35224_european_bistroWhen I was about five years old I had my first encounter with the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. I felt the incredible love of God as I walked through a forest with my Sunday school class. The teacher had talked to us about how much God loves us, and how we can see him in the things that he made, the trees and brooks, the wind and the leaves.

Today I was thinking about the incredible beauty of the love of God. Anyone who has felt it will always want it. Then I heard a sermon about it.

The sermon I heard tonight went something like this:

You might be in a low point in your life. You might be in the pit of despair. You might be feeling very depressed right now, or maybe you are doing fine, maybe you are going through a happy time in your life. But no matter what, God’s love is washing over you, taking care of you much more than you know.

Thousands of years ago, in fact even before anything existed, God already thought of you and decided to choose you and love you. God has been waiting your entire life for this moment, where he could get you to sit still for one minute and say this to you:

“You have no idea how much I love you. I have always loved you. There was never a moment of your existence when I didn’t love you. I planned that fertilization of the two cells that came together to make you. I planned your conception. I allowed that conception. I wanted you alive so I could love you because you are special to me. There is no one else like you, you are completely new and unique to me. I heard your first cry, there was no moment of your life that I didn’t love you. Through all your celebrations and difficulties, your sadness and happiness I loved and adored you even more than you loved yourself. I wanted good things for you even more than you did. Whether you realize it or not I have been gazing upon you in love because I made you to love you.”

How would your life change if you knew how much God loved you? Think about how it would feel if you got up in the morning and the first thing you felt was that you are deeply and unconditionally loved by God. What if you felt the love of God as you got out of bed to brush your teeth? And in the car on way to work or school you felt the love of God. What would it be like if you felt God’s love unconditionally, knowing that no matter what you do or don’t do, you know that God loves you? No matter what you do or don’t do, God will still love you the same amount.

Your first and most important calling in life is to let God love you. What happens if you accept this call?

You feel accepted rather than ashamed or condemned. You feel totally accepted, and that will change your life. Many avoid God because they feel ashamed or guilty. Maybe you feel guilty, criticized. God is perfect and I’m not. Why would I hang out with a perfect God to remind me of all the ways I’ve failed?

But God did not come to condemn the world but to save it. If you feel God is down on you, guess what? You are totally wrong. God is not down on you at all, he is totally for you, totally cheering you on, bragging to the angels and even the devil about you. He certainly did that about Job in the Old Testament.

You have spent your entire life in order to get peoples approval and love of other people. You dress the way you do to get approval. You wear your hair the way you do to get approval. You talk and act the way you do to get love and approval. You have been trying to get approval from some unpleasable people your entire life and you are not going to get it. Realize you don’t need the approval of other people. Most of your life you have been worried about what other people think because you don’t feel unconditionally loved by God. When you realize how much God loves you, criticism doesn’t bother you. You will no longer need other people’s approval to be happy. This idea will set you free.

The man who spoke these words is Rick Warren, the author of The Purpose Driven Life.


Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy

The amazing thing is that the principles for getting better relationships with friends and loved ones are the same principles for doubling your income in a year (more on this later in the post), for excelling at your career, losing weight or doing well in sports.

Brian Tracy did not graduate from high school, and while he was in school his grades were low. He failed high school English, but went on to write many books that have sold millions of copies. He became a multi-millionaire. After leaving school, he began laboring jobs, and moved from job to job and eventually got into sales.

He didn’t sell well, but he found a salesman who was making 10 times more than anyone else. He sold the same product to the same people during the same times, but always sold much more. Tracy asked him how he did it, put those ideas into practice and began to become very successful. He became a top salesman by reading and learning how to sell. Later he became a sales manager and began reading how to succeed at that.

It really is true, leaders are readers.

The law of cause and effect (sowing and reaping-you reap what you sow) says that the effects, the circumstances in your life are happening because of certain causes. You can change the causes to achieve the effects you want. In other words you can change what you are doing to achieve the results you want. It is possible for every person and it is possible every time. The law of cause and effect is a powerful law that can change your life for the better, or for worse. Use it to your advantage.

Success leaves tracks – if you study the tracks of successful people (study what they did) you can learn how to be successful.

Nothing works the first time. One of the keys to success is that one keeps trying even after he has failed. It is impossible to find a person who always succeeds the first time he tries something new.

Most people see that their relationships, career, finances, etc. are not as good as they want, but they often just assume that it will always be that way because they have tried in the past, year after year, to improve a relationship, but didn’t see any improvement, so they gave up and quit trying.

Most people wish they could have a better relationship with their husband or wife. Well, guess what? It is certainly possible if you learn how to do it and are willing to work hard at it

Skills are learnable. If you can read this and use the internet you can learn the skills you need to achieve the goals we are talking about here. Tracy talks about certain skills that are necessary to achieve goals, and all are learnable.

Brian Tracy says you are one skill away from doubling your income, improving your relationships, excelling at your career.

Dream big dreams. You probably want to be happy, healthy, wealthy, slender and with good relationships. If your life were perfect in five years, what would it look like? The starting point for great relationships is that you dream and believe you can achieve it, and really want it enough to change what you are doing in order to get your goal. The starting point for success in creating wealth is the same as that, and is the same for career goals.

Develop resilience and bounce back. You will be knocked down many times, be ready to bounce back.

click here for the 15 skills by Brian Tracy and for a link to his youtube video. Tracy talks about how to double your income in a year.


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Does prayer even work? Is it as powerful as Jesus said it is? Over 3 dozen times Jesus said that faith is the key to answered prayer. Click for verses about faith.

Some of the most successful people in the world said that faith is powerful, for example:

“If you think you can, or think you can’t, either way you are right.” ~Henry Ford

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~W. Clement Stone

So Jesus said that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed nothing will be impossible for you. He also said everything is possible for one who believes. If that is true, wouldn’t some people become fabulously wealthy from faith?

Well the answer to that question is –YES! Many of the people who became self-made millionaires said they used faith to become rich. Henry Ford, W. Clement Stone, Jack Canfield, Rhonda Byrne, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many, many more people said they used faith to become rich.

Many people who are rich use their money to glorify God. Many give millions of dollars to charity.

But what’s up with that? Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a strong Christian, he never was, right? So how does that work? Well, the Law of Faith is so powerful that people use it to achieve amazing things even when they are not strong Christians.

Olympic athletes are taught to visualize themselves winning the competition and getting a gold medal. That means they are exercising their faith. They may not call it Biblical faith. They may call it any number of things, but in reality, it is faith.

The main reason to pray is to draw close to God. If a person is praying only to get things for themselves, he is cheating himself.

After reading many books about prayer, and studying what Jesus said about prayer for several years, I have found some key things that bring about powerful prayer. I am amazed how many more of my prayers are answered now that I do things to strengthen my faith. It is like the difference between night and day.

I can’t write about all the keys to answered prayer here because it will take too long. But I will sum it up briefly like this:

FAITH
F Find a verse in the Bible that gives a promise for what it is you are praying for. Example: if you are financially distressed, do a word search in www.BibleGateway.com for the word “prosper” or “prosperity.” Memorize one or more of them and say it out loud several times a day.

A Ask God for it, believing that he will give it to you.

I Imagine that you already have it. The more you picture it in your mind, or put up pictures of what you want, the more you visualize it, the stronger your faith will become. Faith is a key to answered prayer. In fact Jesus stressed faith more than any other thing.

T Thank God for it. This is very important. Don’t keep asking for it, keep thanking God that he is giving it to you. If you have faith, you believe God will give it to you.

H Hold on while you wait and be Happy. Just like the bamboo takes five years to grow a root system under the ground which you can’t see and then suddenly in the fifth year it grows four inches a day, God is preparing all the right people for your answer to prayer.

More about prayer in my book Amazing Power of Prayer. All profit from this book this month goes to spreading God’s love, faith and hope on the internet. This blog goes out to almost every country in the world.


424461_412914045450456_627438586_nThe most important reason to pray is to grow closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. If you are a Christian, you are filled with the Holy Spirit and that gives you great power. But prayer is talking to God, and a relationship with God is the most important thing in our life. If we pray only to get things, or go to God in prayer only when we want something, we are being selfish and missing out on the true meaning of prayer, and missing out on huge blessings.

Here is a short account of how I learned the incredible joy of the relationship with the Holy Spirit. It happened one summer.

Some summer sounds certainly seem sweet. Summer sounds such as crickets chirping, honking horns, kids laughing sounded like an orchestra being played every summer evening during that unforgettable time in my life when I had just recently lost half a dozen of the best friends I had ever had. Crickets chirped, cars occasionally whizzed by, dogs barked in the distance, a train honked a horn. They sounded more beautiful than at any other time because I had spent the whole month praying after work, a new thing for me. I spent time talking to God, not really asking for anything, just talking to Him.

I was in my mid-twenties, single and living in a little one bedroom apartment not far from a train track. The horn of that train always brought back happy memories for me and was very comforting. But about my friends….

It just so happened that during those years I had made friends with half a dozen of the most fun and interesting people I had ever met. We were very close, sort of like the TV show Friends, or Cheers, the little bar where everybody knows your name.

They were the kind of people who could drop by any time and we would have a wonderful time, with plenty of laughter, bantering and fun stories. But during a three or four month period, some of them got married and disappeared from our little gang, the others moved out of town. Suddenly I had no close friends at all.

I had to find something to do with my time, so I took walks at the nearby park. I began to pray and meditate on the good things in life that I still had, even though it was tough to lose my friends. At first it was hard to think of things to feel grateful for. But the more I thought and felt grateful for a few things, the more things came to mind that I could be grateful for.

I started out praying for 30 minutes because I had nothing else to do, due to the fact that my friends were gone. Then as the days went on, the prayer stretched into an hour, then two hours. There were some days that I prayed for three hours at a time in the evening. That brought me close to God and brought me a lot of joy. I wasn’t praying to seek anything from God, just to be close to Him.

Sometimes after an evening of prayer, the sounds of the night seemed like a beautiful orchestra being played for anyone who was willing to take the time to stop and enjoy the sounds.

Even nowadays when I hear the crickets chirping, the comforting sound of a fan or my neighbor’s air conditioner humming, these sounds bring back the feelings of that Kansas summer that I learned to be thankful no matter what, and that I really could be happy even in the toughest of times. But most of all, I learned the joy of the Holy Spirit, the incredible wonder of being close to God.

This is from my book Amazing Power of Prayer. Click to see the ebook.

Keys to answered prayer

Brad Stanton —  April 29, 2014 — 1 Comment

26822I’m not going to tell you that you will get everything you want through prayer. No, I’m going to tell you about something even better.  You will get everything God wants for you through prayer because God wants the best for you.  He wants even better things for you than you do. God loves you much more than you love yourself and wants you to have joy and peace even more than you do. You will get everything you want through prayer if it is God’s will and you have faith. Faith is the key to answered prayer, but it takes months, years to develop.

Yes, it’s true:  You will experience powerful answers to prayer if you use the guidelines for prayer found in the Bible.   We’ll explore these guidelines as we travel this prayer journey together.  It is said we use less than 10% of our brainpower; but I think it’s very safe to say that most Christians use less than 10% of their prayer power. I have been in many churches across the United States and I find that most people don’t understand the power of prayer. Why is it that some churches see remarkable answers to prayer and others do not?   Perhaps you know some Christians who have very powerful prayer lives.  Yet others, who seem to be “good Christians” do not. Those believers with powerful prayer lives have learned and practice what the Bible says about how to have a powerful prayer life.  After you read this book, you’ll know the secret, too.

This is from my book Amazing Power of Prayer. Writing this book changed my prayer life for the better. I am amazed at the ideas I found in the Bible and explained by many different people in many books that show that faith is a key to answered prayer. After learning how to strengthen my faith I see many more answers to prayer. Not only that, but I found ideas that make life a whole lot more fun and happy and I included them in this book. This month, every penny of profit from my books will be used to spread God’s love around the world, through this blog and face book. This blog reaches 180 of the 191 countries in the world with ideas that make life better. Want to help spread the word? Buy the book and the profit will be used to help people around the world.

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The Cracked Pot

Brad Stanton —  April 27, 2014 — 12 Comments

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I found this story some time ago and wanted to share it because it is sooo good.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. 

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfections, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.  “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”  “Why?” asked the bearer.  “What are you ashamed of?”  I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house.  Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work and you don’t get full value for your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some.  But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side?  That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it.  I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table.  Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaws.  We’re all cracked pots.  But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father’s table.  In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste.

So as we seek ways to minister together and as God calls you to the tasks He has appointed for you, don’t be afraid of your flaws.  Acknowledge them and allow Him to take advantage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway.

Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find His strength and that “In Him every one of God’s promises is a Yes”.

My note: I can’t remember where I found this story, but I wanted to pass it along.

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The power of words

Brad Stanton —  April 24, 2014 — 5 Comments

0000000000012450“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” ~ Zig Ziglar

Words are much more powerful than most people realize. If you have goals and dreams in life, write them down. Speak them out. Words have an amazing, powerful effect on your subconscious brain. That in turn has a powerful effect on your life. Once you energize your subconscious, it finds ways to accomplish things that are often remarkable.

Suze Orman, the author of the bestselling book 9 Steps to Financial Freedom started out as an ordinary salesperson. She was afraid she would not meet her sales goals, so every day she wrote out these words many times a day “I will sell $10,000 worth of product this month.”

It didn’t take long before she did, in fact, begin to sell $10,000 worth a month. Then she began selling much more than that monthly.

She used the same strategy to become a bestselling author, speaker and radio and TV host. She is now an international speaker.

Scott Adams, the author of Dilbert comics, used the same strategy. He was working in a small cubicle in an office, doodling during the day. Finally he decided to pursue his dream of writing a comic. He began writing but newspaper after newspaper turned him down. He decided to write out his dream 15 times a day. “I will be a syndicated cartoonist.”

Then a newspaper decided to run his comics. Later another and another picked up his comics.

Then he decided to write something different. He wrote “I will be the best cartoonist on the planet.” 15 times a day. Now his comic is in over 2000 different newspapers around the world.

Your words have incredible power. In fact, an ancient Jewish proverb says “Your tongue has the power of life and death.”* That means that your words have power to ultimately cause things to happen, even life or death. Your words have power to do amazing things.

Be very careful, because your words have destructive power also. You have probably heard of children being scolded by their parents and developing a bad self-image. Most kids have that experience. They say it is important to praise children 4 times for each negative, or scolding.

*Proverbs 18:21

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264014_140512009362183_6657082_nTake the free personality test here

For thousands of years people have realized that human beings have different temperaments. These personalities or temperments fall into four different categories: Click on each to learn more about it. 
Sanguine 
Choleric 
Melancholy 
Phlegmatic 

 

 

Strengths of a Sanguine The Sanguine’s Emotions

  • Appealing personality
  • Talkative, Storyteller
  • Life of the Party
  • Good sense of humor
  • Memory for color
  • Physically holds on to listener
  • Emotional and demonstrative
  • Enthusiastic and expressive
  • Cheerful and bubbling over
  • Curious
  • Good on stage
  • Wide-eyed and innocent
  • Lives in the present
  • Changeable disposition
  • Sincere at heart
  • Always a child

Strengths of a Choleric The Choleric’s Emotions

  • Born leader
  • Dynamic and active
  • Compulsive need for change
  • Must correct wrongs
  • Strong-willed and decisive
  • Unemotional
  • Not easily discouraged
  • Independent and self sufficient
  • Exudes confidence
  • Can run anything

Strengths of a Melancholy The Melancholy’s Emotions

  • Deep and thoughtfully
  • Analytical
  • Serious and purposeful
  • Genius prone
  • Talented and creative
  • Artistic or musical
  • Philosophical and poetic
  • appreciative of beauty
  • Sensitive to others
  • Self-sacrificing
  • Conscientious
  • Idealistic

Strengths of a Phlegmatic The Phlegmatic’s Emotions

  • Low-key personality
  • Easygoing and relaxed
  • Calm, cool and collected
  • Patient well balanced
  • Consistent life
  • Quiet but witty
  • Sympathetic and kind
  • Keeps emotions hidden
  • Happily reconciled to life
  • All-purpose person

The power of faith

Brad Stanton —  April 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

The magic of believing

Brad Stanton —  April 15, 2014 — 7 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Marie Calendar

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

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


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

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

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

You harvest what you plant.

You get what you give.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Og-Mandino-Quotes-1A wildly successful book

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

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

Today I begin a new life.

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

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

Life is full of good opportunities

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

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

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

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

What is success?

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

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

1st principle: I will form good habits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today I begin a new life.

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

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

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

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Better relationships

Brad Stanton —  March 26, 2014 — 1 Comment

419315_327558890673538_203492715_nSurveys show there are at least seven important things that people want in relationships.

  • to be heard
  • to be physically safe
  • to be affirmed
  • to be praised
  • to be touched
  • to be passionately desired
  • to be included in your life

1. Your friend/child/spouse/employee wants to be heard.

Large, well managed companies often teach their supervisors the importance of listening. Remember to listen to your significant other and make sure she/he knows she is being heard. Don’t stare at the TV or computer while she is talking. She may be telling you things that she feels are extremely important.

Most men don’t understand how important the ideas are that a wife expresses. If she says she is feeling overwhelmed, don’t just say OK and then go on with your work. Understand that there is trouble and it may be really big trouble. Also, your wife probably looks to you as the leader in the family in some ways. Think about how you feel if your boss at work does not listen to you. Furthermore, how do you feel when your boss is harsh to you? Your wife probably feels the same way when you don’t listen to her or you are harsh to her. Listen to her, remember what she says, and realize it is important. Act on what she says. Women, your husband needs you to do the same.

Your wife or husband may have grown up in a family in which her/his emotions and feelings were not valued. There may have been a lot of loneliness in her life even though she was surrounded by sisters, brothers, mother and father. She needs to talk about how she feels. Never say that her feelings are not important. Don’t react to her in such a way that she feels you consider her feelings unimportant. This can cause enormous emotional distress, even mental illness in people if their emotions are not validated. Husbands, learn to talk about how you feel. You wife needs to hear it.

2. Your wife wants to be physically safe. If you have been physically aggressive to her, hitting, pushing or otherwise, it can cause much bigger problems than you think. It may have taken away her security. But safety is more than just this. She needs to know she will have a roof over her head and clothes to wear. Wives, remember to be content with what you have. Nothing is more difficult for a man than a woman who is never grateful for what he provides for her and always nags about wanting more, more, more.

But you both need to feel safe about expressing your feelings. Don’t belittle or ridicule each other’s feelings or desires.

3. Affirm each other. If your husband does the dishes for you, be sure and thank him. If your wife does something kind for you, don’t forget to affirm her and let her know that you appreciate it.

4. Praise each other. This is important because men need respect very much. They want you to respect and praise them for the efforts they make for the family. Your husband working extra hours at work may get tiring to you, but realize it may by your husband’s way of showing love for you and your children. Use positive reinforcement instead of negative to bring about changes. For example, say “It is so good for the family when you get home on time so that we don’t have to wait for you while our supper grows cold.”

5. Touch is very important in family relationships. Research shows that babies that are not touched, left alone in the hospital are likely to die. That is why hospitals hire people to pick up the babies and talk to them. Touch is important for children and adults, too. You may have seen the bumper sticker “Have you hugged your kid today?” It is important to do. I remember when my seven year old was crying about something that had happened to her at school. Her friend had gotten mad at her and pushed her down. I told her to sit on my lap and put my arms around her. Within a few seconds she was no longer crying and began to laugh.

6. Desire each other passionately. If you do this, it will bring fun back into your marriage. Pray for it. It is possible. You want to be the only man in your wife’s life, she wants to be the one and only woman in your life. There will be many times when she doesn’t feel that is number one. Spending all your time at work and neglecting her shows that there is another woman – your job, that is more important than her. Or it may be your mother, sisters, brothers, friends, hobbies.

Men and women both want to be included in each other’s lives. Most women begin to think about marriage when they are in their early teens. They think about sharing their life with a man. Men probably don’t think about this until they are older but it is important to them too. Do you include your significant other in your life? Ask her if she feels that you do.

OK, now you know some very important information. Don’t just read it and forget it. If you do, you are just wasting your time at this web site. Find a way to remember these ideas and make a plan as to how you will apply them to your life. Sit down and write down your plan. Keep it in a safe place. What I do is to find a way to remember these life changing ideas from the survey. I make an acronym from the main ideas. Let’s give it a try. The seven ideas are listed above. the first one is “Hear.” Use the letter H for hear. The next idea is safety-use an “S.” Make an acronym and spell something to memorize these ideas. Write a plan about how you will do these. 1. H (hear) 2. S (safe) 3. A (affirm) 4. P (praise) 5. T (touch) 6. D (desire passionately) 7. E (enter her into your life). You have seven letters: H, S, A, P, T, D, E. You can arrange the letters to form a word like this: SHAPED T. This word will help you remember the seven things people want in life so that you can find ways to give and receive these seven things.


000045fsdHave you ever stopped to think that the more you enjoy something the better you will do at it? For example Michael Jordan loves basketball, he loved his job as a pro basketball player. He would have to love the game to be willing to practice so many hours each week.

The more you love your job, the better you will perform.

You can learn to love your job. I don’t care how much you hate it now, you really can learn to be happy with your job. I find that I can love my job or hate my job. Every week I have to give myself a pep talk to keep my attitude about my job positive. Sometimes I say out loud “I love my job.” It may sound corny, but it really helps. Other times I think of all the good things about my job. You have probably heard of counting your blessings, well, it helps to write a list of blessings about your job.

A couple of years ago I did some research on what American companies are looking for when they hire employees. I found that almost all companies consider attitude to be very important. In fact many large companies say they prefer a person with a good attitude over a person with more experience and skill.

Attitude increases performance in relationships too. People who really love their spouse are better husbands and wives.

We can take a look at two hypothetical employees, Bill and Tom. Bill has learned to love his job and continues to learn to love his wife more and more. Tom hates his job and does not get along well with his wife. His boss would tell you he has a bad attitude and doesn’t get along well with others.

Bill comes in to work about fifteen or twenty minutes early almost every day. He has plenty of time to go to the coffee machine and buy a steaming cup of black coffee, just the way he likes it. He goes to his desk and organizes his day so that he can control events instead of events controlling him. He is relaxed and ready for a brand new day.

Tom often comes in ten minutes late. He is in a rush every day and it stresses him out. When he arrives at his desk a coworker is already waiting for him with a question about a project he is working on. Tom doesn’t have time to relax with a cup of coffee and his day is already set – stress and frustration.

Bill likes his job. He is grateful for it. That does not mean he never faces problems or difficulties. But he has a good attitude and that helps him cope with anything that goes wrong.

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Just as there are physical laws that govern
the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws
that govern your relationship with God.

Law 1

God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

God’s Love
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).

God’s Plan
[Christ speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly”
[that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).

Why is it that most people are not experiencing that abundant life?

Because…

Law 2

Man is sinful and separated from God.
Therefore, he cannot know and experience
God’s love and plan for his life.

Man is Sinful
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn
self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken.
This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference,
is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin. continue reading click here


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Mandino wrote the best seller The Greatest Salesman in the World. It is a fictional book which teaches the fundamentals of success in not only selling, but just about any challenge that a person might face in life. The book is about ten scrolls of wisdom that will bring success to anyone who studies them and puts the wisdom into action. 30 years after the book was written, it still sold over a million copies per year.

One of the characters in the book says that anyone who masters the principles in the ten scrolls will be able to amass as much wealth as he desires. Apparently a lot of sales managers believed this was true because many recommended the book to their sales staff.

Augustine “Og” Mandino, started life well as a bombardier in a B-24 bomber in WWII. After the war he married and sold insurance, but it seemed no matter how hard he worked, he couldn’t get out of debt. He became an alcoholic and his wife left him. He became so despondent that he almost killed himself by buying a gun from a pawn shop. He decided not to, and went to the library where he found W. Clement Stone’s classic, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, a book that changed Mandino’s life dramatically.

He became an outstanding salesman and remarried. He was promoted to manager and he trained salesmen, establishing a first rate sales team. Later he became good friends with the super successful salesman W Clement Stone who put Mandino in charge of strategic positions in his company.

 “The ten scrolls are time-tested wisdom of the ancients distilled into ten simple scrolls” which, if followed for the prescribed ten months, will as Og says, “seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend. As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigor will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I will be happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow.” (Scroll I) The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

These are a few of the powerful ideas in the book. Selling is not an easy job. Rewards are great because most succumb to despair and quit.

If you have ambition and desire and are willing to work and learn, selling is a good profession.

Prove to me that you can endure the life of a salesman. Obstructions and obstacles are necessary for success. Victory comes only after struggles and countless defeats. Each obstacle is a friend forcing you to become better. Each rebuff is an invitation to become better.

“Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough.” This phrase is repeated throughout the book.

In the book, a camel boy named Hafid is sold a cloak by a master salesman. He goes to Bethlehem, a poor town, to try to sell the cloak but instead gives it to a baby lying in a manger. A star follows Hafid back to his master, who takes it as a sign to give the scrolls with their knowledge to Hafid.

While listening to this book I asked myself: How did Hafid know that baby Jesus was worth the cloak? How do we know that Jesus is worth following? We just know, our spiritual intelligence tells us.

I have wondered why W. Clement Stone chose Mandino to be a close friend and business partner. Maybe it is because he demonstrated he was trustworthy by his devotion to Jesus. He also had certain skills, such as a burning desire to succeed and strong faith (some call it positive mental attitude), that Stone must have realized were necessary to succeed.

Mandino says that in some places each bull is tested on its courage to see how well it will do in a bullfight. The bull is allowed to charge the picador in the ring. It will be rated by how many times it is willing to charge even though it feels the pain of the blade. Mandino says we are like the bull and life is like the picador. Each day I am tested by life in the same way. If I continue to try, to charge forward, I will succeed. I am a lion. I refuse to walk, talk and sleep with the weak. I will persist. The prizes of life are near the end of the journey. I may encounter failure at even the thousandth step, but I will keep walking. One step at a time is not too difficult. I will consider each day as a blow of the lance of the picador.

Even a child can chop down a mighty oak tree if he persists on chopping one day at a time. I will remove from my vocabulary words like can’t, quit, impossible, retreat, give up. Where dry desert ends, green grass grows. I will persist because each failure brings me closer to success. I must fail often to succeed only once. Must have the night to understand how good the day is. I will persist until I succeed.

Every day I will say “This is the best day of my life.” I will persist, I will win. “Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough.”

You can listen to the audio book free on Youtube. There are a few sentences of Chinese at the beginning for some reason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy3JnxaimUs


coverprayeramazoncopyright (1)Maybe you get every one of your prayers answered and you don’t need to learn any Biblical principles to improve your prayer power. If that is true for you, quit reading now.  If you would like to learn how to have more prayer power, keep reading.

Of course we know that the main reason to pray is to get close to God. But the Bible tells us to ask God for things. See 1 Timothy 2:1.

There are several keys to powerful prayer in Matthew. Jesus’ followers asked him why they couldn’t accomplish a task. 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.”

Notice Jesus said “nothing will be impossible for you.” Do you believe it? Henry Ford and many others said basically the same thing. Ford said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you are right.”

A mountain might mean a stronghold. In the Old Testament it sometimes meant a difficulty, as we use the word today “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”

What strongholds do you deal with in your life? Maybe you want to have better relationships, lose weight, get out of debt, excel at your career, quit an addiction or any number of things. Any of these strongholds can be overcome through prayer, relying on God and determination.

Dozens of times Jesus said that the key to answered prayer is faith. But it seems that very few people know how to increase their faith. This will tell you how to increase your faith so that you will have powerful prayers. If you do this, the Bible promises you that you will see amazing answers to prayers.

The disciples were with Jesus 24/7 for almost 3 years, so they saw hundreds of miracles. In fact one gospel writer said that Jesus performed so many miracles John 21:25 “If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” That is not to be taken literally, of course. But it does mean that Jesus’ followers probably saw many miracles every day. That in itself would strengthen their faith tremendously.

To increase your faith do this: FAITH

F = Find a Bible verse, a promise to stand on.

A = Ask in faith.

I = Imagine that God has already given you what you asked for. See it in your mind.

T = Thank God for it. This is very important. Gratitude builds your faith.

H = Hold on, be Happy. You may not get the answer right away. You may have to hold on for awhile, but be happy while you wait. It makes your prayers stronger and it is God’s will for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

In my book Keys To Powerful Prayer ( the ebook version is called The Amazing Power of Prayer) I show many ways to have stronger faith and other Biblical methods to get your prayers answered.  http://TLC33.com

The joy of friendship

Brad Stanton —  March 21, 2014 — 3 Comments

48119_161367167348863_1879130993_nMany people love the book My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It is a classic and still sells well today even though it was written decades ago. Here is a short excerpt from it taken from the devotion for March 20.

The Delights of His Friendship.

Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God, as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in prayer. This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that you never even need to ask Him to show you His will. It is evidence of a level of intimacy which confirms that you are nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith.

When you have a right-standing relationship with God, you have a life of freedom, liberty, and delight; you are God’s will. And all of your commonsense decisions are actually His will for you, unless you sense a feeling of restraint brought on by a check in your spirit. You are free to make decisions in the light of a perfect and delightful friendship with God, knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will lovingly produce that sense of restraint. Once he does, you must stop immediately.

The Difficulties of His Friendship.

Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He stopped because he still was lacking the level of intimacy in his relationship with God, which would enable him boldly to continue on with the Lord in prayer until his desire was granted. Whenever we stop short of our true desire in prayer and say, “Well, I don’t know, maybe this is not God’s will,” then we still have another level to go. It shows that we are not as intimately acquainted with God as Jesus was, and as Jesus would have us to be— “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one just as We are one – I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.” John 17:22,23

Think of the last thing you prayed about-were you devoted to your desire or to God? Was your determination to get some gift of the Spirit for yourself or to get to God? “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). The reason for asking is so you may get to know God better. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). We should keep praying to get a perfect understanding of God Himself.

A visit from an angel

Brad Stanton —  March 19, 2014 — 3 Comments

418697_Normally I don’t use a whole blog post to quote a book, but this was so good, I just had to. It is from the book Count Your Blessings.

John F. Demartini. Count Your Blessings: The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love (Kindle Locations 110-121). Kindle Edition.

…a lovely woman named Josephine who shared her inspirational story with me a few years ago. She was 77 when I met her and is still one of the most vital people I know. She exudes energy and has such love and spark that her eyes twinkle, and she almost seems to glow. Her story began when she was in her late 50s. Doctors determined that she had a malignant brain tumor and scheduled surgery for a few days later. She was instructed to go home and rest in the meantime.

“Those three days were the worst, and the best, days of my life,” Josephine said. I sat out on the back-porch swing and listened to the birds sing and reviewed my life. I knew that somehow my frequent anger and frustration, and all the times I behaved in an unloving manner, had added up to that moment. I laughed and I cried, and I realized that the events in my life that seemed so awful when they were happening often led to something beneficial down the road. And it occurred to me that perhaps-somehow-that was true for my tumor as well.

Josephine contacted her family members and asked them to please come see her. While she waited for their arrival, she wrote each of them a letter thanking them for all the love they had shown her, for all the thoughtful favors they had done, and for the many gifts they had given her throughout the years. They all arrived the day before her scheduled operation, accompanied her to the hospital the following day, and shared stories and laughed until visiting hours were over.

When everyone had gone, as Josephine looked out her window at the stars, she began to be thankful for all her blessings. She was so filled with love that tears of gratitude streamed down her face. She recalls: I felt completely immersed in love, and I felt a complete sense of inner peace.

Then I thought I saw a light go on behind me, and I turned around to see what looked like a beautiful young woman with long, flowing hair smiling at me and radiating with light. She said she was an angel who felt my love, and she had come to reassure me that everything would be okay; that I would have plenty of time to fulfill my life’s purpose. And then she said, “Always remember that it was your love and your appreciation that brought healing to you, Josephine. You are blessed.” I closed my eyes when she hugged me, and when I opened them, she was gone.

Josephine spent the rest of the night wide awake, thinking about what had happened, and wondering what her life’s purpose was. As she thought about what she’d really love to do, she realized that she wanted to be a counselor or therapist, and she decided that she’d begin applying to colleges in order to fulfill this dream.

When morning came and Josephine’s children arrived, she told them that she no longer needed to have the operation and asked them to take her home. Her doctor strongly advised her against leaving, but she insisted. She promised that she’d return in a few months for a checkup and would call him if she had any problems. By the time Josephine returned for her exam, her energy and vitality had returned, and her doctor and her family celebrated when they learned that the tumor, which had been slightly smaller than a golf ball, had miraculously disappeared.

Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Your daddy’s rich

Brad Stanton —  March 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

w clement stoneIf you are a Christian, you have a father in heaven who is rich beyond your ability to imagine. If you believe he is a good God, he will be good to you, but if you believe he is a harsh God, or you don’t believe in him at all, he will be very harsh to you. I’ll explain this more at the end of this post.

So you have a father who is rich and powerful. If you believe he will help you in every aspect of your life, he will. He is not a stingy God. He loves you much more than you love yourself and wants good for you even more than you do.

Those who believe that Jesus loves them and believe in paradise as a reward for believing in Jesus will receive paradise. Those who don’t believe will not receive paradise. It is as if our thoughts bring about our own reality. If it is true in our mind, we get it, if it is not true (we don’t believe it) we don’t get the reward.

Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.” This means if you have faith and really believe you can do something, you can do it. If you don’t have faith that you can do it, you probably won’t even try, or if you do try you’ll give it half-hearted attempts.

You have probably played video games in which you have a certain level of strength but every time you get hit or shot you lose a little strength. Well, in a way, your mind is that way. Every time you complain, you lose a little strength. Every time you think about things you don’t like, you lose a little more strength.

Love is the most powerful force in the universes. Love and well-being flow to you from God and drench you every minute of every day and night. You can open your heart to accept in that love or you can keep your heart closed and let the love and well-being flow over it, not soaking up any of it.

If you can believe that God is love, as the Bible says, and if you believe that love is good, then it is fairly easy to believe that thinking about things you love or like will make you stronger. Thinking about things you don’t like causes negative emotions and drains your physical and emotional strength.

You don’t have to worry about anything. Your father in heaven is tougher than your toughest enemies and stronger than the hardest obstacles you will ever face in life. God is doting on you, watching over you and he loves to take care of you. It takes faith to accept all this good from God.

In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, the servant who thought the master was harsh didn’t earn any money on the seed money he was given and the master was harsh with him. The servants who believed the master was good doubled their money.

Do bad things happen to you? They might seem bad, but actually they are good because they are making you stronger and bringing about other changes that will help you. Romans 8:28 says everything works together for good to those who love God.


hygdfsThere have been several movies about faith that have been shown to thousands of people around the world. One of them is The Jesus Film. Another is a movie called The Secret. This is a quote from the book The Secret:

“As the film swept the world, stories of miracles began to flood in: people wrote about healing from chronic pain, depression, and disease; walking for the first time after an accident; even recovering from a deathbed. We have received thousands of accounts of the Secret being used to bring about large sums of money and unexpected checks in the mail. People have used The Secret to manifest their perfect homes, life partners, cars, jobs and promotions, with many accounts of businesses being transformed within days of applying The Secret. There have been heart-warming stories of stressed relationships involving children being restored to harmony.”

So my question to you, dear reader is, do you believe in miracles? I certainly do because I have seen so many in my lifetime. When I was a missionary to China I began to spend a lot of time praying and I saw many amazing answers to prayer. Actually many of the miracles I saw and heard about happened in the USA.

Another question, do you believe that a movie or book like The Secret, which expands on Jesus’ teaching of faith, can really inspire miracles? This movie is free to watch on youtube.com. Please leave a comment. Let’s get a discussion going here.

Many people pray and don’t get answers, so they feel Jesus was not accurate when he taught about prayer, or that they are misunderstanding what Jesus said about prayer. But what if the problem is that they have not been trained to have strong faith? Over two dozen times Jesus said the key to answered prayer is faith.

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

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

John 16:23 Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Remember, it took three years of full time study with Jesus for the apostles to learn faith well enough to perform miracles. Don’t expect to suddenly have mountain moving faith. It takes time. But never give up. Keep building your faith. http://bradstanton.com/2013/06/03/faith-takes-years-to-develop-but-it-is-worth-it/

I wrote a book about prayer. In it I include a number of things you can do to strengthen your faith, including memorizing Bible verses about faith. Another is an acrostic FAITH
F  Find a Bible verse that addresses what you are praying for. This is easier to do than it seems. For example, you can do a word search in Biblegateway.com to find a verse.
A  Ask God in faith
I   Imagine you already have the thing you asked for. This is amazing, it really strengthens faith
T  Thank God for it as if you already have it. Don’t beg, that shows a lack of faith. Once you place your order in a restaurant you don’t keep asking for it do you?
H  Hold on and be happy while you wait for the answer to your prayer.

Every penny I make from my book “Keys To Powerful Prayer” goes to spread faith, hope and love to people around the world through this blog and charity. https://www.createspace.com/4540174 Doing the research for this book really changed my life for the better. CreateSpace is an Amazon company. You can read sample pages of the same book as an ebook on Amazon entitled “Amazing Power of Prayer.” The ebook is the same, it just has a different title. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EOCODK