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God has the following answers to your prayers:
- No – which means God has something better for you than what you prayed for.
Here are some common reasons prayers are not answered.
Most of us pray weak prayers, not the kind of prayers Jesus taught us to pray. Jesus taught all his followers to say the prayer in a commanding way, such as the apostles prayed in 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!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. This is a very important point. Jesus often prayed this way. He was modeling for us the correct way to pray.
In the Old and New Testament, everyone who got answers to prayer spoke the prayer out loud. In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said “If you have faith…you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
Notice Jesus said “you will say.” You will speak it out loud.
The prayer is not prayed in faith.
When Jesus healed a woman, he told the woman who had been bleeding “Your faith has healed you.” Matthew 9:22. Why did he say it was her faith that healed her? It is because he was emphasizing the power of faith. Over two dozen times Jesus says that the key to answered prayer is faith. See Matthew 9:22, 9:29, 17:20, 7:8, 21:22; Mark 9:23, 11:24, Luke 8:50, 18:1 and John 14:14, 15:7, 16:23. See verses http://wp.me/p2rHBL-mO See also James 1: 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
James 4:2 You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Someone might ask for a gun to kill their enemy, but that is the wrong motive and God almost certainly will not answer it.
How to strengthen your faith
Memorize Bible verses on faith and say them out loud twice a day or more. Saying them out loud is more powerful than thinking them silently.
Be grateful to God. Your gratitude makes your faith stronger. That is not just my idea, many experts on faith say this is true. Also, secular psychologists say that gratitude is a powerful attitude that brings good things into your life.
Imagine the prayer is answered. See it answered in your mind. This is another thing that psychologists say is important for achieving goals. Olympic athletes do this. They visualize going through their routine perfectly and then standing on the gold medal platform to receive their gold medal.
Think about how happy you will feel when you receive the answer to your prayer. Your emotions are good indicators of your faith. Any negative emotion shows a lack of faith and any positive emotion shows strong faith. For example, if you pray for finances and you still worry about how you will pay your bills, that is not faith. Feeling peaceful about the money coming in to pay the bills as you believe for abundance, is strong faith. The fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These all strengthen your faith and indicate strong faith.
Pray once and then thank God for the answer, don’t beg by repeating the same request over and over. That shows lack of faith. Asking God, “Why aren’t you answering my prayer?!” shows lack of faith. Thanking God that the answer is coming, that it is already answered but the result is not seen yet show strong faith. Example: “Thank you God that you have given me the money to pay my bills.” Unfortunately, it sometimes takes time for the answer to come to us.
More about faith http://bradstanton.com/2012/07/10/faith-makes-your-prayers-powerful/
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A man told me that while his daughter was on a mission trip in Africa he woke up in the middle of the night feeling like he should pray for her. He prayed for her for almost two hours. Later he found out that she had been in a car wreck (it was daytime there in Africa at the time) and the jeep she had been a passenger in was totaled. No one in the jeep was seriously hurt, they only had minor scrapes and bruises, but people who saw the wrecked jeep were amazed that people weren’t killed. Apparently he was awoken at the right time to pray for her.
Years ago I lived in southern China and made a trip to Hong Kong to go to a seminar to learn about the Holy Spirit. I assumed it would give me some knowledge that I was curious about. The missionary leading the seminar was Jackie Pullinger, the writer who started an outreach to drug addicts and prostitutes in the walled city in Hong Kong. I sat in a crowd of people listening to her when she began saying that she saw angels and that there would be healings at the meeting. I thought she must be crazy, but later I realized that my injured elbow didn’t hurt anymore.
Once in the 1980’s my car began having problems. It would lose power for a short time and then if I pumped the gas pedal, it would begin to run again. The problem got worse and worse every day until one evening when I was driving a friend and her son to church it stopped and wouldn’t start again. We were close to church so we walked. At the end of the church service she went forward and asked people to pray for my car. I was embarrassed because I had never heard of anyone praying for a car before. The people prayed and I left to walk to my car. I thought there was a small chance that it would start, so I got in and turned the key. It started and didn’t have any problems at all after that.
While I was in China I saw and heard about many miracles. People were healed, saved from auto wrecks and many other things. Another time I went to Hong Kong to Pullingers church and a man from the USA was there preaching. He had been high up in the Italian mafia in the States until someone invited him to church. He became a Christian and turned himself in, but told the police about some other mafia men. Because of that the mafia decided to kill him. While he was in prison for his crimes, someone brought in a bomb with a detonating device on it. He put it in the man’s jail cell, left and pushed the detonate button. Nothing happened. He took it out to a field, pushed the button and it exploded. He tried the same thing with a second bomb in an attempt to kill the reformed mafia man. The same thing happened again, no explosion in the cell, but it exploded out in the field. Apparently God had plans for the reformed man and now he travels the world telling his testimony about what God did for him.
You have seeds of greatness inside you that enable you to achieve the goals and dreams in your life. When you plant a seed, you probably water it often, weed it, and put fertilizer on it. The more you cultivate it, the better the harvest will be. In the same way, your seeds of greatness need cultivation to grow and cause you to be extraordinary.
Your goals may be a happier marriage, a promotion at work, to get out of debt, or better health. These are all possible goals and dreams.
Some ways to cultivate your seeds of greatness are to think positive thoughts instead of negative. Set goals and believe that you can achieve them. Be persistent, diligent and enjoy working for the dreams and goals in your life. The more you enjoy working toward the goals, the better you will work. You will end up working smarter instead of harder. Thomas Edison said he never worked a day in his life because he enjoyed it so much it was fun, not work.
Faith, belief, optimism are powerful forces that help you achieve the extraordinary. Most people don’t even think about becoming extraordinary. They don’t believe they can do it, so they don’t even try.
Affirmations are one way many people achieve success. The famous story of the Little Engine that Could is an example. The little engine was faced with a task that seemed impossible, but he repeated “I think I can, I think I can” over and over until he mustered the gumption to pull a heavy load. He accomplished the task and all the other engines cheered.
If you are a Christian, there are plenty of powerful affirmations you can use. One of them is “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:10
The problem is, accomplishing big things takes lots of time, sometimes years. It is easy to get discouraged along the way and give up. But you have never failed until you quit. The old saying really is true: winners never quit and quitters never win. http://bradstanton.com/2013/03/09/amazing-coincidences/
A woman walked out to her front yard every day and said out loud “Thank you God for the new day.” Her next door neighbor didn’t believe in God and told her so often. He teased her for praying to an imaginary God.
One day she was very low on money so she went out and prayed “God, please send me food to eat.”
Her next door neighbor heard her say this, so he decided to play a trick on her. He went to the store and bought two bags of groceries and put them on her front porch before she came out to pray. When she came out she saw the groceries and shouted “Thank you God, for the food.”
Her neighbor said, “Ha, I was the one that put the groceries on your porch, God had nothing to do with it!”
She turned her face to the sky and shouted “Thanks for the food, God and thanks that you made the devil pay for it!”
Well, that is a joke, but I have heard of people praying for food and getting it a number of times.
Once in Asia a woman was working on a new concept for water purification system. She perfected it for more than a year and patented it. She wanted to market it but she didn’t have the money.
She went to banks and asked for a loan. The economy was down, so the banks turned her down. She kept trying, and went to more banks. Finally she went to a bank and made her pitch to the banker. He really liked the idea but he was hesitant to loan her the money because of the bad economy. Finally, after she tried to persuade him, he said jokingly “OK, if the stock market goes up tomorrow I will give you the loan.”
The stock market had been down for over a year. But she went home and prayed that the stock market would go up.
The next day the stock market went up a lot. So the banker gave her the loan. She marketed the concept very well, and now she is one of the richest women in Asia. She gives large sums of money to help people and various ministries.
Was it a coincidence that the stock market went up the day after she prayed? I don’t know, but I do know that prayer makes amazing coincidences happen.
The problem is that most people don’t pray the way Jesus taught his disciples to pray, the way all the powerful prophets of the Old Testament. When the disciples saw a lame man they said “In Jesus name, get up and walk!” They did not say, “Oh God, if it is your will would you heal this man?”
Most people don’t get their prayers answered because they pray wimpy prayers. see more at a previous post http://wp.me/p2rHBL-WT
This idea I am writing totally changed my life for the better. I am much more optimistic and happier now that I understand faith. A couple of years ago I didn’t fully believe in prayer. I had prayed many prayers that didn’t get answered and I didn’t know why they didn’t, so I began to lose faith in prayer.
The Apostles spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the best teacher ever, Jesus Christ. After three years they still didn’t understand prayer very well, and had several false starts trying to get answers to prayer. If it took them that long, don’t expect to have powerful prayer faith over night! It takes a lot of time to build your faith.
Then I wrote a book on prayer and spent several hours a day studying faith and prayer for a year and still study the idea of faith almost every day. It really changed my life for the better. Now i realize that most people don’t pray the way the Bible teaches us to pray. For example, In Exodus 14:15, Moses was trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea, crying out to God for help. God told him to quit praying and take action:
15 Then the Lord said to Moses,“Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” Exodus 14:15
God told him to stop praying and do something, because God had already given him the power he needed.
In Acts 3:6 we see that the apostles didn’t stand around praying for a lame man, they spoke to him, not to God, and said “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
In Matthew 17:22 Jesus told his followers to actually speak to a mountain (mountain could mean problem), instead of praying. He said 20 “I tell you the truth, 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.” No need to waste time praying to God over and over again, I found I only needed to pray once, after that I needed to thank God for his answer to the prayer (Col 4:2; Phil 4:6), and speak to the problem. For example “In Jesus name, I am healthy!” That was to get healed. If you think about it, if you have faith, why would you keep asking for it? If I go to a restaurant and ask the waitress for water, I don’t ask her again for it unless I believe she is not going to bring it to me.
I found the reason many of my prayers did not get answered is because I was praying sissy prayers, I wasn’t speaking to the problem, I was talking to God about it and he had set a precedent way back in the time of Moses. No wonder all the great people of God used props the way Moses did when they performed miracles. Elisha used his jacket to strike water and it separated, he threw some flour in a pot of poison to make it safe.
In James 5 the Bible tells us that Elijah was a man just like us, he was not some superman that we can never be like, he was an ordinary human being that had faith, so that God used him. James 5 says that our prayers can be just as powerful as Elijah’s.
I find I have many more answers to prayers when I speak out to the problem like Jesus commanded us to do, and like the OT people did, and the NT people did also. The prayers taught to us in church are NOT Biblical prayers, they are taught to us by people who don’t know how to pray—no wonder we don’t get good results!
So I set about to increase my faith. I began to memorize Bible verses about faith. I said them every day. I read about modern day and Biblical Christians who had powerful prayers to find out how they had such faith and just to increase my faith. I used the FAITH steps http://bradstanton.com/2012/08/15/faith-bible-verses/ to have stronger faith. As time went on, I was amazed how many of my prayers were answered. I am not saying all my prayers are answered, I don’t have that kind of faith yet, but I am growing in faith every day.
Something that really amazed me was that many scientists proved scientifically that faith is powerful and truly changes things. A psychologist and pharmacist named Emil Coue used faith to cure his patients. He told them to believe they were getting better and they did get better! He told his patients to say “Every way and every day I’m getting better and better.”
Coue had results much better than other psychologists because he gave people hope and faith.
It is amazing to me how many scientists and business people understand faith and do amazing things because of it.
Matthew 7:7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 8:13Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
Matthew 9:22Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored.
Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
Matthew 17:20 Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
After 53 years I finally figured it out. It’s all about love. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING. It’s all about love. The entire Bible can be summed up in one word—love. Every singer that was loved by many had one thing—love. They may have been stupid, low IQ. They may have been weak. They may have been ugly and addicted and bad. But if people loved them, it was because they loved. They loved.
I used to judge Frank Sinatra. He was connected. Connected the wrong way—with the mafia. He must have been a very bad man, I thought. But he had one thing that many don’t have. He had love, and faith and hope.
If a person has love, faith and hope in abundance, he/she will be loved by others. He will rise above the crowd. He will become popular, famous. It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Love is everything. Love is all there is.
. I once read that a person could tell by reading others writing whether or not he liked people. I wasn’t sure it was true at the time, but now I believe it. If a person loves, it will flow through his work, whether it is writing, song lyrics, poetry or music.
Sinatra song a song called Summer Wind, lyrics by John Herndon.
John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (1909 –1976) was an American lyricist, songwriter and singer. Mercer was also a co-founder of Capitol Records.
He is best known as a lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as those written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, and won four. ~Wikipedia
Faithless people lost a good chance
Years ago a man named Joe Wright told me that he had a gasoline card that he prepaid and could go to the petrol gas station and fill up his car with gas. The card was going to expire at the end of the year and after he filled his tank there was still almost a hundred dollars left on the card. Since it was the last day of the year, he knew he couldn’t use the money so he walked over to a woman who just pulled into the gas station and asked her if she wanted to use the card. She looked startled and asked him what the catch was. Joe explained to her why he was giving her gas, but she refused. Apparently she didn’t believe she could get something for nothing.
Later a man drove in and Joe motioned for him to roll down his window. The man opened it a crack and Joe asked him if he wanted to use the card for free gasoline. The man said no.
Joe didn’t give up and asked one more man who gladly accepted the offer and thanked Joe profusely. There was still money left on the card, so Joe waited and asked other people. Most didn’t believe they would get something for nothing. A few who had faith got rewarded for their faith.
Do you have faith?
If a rich person came to you and said he would give you a million dollars to write a song, would you do it? I certainly would, but it probably wouldn’t be a very good song. Yet hundreds of people write songs and make millions of dollars off their music. They had to start with the belief that they could write a song that many people would like, they had to have faith. Most people don’t try to write music or books because they don’t think they can do it well.
My blog posts are all about how to be successful in anything. But it all starts with faith. Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes (Mark 9:23). Jesus spoke of the power of faith about 40 times in the Gospels. Buddha said similar things, so do virtually all the success coaches and many psychologists. .
The problem is that it is very difficult to maintain faith in your ability to reach your goals and dreams. Here are some things that help:
Say affirmations every day.
An affirmation is simply a short phrase that says you have achieved your dreams. Jack Canfield, the writer, used this affirmation daily: “God is my infinite supply and large sums of money come to me quickly and easily under the grace of God for the highest good of all concerned. I am happily and easily earning, saving and investing $100,000 a year.”
Jack went from a very low salary to becoming a multimillionaire with this affirmation and a lot of hard work.
Your life can change for the better at any time. Suddenly a goal you have been working on can come to fruition. Stay optimistic, you really can reach your goals and dreams in life!
More on affirmations. http://wp.me/p2rHBL-lb Or scroll down the right hand column to “Posts by category” and click affirmations.
I realize that when I make the most of what I have, God will multiply it and give me more.” ~Victoria Osteen
I will fill my thoughts with things I love and like, because that not only makes me stronger, more loveable it also makes me happier. Thinking about things I don’t love (worry, anger, lack of forgiveness, fear) only make me weaker and bring more bad things into my life.
I will live my life doing the very best I can today, because I know my thoughts and attitudes shape my actions and my actions determine my destiny.
I will spend time helping people around me, my friends, co-workers, loved ones, because I know a person always reaps what they sow, if they reap good things, they will sow good things.
I will do my best and do everything I can because I know that God will do what I can’t do.
I will focus on the good things I have and really enjoy them instead of thinking about what I don’t have.
I will constantly expect good things to happen and look beyond where I am now, believing that good things will always flow to me in life if I have faith. “Surely good things and mercy will come to me all the days of my life and I will live with God in paradise forever.” Psalm 23:6
I will always keep in mind that everything, whether good or bad, will turn out for good. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. “Romans 8:28
About 4 dozen times, Jesus says faith is the key to answered prayer. Here are just a few of those:
Matthew 9:22 Jesus said “Your faith has healed you.”
Matt 9:29 according to your faith it will be done to you.
Matt 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer
Mark 9:23 everything is possible for him who believes
Mark 11:24 Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you have received it and it will be yours
Luke 8:50 Don’t be afraid; just believe and she will be healed
Luke 18:1 Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up
Luke 18:42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you
John 16:23 I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Matthew 7:8 for everyone who asks receives.
What do you think about this? Leave a comment please…….
It is easy to get into the habit of thinking “I’ll be happy when…
Why not be happy today? Psychologists and success coaches say that the thoughts you are thinking right now and today are creating your future. The feelings you are feeling now and today are creating your thoughts and actions that create your future. Emotion causes motion, in other words, when we feel strongly about something, we take action.
“Nothing positive ever came from thinking negative.” ~Many people
Many good things come from thinking positive. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote many books and traveled around the world giving speeches about the power of positive thinking. He saw many people changed for the better by the power. He himself was a very timid person until a college professor took him aside one day and told him to get rid of his timid nature. The professor told him that he was smart and hardworking, and would go far in life if he would get rid of his pessimism and timidity. At first, Peale was very upset about what the professor had said. But after he let the words sink in, he began to realize the professor was right. Peale began to slowly change, and never forgot how important it is to believe in yourself, to have faith in your abilities.
In the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, James Scott Bell writes about meeting Dr. Peale. He said it was a day that changed his life. Bell and his wife came to a point in their life when they began to wonder why everything was going wrong. Then Bell began thinking about positive thinking and shared the idea with his wife. They both began to think positive instead of negative and soon their life had turned around.
I realize that some people’s problems are so difficult that a little positive thinking won’t help. But maybe a lot of positive thinking will. Morris Goodman, who was seriously injured in an airplane crash, could not breathe without a machine, or swallow, walk, talk or do anything except blink his eyes. But he had extraordinary faith that he could walk out of that hospital by Christmas. No one believed that he could do it, especially not the doctors. But because of his amazing faith he learned how to talk, eat and swallow, walk and live a rather normal life.
Oprah Winfrey was born in Mississippi to a poor unwed teenaged mother. She was raped when she was only nine years old, an experience that must have been very traumatic. She ran away from home at age 13 after suffering years of sexual abuse from a cousin, uncle and a family friend. She gave birth to a baby boy who died in infancy when Oprah was only 14 years old. She moved to Tennessee to live with a man she calls her father. When she was still in high school she got a job in radio and began co-anchoring a local evening news show when she was 19 years old.
People enjoyed listening to her emotional ad-lib delivery of the news and she eventually got promoted to the daytime talk show on a third-rated Chicago program. She put so much passion into her work that she brought the show to first place. With that success behind her she started her own production company and was internationally syndicated. I think it is very likely that her passion sprang from her difficulties that she faced earlier in life.
“Few people would have bet on Oprah Winfrey’s swift rise to host of the most popular talk show on TV. In a field dominated by white males, she is a black female of ample bulk. What she lacks in journalistic toughness, she makes up for in plainspoken curiosity, robust humor and, above all empathy. Guests with sad stories to tell are apt to rouse a tear in Oprah’s eye [...] They, in turn, often find themselves revealing things they would not imagine telling anyone, much less a national TV audience. It is the talk show as a group therapy session.” “Oprah Winfrey: Lady with a Calling” 8 August 1988. Time Magazine. Accessed 2010-19-17
The talk show made incredible money and she became a millionaire when she was 32. She was so popular that she eventually made a nine figure annual salary by 1994.
She says that one message she has tried very hard to share for 21 years is that “You are responsible for your life.” She told Larry King in an interview that in 1985 she was obsessed with the book “The Color Purple.” She thought about it all the time and says the Law of Attraction helped her. She prayed and prayed to get a part in the movie they were making on the book. She auditioned but didn’t hear anything for months. She said she was fat at the time, at a fat farm to lose weight. She prayed and cried and prayed more. She was walking the track singing the song “I Surrender All” a song about surrendering all to Jesus. She said she had drawn “The Color Purple” into her life by focusing and praying about it so much. It changed her life when she got the part in the movie.
She said the thing that transformed her life was that she learned you can change your own reality based on the way that you think and that YOU are responsible for your life.
Russell Conwell was a writer, lawyer, orator, university founder, philanthropist, and Baptist preacher about 100 years ago. He delivered one speech over 6000 times, called “Acres of Diamonds.” This speech was about a man who traveled to the Middle East and heard his guide tell a story about a man who left home looking for wealth. The man didn’t find it and became so discouraged he killed himself. Later, someone else found acres of diamonds on his land, right under his feet. The dead man would have found them if he had bothered to look for wealth right where he was.
Many say this story means that true wealth and happiness are right where you are if you know how to find them. Tens of thousands of people heard this speech and many were so moved by it that they found motivation to seek wealth right where they were. One man, for example sat listening to the speech and saw a lady with a hairpin that looked rather difficult to insert in the hair. The man sat thinking of a way to improve the design. He did and made a fortune selling the new hairpin.
Another man used the few pennies he had to buy needles and thread to sell on the street. He didn’t sell the products and realized he should find out what people want to buy before investing in the product. He observed that many were buying certain kinds of clothes and he invested in them. He began to sell his wares very quickly and after some years became the richest man in New York City at that time.
Conwell believed strongly that anyone could become rich if they had strong desire and worked toward that goal. He said
“I say that you ought to get rich, and it is your duty to get rich…. The men who get rich may be the most honest men you find in the community. Let me say here clearly .. . ninety-eight out of one hundred of the rich men of America are honest. That is why they are rich. That is why they are trusted with money. That is why they carry on great enterprises and find plenty of people to work with them. It is because they are honest men. … … I sympathize with the poor, but the number of poor who are to be sympathized with is very small. To sympathize with a man whom God has punished for his sins … is to do wrong…. let us remember there is not a poor person in the United States who was not made poor by his own shortcomings. …”
I don’t fully agree with Conwell’s statement, because people are poor for many different reasons including poor health, living in an area of the world where everyone is poor, mental retardation, and some choose to be poor to spend time helping people, such as Mother Teresa.
Some feel it is a sin to be wealthy and some people even believe Jesus taught that. I believed that for awhile, but while reading the Old Testament I saw over and over again that God promised prosperity to everyone who followed his commands and did certain things. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1; Deuteronomy 30:15; 1 Kings 2:3; Psalm 37:11; Psalm 25:12-14 Proverbs 8:17-19; Proverbs 19:8 Jeremiah 29:11 are a few examples of many promises in the Bible. But unfortunately, they have to be accepted by faith, which is extremely difficult. Also, it can take years, and lots of hard work for promises to come about.
I find that in general, rich people can do more good for the world by donating money and time than people who are not rich. It doesn’t have to be that way, but it usually is. Poor people who have lots of free time could become very powerful prayer warriors, but most do not. They could spend time helping people, some do, but I find most don’t. It is usually the wealthier people who do this. Strange, but that is just what I have observed.
I know many will disagree, feel free to leave a comment expressing another viewpoint.
I have lost five pounds already and since I have changed my eating habits I know I am losing more weight.
It may sound strange, but love can help you lose weight. If you love having a healthy, attractive body more than you love eating too much you will soon lose weight. If you love the feeling of being slim and not carrying around a heavy backpack of fat, you will soon lose weight.
A man lost a lot of weight by saying affirmations every day (I’m sure he ate less and exercised too). His affirmation was that he weighed 190 pounds even though he was closer to 290 pounds. Every day he said it over and over again: “I weigh 190 pounds, I feel better without the extra weight, and I look better.” As the months went by he lost weight until he did weigh 190 pounds.
I have started saying affirmations and it helps me lose weight. This is not a new idea. Thousands of years ago people were using affirmations. In the book of Joel in the Old Testament, chapter three it tells the weak to say they are strong.
Think about that! God actually tells weak people to say they are strong. It may seem like a lie at first, but it is not. God does strengthen us in every way that we need. We may not be strong the first few times we say it, but the more we say out loud that we are strong, or healthy, wealthy and wise or whatever, the more it will become true.
Losing weight is not that difficult if you can get motivated to eat less every day and exercise regularly. Of course it helps to find out how many calories each serving of food you eat has. Avoid high calorie-low nutrition foods like candy bars, cake and cookies. These add calories without giving your body the nutrition it needs, so you feel hungry.
Drink lots of water. Often I think I want to drink soda or eat food, but if I drink a glass of water, sometimes the craving goes away.
All bad feelings are the absence of love. When we think about things we don’t love, anything that makes us feel bad, sad, angry, jealous, etc. we feel less happy. When we think about things we do love such as our children, a beautiful sunny day, the leaves changing color in the fall, a nice easy chair, etc. we feel happy and it makes us stronger. To get unhappiness, discouragement and other negative emotions out of our mind, fill your mind with good. If you want to get the air out of a glass, don’t use a vacuum pump to try to pump the air out, that is a lot of work and your will never get all the air out. Instead pour something good into the glass, like water. Love flows to us from heaven like water and can fill us with happiness and strength. See John 7
Why was Star Wars so wildly successful? Why did so many people love the movies and some watch them so many times that they memorized the lines? I think one of the reasons is that people were fascinated with the Force, the mysterious power that a person could tap into, enabling the person to do amazing things.
“These are not the driods you are looking for.” Remember that line? Obi-Wan Kenobi used mind control to make the guard believe that the droids with Obi were not the ones they were looking for. That is not just science fiction, some people really are that persuasive. Once when I lived in China I was sitting studying Chinese. My roommate was in the living room talking to his Chinese friend who had brought his friend who worked for the Chinese equivalent of the FBI/CIA. They had invited me to go with them to dinner, but I was much too busy so I declined. Later the spy guy came into my room and chatted for a moment using the little English he could speak. He invited me again but I declined. Then he looked intently at me and said something like “You really must come with us to dinner.” He was so persuasive it was almost like mind control. Suddenly I wanted to go and said I would. I was amazed at myself because I normally didn’t do that.
I enjoy going with master salespeople and watching them persuade people. Some people just seem to have an inner power that makes people want to go along with their ideas. W. Clement Stone was one of these kind of people. He became incredibly rich by selling insurance. He could visit a person who had said no to every sales person who called on him, but would somehow be convinced to say yes to Stone. One of the key characteristics of persuasive people is that they really believe they will make the sale.
During the past year I have been reading inspirational books by people who have achieved great success. All of the books seem to agree on one thing, that if a person wants to be successful, one must believe he can accomplish the desired goals. Once a person really believes that he/she can reach a lofty goal, a certain sort of magic starts to happen. Not only that, he begins to work hard at accomplishing the goal. For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger really believed he could win body building championships and come to American to be an actor. He wanted it so badly that if he missed a workout he actually felt sick because he realized he had cheated himself of a day’s chance to get a little closer to the goal. He had faith and a strong desire. He believed in using the inner power of the mind.
So it takes faith—faith that you can reach the goal. Faith is the invisible quality that is needed before anything else will happen. When I was young I was told that talent is mostly just a strong desire to accomplish a goal.
Jesus and others said that if you have faith, you can do anything. Once a lady touched his robe and he felt healing power go out of him. He turned to her and told her that it was her faith that healed her. Matthew 9:22. He said everything is possible for one who believes. Mark 9:23
There really is a force that we can tap into flowing through the universe.
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’…”
(Revelation 21:5, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Can you remember the time when you first discovered a big dream in your heart? Maybe you were determined to excel in your career, or as a parent, or maybe you were focused on deepening your walk with the Lord. You probably started out with enthusiasm, but maybe things got a little difficult or didn’t happen as quickly as you would have liked. Oftentimes, when things don’t go as planned, people decide, “I’m just going to settle here. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but at least it’s good enough.”
Friend, in this new season, recognize that you were made for more than “good enough.” You were made to increase, to excel, to grow and stretch. Why don’t you take a step of faith this year and embrace the new life He came to give you. Not only does Christ offer new life in eternity, but He offers new life here on earth. Why don’t you pick up those dreams and be determined to see them through. It’s a new day, and He is making everything new in your life!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, thank You for this new day. Thank You for the opportunity to begin again. I choose to press forward and keep believing for the dreams and desires You’ve placed in my heart. I trust You today with everything that I am in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
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Do you ever feel that God is up there judging you and criticizing you? No, that is Satan’s job. The word Satan means accuser, and that is what he does. See the book of Job, and Zechariah chapter 3. No, God is up there saying good things about you, doting on you and loving you with unconditional love. Unconditional means he loves you no matter what you do or don’t do, what you have done wrong in the past or what you will do wrong in the future.
“‘“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace. ”’
King David said about God in Psalm 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
Verse 4 is saying that God dotes on us the way a mother dotes on her baby. God disciplines us to keep us out of trouble. All the rules in the Bible keep us out of trouble the way a road map keeps you from getting lost and in trouble.
I’m not saying that God never gets mad, of course he does. And if a person constantly throughout life rejects God’s invitation to live forever in paradise in close relationship to Him, then that person will not go to heaven.
Every invention was hatched in the imagination. Every scientific discovery, every marriage, every book, every act of kindness or meanness was first conceived in the mind.
Today scientists tell us that they can hook up sophisticated electronic equipment to a person’s head and as he talks the equipment can sense where in the brain the electrical firing takes place. A noun fires in a different place in the brain than a verb. One language fires in a different place than another language, if a person is bilingual.
Every thought creates electrical impulses which send electromagnetic waves out from the brain. Some scientists believe that these waves can travel a long distance. All of us think constantly and send these waves out to mix with the waves of other people.
Carl Jung, a famous psychologist, said there is a Collective Unconscious and that all of us can tap into it. I learned that in college and I thought it sounded ridiculous. Later as I read chapter 17 of the book of John I notices Jesus said the same thing. He said that all Christians are united as one and that the fabric of the Holy Spirit is woven together with the fabric of our souls like two different colors of thread being woven together. Well, he used different words, but that is my take on it.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.” - Albert Einstein
“All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas.” - Immanuel Kant-Philosopher
“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.” - Henri Poincare (A great mathematician, physicist and engineer)
“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away
just below the conscious level.” - Dr. Joyce Brothers
“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” - Oprah Winfrey
Many people say that daydreaming about their wedding day was actually more fun and exciting than actually living it. Some say the invisible world of love, hate, angels and demons is more real than the world that we can see and touch.
Two thousand years ago Jesus said that if you think about committing adultery with a person it is committing adultery. He didn’t say it was almost like, or similar to committing adultery. That was a radical new concept, because in the Jewish religion people believed that God looked at the actions, not the heart/mind.
Have you ever had dreams that seem more intense and real than the world you see every day? I sure have. Some say our spirit never sleeps and is active when our body is asleep. 2 Kings 5:26 says that Elisha could send his spirit out of his body to go snooping around other places. Wow!
Whatever you believe, I’m sure you would agree that our thoughts are incredibly powerful. What do you think? Leave a comment.
Think about and do what you love as long as it is not destructive to you or other people. All happiness comes from love and all unhappiness comes from a lack of love. The problem is many people spend a lot of time thinking about things they don’t love and that kind of thinking causes a lot of pain. For example, some people think about how badly another person hurt them. Others think about how distasteful their job is-how much they lack love for their job. Others think about their problems—things they don’t love instead of thinking about the things they love.
If you use the word “love” in the most general form you see that love holds everything in the universe together. Attraction is another word for love. Protons in the nucleus of an atom are held together by a strong attractive force, even though they are positively charged and therefore repel each other. Love or attraction holds families together. Love holds companies together—people come to work because they like getting a paycheck.
When we think about and talk about the things we love, it brings more of those things into our lives. When we think about things we don’t like, it brings more bad into our lives. A couple of years ago I heard this for the first time and wasn’t sure it was true so I thought about it often and tested it out. I found that it is 100% true.
Why do our lives work this way? Some call it psychology and explain what is happening in our subconscious mind. See my article posted 9/12/12 for more information. Others call it the Law of Attraction. Some say it is just common sense.
Have you ever worked with a complainer? There have been times when I was in a good mood, but someone started complaining. I joined in and soon I was feeling gloomy. The opposite is true also, if someone talks about how good the company they work for is, others begin to see good things and feel a little happier.
The more you think and talk about only things you like or love, the happier and more successful you will be. Others will be attracted to you and like you much more than if you were negative.
To get rid of unhappiness or boredom, add love to your life. If you want to get rid of the air in a glass, you don’t hook up a vacuum pump to it because it will never pull all the air out of it. All you have to do is pour water into the glass. John chapter 7 says that love flows down from God like water to us and through us. When we allow ourselves to be filled with love and let it flow to others, we are happier. The Dead Sea is dead because nothing flows out of it, it is the same with people, we aren’t fully alive unless we love people, places, things, pets, etc.
Add love by thinking about things you like or love. Maybe you love sunrises, think about them. If you love a certain TV show, watch it. If you love your family, spend time with them. Love your cat, your dog, your sofa, your bed, or sitting under a tree and relaxing.
When I get unhappy about my job (or anything else) I say “I love my job” a number of times until I begin to feel love/like for my job. Try it, you’ll like it.
What do you think about this? Leave a comment.
Below is a quote from one of my favorite books “The Power of Positive Thinking”
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with self-confidence you can succeed. A sense of inadequacy interferes with the attainment of your hopes, but self-confidence leads to self-realization and achievement. Because of the importance of this mental attitude, this book will help you believe in yourself and release your inner powers.
An appalling number of people are made miserable by an inferiority complex. But you need not suffer from this trouble. You can develop faith in yourself.
After a convention, a man approached me and asked, “May I talk with you about a matter of desperate importance to me?” We went backstage and sat down.
“I’m in town to handle the most important business deal of my life,” he explained, “but I don’t believe I can put it over. I am discouraged and depressed. In fact,” he lamented, “I’m just about sunk. Why is it that all my life I have been tormented by inferiority feelings? I listened to your speech tonight about the power of positive thinking, and I want to ask how I can get some faith in myself.”
“There are two steps,” I replied. “First, it is important to discover why you have these feelings. That requires analysis and will take time, and may require treatment. But to pull you through this immediate problem I shall give you a formula. As you walk down the street tonight, repeat certain words I shall give you. Say them over several times before your important appointment. Do this with an attitude of faith and you will receive ability to deal with this problem.” Following is the affirmation I gave him: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). “Now, follow that prescription, and things will come out all right.”
He pulled himself up, stood quietly for a moment, then said with considerable feeling,“Okay, Doctor. Okay.”
I watched him square his shoulders and walk out. He seemed a pathetic figure; yet the way he carried himself showed that faith was already at work in his mind. Subsequently he reported that this simple formula “did wonders” for him. He added, “It seems incredible that a few words from the Bible could do so much.”
http://www.guideposts.org/free-ebooks download a free ebook (shortened form of The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale)
3 men 1 schoolgirl on airplane about to crash (humor) http://wp.me/p2rHBL-6g
Have you ever gone with a really good salesperson while they make their sales calls? I did once and it was a great opportunity to learn some things. Everyone is a salesperson to some extent. In order to get a job we have to sell the company on our abilities. Later we have to sell the boss on giving us a raise. At any kind of job, most of us are salespeople even if we are not called that because we have to influence others to go along with our ideas.
At home we are all salespeople because we influence our family members to do their chores or eat their vegetables without a fight, go on that vacation we always wanted and a myriad of other things we don’t even realize are selling. One lady I know wonders why her children don’t obey her. She can’t persuade them to do what she tells them to do. I noticed that she tells her children to do something, but they know they can easily talk her out of doing it. She is not consistently firm with them. I found myself in the same situation, so for three weeks I made sure that if I told my children to do something, I made absolutely sure they did it. It took longer than three weeks, but luckily, they were young enough at the time to change quickly and now they obey me. If they had been older I’m sure it would have taken much longer.
W. Clement Stone was very poor as a child, his father died when he was very young and his mother worked at a low paying job. Stone began selling life insurance and did an incredibly good job at it. He became rich and trained others to sell for him. He sold so easily that it seemed like magic. Why do some people sell so well and others just don’t seem to get it? For many years I just didn’t get it. Now I finally do.
What is it that makes a person persuasive? When I went on calls with a good salesperson I watched carefully to see why he was so good. One thing I noticed was that he was very confident. I am told one trait a salesman must have is confidence—confidence in his product, confidence that his product will genuinely help the people who buy it and confidence in himself.
Some people have such a low opinion of themselves that they just can’t persuade other people to do anything because they are afraid the person might not like them for it. If the salesperson has an unshakable faith in himself, it makes him much more effective in persuading other people to do or buy.
There are things you can do to increase your faith in yourself, God and others. This will increase your prayer-faith also. I talk to some people who wonder why they don’t get many answers to prayer. Usually I find they have wrong attitudes about God and themselves that have developed over many years and are very hard to change. These are some of the things I have done that changed me from a person with very little prayer-faith to strong prayer-faith.
Say affirmations (I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking )
Listen to lectures or sermons about faith (Joel Osteen is an outstanding teacher of faith)
Read books about faith by people like Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Rhonda Byrne, Zig Zigglar, Wallace Wattles, etc.
Journal on your faith (publicly in a blog or privately—but when you teach others, it really strengthens your faith!)
Memorize and recite Bible verses on faith http://wp.me/p2rHBL-mO
Realize God is a good God, and always looks out for your good, his is not up there criticizing you, Satan does that. God only punishes his children to keep them out of trouble the way a gentle, loving father does.
What do you do to increase your persuasiveness or prayer-faith? What do you think about this? Leave a comment.
“Is there some force, or factor, or power, or science—call it what you will—which a few people understand and use to overcome their difficulties and achieve outstanding success? I firmly believe that there is, and it is my purpose in this book to try to explain it so that you can use it if you desire.”
Around 1933, the financial editor of a great Los Angeles newspaper attended Claude Bristol’s lectures and wrote: “You have caught from the ether something that has a mystical quality – a something that explains the magic of coincidence, the mystery of what makes men lucky.”
Bristol goes on to say:
“Years ago, when I started to teach this science by means of lectures and brochures, I wasn’t sure that the concepts could be grasped by the ordinary individual. But since then, I have seen those who have used it to double and triple their incomes, build their own successful businesses, acquire homes of their dreams and create sizable fortunes. I am now convinced that any intelligent person who is sincere with themselves can reach any heights they truly and honestly desire.”
Bristol is talking about believing that you can do anything you set your mind to do. If a person really believes he can do something, and is enthusiastic about working for his or her dream, magic will happen. What is your idea of success? Does it mean success in relationships, career, helping others, leaving a legacy, wealth? W. Clement Stone said “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Jesus said the same thing: Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” The problem is most people don’t want to wait for the answer to prayer and most people’s faith wavers if they don’t get what they want right away. See James 1:6,7 which says if your faith wavers you won’t get what you pray for. How do you build your faith every day so that you can get what you believe for? Well, that is what my book is about and it is much too long to discuss here. See my ebook for more information. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EOCODK
I often talk to people who don’t bother to build their faith at all, then wonder why they don’t get answers to prayers. Some even get mad at God. If you get mad at God, it almost always means you didn’t have prayer-faith to begin with.
Just about everyone agrees that you must take action to achieve your dreams. Here are some steps I posted a month ago:
- Decide what you want in life (What would you do with your life if you knew you couldn’t fail )
- Think about what you do well
- Clarify your values
- Set goals (don’t be afraid to set high goals)
- Believe you can reach your goals
- Find other people to work with
- Be disciplined and persistent
- Enjoy your work, work hard
- Never, never, never give up
What do you think? Leave a comment.
Use your imagination for a moment. How would you feel if the leader of your country or a celebrity that you really admire called you and invited you to dinner? Not only that, but your enemies would be invited, along with your friends, but they would all have to pay for their meal. The celebrity would make a speech about what a wonderful person you are and put out a big spread of delicious food for you with steaks, fish, cakes, breads, fruits and plenty of other delicious things to drink.
All of your enemies would be sitting there thinking, wow, maybe this guy isn’t so bad after all. Or maybe they would be jealous of you. Certainly you would feel vindicated.
Psalm 23 is considered one of the most beautiful poems ever written. It is filled with incredibly powerful affirmations. Verse 5 says “You prepare a feast for me right in front of my enemies.” NIRV
If you are ever troubled about people who have hurt you, maybe hurt you very badly, use this affirmation. Say it out loud ten times every time you need it and it will make you feel wonderful.
Romans 12:19(NIRV) My friends, don’t try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, “I am the One who judges people. I will pay them back” says the Lord.
Goliath was the worst enemy in the world for the Jewish people. But a boy named David was promoted because of his enemy. Killing Goliath put David in a position to later become king. Who are the Goliaths in your life?
Recently I read an article trashing a politician. But it just so happened that the things they didn’t like about that person were the things I did like. So by trying to cause him trouble, they were actually promoting him in many people’s eyes.
Joseph was promoted to one of the top positions in Egypt and stood before his brothers. His brothers sold him into slavery long before that, meaning it for bad, but it turned out that God used it for good.
God is in control. No one can ultimately harm you because God will use every bad situation and turn it into something good if you love God. Romans 8:28 We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.