I was born and brought up in a Dalit society where we were very much oppressed and downtrodden by the higher people. There are a lot of people who practice untouchability here (India) who won’t share a bench with someone from a low caste or share food with them or anything.
I went to school up to the third grade, but I had to discontinue when my father became ill. Suddenly there was no one to support the family, so I, being the eldest son, had to start working. My dreams were all shattered. I worked in house construction, making and carrying bricks or cultivating wheat fields.
We didn’t have breakfast, and we didn’t have lunch all that we had was dinner. I was so hurt and very sad when I saw that we worked hard the whole day but only made enough for one meal while others who didn’t work as hard had more than enough. We were sometimes paid late, and then there was no food at home.
Sometimes we would take a debt to pay for our rent and then we would have to take more. You know, it is kind of a cycle. You get debt and you work. You are not able to pay back and so you keep working for them. And that is what used to happen to us.
Even when my father became well enough to work, we still could not afford school for any of us. Our family and our needs had grown. He went to the neighboring state to look for a job and took me with him.
While we were there, he came to know the Lord Jesus and became the first believer in our village. My father used to pray and read the Bible and take me to church. But I was not interested at that time and went back to my home village.
Later I was married, and we both were working for the landlords. I always wondered, when are we going to improve this situation? I have to get liberated from all this kind of bondage.
And it is a bondage. But the problem was, even though I wanted to get freedom from this, I could not because we were not educated. I didn’t understand how to get liberated. I wanted freedom, but there was no way to get out. In the society that I grew up in, it is destined. I could not become a higher caste person because the cycle is always there, and this is what I believed. It was all normal life for us.
After some years I became sick and could not tell east from west, and I could hardly stand. My family did all sorts of pujas and rituals for my healing, but nothing worked. My father came, and for six years he prayed for my healing, shared the gospel with me and encouraged me. But then one night, he asked some other Christians he knew to pray for my healing. My family who did not know the Lord said, “If Jesus can heal him then we will accept Jesus as our savior.” That was the challenge they set.
As my father prayed, I felt a strange kind of feeling. The next morning, I was able to ride my bike again. I was completely healed. The whole village was shocked. They had not known Christ could do such a thing.
Because of this miracle, I gave my life to the Lord. I understood that I was freed from the bondage of the caste system. In Christ, there is no high caste, no low caste. And when the barrier is not there, I am no longer under bondage. I am free only in Christ.
And this is what I love. My main desire is to go and make people here in the village realize that we can be freed. If people can realize there is no difference in a person, whether from a Dalit society or from high society, their bondage will be broken. Their eyes will be opened. So I always pray, every day, that the people in my village we are all the same in Christ.
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Ancient history tells us of four outcasts who were sitting outside the wall of a city. The city had been surrounded by enemy soldiers and all the food supplies were blocked off. It was the custom to conquer a city this way so that they would not lose as many soldiers in battle.
People inside the city were starving to death, even eating their own children. The four outcasts sat outside the city because they had a contagious disease called leprosy. To prevent it from spreading to other people they were prevented from entering the walled city.
One night the four outcasts began discussing the situation. They said “If we stay here, we will starve to death. We might as well go to the enemy camp and ask them for food, maybe they will have mercy on us.”
So they went. But when they arrived in the camp, they found that the enemy had been scared away and had left in such a hurry that they didn’t bring their food, horses or gold.
You can imagine what a wonderful time that was for the outcasts. Suddenly they had more food than they could eat and wealth beyond their wildest dreams. They found the finest foods and began eating. But then they said to themselves “If we stay here and don’t share this with our people, we will surely be punished!” So they went back to the city to share the good news.
I’m sure the four outcasts were heroes after that. Undoubtedly they were the most loved people in the city for a long time. This story can be found in the ancient holy Jewish texts (2 Kings chapter 7).
Isn’t it interesting that God used the lowest of the low, the outcasts, the dregs of society to save all the people of the city? The Apostle Paul said that he rejoiced in his weakness because God gives great power to weak people.
Do you have an addiction or bad habit that makes you feel like an outcast? Jesus promised you can overcome it. Do you feel your finances are eating you alive? Matthew 17:20 says that if you have faith, nothing will be impossible for you. It takes a lot of time and determination, unwavering devotion to your goal to make it happen.
One way to strengthen your faith is to be grateful. If you are not grateful for what you have now, you probably won’t be happy after you get more. Thanking God for the good things he has given you, listing them one by one, makes you much stronger and increases your faith. Not only that, but psychologists tell us that grateful people can accomplish more because they are not dragged down by sadness.
One of the simplest, yet best quotes I ever heard was from Winston Churchill. He said “Never, never, never give up.” He had a very difficult life. His parents put him in a boarding school while they lived without him. He wrote letters begging his parents to come visit him there, but they seldom did, even though their travels sometimes took them quite near the school. But his rejections in life made him strong, strong enough to lead Great Britain through one of her most challenging and darkest periods of history, World War II. Many people couldn’t cope with the difficulties of the Nazi bombing of London, but because of the many difficulties Churchill had faced and conquered, he was able to stay strong and motivate that nation to never give up.
Harland Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders failed many times in his life. His father died when he was five years old. His mother had to find any work she could, so she worked in a tomato-canning factory. Harland dropped out of school when he was 12.
Harland had many jobs, including: steamboat pilot, railroad fireman, insurance salesman, and farmer. His marriage failed; his wife left him when he lost a job. But he did not give up on life. He started a service station in which he cooked chicken dishes, country ham and steaks for the customers at the gas station and people liked the food so well that he started a restaurant. The restaurant did well for a long time.
He experienced another failure at the age of 65 due to a new interstate being put in which took traffic away from his restaurant. But he didn’t let that deter him. He paid off all his debts which left him with very little money. He left home with $105 from his Social Security check and a pressure cooker in the back of his truck to cook chicken, he traveled around the country visiting potential franchisees. His idea of a new chicken restaurant was rejected over 300 times. But finally he met success, and the rest is history, as they say. Now there are well over ten thousand Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in over 80 countries in the world. Colonel Sanders did not let failure beat him down. He had a dream and goals and was willing to be persistent in reaching them. After years of hard work he is now known for excellence all around the world. It would not have happened if his restaurant had not failed due to the new interstate highway.
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I saw a study that said children are born with a good self-image, but due to all the scoldings and criticisms they get throughout life, their self-image becomes poorer as the years go by. School can be very rough on many children’s self-image because it is almost impossible to do any task 100% correctly and get perfect marks on an assignment. It is easy for parents to tell the children what they do wrong without ever telling them what they do right.
Robert Rosenthal was the chairman of the psychology department at Harvard until he retired and began working at a university in California. He did a famous study in which he showed how powerful self-fulfilling prophecy is. This is also called the Pygmalion effect.
Rosenthal chose 3 teachers at random and told them that since they were outstanding teachers they would be given 90 outstanding students to teach and the goal was to improve the students academically. After time it was found that the students did, in fact improve dramatically. But then he told the teachers that the students were not outstanding at all, they had been chosen randomly. Probably the teachers felt proud about that, after all, they had been chosen because they were outstanding. But then Rosenthal went on to tell the teachers that they were not chosen because they were outstanding, they were chosen randomly also.
The results showed that if you really believe in others, they will perform better. Not only that, if you believe in yourself, you will perform better too.
Tell yourself often that you are outstanding and the prophecy will come true. People often criticize themselves, but this brings about negative results. You wouldn’t say those things to others would you?
Tell your loved ones/subordinates at work they are outstanding and they will become so.
I heard a radio talk show in which the speaker said we should complement our children five times for every time we tell them what they do wrong. Wow, that will keep me busy, but I know it is good advice.
Your words have power, use your words wisely!
In Joel chapter 3 God tells us “Let the weak say ‘I am strong!’” If a weak person calls himself strong often enough he will become strong.
By W. Clement Stone
Be generous! Give to those whom you love; give to those who love you; give to the fortunate; give to the unfortunate; yes—give especially to those to whom you don’t want to give.
Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give—the more you will have!
Give a smile to everyone you meet (smile with your eyes)—and you’ll smile and receive smiles . . .
Give a kind word (with a kindly thought behind the word)—you will be kind and receive kind words.
Give honor, credit and applause (the victor’s wreath)—you will be honorable and receive credit and applause
Give time for a worthy cause (with eagerness)—you will be worthy and richly rewarded .
Give hope (the magic ingredient for success)—you will have hope and be made hopeful .
Give happiness (a most treasured state of mind)—you will be happy and be made happy .
Give encouragement (the incentive to action)—you will have courage and be encouraged
Give cheer (the verbal sunshine)—you’ll be cheerful and cheered
Give a pleasant response (the neutralizer of irritants)—you will be pleasant and receive pleasant responses
Give good thoughts (nature’s character builder)—you will be good and the world will have good thoughts for you
Give prayers (the instrument of miracles) for the godless and the godly—you will be reverent and receive blessings, more than you deserve!
W. Clement Stone started out with nothing and built an insurance empire. W. Clement Stone founded a multibillion-dollar insurance empire with $100 and sought to buck up the world with the idea that anyone might do the same-all they need is a positive mental attitude.” – “All I want to do is change the world” he said.
Dani Johnson went from being homeless, living in her car, to millionaire in less than two years. She had flown to Hawaii and was working as a cocktail waitress, but she was $35,000 in debt and didn’t have enough money for a hotel. She had only a few dollars in change.
Dani got stoned on coke and woke up very confused the next morning. She had grown so despondent that she decided to end it all. She was on a beach and began walking out into the ocean and dove underneath a wave. Surprisingly enough, she didn’t die, in fact her life changed dramatically at that point. She said it was like a miracle.
“I heard a voice say, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’’
She rolled up her beach mat, turned around and walked a mile to her car.
Dani had lived through terrible problems, she was sexually abused and said this about her life:
“I was stoned out of my mind for two months – sleeping with eight different guys. I got to eat only by dating all these people. I realized that I had become worse than the family I grew up in and that was devastating. My mom and dad were drug addicts and I had never seen my parents sober. My childhood was filled with threats and getting beaten daily; week in, week out. My whole life was filled with horror and terror and lies and I vowed that I would never be like my family. And there I was doing cocaine…”
“I drove 45 minutes to the beach where I was living. And the whole time I was driving, it was as if the left side of my mind was saying, ‘This is not what is intended for your life, you shouldn’t be drinking. There is more to life,’ and the right side was saying, ‘You’re a failure, you’re a loser, you’re filthy; worse than your parents. Drive this car into the ocean.’ This was like a war inside my mind with these voices and I was literally in a trance.” From Forbes Magazine online
She got in her car and suddenly realized she had a money making opportunity in the back seat. It was a weight loss product. She made a handmade flyer (this was before computers were popular) and put it up in the Post Office where everyone in town went.
She got a voice mail account and the next day she found 25 messages on it from the flyer. She ended the month with 40 checks from new customers for a total of $4000. She used a liquor store address as her own by talking the owner into it.
Dani made $250,000 the first year by selling the weight loss program. She was a millionaire by the second year and sold her business after starting 18 weight loss centers around the country. After selling her stores she was a multimillionaire. People who have confidence in themselves and really want to help others can do very well financially. A proven business model which has made thousands of people financially independent www.TLC33.com
The more you fill your mind with high power ideas and positive thoughts, the more effective you will be and the more energy you will have.
You were born with extraordinary potential for success. What you have now is only the beginning of what you can achieve and have in your life. Successful people think about the future most of the time, and how they can create a better future.
If you are reading this you are probably in the top 10% or 20% of our society.
You probably believe the best is still in front of you. Top performers think about what they want and how to get it. Favorite word is “how?” They don’t think “whether” they can achieve something, they believe that they can, and the question is what steps must they take.
Successful people are action oriented. They are proactive and are leaders not followers.
If you could wave a magic wand and have a perfect life, or create your perfect future, what would be different than what you have today? What one step can you take to make it more like the future you want? Click on the link below to see the video of Brian Tracy.
When you think about people, places or things you like or love, it strengthens you. When you think about things you don’t like, it makes you sad and weakens you. More ideas here.
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.
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.
In the same way, when you count your blessings, it makes both your conscious mind and subconscious aware of blessings. The subconscious is many times more powerful than the conscious. It starts to work on the ideas you list as 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.
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Two brothers who lived in a city were so mean, hateful, cruel and nasty that after one brother died, the other brother had a hard time finding a preacher willing to do the funeral. Finally he came up with the idea of donating to the preacher’s church before asking him to do it.
He gave a five thousand dollar check to a preacher and asked him to do the funeral. The preacher reluctantly agreed. “But you will have to agree to say my brother was a saint” the man said to the preacher. Again, the preacher agreed, but (continue reading)
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.
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
1 Samuel 2:7
The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
Psalm 112:1 Blessed are those who fear the LORD…Wealth and riches are in their houses
Prov8: 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
Prov 10: 22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.
I am the Lord, is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27
Jesus displayed wealth
Luke 5: 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. [That much fish is worth a lot of money to a fisherman!]
John 21: 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
John 2: 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons… Jesus turned water to wine “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” [Can you imagine how much money that much great quality wine was worth then, and now?]
Matthew 17:27 …go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” [They didn’t even need to use their own money, God provided it to them.]
Luke 19:4 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” [Jesus owned all the houses, they were all his because he was God, so he didn’t need to ask if he could stay there. When he sent his disciples to get a colt and bring it, it wasn’t stealing, because the colt belonged to him, as did all the livestock in the world. That is wealth!]
Jesus feeds 5000 men (20,000 if you include women and children) and 4000. [That’s a lot of money for food. Jesus didn’t even need money because he could perform miracles.]
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 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.
Some say, “Oh, if I had been a better child, mom and dad might still be married.” Or, “If I had been a better person, that person would not have molested me.” Bad things happen to good people. Don’t blame yourself for everything that goes wrong in your life. Life is not fair, but God is fair. God will right your wrongs and work everything together for good if you love him. Romans 8:28.
Many people see God as a tyrant who wants to punish us whenever we do wrong. But God loves us very much. He is not mad at you, he is madly in love with you. He is interested in every detail of your life. If you are interested in it, God is interested also. He is not out there waiting to punish you, he is there loving and adoring you. He loves you more than you can understand. Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again:Rejoice!” If God commands you to rejoice, it means he gives you the strength to do it.
Remember that God loves you and that is all that you need. The love of family and friends is very important also. But is it critically important to love yourself. Brian Tracy, a success coach, says that most people need to say “I like myself” once in awhile.
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.
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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.
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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/