The Bible tells us we can be sure you will go to heaven after you die. Click here to see what it says.
Do your family and friends know they are saved? Share this with them if there is any doubt.
The Bible tells us we can be sure you will go to heaven after you die. Click here to see what it says.
Do your family and friends know they are saved? Share this with them if there is any doubt.
I know the most important reason to pray is to draw near to God and please him, but the Bible does tell us to pray for things we want. Some of the happiest memories I have are times spent in prayer. Anytime I feel sad or stressed, I know that if I spend time with God, I’ll feel much better.
The following is from the book When God Winks At You by Squire Rushnell. Rushnell is a former television president and CEO and was an executive with the ABC TV Network for twenty years.
Dr. Harold Koenig, Duke’s associate professor of medicine and psychiatry, stated that some twelve hundred studies on the effects of prayer and health were conducted at such universities as Duke, Dartmouth, and Yale. These were some of the results published in his book Handbook of Religion and Health.
Hospitalized people who attended church regularly had an average stay three times shorter than people who didn’t.
The elderly who attended church regularly were 50 percent less likely to suffer strokes than those who didn’t go to church.
Dr. Koenig was also quoted in USA Today as saying “Healthy senior citizens who said they rarely or never prayed ran about a 50 percent greater risk of dying” from their cardiac condition.
This was one of my most popular posts of 2014.
When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!
All my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me…continue reading.
Does the Bible promise prosperity if we do certain things? Leave a reply and let me know what you think.
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.
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.
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.
Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.
[ 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,
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
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.
1 Kings 2:3
and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands… so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go…
Proverbs 3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will… bring you prosperity.
Prov 8:18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Proverbs 13:21 prosperity is the reward of the righteous.
John 10:10 Jesus said he came to give us abundant life. That doesn’t mean poverty, it means abundance in this life and eternal life.
James 513 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Tell yourself you are blessed. If you stop to think about it, you have dozens of blessings and very few problems. When you say “I am blessed” out loud, your brain receives the idea through your ears and thoughts, making it more powerful.
The following is from Joel and Victoria…
|“The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity…” (Deuteronomy 28:11, NIV)|
God has a place of abundance in store for you! It’s a place where all needs are supplied — a place of joy, happiness, and victory. But in order to experience all the great things that God has prepared, there are some conditions that need to be met in the natural. God already did His part to make provision for the blessing. You must do your part to obey the Word of God and aggressively pursue the abundant life that’s rightfully yours.
In this new year,stir yourself up to pursue wholeheartedly the dreams God has placed in your heart. Don’t settle for a life of mediocrity! Get the Word of God in your heart and walk in the abundant life God has for you. This can be your best year yet!
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 190,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 8 days for that many people to see it.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling bad, feeling blue or feeling worn out? It could be sleep Apnea, but it could also be toxic shame. When you wake up feeling sad and your mind goes over failures and hurts of the past, that is toxic shame.
5 signs that you have toxic shame.
1. You see your failures as proof that you are a failure.
2. You forget what it means to be human.
You forget that everyone fails every day. That is just proof that they are human.
When we do something bad, we feel shame. But unfortunately most people are very good at feeling ashamed of themselves, many without even realizing it. The main point of the Christian faith is love. Another important point is forgiveness. Many don’t forgive themselves and live a life of quiet desperation. Many feel ashamed of who they are instead of what they have done.
I recently heard a lecture by Bo Sanchez. He said that a man in the Philippines applied for a job cleaning floors. He got the job, but when the HR person found out he didn’t have an email address, he decided not to hire the man.
The man was very disappointed. He left discouraged, but he had to do something to make money. He had only 300 Pesos (less than $7 US) in his pocket and a young daughter to feed. So he went to the market and spent all his money on tomatoes. He then went door-to-door selling them. After an hour or so he had sold all of them for 600 Pesos. He went back to the market and spent all 600 Pesos on more tomatoes, which he sold. He doubled his money again. Then he went back to the market again and doubled his money again. He had time for one more trip to the market and then back to sell the tomatoes. At the end of the day he had made 2400 Pesos.
He sold fruit and vegetables every day until he had enough money to buy a cart. The cart could hold more food so that he made less trips to the market. Later he was able to buy a used truck to sell his wares. After some years he had a whole fleet of trucks. By this time he was rich.
One day he was talking to a man who asked him for his email address. He said he didn’t have one. The man said “What? You don’t have an email address? Just think what you would be today if you had an email address!”
The man said, “If I had an email address, I’d be a janitor.”
Instead of focusing on his weakness of not having an email address, the man focused on his strengths. He had good people skills. He was hard working and persuasive.
Many times we focus on our weaknesses and think of the things we can’t do. We think of why we can’t do a certain thing. Maybe we tried in the past and failed. All our lives we are told about our mistakes. In school, we hand in our homework and see it come back with all our mistakes pointed out to us in red ink. At work most supervisors don’t compliment on work done well, they only comment when there is a problem. As parents we usually scold much more than we encourage.
We grow up being told what we did wrong and seldom told what we did right.
I sometimes think back over the mistakes in my life. All of them happened because of lack of confidence. I can’t think of any of the many mistakes I made that were not somehow related to lack of confidence. Probably you are the same.
Let’s encourage our loved ones and ourselves. Think about what you do well, not what you don’t do well.
Here is a good affirmation to help with this. Every day say “I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking.”
Posts about affirmations. Click link and scroll down.
Prayer is sometimes more than just talking to God. Jesus told us to speak to the problem, to make a command.
You have to pray the way Jesus and all the people of God prayed in the Bible if you want results. Don’t do things the way you were taught by people, do what the Bible says. Faith is very important, as I have written about in many previous posts on this blog.
Speak it out loud
Jesus is our example. He was 100% man and 100% God. Since he was completely man he was our example. Our goal is to be like him. He prayed quite a bit differently than most Christians today pray. The disciples prayed like he did, they spoke out a command and people were healed. The prophets in the Old Testament also prayed like this, they spoke commands. He taught all his followers to pray this way, including you and me.
Matthew 17:20 Jesus said: “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.” My note—it may take months to develop this kind of faith. Memorizing Bible verses on faith and repeating them daily helps a lot. I have written other blog posts on this topic. Click on the “Prayer” link at the right hand side under “Posts by category” for more information or click here http://bradstanton.com/category/prayer/
Notice that Jesus said you must make a command and say “Move from here to there.”
Jesus healed a leper by saying “Be clean.” Luke 5:13. Jesus commanded the illness to leave. He spoke out a command.
Luke 4:39 Jesus spoke to the fever “So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.” Jesus was not talking to God, he was talking to the fever.
Luke 7:14 Jesus said “Young man get up!” and a man was healed. Notice Jesus spoke out a command, he was showing us how to pray for people. His followers did the same thing in the book of Acts.
In Luke 8:53 Jesus spoke a command to cause a child to come back to life. “They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”
Some prayers are just talking to God, but the kinds of prayers the followers of Jesus prayed for healing were not just talking to God. They gave a command that sickness leave the body of the person they were talking to. Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” Acts 14:10, Paul told a lame man “Stand up on your feet!”
Notice Peter spoke out a command in Acts 9:40 “Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.”
The disciples spoke out a command and a man was struck blind to help him understand the power of God. Acts 13:11 “Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”
Matthew 21:19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
Jesus commanded a storm to subside. Luke 8:24 He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. Jesus spoke to the storm.
Be like Jesus, not people
God spoke the world into existence. The spoken word is very powerful. Jesus is our example, when we follow him, great things happen.
The word “Christian” means little Christ, we are to copy him. Jesus loved so we love. Jesus helped people, so we help people. As a Christian, our goal is to be like Christ, which means to do what he did, pray like he prayed.
James 5:17 “Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.” What this is saying is that Elijah was a person just like us, and so were the Apostles. What this verse is saying is that we all have power in prayer. In fact, we have the Holy Spirit living in us even more than Elijah did, so we should be able to do more than he did.
John 14:12 Jesus said “I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father.” What Jesus is saying is that we should copy him and we will do what he was doing, if we have faith. To copy him means to pray as he told us to pray, and pray as he did.
Luke 11:2 Jesus is telling them to say “Your will be done on earth as in heaven” which is a command that God’s will be done here on earth. The KJV shows this very well. I always thought it was strange to make the two commands “Your kingdom come, your will be done” when I was a child. We are not commanding God to do anything, that is for sure. But even in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus tells us to make commands.
2 Cor 12:9 God may not answer all our prayers, if we pray for something God doesn’t want, it won’t happen. The term “thorn in the flesh” was used a number of times in the OT and every single time it was used, it meant bad people causing trouble to good people (certainly not sickness). Paul would use it the same way because he memorized much of the OT. So there will always be bad people being bad to good people. The problem is too many people give up and quit praying because they believe what they are asking for is not God’s will, but that may not be the case. God promised Abraham many descendants, but it too a long time for the promise to come about. Abraham could have decided children were not God’s will because it took so long to come about. Don’t give up when you pray! Luke 18:1 says that we should always pray and not give up.
Luke 22:42 So certainly we are supposed to ask or command only in God’s will. Jesus said earlier that he came to earth to die on the cross, so he knew God’s will. I am certainly not saying we should pray-declare anything against God’s will.
Phil 4:6, ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everthing by prayer and *supplication*, with thanksgiving, make your *requests* known to God. Some might say that we only ask God for things in prayer, but when you read the four Gospels and Acts, you see this is not the case.Jesus taught all his followers to make commands in prayer, not just the 12 apostles. Even the 72 who were sent out were taught to pray this way, you can tell by what they said after they returned. I agree there are different kinds of prayers, sometimes we are asking God for things, that is for sure.
After visiting many different churches and seeing many different people pray, I have found that the declare-prayer gets much better results than saying “Lord if it is your will, will you heal somebody.”
Long ago Sam Walton (the founder of the huge Walmart chain of stores found in numerous countries around the world) worked at K-Mart. He worked and thought very hard and came up with a better way of buying things to sell at K-Mart. He carefully put together a pitch to sell it to upper management. They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”
Sam believed in himself and the idea so he took his idea out and started a business with it. Now K-Mart has a hard time keeping many of their stores open due to competition with Walmart.
Long ago an engineer realized that since crystals can be made to vibrate at a very constant rate when energized with a small electrical current, one could put a crystal in a watch and keep more accurate time than ever before in the history of the world. Swiss watches dominated the world market. So he carefully planned out a pitch to bring to the top leaders of the Swiss watch company for which he worked and told them about the benefits of crystals. . They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”
He believed in himself, so he brought his idea to Texas Instruments and Casio and the rest is history. Now it is hard to find watches for sell that don’t use crystals.
Alexander Graham Bell attempted to sell the patent for the telephone to the president of Western Union. The president sneered and asked what in the world he would do with a silly electrical contraption like that.
A few years later, writes Julie M. Fenster in American Heritage, the president of Western Union “told colleagues that if he could get the patent for $25 million he’d consider it a bargain. By then it wasn’t for sale.”
You have probably heard of other similar stories. Belief, or positive thinking is so important. Jesus called it faith. People are usually not open to new things. Some of the ideas in this blog are new to some people and they think the ideas are crazy, but the ideas I blog about have changed my life for the better. I try to only choose powerful ideas to write about. Unfortunately my book The Amazing Power of Prayer gets put in the category of “silly ideas” quite a bit but finding the ideas and writing about them really changed my life for the better. http://getprayerpower.com/i
There are two kinds of people in life, one says i want to achieve my goals in life. The other says i commit to achieve my goals. I have never met a successful person who is not aggressive and determined.
James 1:8 If you are double minded and don’t make up your mind you won’t get what you want.
Aggressiveness not meanness, but being proactive. It is not rudeness. You can be loving and aggressive at the same time.
Do you know what you want and imagine it every day, often every day? When you imagine it you strengthen your faith, and I have written many times in this blog why faith, belief is so important.
Basketball players were split into 3 groups. One group practiced shooting free throws 2 hours a day. The second group practiced free trows only in their mind, by imagining shooting the basketball. The third group was a control group.
The first group improved their ability by 30%, but amazingly enough, so did the second group.
Sports psychologist Denis Waitley said that when an athlete imagines himself going through the sports routine, the muscles fire electrically just like when he is actually doing it.
Imagine your goals are achieved. Imagine people being blessed, imagine your family being well behaved. Imagine your husband/wife getting along well with you. Imagine yourself achieving your career goals and financial goals.
The more you want your goals and dreams, the more passionate you are about them, the faster you will achieve your goals.
Walt Disney needed to find people to fund his dreams of Disney land. He asked 302 people who all said no before he found someone to fund it. Perseverance is so important because it often takes a long time to achieve your dreams.
Colonel Sanders had to spend two years and get 1009 rejections before he found someone who would work with him to build Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). There is a time of waiting, and you can not force it to rush faster. We have to wait for the right time.
Integrity is very important when working for the things you want in life.
Sylvester Stallone was born so poor that his parents could not afford to go to a hospital, he was born on school steps. But as he grew up he wanted to become an actor, but he had slurred speech. He tried over and over to get an acting job. He sat day after day in a producers office. The producer finally told him to leave.
Stallone decided he would have to write a movie so that he could act in it. He wrote Rocky. He was offered $75,000 for the script. But he said he would not sell it unless he acted in it. He was so poor he could not pay his electric bills. He had to sell his dog for $50. He really needed the money for the script, but he turned it down.
The production company later came back and said they would play him $225,000, but he could not act in it. Stallone turned them down.
After a few months they called him back and offered him a million dollars for the script. He turned them down again. He walked away hungry and poor. But he had a dream. He was aggressive.
They called him again and said they would pay him $35,000 for the script, but he could act in the movie.
The first thing he did was to buy back his dog. But the new owner wouldn’t sell the dog back. Finally he had to pay $1500 to get the dog back.
The move was made and grossed $171 million dollars. Ten academy awards, including best actor and best picture of the year. More about Stallone here.
Many are not successful because they are not aggressive. They give up too easily. Earlier I posted about a man named Darby who bought a gold mine over a hundred years ago. But he gave up and quit digging because he was not persistent enough and didn’t get sound advice about where to dig. He stopped digging just three feet from a very large deposit of gold. Read more.
I have an internet project that I need help promoting. I am looking for people who enjoy working with people. In this project you can set your own hours and work as many hours per week as you want. You will basically be inviting people to parties in your town to help me promote this internet project. At the party you show a couple of videos. You must have some way for me to talk with the group over the internet such as Skype, Facebook or other.
The purpose of the project is to spread hope, faith and love around the world through this blog. This blog has been read in almost every country in the world, with over half a million visitors. There are two different positions open. One of the positions is commission paid, and you have the opportunity to make several thousand dollars a month after you learn the business. For those who are willing to spend 20 hours a week or more, you will be able to make much more than that if you stick with this for at least six months.
You must be a citizen of one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Puerta Rico, UK, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Finland or Austria.
The Philippines will be open for this business early next year, probably in January 2015.
If you are interested, email me at Brad@TLC33.com with the words “Part time” in the subject line.
We have heard of glass ceilings, an invisible barrier that prevents people from moving up the corporate ladder. However, we all have invisible barriers that prevent us from having better relationships, career success, prosperity and other success.
Scientists put a Spanish Mackerel in a fish tank with a Barracuda, but they put a glass partition between the two fish. The Barracuda saw the Mackerel and swam toward it, attempting to kill and eat it. But the Barracuda hit the glass partition and could not touch the Mackerel. It couldn’t see the piece of glass because it was transparent.
After many attempts at eating the Mackerel and bumping his nose on the glass, the Barracuda finally gave up. After some time the scientists removed the glass barrier between the two fish. The Barracuda had tried so many times and failed to eat the other fish that it assumed it could not do it. The two fish swam together without hurting each other.
What is preventing your success?
We all have invisible barriers that prevent success in getting what we want or feel is right. For example, if an office worker works hard year after year and only gets cost of living raises, he will probably give up on getting a big raise. In a marriage relationship, if one person always acts selfish, after some years the other usually gives up and just learns to live with the selfishness. Children who refuse to study hard in school often find that their parents give up trying to change them after some years.
The good news is that there is often a solution to the problem, and if you find the key to success, you can unlock the door that holds you back from your hopes and dreams.
The Law of Attraction says that whatever you think about with strong emotion, you bring about (attract) into your life. Olympic athletes are trained to imagine themselves going through their routine flawlessly and then standing on the platform to receive the gold medal. Many people who have achieved amazing success in starting businesses or writing books say that they used the Law of Attraction to help them achieve goals.
This means that if you think about achieving your goal, and you have good emotions involved with it, your subconscious mind goes to work to achieve your goal. However there is more to it than that. Jesus said there is supernatural power that helps you when you believe.
It is hard for some people to believe that there is a God in heaven who loves them very much, but if you can believe it, you can also believe in prayer. Jesus said that everything is possible for one who believes. (Mark 9:23). It may take years to develop strong prayer faith, but it is certainly worth it.
The invisible barrier
The problem is that many people pray and don’t get what they ask for, so they begin to feel that prayer doesn’t work. They don’t take time to search the scriptures to find out what they are doing wrong. Jesus said that the key to answered prayer if faith, but faith is hard to develop.
The problem is, some people think about things they don’t want with strong emotion, and that tends to bring more of it. If you are upset at someone you spend time with, and you think about the things you don’t like about that person, it tends to bring about more of those actions from that person.
On the other hand, if you think positive thoughts about that person, it tends to bring about good actions and attitudes from that person.
You have everything you need to demolish your problems. It all starts in your mind. God has given you everything you need to demolish every stronghold, every problem if you are a Christian. 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.”
All negative thoughts and emotions are a subset of these four. They are the thoughts that bring about problems in your life and cause your glands to secrete toxins into your bloodstream.
Galatians 6:7 says we reap what we sow. If we sow thoughts of fear (worry, anxiety, doubt); anger (frustration, short temper); depression (sadness, hopelessness, boredom, apathy); or shame (guilt, feeling worthless) it will bring that into our lives. If we sow victorious thoughts, it will bring victory into our lives. But it may not happen overnight. In fact we have to persevere for a season. It may take a long time.
Shakespeare said that this world is a stage. He often had spirits, angels or demons in his plays. He was familiar with the spirit world. The world we can see is not the real world. The real world is the spirit world, in which our spirit lives.
Shakespeare also understood the power of faith. “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” – William Shakespeare. He knew that if we don’t believe we can do something, we won’t be able to do it.
When you have negative thoughts you can get rid of them like getting dirty air out of a glass. Instead of concentrating on getting the dirty air out, pour clean water into the glass. In other words, fill your mind with thoughts of love, people you love, places you love and even things you love.
One of the most powerful things to do in order to get rid of negative thoughts is to say this to God
I love you
Please forgive me
Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Romans 5:5 says that God pours out his love on us. It flows to us like water, the living water you can fill your mind with to flush out the bad stuff. Try saying the four short sentences above to God many times. The more you say it, the stronger you become, the more love you have. The more you will be loved.
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/
I 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.
Back 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.
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
Please forgive me
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.