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Brad Stanton —  March 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

impossibleKeep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8

God wrote this to his people. It is not just written to Jewish people thousands of years ago, it is written to you today if you are a person of God.

But what does this mean, that we will be prosperous if we do certain things? Is money sinful? Is it ok to get out of debt, or is it more godly to owe money on a house and never see the day when you can be debt free?

Without a doubt, people who have an abundance of money can give more money to God’s causes. They can give more money to the poor, more to charity and more to help orphans and build churches. But most of us have a persistent belief that God wants us to be poor. Jesus said faith is very powerful and we bring about what we believe. If we believe it is more noble to be poor than rich, we will make that happen in our life-we will be poor instead of rich.

But don’t we need some way to make extra money if we are to prosper? I believe we do. The wonderful thing is that there are plenty of ways to make money in addition to your day job. For example, there is network marketing. You have probably heard it said that if you know six people who each know six people, you can become a millionaire. Most people don’t believe it.

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

If you want to be financially successful, learn from people who achieved financial success. Henry Ford echoed the words of Jesus when he said the words above. In other words, if you really believe you can do something, you can. If you believe you can’t do something, you can’t. What you believe comes about. Psychologists tell us that is because of our subconscious mind. Jesus said it is because faith is extremely powerful. It has supernatural power. Jesus said if you have a little faith you can do anything and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20

So most people look at any kind of networking and say it won’t work because they knew someone who tried it and failed. Or they tried it once and failed. In their mind, that proves it doesn’t work. But what about the tens of thousands of people who have made lots of money from networking? They know it does in fact work. Click here to learn more.


7558068-hundred-dollar-billsFaith

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

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

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

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

Poverty

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

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

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

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

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

  2. extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess;

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

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

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

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

God’s idea of prosperity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More verses about prosperity, click here.

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


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神 爱 你,并 且 为 你 的 生 命 有 一 奇 妙 的 计 划。http://bradstanton.com/2012/05/27/does-confidence-make-a-difference/

Is it possible for you to get out of debt, have extra money for your family and have an extra $40,000 to give away to help orphans around the world? Yes it is.

A man named Napoleon Hill spent years studying 500 of the most successful people in the world. He found that certain qualities were important to create success, influence and financial freedom. I can’t write about all of the things he found in this blog post, but I dedicate this blog to sharing what I found from Hill and other great leaders such as Edison, Einstein, Lincoln, Jesus and others. If you spend at least 5 minutes a day reading motivational material, it will help you become more successful in relationships, career and your goals and dreams.

Chuck Yeager was the first man in the world to fly faster than the speed of sound. Many people said it was impossible for man to break the sound barrier. Many had tried and found the airplane they flew began to vibrate terribly. Some were even torn apart and the pilots killed. But Yeager had faith that it could be done. After a horse riding accident he was suffering severe pain due to broken ribs, but he climbed into the airplane to break the sound barrier. When he reached 700 miles an hour, the airplane was vibrating violently. That was the time that many pilots had lost faith and pulled back on the power to slow the plane down. But Yeager had unshakeable faith—a trait that is very difficult to find. He kept flying and broke the sound barrier, passing through into smooth, calm flight.

If you are going to raise your income 20% and become financially able to give lots of money to help others, you will have to have a lot of faith. It probably won’t happen overnight, or maybe even in a year. But if you keep believing and stay persistent in your plans, you can make it happen.

Here are six of the steps Hill found was important to achieve success.

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

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

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

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

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

6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before sleeping at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ–—SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE GOAL. It is very important to FEEL it!

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

A success story: “Hamdi Ulukaya borrowed $1 million to buy an 85-year-old factory in upstate New York, came up with a new recipe for an ancient product and took on Fortune 500 giants in a consumer category that most experts figured was locked up.

Five years after selling the first case of his Greek-style yogurt, Chobani, in October 2007, Ulukaya reached $1 billion in annual revenue. This kind of growth is unheard of, particularly for a startup, in the packaged-goods business—and rare in the tech world.” From Fortune news.

http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/

http://bradstanton.com/2013/05/22/achieve-your-goals-and-dreams/

http://bradstanton.com/2013/02/16/faith-affirmations-hard-work-bring-success/

http://bradstanton.com/2012/06/28/do-affirmations-work/


1228Billionaire Steve Jobs was adopted into a working class family; grew up in apricot orchards that would later become Silicon Valley. Dropped out of Reed College because he couldn’t pay the tuition; co-founded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976. Ousted from the iconic brand in 1985 after power struggle with chief John Scully. Returned to Apple in 1996, creating iPod sensation. In interim, started Pixar animation, creator of hits like Toy Story and Finding Nemo, that was later sold to Disney. Jobs was on Disney’s board and is its largest shareholder. –Forbes online

Phyllis Diller was an American actress and comedienne. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired and eccentrically dressed housewife who made self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named “Fang”, while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. ~ Wikipedia

Diller competed with many beautiful women for the top spot in humor and many say she took it. She took what she seemed to think was her liability and turned it into an asset—her appearance.

The movie Rocky, was written by Sylvester Stallone. Complications his mother suffered during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone’s face. As a result, the lower left side of his face is paralyzed – including parts of his lip, tongue, and chin – an accident which has given Stallone his snarling look and slightly slurred speech. ~ Wikipedia

Many would feel that if he had a mouth that was crooked, acting was not for him, but Stallone didn’t let it deter him. Actually, many think his mouth adds character.

Billionaire Ralph Lauren was the son of Russian immigrants and was born and raised in the Bronx where he shared a bedroom with two of his brothers. By age 12, worked after school to help pay for his fancy taste in clothes. At one time worked in department stores. Eventually dropped out of City College to launch Polo Fashions with a $50,000 loan. ~Forbes online


00000DaniJohnsonDani Johnson went from being homeless, living in her car, to millionaire in less than two years. She had flown to Hawaii and was working as a cocktail waitress, but she was $35,000 in debt and didn’t have enough money for a hotel. She had only a few dollars in change.

Dani got stoned on coke and woke up very confused the next morning. She had grown so despondent that she decided to end it all. She was on a beach and began walking out into the ocean and dove underneath a wave. Surprisingly enough, she didn’t die, in fact her life changed dramatically at that point. She said it was like a miracle.

“I heard a voice say, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’’

She rolled up her beach mat, turned around and walked a mile to her car.

Dani had lived through terrible problems, she was sexually abused and said this about her life:

“I was stoned out of my mind for two months – sleeping with eight different guys. I got to eat only by dating all these people. I realized that I had become worse than the family I grew up in and that was devastating. My mom and dad were drug addicts and I had never seen my parents sober. My childhood was filled with threats and getting beaten daily; week in, week out. My whole life was filled with horror and terror and lies and I vowed that I would never be like my family. And there I was doing cocaine…”

“I drove 45 minutes to the beach where I was living. And the whole time I was driving, it was as if the left side of my mind was saying, ‘This is not what is intended for your life, you shouldn’t be drinking. There is more to life,’ and the right side was saying, ‘You’re a failure, you’re a loser, you’re filthy; worse than your parents. Drive this car into the ocean.’ This was like a war inside my mind with these voices and I was literally in a trance.” From Forbes Magazine online

She got in her car and suddenly realized she had a money making opportunity in the back seat. It was a weight loss product. She made a handmade flyer (this was before computers were popular) and put it up in the Post Office where everyone in town went.

She had bargained for a voice mail account and the next day she found 25 messages on it from the flyer. She ended the month with 40 checks from new customers for a total of $4000. She used a liquor store address as her own by talking the owner into it.

Dani made $250,000 the first year by selling the weight loss program. She was a millionaire by the second year and sold her business after starting 18 weight loss centers around the country. After selling her stores she was a multimillionaire. I will tell more about how she did it in my new book The Ten Keys to Success, which I will publish soon.