your attitude and your personality. It is the key to your success in life.

The Definition of Self-Esteem

Your self-esteem is best defined as how much you like yourself. The more you like yourself, accept yourself and respect yourself as a valuable and worthwhile person, the higher your self-esteem is. The more that you feel that you are an excellent human being, the more positive and happy you are.

The Source of Self-Motivation

Your self-esteem determines your level of energy, enthusiasm and self-motivation. Your level of self-esteem is the control valve on your performance and effectiveness. Your self-esteem is like the fuel in the first and second stages of a rocket blasting off from Cape Canaveral. People with high self-esteem do well at everything they attempt.

Who Do You Want to Be?

Your self-ideal can be defined as the person you want most to be, sometime in the future. Your self-ideal determines the direction of your life, of your growth and evolution as a person. Your self-image, on the other hand, determines the way you perform in the present. You self-image is the way you are now, today, this moment. Your self-esteem is largely determined by the relationship between your self-image, how you are performing in your day-to-day activities, and your self-ideal, the way you would perform if you were the very best person you could be.

Strive For Congruency And Alignment

The more that your day-to-day activities are consistent with the person you want to become, the higher is your self-esteem. If your ideal is to be well-organized, calm, positive and working progressively toward the achievement of your goals, and in reality, you are behaving in a well-organized, calm, positive manner, working step-by-step toward your objectives, you will have a high, healthy level of self-esteem. You will like and respect yourself. You will feel calm and confident. You will feel happy, healthy and optimistic. You will be a high-performance personality.

Develop the Keys to Success

Self-esteem is the foundation of a positive self-concept. High self-esteem and self-acceptance are the critical elements in  success. The more you like and respect yourself, the better you perform at everything you do. Developing and maintaining high levels of self-esteem is the most important thing you can do, every day, in building yourself to the point where you are capable of achieving all your goals.

Action Exercises

Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, repeat to yourself the words, “I like myself! I like myself!” again and again throughout the day. These powerful words make you feel happier and perform better.

Second, think continually about your successes, your high points and your “wins.” The more you think about your best moments and experiences, the more you like and respect yourself and the better you do.

You can go to BrianTracy.com to get more information and a free ebook from him.


inspirational-quote-michelangelo-sunriseBill Gates started Microsoft in his dorm room, working late into the night for months, then years. He teamed up with other people who shared his dream of building a company from scratch.

Elizabeth Holmes is a brand new billionaire, worth 4.5 billion. She worked for ten years to accomplish her dream. As I read about her work, I wondered how many times she thought about quitting, maybe regretting dropping out of Stanford University in her sophomore year. She probably made very little money as she labored week after week, year after year. Not many people would have the patience to keep working for so many years, sometimes doubting that they could accomplish the dream.

Here is what Yahoo news says about her:

A standout member among the new-editions to this very elite club is 30-year old college dropout Elizabeth Holmes. Holmes reportedly “labored in secret” for almost a decade while developing a revolutionary new blood-testing technology. In 2003 she took her findings to the public and founded Theranos– the company announced partnerships with Walgreens and other major drugstores to bring a new type of blood testing to consumers. Holmes’ technology calls only for a single finger-prick and a very small amount of blood for medical testing—as opposed to the full vial (or vials) of blood typically drawn for testing in most labs and medical offices. The prick is said to be painless and Theranos’ testing-methods only a fraction of the cost of commercial labs.

The biotech founder is the youngest self-made woman on the Forbes 400 list with a net worth of $4.5 billion. Holmes dropped out of Stanford University her sophomore year as a chemical engineering major and used her tuition money to found her company. Holmes’ tests do not have to be performed in a doctor’s office, and by skipping the big labs most results can be ready in a few hours. “She could totally overturn an entire industry if Theranos is as successful as it seems to be,” says Brown.

If you have a dream, don’t give up. Keep the faith. Jesus said that nothing is impossible for one who believes.(Matthew 9:29; 17:20) Some of the billionaires are doing great things for the world by giving away large portions of their money to help people.


0000000000000000000049484Most people want to lose some weight, have happy relationships, achieve financial independence or get a 20% raise and be very good at their job. Some people even want to win an Olympic gold medal.

Most people who have accomplished great things in life such as becoming an outstanding athlete, musician, teacher, businessman or leader, started from the bottom without a lot of help. Many who became millionaires started out poor. Many sports stars started out awkward and slow. Many musicians started out without any apparent talent.

Kop Kopmeyer wrote four bestselling books which each contained 250 principles for success, for a total of 1000 success principles. When asked which was the most important he replied, “Self-discipline.”

Longfellow aparently felt the same way:

“Those heights by great men, won and kept,
Were not achieved by sudden flight.
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.”

A person who is willing to do what he needs to do, when he needs to do it whether he feels like it or not is going to do great things in life. Usually the only way to achieve this is to learn to enjoy your work.

Brian Tracy said:

The payoff for developing high levels of self-discipline is extraordinary! There is a direct relationship between self-discipline and self-esteem:

• The more you practice self-mastery and self-control, the more you like and value yourself;

• The more you discipline yourself, the greater is your sense of self-respect and personal pride;

• The more you practice self-discipline, the better is your self-image. You see yourself and think about yourself in a more positive way. You feel happier and more powerful as a person.

Kopmeyer said the second most important principle is “to learn from the experts.” None of us lives long enough to learn everything on our own. Reading a book about how to do whatever you want to accomplish will propel you much farther ahead than you can do on your own.

6 Steps to Success (one of my most liked posts) here.

You reap what you sow

Brad Stanton —  September 27, 2014 — 2 Comments

000beggar“Good morning” said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on ground. The man slowly looked up.

This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before. “Leave me alone,” he growled….

To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. “Are you hungry?” she asked. “I’ll buy your lunch at the cafeteria across the street.”

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently. “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think so — I mean you do look familiar.”

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”

“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”

“I know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble… Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right.”

“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said. “I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons…He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet… If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”

There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said. “Don’t thank me,” the woman answered. “Thank God, He led me to you.”

God is going to shift things around for you today and make things work in your favor.
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Health

Brad Stanton —  September 24, 2014 — 3 Comments

?????????????Bo Sanchez writes about a friend of his who was dying of kidney failure. His creatinine level was too high and there seemed to be no way to lower it without a kidney transplant or dialysis. He was given six months to live.

Bo prayed with him for healing. A year later Bo saw him again. He was not only still alive, but Bo was amazed at how healthy he looked. He was lean and trim and looked like an athlete.

Bo asked him what happened. The man said “I started getting exercise every day. In fact, I play four hours of badminton every day with my wife and kids. My creatinine levels are down and I feel great.”

Bo had another friend who found out she had cancer. At first she stayed in bed and cried most of the day. But later she realized this kind of lifestyle was not helping her health or her happiness, so she decided to find things to do that she loved doing.

Now she lives her life to the fullest. She is a public speaker and travels around the country (Philippines) to give hope to thousands of people.

Some time later Bo met her again and she was still at it, traveling around and helping people. You would never guess she has cancer. That is because she is not a cancer victim, but a victor.

“Nothing can stop you from living life with joy.” ~ Bo Sanchez

Bo Sanchez is a writer of motivational books and a speaker, speaking to thousands of people each week in the Philippines.

Want a better life?

Brad Stanton —  September 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

HolySpiritPowerfulIn U“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”- Eckhart Tolle

You can have a happier, more successful, more powerful life starting today. Do you believe it? Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

If you say affirmations out loud every day, you will feel much better. Try saying these every day, or many times a day.

I am blessed. I am loved. I’m equipped and anointed.

The king of the universe loves me and has a fantastic plan for my life.

I’m a conqueror and victorious. Romans 8:37

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

I’m a champion, a winner.

Go 24 hours without complaining or criticizing. Be especially careful not to allow your self-talk to criticize yourself. Why is it that many people realize they shouldn’t bully other people, but they bully themselves?

One thing that has made me a lot happier is to thank God for blessings in the morning as I get out of bed and get ready to go to work. Then on the drive to work I continue. It makes me happy and sets the direction for the day.

More about affirmations here.

Contentment

Brad Stanton —  September 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

“He who is happiest is he who is content…” ~Benjamin Franklin

Happiness

Happiness (Photo credit: baejaar)

A wise man said to his friend “Every time I see you, you are running around in a hurry. What are you running after?”

The man answered quickly “Success, money and the rewards of my hard work.”

The wise man said “That would make sense if you assumed all those things are ahead of you, but what if all those things were behind you, and the faster you run, the more difficult it is for those things to catch up to you?”

We all run after something. What are you running after?  Are you running after money, a beautiful house, a person, a position in your company, a degree, a relationship, a better relationship with loved ones? There is nothing wrong with these things, but they won’t fully satisfy you unless you learn to be content.

A writer found an old list of goals he had set for himself. He had written many books and spoke regularly to large groups of people. He was surprised that he had accomplished every one of his goals so quickly. But as he continued to think about it, he was also surprised that he was not more content with what he had. Many people expect outward circumstances to fulfill their inner happiness. Instead of constantly running, take some time to rest and enjoy what you have.

Many very successful people who train others for success say that one of the best things you can do to achieve more success is to enjoy what you already have and be thankful. You reap what you sow, if you think about happy things you will sow more happy things. Being grateful is one way of keeping happy thoughts in your mind. Happy thoughts can’t be in your mind at the same time as sad thoughts. The best way to push sad, angry or any other undesirable thoughts out of your mind is to think about happy thoughts.

Sometimes I count my blessings in my mind, sometimes I write out a list of things I am grateful for, but either way, I always feel happier after I do it.

Here in the USA, we have a holiday for being grateful. We call it “Thanksgiving.” People get together with family, eat turkey and other delicious food, and have fun.

Enjoy where you are instead of where you want to be, it will make you stronger and more likely to achieve your goals.

School of Prayer

Brad Stanton —  September 10, 2014 — 1 Comment

oneprayerSchool of Prayer

Do your prayers get answered? If not, I know this online class will help.

School of prayer is an online course taught by me, Brad Stanton. The purpose is draw close to God, enjoy more of the joy of the Holy Spirit and get answers to prayer. There are weekly lessons which teach principles from the Bible about prayer—I will email you the lesson each week. The participant will answer the questions and I go over the answers with him/her. I will be available by email for any questions you have.

Some people get many answers to prayer

After studying the Bible for many years I have found that there are keys to answered prayers. As a missionary to Asia, I talked with many people who had seen miracles and I had miracles happen in my life. I returned to the USA with a hunger to find out more about this and have talked to dozens of people who have had amazing answers to prayer.

Sickness have been healed, finances have improved, relationships made better, career improved and much more. Do you have the faith to receive answers to prayer? If you don’t now, you will after taking this 6 week course.

These are some of the topics that will be covered:

  1. Jesus said faith is a key to answered prayer
  2. Hindrances to prayer
  3. The right attitude and relationship with God
  4. Why answers to prayer are sometimes delayed
  5. How gratitude strengthens your prayers
  6. How joy strengthens your prayers
  7. Memorizing Bible verses strengthens faith
  8. Examples of answered prayers
  9. The power of words
  10. What made Peter walk on water
  11. The law of sowing and reaping (the ironclad law of cause and effect)
  12. Why counting your blessings makes your prayers powerful

There are dozens of promises of answered prayer in the Bible.

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.

John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you

John 16:23 I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Matthew 17:20 Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

How it works

What: a class in miracles, answers to prayer
When: since this class is online, it starts as soon as you sign up
Why: to learn Biblical steps to answered prayer, draw near to God and have more joy in life
Where: at your computer with internet connection
Cost: $29 US dollars for six weeks. This money will be used to spread God’s love on the internet, I don’t keep it.In fact, if you want to donate $29 to Samaritans Purse, do that and send me the receipt by email. That will be payment for this class. You are welcome to call me several times a week with questions and unlimited email contact. I send you the lessons, you send me your answers and we go over the results each week. If desired, the participants can all talk together in a chat room or skype.

Why do I charge for this class? One reason is that if you are not willing to give back to God, you are not a good candidate for this class. If you are short of money, email me, we can work out something.

You will receive the ebook Amazing Power of Prayer free, after you sign up for this class, it normally sells for about five dollars on Amazon.com.

To sign up, email me at Brad@BradStanton.com and pay securely online here. If you don’t feel comfortable paying online, contact me.

For a free short ebook about answers to prayer and other free ebooks go to GetPrayerPower.com

More about prayer – click and scroll down. (You’ll see this post again, just keep scrolling down)

 

Be happier now

Brad Stanton —  September 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

henry ford (2)You have heard the old saying, count your blessings. I have heard many people say that when they make a list of the things they like, they feel much happier. I firmly believe that everyone has a much longer list of blessings than sufferings. In fact, most of us allow just one or two sad things to bring us down, when we have dozens of good things that make us happy.

The movie Sound of Music is special to many people, but what I like most about it is the song These Are a Few of My Favorite Things. In the movie, the nanny tells the children that if they are afraid or facing any difficulty, to sing a song about their favorite things. That song always lifts my spirits even when I am already happy. Free ebooks at GetPrayerPower.com.

One of the most powerful things about listing your blessings is that it brings more blessings into your life. That may seem difficult to believe, but if you  think about it, you will see it is true. Once I bought a white Dodge van. After buying it I suddenly noticed hundreds of white Dodge vans on the streets over the next few months. Why? My brain had been made aware of white Dodge vans in a powerful way because I bought one.

When you count your blessings, it makes both your conscious mind and subconscious aware of happy things. The subconscious is many times more powerful than the conscious. It starts to work on the ideas you call blessings, finding ways to bring them into your life, or to bring similar things into your life.

Love is the most powerful force in the universe. When you think about things you love or like, you tap into the incredible power of love. Don’t think about things you don’t like because that brings one or more of the four negative emotions fear, anger, guilt or depression. Worry is a kind of fear. Lack of forgiveness is a sort of anger. They make you unhappy and release unhealthy chemicals into your bloodstream.

More about this in my book, Ten Keys to Success, and get four free ebooks when you buy it http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/

Some things this book will help you do:

Do 3 or 4 times as much work in the same amount of time.

Learn to enjoy your work, relationships, career.

Learn to work smarter, not harder.

100% money back guarantee for one year  Buy the book http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/

Keep this book for one year and if it doesn’t help you as much as I claim it does, return it to me for a full refund.

Too many people feel they are stuck in life, not getting the things they really want. Many believe that their life will never change. But it can change for the better, and it can change quickly! This book has inspiring examples of people that changed their lives. The material in this book will motivate you to achieve your best.

If you read this book carefully and put into practice the ideas in it, your life will change for the better. I guarantee it!  Buy the book http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/

7 steps to success

Brad Stanton —  August 31, 2014 — 1 Comment

successful give upIn the book Law of Success by Napoleon Hill, (and also Think and Grow Rich) the author lists 6 steps to success. I added step 7 and 8 to his 6 steps. Over many years, Hill studied hundreds of people who had achieved what they considered to be success in their lives. His books still sell today, even though they were written many years ago. You can get the free ebook Law of Success here.

1. Fix in your mind the exact goal you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, “I want success.” Be definite as to what that means to you. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which was described in earlier posts).

2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the goal you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)

3. Establish a definite plan date when you intend to possess the goal you desire.

4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

5. Write out a clear, concise statement of what you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for it, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to achieve it.

6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before sleeping at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ–—SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE GOAL. Notice it says you must FEEL the good feelings of achieving your goal. I can’t overemphasize this point. If you don’t feel it, you probably won’t achieve your goals if the going gets really tough.

7. Jesus said more than three dozen times that faith is the key to answered prayer. Pray for your goal. Believe that you have received it, even before you see it appear in your life.

8. If the date arrives and you have not accomplished your goal, think of different ways that you can accomplish your goal. Don’t give up. Read or listen to books and lectures that motivate you to keep striving for your goal. Most people have to do this daily.

Jack Canfield tried 144 different publishing companies before finding one that agreed to publish his enormously successful “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books. He suggests trying five different things every day to accomplish your goals. He has sold over 155 million books in many languages.

It is important that you follow the instructions described in these steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of a goal” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE something so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. It is critically important that you are clear about what you want, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.


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1240354_740395179312243_1966366663_nI have heard it said that God never created anyone to be ordinary. If you talk to any person long enough you will find that they have special talents and abilities.

They say people use less than 10% of their brain power. I am sure that is true. People use less than 10% of their talents. Every person can improve their relationships so that they are happier and more fulfilling. Everyone can improve his performance at his career. Everyone can find ways to improve their finances.

So many people settle for average. They may not enjoy their work because they have not learned to enjoy it. But we all know that the more a person loves their work, the better they will perform at it.

You have seeds of greatness inside you. Maybe that is hard to believe, but I am sure it is true.

Just think, if your father or mother were the CEO of a huge company, they could get you a good job within the company. If your father as the king of a country, or the president, he could open all sorts of doors for you. If you are a Christian, your Father in heaven can open doors for you. I mean he can do much more than you can imagine. Most people don’t understand the enormous power they have – the power of the Holy Spirit living inside them. They go through life just getting by instead of excelling.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

(Ephesians 3:20–21, NKJV)

 

“If you will receive this into your spirit and not talk yourself out of it, it will ignite your faith and become a reality. Let it go beyond being an encouragement and grab hold of it in your spirit. Believe, “This is for me. This is my destiny. Something new is being birthed. Yokes are coming off of me. Chains are being broken. I am stepping in to the fullness of my destiny!”  ~ Joel and Victoria Osteen

 

Free ebook “Make Money Doing Your Hobby”  click here.

 


1238939_3333142623494_471814278_nIf I can do it, so can you. Start part time and maybe later do it full time later. Or, you can make money with the hobby you love most while you keep your present job.

Many people who really love their hobby end up making good money doing it. For example, Michael Jordan loved basketball, and he ended up making a career of it. Many people I know enjoy talking to people about Jesus, and get paid to do it. Just think, they get paid to talk to people. They raise money using the same method I used.

George Mueller raised a lot of money for orphanages in England. In fact he raised about $70 million in today’s US dollars and adjusted for inflation. Here is what he did:

  • He talked to many people about the need for money to build buildings and feed orphans
  • He prayed often and consistently
  • He talked to individuals and groups of people
  • He was a master at painting word pictures of the need for money for the orphans

If you want to make money doing your hobby, do what he did.

This ebook tells you how to motivate people to give money to your cause or volunteer to help you do the work to raise money.

The Master Mind Group

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the richest, most successful people in the world. Some were presidents of the USA, others were presidents of large companies. All had contributed to society in some way. Here is a quote from one of Hill’s books:

“You, who read this book, [Think and Grow Rich] will get most out of it by putting into practice the Master Mind principle described in the book. This you can do (as others are doing so successfully) by forming a study club, consisting of any desired number of people who are friendly and harmonious. The club should have a meeting at regular periods, as often as once each week. The procedure should consist of reading one chapter of the book at each meeting, after which the contents of the chapter should be freely discussed by all members. Each member should make notes, putting down all ideas of his own inspired by the discussion. Each member should carefully read and analyze each chapter several days prior to its open reading and joint discussion in the cub.

By following this plan every reader will get from its pages, not only the sum total of the best knowledge organized from the experiences of hundreds of successful people, but more important by far, he will tap new sources of knowledge in his own mind as well as acquire knowledge of priceless value from every other person present.”

The idea of meeting with other people to discuss ways of achieving your goals and dreams in life is very powerful. The old saying “Two heads are better than one” is certainly true. I am amazed how much faster people come up with good ideas when they work together. Also, there is a motivational aspect that is very beneficial to every person in the group. There is much research out there to back this up. I can’t stress enough the importance of a Master Mind group.

If you are interested in finding more information on the Master Mind Group principle, just type those words into a search engine and you will find a wealth of information.

To get the FREE ebook “How to Make Money Doing your Hobby” click here.

There are ten keys to success in making money with your hobby. They are:

The Ten Keys:

Key #1 Decide what you want in life
Key #2 Think about what you do well
Key #3 Clarify your values
Key #4 Set goals
Key #5 Believe you can reach your goals
Key #6 Find other people to work with
Key #7 Be disciplined and persistent
Key #8 Enjoy your work and work hard
Key #9 Never, never, never give up
Key #10 Pray

I go into detail on each one of these keys in my book Ten Keys to Success. I found that each of these keys is very important for a number of different reasons. You can buy the book here: http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/


1238939_3333142623494_471814278_nIf I can do it, so can you. Start part time and maybe later do it full time later. Or, you can make money with the hobby you love most while you keep your present job. To get the FREE ebook “How to Make Money Doing your Hobby” click here.

Many people who really love their hobby end up making good money doing it. For example, Michael Jordan loved basketball, and he ended up making a career of it. Many people I know enjoy talking to people about Jesus, and get paid to do it. Just think, they get paid to talk to people. They raise money using the same method I used.

George Mueller raised a lot of money for orphanages in England. In fact he raised about $70 million in today’s US dollars and adjusted for inflation. Here is what he did:

  • He talked to many people about the need for money to build buildings and feed orphans
  • He prayed often and consistently
  • He talked to individuals and groups of people
  • He was a master at painting word pictures of the need for money for the orphans

If you want to make money doing your hobby, do what he did.

This ebook tells you how to motivate people to give money to your cause or volunteer to help you do the work to raise money.

The Master Mind Group

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the richest, most successful people in the world. Some were presidents of the USA, others were presidents of large companies. All had contributed to society in some way. Here is a quote from one of Hill’s books:

“You, who read this book, [Think and Grow Rich] will get most out of it by putting into practice the Master Mind principle described in the book. This you can do (as others are doing so successfully) by forming a study club, consisting of any desired number of people who are friendly and harmonious. The club should have a meeting at regular periods, as often as once each week. The procedure should consist of reading one chapter of the book at each meeting, after which the contents of the chapter should be freely discussed by all members. Each member should make notes, putting down all ideas of his own inspired by the discussion. Each member should carefully read and analyze each chapter several days prior to its open reading and joint discussion in the cub.

By following this plan every reader will get from its pages, not only the sum total of the best knowledge organized from the experiences of hundreds of successful people, but more important by far, he will tap new sources of knowledge in his own mind as well as acquire knowledge of priceless value from every other person present.”

The idea of meeting with other people to discuss ways of achieving your goals and dreams in life is very powerful. The old saying “Two heads are better than one” is certainly true. I am amazed how much faster people come up with good ideas when they work together. Also, there is a motivational aspect that is very beneficial to every person in the group. There is much research out there to back this up. I can’t stress enough the importance of a Master Mind group.

If you are interested in finding more information on the Master Mind Group principle, just type those words into a search engine and you will find a wealth of information.

There are ten keys to success in making money with your hobby. They are:

The Ten Keys:

Key #1 Decide what you want in life
Key #2 Think about what you do well
Key #3 Clarify your values
Key #4 Set goals
Key #5 Believe you can reach your goals
Key #6 Find other people to work with
Key #7 Be disciplined and persistent
Key #8 Enjoy your work and work hard
Key #9 Never, never, never give up
Key #10 Pray

I go into detail on each one of these keys in my book Ten Keys to Success. I found that each of these keys is very important for a number of different reasons. You can buy the book here: http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/


No matter how bad things seem, there is always hope for tomorrow.

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Prosperity IQ

Brad Stanton —  August 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

Passion first

Two groups of people were observed for many years. The two groups totaled 1500 people. Category A had 1245 people. They said they would pursue money first and do what they really wanted to do later.  Category B made up of 255 people said they would seek their interests and passions first and let money follow later. 20 years later there were 101 millionaires from the entire group. 100 of them came from group B. Do you focus on money or passion?

Prosperity IQ

1.       Do you secretly fear wealth make you unlikeable by friends and loved ones?

2.       When you grew up were you told rich people were bad?

3.       Did your upbringing say sacrifice now for reward in heaven?

4.       Do you feel guilty if earn more than your parents?

Were you or do you:

5.       Raised to fit in not stand out

6.       Grow up liking shows like Dallas where rich people were bad

7.       Chronic health challenges that doctors can’t seem to help

8.       Jealous with people with money, subconsciously hate/dislike rich people

9.       On some level do you think it is noble to be poor

10.   End negative relationship and replace with other person like the person in the last relationship

11.   Use idioms such as poor as a church mouse, filthy rich, obscenely wealthy

12.   Do you say “You have to have money to make money” or “You have to know someone to be successful?”

13.   Relish being the underdog all the time

14.   Could it be you are experiencing challenges to get sympathy?

15.   Are you in a stable relationship, enough money but feel life passing you by?

If you said yes to 1 or 2 questions you have a prosperity mindset and are not repelling money.

Yes to 3 or more questions show some problem

Yes to 5 or more you are in stagnancy cycle so that you don’t break thru to real success

Yes to 7 you are headed to or experiencing serious challenges

From The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale

http://www.myprosperitysecrets.com

 


This blog is all about success in relationships, career, finances and whatever you consider important. Years ago when I started reading books about how to be successful (written by people who achieved great success), I was surprised to find that the keys to success in relationships is very similar to the keys to success in career, building wealth and everything else.

More than three dozen times Jesus said that faith is the key to answered prayer.

(For references click here.) But strong faith is hard to develop. The disciples spent three years watching the hundreds of miracles that Jesus performed. That gave them faith. We are not that fortunate, we have to read about miracles and do other things to strengthen our faith. How do we do that? Below is a list of 25 ways to strengthen faith. If you don’t believe the things Jesus said, keep reading. The success experts agree these are important factors to success.

For powerful prayers do this…

The following is a test I hear in the book The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale. He borrowed this from someone else. After reading many books about how to achieve success, I would say that he summed it up very well with this test, which I have simplified from the original. Read the questions and write yes or no to each one. The questions in parenthesis are for clarification and don’t need to be answered. I’ll tell you how to score it at the end of the test.

1. Do you know what you want in life, can you write it, have you written it down on paper or computer?

2. Are your dreams and goals the same as years prior? (Have you had the same goals and dreams for at least several years?)

3. Say out loud your goal, for example “I am earning $200,000 a year.” How do you feel–do you feel relaxed and happy?

4. Are you very, very motivated to succeed?

5. Would your friends and family say you are incredibly persistent?

6. Positive mental attitude. Do you believe God adores you and will always help you or that this a friendly universe that will always help you?

7. Are you a grateful person? (Do you feel grateful every day?)

8. What has prevented you from achieving your goals and dreams? Is it completely due you? (As opposed to other people or things?)

9. Do you consider yourself a “lucky” or fortunate person?

10. You are a creator, you have power to create. You are one with the great I AM of the universe. Do you believe these statements?

11. When unsure, are you most likely to ask God (or work things out for yourself) for direction and help?

12. Would you be comfortable if someone told you that you are very talented and would pay you half a million dollars a year to work for him?

13. Do you feel you are being realistic when you think about achieving your goals?

14. You can have, be or do anything you want. Do you believe this is true? Does it make you feel good?

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7558068-hundred-dollar-billsFaith

Many times in this blog I have written about the power of faith. Both atheists and Christians believe that it is critical for success.

Your beliefs may be limiting your life more than you realize. Our mind is like an iceberg, with the conscious part like the part of the iceberg above water and the subconscious being the submerged part. The subconscious is much larger than the conscious. Sounds hard to believe doesn’t it?

Freud wrote about the importance of the subconscious mind. At that time many were surprised to learn how influential the subconscious is. Now most people understand that it is true.

When we are not getting the results in life that we want, it is good to check our limiting beliefs. Maybe in our conscious minds we want to get out of debt and have an abundance of money but we always seem to be broke all the time because in our subconscious we feel money is wrong.

Poverty

People who are often in financial trouble probably have a bad attitude about money. Whether they know it or not, they are repelling money from themselves. The negative attitudes and feelings limit their faith that is needed to attract money.

Many people believe that money is somehow evil. If you believe that it is more noble to be poor than rich, or that it is a sin to be rich, you will probably find yourself repelling money.

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

The words “love of money” are the Greek word “philarguria.” It means:

  1. Avarice, insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

  2. extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess;

  3. Sordidness: morally ignoble or base, vile, meanly selfish, self-seeking dirty filthy

  4. extremely stingy; miserly; extremely poor; destitute; indigent; poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.

So this word can actually mean “extremely poor.” Why do most Bible translators translate it as “love for money?” Probably because we don’t have a word in English that has the same meaning, and the context of the verse before it seems to indicate that it means something like an unhealthy love of money. But everyone likes money, unless they don’t have enough of it. Then they have a bad attitude about it and probably feel uncomfortable when they get bills in the mail or have to spend a lot of money that they don’t have.

Jesus said if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move a stronghold (mountain). Matthew 17:20. Poverty is a stronghold and can cause many problems. When a person is poor they often feel they are not able to help others financially. However, Jesus said that if you give, you will receive in the same measure that you give. Luke 6:38. That means that if you gladly give, you will receive.

God’s idea of prosperity

Deuteronomy 5:33 Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Deuteronomy 6:24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.

Deuteronomy 28:11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.

Deuteronomy 29:9 Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.

Deuteronomy 30:1 [ Prosperity After Turning to the LORD ] When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations,

Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.

Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Hopefully the information above will help your subconscious mind realize that money is not dirty or sinful. You can also make up your own affirmations and say them out loud or silently to get this idea deep into your subconscious.

More verses about prosperity, click here.

So, let me know what you think about all this. Also, if the link above doesn’t work, please comment. Thanks and have a great week.