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Chapter 1 You will receive answers to prayer!

I’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.

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.

God doesn’t want powerful prayer to be a secret. He wants your prayers to

be powerful and He wants you to experience good things as a result of those

prayers. I believe with all my heart that God put us here on earth for a reason.

The reason is to glorify God and to love him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us: “And

without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to

him must believe that he exists and that he rewards (my emphasis) those

who earnestly seek him.” We glorify God and please Him when we seek Him

through prayer. But to really glorify Him, we need powerful prayer.

Our journey toward a powerful prayer life begins with faith. In Matthew, we

read, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew

21:22). But you might ask, how do I have faith, how can I really believe

God will give me what I ask for? Or perhaps you’re asking, why don’t we

get everything we ask for immediately? Those questions will be specifically

answered in the chapters that follow; but as we begin, let’s take a look at the

faith that is required for powerful prayer.

Faith is more than just belief. It involves hope and love. The apostle Paul said

“these three things remain: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is

love.” Love is incredibly important and it is what God wants from us. We will

never have a powerful prayer life if we do not truly love God. Our faith in God

must be firmly rooted in our love for Him.

If you get a Bible concordance and look up any word, it will show you many

places in the Bible where that word is used. Try looking up the word “prayer”

in a concordance and read each passage. Look up the word “faith,” “belief,”

and other words that are involved with powerful prayers. It is amazing to see

how these ideas are explained in the New Testament Gospels and throughout

the entire Bible. When you see all the verses on “belief,” it gives you a new

perspective of the concept of belief. I did this with many of the words associated

with prayer. I was amazed at the new perspective it gave me and the power of

the thread of ideas that were woven through the first four gospels .

The Bible verses in the preface of this book are not just fun ideas, they are

law. We are familiar with the law of gravity and we can never break it.. We can

design airplanes that produce lift by the shape of their wings and in so doing fly

through the air. But even airplanes can’t break the law of gravity. If the airplane

runs out of fuel it would slow down, the air rushing over the wing would not

provide lift, and the airplane would fall. In the same way, these Bible verses

about prayer are laws set in stone.. It is impossible for them to fail. If you latch

on to the promises and work hard, you will not fail to accomplish the goal the

verses promise. But it takes faith and persistence.

When I was a teenager I read a book by Arnold Schwarzenegger about weight

lifting. I don’t know if Arnold was a Christian, but he believed in the power

of faith. He said it was very important to visualize your muscles becoming

larger if you really wanted them to grow. I find that many of the people who

are outstanding in their field understand this concept. They understand how

important it is to visualize goals as is if they have already come about.

At the time I read Arnold’s book he was not very famous. Outside of the “body

building world,” most people had never heard of him. The only movie he had

done was a documentary. In the book he said that his goal was to come to the

United States and become a famous actor. I had a very difficult time believing

this would be possible since I had never heard of any body builders becoming

famous actors. His goal seemed a little bit too lofty to be believable. But, as we

all know, he did it and accomplished his goal. He said that many people did not

understand his goals and dreams. In other words they thought he was crazy

because he dreamed so big. Not only did I think it would be unlikely for him to

become a famous movie actor but if you had told me that he would someday be

the “Governator” of California, I wouldn’t have believed it.

And as I read Schwarzenegger’s book, I thought the idea of visualizing larger

muscles in order to get larger muscles seemed a bit silly. Now I realize it is not

silly at all. When you set your mind on a goal it is very important to visualize it

or to imagine it in your mind. Jesus talked about how powerful thoughts are.

He said to think lustfully is the same as doing sexual sin. If Jesus considered

thoughts this powerful, we should too. When you pray for something, picture it

in your mind as if it has already been given to you. This is faith. This is belief.

It seems that every person who accomplished big things in life understood the

power of faith. They understood th concept of imagining the goal as if it was

already achieved. Henry Ford, the man who revolutionized the auto industry

once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.”

Thomas Edison had only a few months of formal education but he became one

of the best inventors the world has ever known. He was known for persistence

and not letting failures get him down. In fact, he considered failures to be

successes because each time he failed to find a way to build an electric light

bulb, it was moving him one step closer to his goal.

Winston Churchill said “Never, never, never give up.” He was a man familiar

with suffering. The difficulties he faced in life forged him in the crucible so that

he became tough enough to lead Great Britain through one of her most difficult

times—World War II.

Just as Schwarzenegger, Ford, Edison, and Churchill persisted in imagining

and reaching their goals, we must do the same in prayer. Many people don’t

get answers to their prayers because they give up too soon.

My friend Mitchell is an engineer and scientist at an aerospace company. I

received the following email from him about a dramatic change in his unborn

child’s brain after a group of Christians prayed for the baby: The findings of

this morning’s sonogram are good. First and foremost all praise be to God! God

is good all the time! Secondly, I want to thank you all for your prayers, your

continued prayers for our family, and for our unborn son. Most of you know of

the nature of our unborn sons condition but some of you may not. I will briefly

share with you what the healing hand of our God has done. Our son’s ventricles

in his brain were much too large because of pressure that was building on the

brain. The ventricles were measured to be 0.95 cm on the first sonogram when

the condition was found and were re-measured this morning at a text book

perfect level of 0.71 cm. Let this testimony of Gods healing hands and answer

to prayer be known to all! Thank you all again and may all the praise and glory

be to God!

You have enormous potential. Mitchell’s story shows how God wants to do

great things through His people. Paul tells us in Ephesians that you are God’s

workmanship created for good deeds which God planned in advance for you

to do. That word, “workmanship” means that you are a masterpiece created by

God to do good works. When you do good deeds to others, most of them in turn

will do good deeds to you.

Your first Prayer Exercise: Every day, repeat this verse ten times: Matthew

21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” There

will be other verses to memorize from the Bible in this book. Memorizing and

meditating on scripture is one of the most important parts of empowering your

prayer life. Pray for powerful prayers and faith. God WILL help you!

The great thing about the principals in the Bible for powerful prayer is that they

work for every Christian, every time! It never fails because they are promises

from God.

Just think, we can pray to overcome any sin and God will give us the power to

do it. He will help us overcome bad habits, overeating, destructive pleasures,

substance abuse, or any other addiction. Usually with the more difficult

addictions people need a support group or professional help along with prayer.

We know God will do it because it is His will that we don’t sin. What a blessing

this is! Think about having no chronic sin in your life and the destructive habits

that accompany it. You can be completely free.

Take a moment to read Psalm 1. It promises you success if you do certain

things. Why doesn’t everybody get success? Because they don’t accept it by

faith. Joshua 1:8 promises success if you do certain things, but again, it must

be accepted by faith. We must visualize it. We must imagine it. Jesus said

thoughts are powerful. Do you believe that is true? Let me share with you

some incidences in my life when powerful prayer greatly impacted me.

When I was in China, I was sitting on a metal chair playing a video game when

the telephone rang. I turned quickly and bumped my elbow against the steel

chair. The pain was intense because I hit the funny bone, but I thought the

problem would go away soon. The initial discomfort went away but there was

a painful tingling feeling that got worse as the days went by. With my elbow

still bothering me, I went to a conference in Hong Kong about the Holy Spirit.

There, someone was praying for the healing of the people in the audience. I

thought it was nice that people were praying, but I didn’t think it had anything to

do with my problem. Suddenly, I realized the tingling that had been constant in

my elbow was gone. My elbow was healed and the tingling never came back.

Prayer will work for you. You will discover that prayer is extremely powerful.

But first you must learn the basic principles for praying powerful prayers. The

two basic principles are:

1. ask in accordance with God’s will; and

2. have faith that He will answer your prayer.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. It works all the

time, it works with every Christian and it never fails. That is God’s promise.

So, now that I have laid the basic groundwork, we can begin with the important

ideas of how to go about getting more faith and praying powerful prayers. We

discover in the next chapter how the acronym FAITH explains the basics of

powerful prayer.

Yes, you will have amazing answers to prayer! See the books.

Prosperity

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.


world-map-in-retro-style-design-913-2129aAn amazing story from the book No Longer a Slumdog by KP Yohannan:

I was born and brought up in a Dalit society where we were very much oppressed and downtrodden by the higher people. There are a lot of people who practice untouchability here (India) who won’t share a bench with someone from a low caste or share food with them or anything.

I went to school up to the third grade, but I had to discontinue when my father became ill. Suddenly there was no one to support the family, so I, being the eldest son, had to start working. My dreams were all shattered. I worked in house construction, making and carrying bricks or cultivating wheat fields.

We didn’t have breakfast, and we didn’t have lunch all that we had was dinner. I was so hurt and very sad when I saw that we worked hard the whole day but only made enough for one meal while others who didn’t work as hard had more than enough. We were sometimes paid late, and then there was no food at home.

Sometimes we would take a debt to pay for our rent and then we would have to take more. You know, it is kind of a cycle. You get debt and you work. You are not able to pay back and so you keep working for them. And that is what used to happen to us.

Even when my father became well enough to work, we still could not afford school for any of us. Our family and our needs had grown. He went to the neighboring state to look for a job and took me with him.

While we were there, he came to know the Lord Jesus and became the first believer in our village. My father used to pray and read the Bible and take me to church. But I was not interested at that time and went back to my home village.

Later I was married, and we both were working for the landlords. I always wondered, when are we going to improve this situation? I have to get liberated from all this kind of bondage.

And it is a bondage. But the problem was, even though I wanted to get freedom from this, I could not because we were not educated. I didn’t understand how to get liberated. I wanted freedom, but there was no way to get out. In the society that I grew up in, it is destined. I could not become a higher caste person because the cycle is always there, and this is what I believed. It was all normal life for us.

After some years I became sick and could not tell east from west, and I could hardly stand. My family did all sorts of pujas and rituals for my healing, but nothing worked. My father came, and for six years he prayed for my healing, shared the gospel with me and encouraged me. But then one night, he asked some other Christians he knew to pray for my healing. My family who did not know the Lord said, “If Jesus can heal him then we will accept Jesus as our savior.” That was the challenge they set.

As my father prayed, I felt a strange kind of feeling. The next morning, I was able to ride my bike again. I was completely healed. The whole village was shocked. They had not known Christ could do such a thing.

Because of this miracle, I gave my life to the Lord. I understood that I was freed from the bondage of the caste system. In Christ, there is no high caste, no low caste. And when the barrier is not there, I am no longer under bondage. I am free only in Christ.

And this is what I love. My main desire is to go and make people here in the village realize that we can be freed. If people can realize there is no difference in a person, whether from a Dalit society or from high society, their bondage will be broken. Their eyes will be opened. So I always pray, every day, that the people in my village we are all the same in Christ.

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Your words are powerful!

Brad Stanton —  February 26, 2015 — 2 Comments

inspirational_motivational_quotes_wallpaper-800x600I saw a study that said children are born with a good self-image, but due to all the scoldings and criticisms they get throughout life, their self-image becomes poorer as the years go by. School can be very rough on many children’s self-image because it is almost impossible to do any task 100% correctly and get perfect marks on an assignment. It is easy for parents to tell the children what they do wrong without ever telling them what they do right.

Robert Rosenthal was the chairman of the psychology department at Harvard until he retired and began working at a university in California. He did a famous study in which he showed how powerful self-fulfilling prophecy is. This is also called the Pygmalion effect.

Rosenthal chose 3 teachers at random and told them that since they were outstanding teachers they would be given 90 outstanding students to teach and the goal was to improve the students academically. After time it was found that the students did, in fact improve dramatically. But then he told the teachers that the students were not outstanding at all, they had been chosen randomly. Probably the teachers felt proud about that, after all, they had been chosen because they were outstanding. But then Rosenthal went on to tell the teachers that they were not chosen because they were outstanding, they were chosen randomly also.

The results showed that if you really believe in others, they will perform better. Not only that, if you believe in yourself, you will perform better too.

Tell yourself often that you are outstanding and the prophecy will come true. People often criticize themselves, but this brings about negative results. You wouldn’t say those things to others would you?

Tell your loved ones/subordinates at work they are outstanding and they will become so.

I heard a radio talk show in which the speaker said we should complement our children five times for every time we tell them what they do wrong. Wow, that will keep me busy, but I know it is good advice.

Your words have power, use your words wisely!

In Joel chapter 3 God tells us “Let the weak say ‘I am strong!’” If a weak person calls himself strong often enough he will become strong.


BE GENEROUS!
By W. Clement Stone

Be generous! Give to those whom you love; give to those who love you; give to the fortunate; give to the unfortunate; yes—give especially to those to whom you don’t want to give.

Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give—the more you will have!

Give a smile to everyone you meet (smile with your eyes)—and you’ll smile and receive smiles . . .

Give a kind word (with a kindly thought behind the word)—you will be kind and receive kind words.

Give honor, credit and applause (the victor’s wreath)—you will be honorable and receive credit and applause

Give time for a worthy cause (with eagerness)—you will be worthy and richly rewarded .

Give hope (the magic ingredient for success)—you will have hope and be made hopeful .

Give happiness (a most treasured state of mind)—you will be happy and be made happy .

Give encouragement (the incentive to action)—you will have courage and be encouraged

Give cheer (the verbal sunshine)—you’ll be cheerful and cheered

Give a pleasant response (the neutralizer of irritants)—you will be pleasant and receive pleasant responses

Give good thoughts (nature’s character builder)—you will be good and the world will have good thoughts for you

Give prayers (the instrument of miracles) for the godless and the godly—you will be reverent and receive blessings, more than you deserve!

W. Clement Stone started out with nothing and built an insurance empire. W. Clement Stone founded a multibillion-dollar insurance empire with $100 and sought to buck up the world with the idea that anyone might do the same-all they need is a positive mental attitude.”  – “All I want to do is change the world” he said.


00000danijohnson.jpg (200×300)Dani Johnson went from being homeless, living in her car, to millionaire in less than two years. She had flown to Hawaii and was working as a cocktail waitress, but she was $35,000 in debt and didn’t have enough money for a hotel. She had only a few dollars in change.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dani made $250,000 the first year by selling the weight loss program. She was a millionaire by the second year and sold her business after starting 18 weight loss centers around the country. After selling her stores she was a multimillionaire. People who have confidence in themselves and really want to help others can do very well financially. A proven business model which has made thousands of people financially independent  www.TLC33.com 


henry ford (2)You know the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life. What you think about most of the time determines how you feel and how happy and how motivated you are.

The more you fill your mind with high power ideas and positive thoughts, the more effective you will be and the more energy you will have.

You were born with extraordinary potential for success. What you have now is only the beginning of what you can achieve and have in your life. Successful people think about the future most of the time, and how they can create a better future.

If you are reading this you are probably in the top 10% or 20% of our society.

You probably believe the best is still in front of you. Top performers think about what they want and how to get it. Favorite word is “how?” They don’t think “whether” they can achieve something, they believe that they can, and the question is what steps must they take.

Successful people are action oriented. They are proactive and are leaders not followers.

If you could wave a magic wand and have a perfect life, or create your perfect future, what would be different than what you have today? What one step can you take to make it more like the future you want? Click on the link below to see the video of Brian Tracy.

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When you think about people, places or things you like or love, it strengthens you. When you think about things you don’t like, it makes you sad and weakens you. More ideas here.


IMG_1622You have heard the old saying, count your blessings. I have heard many people say that when they make a list of the things they like, they feel much happier. I firmly believe that everyone has a much longer list of blessings than sufferings. In fact, most of us allow just one or two sad things to bring us down, when we have dozens of good things that make us happy.

The movie Sound of Music is special to many people, but what I like most about it is the song These Are a Few of My Favorite Things. In the movie, the nanny tells the children that if they are afraid or facing any difficulty, to sing a song about their favorite things. That song always lifts my spirits even when I am already happy.

One of the most powerful things about listing your blessings is that it brings more blessings into your life. That may seem difficult to believe, but if you  think about it, you will see it is true. Once I bought a white Dodge van. After buying it I suddenly noticed hundreds of white Dodge vans on the streets over the next few months. Why? My brain had been made aware of white Dodge vans in a powerful way because I bought one.

In the same way, when you count your blessings, it makes both your conscious mind and subconscious aware of blessings. The subconscious is many times more powerful than the conscious. It starts to work on the ideas you list as blessings, finding ways to bring them into your life, or to bring similar things into your life.

Love is the most powerful force in the universe. When you think about things you love or like, you tap into the incredible power of love.

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Some things this book will help you do:

Do 3 or 4 times as much work in the same amount of time.

Learn to enjoy your work, relationships, career.

Learn to work smarter, not harder.

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Keep this book for one year and if it doesn’t help you as much as I claim it does, return it to me for a full refund.

Too many people feel they are stuck in life, not getting the things they really want. Many believe that their life will never change. But it can change for the better, and it can change quickly! This book has inspiring examples of people that changed their lives. The material in this book will motivate you to achieve your best.

If you read this book carefully and put into practice the ideas in it, your life will change for the better. I guarantee it!  Buy the book http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/

Funeral humor

Brad Stanton —  February 2, 2015 — 2 Comments

This was one of the most popular posts of 2014 and all time…

Two brothers who lived in a city were so mean, hateful, cruel and nasty that after one brother died, the other brother had a hard time finding a preacher willing to do the funeral. Finally he came up with the idea of donating to the preacher’s church before asking him to do it.

He gave a five thousand dollar check to a preacher and asked him to do the funeral. The preacher reluctantly agreed. “But you will have to agree to say my brother was a saint” the man said to the preacher. Again, the preacher agreed, but (continue reading)


Are you responsible for your success and happiness or are other people? Is your spouse, company or country responsible for your success and happiness, or are you?

Everyone has a different idea of what success is, but almost everyone agrees that they want success in their relationships.

W. Clement Stone was brought up in a poor family. His father died when he was 3 years old and his death left the family impoverished because he had large gambling debts. He mother first worked as a dressmaker and later opened an insurance company. Stone began selling newspapers on the street in the south side of Chicago when he was 6 and had started his own newsstand by the time he was 13. He loved to read continue reading.

6 steps to success

Brad Stanton —  January 20, 2015 — Leave a comment

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One of my most popular posts of 2014, and all time:

Napoleon Hill interviewed 500 of the most successful people around and found six steps that bring success. Whether you seek success overcoming an addiction, losing weight, better relationships, career success, financial security or anything else, these six steps will help:

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).

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Do you wake up feeling sad?

Brad Stanton —  December 29, 2014 — 3 Comments

IMG_2113Toxic Shame

Do you wake up in the morning feeling bad, feeling blue or feeling worn out? It could be sleep Apnea, but it could also be toxic shame. When you wake up feeling sad and your mind goes over failures and hurts of the past, that is toxic shame.

5 signs that you have toxic shame.

1. You see your failures as proof that you are a failure.

2. You forget what it means to be human.
You forget that everyone fails every day. That is just proof that they are human.

When we do something bad, we feel shame. But unfortunately most people are very good at feeling ashamed of themselves, many without even realizing it. The main point of the Christian faith is love. Another important point is forgiveness. Many don’t forgive themselves and live a life of quiet desperation. Many feel ashamed of who they are instead of what they have done.

The Bible promises us that we will be forgiven if we confess our sins. After we confess, we should not be ashamed any more. But many people don’t accept the forgiveness that Jesus died on the cross to give us.
Your mess is temporary. God is doing something wonderful in your life. Psalm 23 says “He restores my soul.” The soul is your mind, emotion and willpower. He will restore your emotions, making the sadness become joy.
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3. You blame yourself for the bad things that happen.
Some say, “Oh, if I had been a better child, mom and dad might still be married.” Or, “If I had been a better person, that person would not have molested me.” Bad things happen to good people. Don’t blame yourself for everything that goes wrong in your life. Life is not fair, but God is fair. God will right your wrongs and work everything together for good if you love him. Romans 8:28.
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4. You feel hopeless or depressed.
Many people see God as a tyrant who wants to punish us whenever we do wrong. But God loves us very much. He is not mad at you, he is madly in love with you. He is interested in every detail of your life. If you are interested in it, God is interested also. He is not out there waiting to punish you, he is there loving and adoring you. He loves you more than you can understand. Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again:Rejoice!” If God commands you to rejoice, it means he gives you the strength to do it. 
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5. You have addictions. 
If you have toxic shame you will have addictions. It might be addictions to food, shopping, sex, approval addictions, alcohol, drugs, etc. Toxic shame comes from a lack of love. All addictions come from a lack of love. All addiction is an escape from the bottomless pit of your worthlessness. To heal your addiction, heal your toxic shame. How do you do it? Start by looking to Jesus and accept his love and forgiveness. Some addictions require a lot of help. For example Alcoholics Anonymous can help you be healed of an addiction to alcohol. If you want to get rid of addictions, read books about it, find help. Turn it over to God. He will help you. It may be very difficult to get rid of an addiction, but it is worth it.
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Lack of love is the root of toxic shame and addictions.
Remember that God loves you and that is all that you need. The love of family and friends is very important also. But is it critically important to love yourself. Brian Tracy, a success coach, says that most people need to say “I like myself” once in awhile.
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I wrote this while listening to a sermon by Bo Sanchez. It is a short synopsis of his sermon. Listen to it here on Youtube. 

Focus on your strengths

Brad Stanton —  December 24, 2014 — 9 Comments

0000000000000000000049484This is an example of why it is important to focus on your strengths, not weaknesses.

I recently heard a lecture by Bo Sanchez. He said that a man in the Philippines applied for a job cleaning floors. He got the job, but when the HR person found out he didn’t have an email address, he decided not to hire the man.

The man was very disappointed. He left discouraged, but he had to do something to make money. He had only 300 Pesos (less than $7 US) in his pocket and a young daughter to feed. So he went to the market and spent all his money on tomatoes. He then went door-to-door selling them. After an hour or so he had sold all of them for 600 Pesos. He went back to the market and spent all 600 Pesos on more tomatoes, which he sold. He doubled his money again. Then he went back to the market again and doubled his money again. He had time for one more trip to the market and then back to sell the tomatoes. At the end of the day he had made 2400 Pesos.

He sold fruit and vegetables every day until he had enough money to buy a cart. The cart could hold more food so that he made less trips to the market. Later he was able to buy a used truck to sell his wares. After some years he had a whole fleet of trucks. By this time he was rich.

One day he was talking to a man who asked him for his email address. He said he didn’t have one. The man said “What? You don’t have an email address? Just think what you would be today if you had an email address!”

The man said, “If I had an email address, I’d be a janitor.”

Instead of focusing on  his weakness of not having an email address, the man focused on his strengths. He had good people skills. He was hard working and persuasive.

Many times we focus on our weaknesses and think of the things we can’t do. We think of why we can’t do a certain thing. Maybe we tried in the past and failed. All our lives we are told about our mistakes. In school, we hand in our homework and see it come back with all our mistakes pointed out to us in red ink. At work most supervisors don’t compliment on work done well, they only comment when there is a problem. As parents we usually scold much more than we encourage.

We grow up being told what we did wrong and seldom told what we did right.

I sometimes think back over the mistakes in my life. All of them happened because of lack of confidence. I can’t think of any of the many mistakes I made that were not somehow related to lack of confidence. Probably you are the same.

Let’s encourage our loved ones and ourselves. Think about what you do well, not what you don’t do well.

Here is a good affirmation to help with this. Every day say “I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking.”

Affirmations help.

Posts about affirmations. Click link and scroll down.

Powerful prayer

Brad Stanton —  December 20, 2014 — 2 Comments

MiraclePray like Jesus prayed

Prayer is sometimes more than just talking to God. Jesus told us to speak to the problem, to make a command. 

You have to pray the way Jesus and all the people of God prayed in the Bible if you want results. Don’t do things the way you were taught by people, do what the Bible says. Faith is very important, as I have written about in many previous posts on this blog.

Speak it out loud

Jesus is our example. He was 100% man and 100% God. Since he was completely man he was our example. Our goal is to be like him. He prayed quite a bit differently than most Christians today pray. The disciples prayed like he did, they spoke out a command and people were healed. The prophets in the Old Testament also prayed like this, they spoke commands. He taught all his followers to pray this way, including you and me.

Matthew 17:20 Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” My note—it may take months to develop this kind of faith. Memorizing Bible verses on faith and repeating them daily helps a lot. I have written other blog posts on this topic. Click on the “Prayer” link at the right hand side under “Posts by category” for more information or click here http://bradstanton.com/category/prayer/

Notice that Jesus said you must make a command and say “Move from here to there.”

Jesus healed a leper by saying “Be clean.” Luke 5:13. Jesus commanded the illness to leave. He spoke out a command.

Luke 4:39 Jesus spoke to the fever “So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.” Jesus was not talking to God, he was talking to the fever.

Luke 7:14 Jesus said “Young man get up!” and a man was healed. Notice Jesus spoke out a command, he was showing us how to pray for people. His followers did the same thing in the book of Acts.

In Luke 8:53 Jesus spoke a command to cause a child to come back to life. “They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”

Some prayers are just talking to God, but the kinds of prayers the followers of Jesus prayed for healing were not just talking to God. They gave a command that sickness leave the body of the person they were talking to. Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” Acts 14:10, Paul told a lame man “Stand up on your feet!”

Notice Peter spoke out a command in Acts 9:40 “Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.”

The disciples spoke out a command and a man was struck blind to help him understand the power of God. Acts 13:11 “Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”

Matthew 21:19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.

Jesus commanded a storm to subside. Luke 8:24 He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. Jesus spoke to the storm.

Be like Jesus, not people

God spoke the world into existence. The spoken word is very powerful. Jesus is our example, when we follow him, great things happen.

The word “Christian” means little Christ, we are to copy him. Jesus loved so we love. Jesus helped people, so we help people. As a Christian, our goal is to be like Christ, which means to do what he did, pray like he prayed.

James 5:17 “Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.” What this is saying is that Elijah was a person just like us, and so were the Apostles. What  this verse is saying is that we all have power in prayer. In fact, we have the Holy Spirit living in us even more than Elijah did, so we should be able to do more than he did.

John 14:12 Jesus said “I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father.” What Jesus is saying is that we should copy him and we will do what he was doing, if we have faith. To copy him means to pray as he told us to pray, and pray as he did.

Luke 11:2 Jesus is telling them to say “Your will be done on earth as in heaven” which is a command that God’s will be done here on earth. The KJV shows this very well. I always thought it was strange to make the two commands “Your kingdom come, your will be done” when I was a child. We are not commanding God to do anything, that is for sure. But even in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus tells us to make commands.

God’s will

2 Cor 12:9 God may not answer all our prayers, if we pray for something God doesn’t want, it won’t happen. The term “thorn in the flesh” was used a number of times in the OT and every single time it was used, it meant bad people causing trouble to good people (certainly not sickness). Paul would use it the same way because he memorized much of the OT. So there will always be bad people being bad to good people. The problem is too many people give up and quit praying because they believe what they are asking for is not God’s will, but that may not be the case. God promised Abraham many descendants, but it too a long time for the promise to come about. Abraham could have decided children were not God’s will because it took so long to come about. Don’t give up when you pray! Luke 18:1 says that we should always pray and not give up.

Luke 22:42 So certainly we are supposed to ask or command only in God’s will. Jesus said earlier that he came to earth to die on the cross, so he knew God’s will. I am certainly not saying we should pray-declare anything against God’s will.

Phil 4:6, ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everthing by prayer and *supplication*, with thanksgiving, make your *requests* known to God. Some might say that we only ask God for things in prayer, but when you read the four Gospels and Acts, you see this is not the case.Jesus taught all his followers to make commands in prayer, not just the 12 apostles. Even the 72 who were sent out were taught to pray this way, you can tell by what they said after they returned. I agree there are different kinds of prayers, sometimes we are asking God for things, that is for sure.

After visiting many different churches and seeing many different people pray, I have found that the declare-prayer gets much better results than saying “Lord if it is your will, will you heal somebody.”


10403104_826650334052076_7491420407900434027_nThere are two kinds of people in life, one says i want to achieve my goals in life. The other says i commit to achieve my goals. I have never met a successful person who is not aggressive and determined.

James 1:8 If you are double minded and don’t make up your mind you won’t get what you want.

Aggressiveness not meanness, but being proactive. It is not rudeness. You can be loving and aggressive at the same time.

Do you know what you want and imagine it every day, often every day? When you imagine it you strengthen your faith, and I have written many times in this blog why faith, belief is so important.

Basketball players were split into 3 groups. One group practiced shooting free throws 2 hours a day. The second group practiced free trows only in their mind, by imagining shooting the basketball. The third group was a control group.

The first group improved their ability by 30%, but amazingly enough, so did the second group.

Sports psychologist Denis Waitley said that when an athlete imagines himself going through the sports routine, the muscles fire electrically just like when he is actually doing it.

Imagine your goals are achieved. Imagine people being blessed, imagine your family being well behaved. Imagine your husband/wife getting along well with you. Imagine yourself achieving your career goals and financial goals.

The more you want your goals and dreams, the more passionate you are about them, the faster you will achieve your goals.

Walt Disney needed to find people to fund his dreams of Disney land. He asked 302 people who all said no before he found someone to fund it. Perseverance is so important because it often takes a long time to achieve your dreams. 

Colonel Sanders had to spend two years and get 1009 rejections before he found someone who would work with him to build Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). There is a time of waiting, and you can not force it to rush faster. We have to wait for the right time.

Integrity is very important when working for the things you want in life.

Sylvester Stallone was born so poor that his parents could not afford to go to a hospital, he was born on school steps. But as he grew up he wanted to become an actor, but he had slurred speech. He tried over and over to get an acting job. He sat day after day in a producers office. The producer finally told him to leave.

Stallone decided he would have to write a movie so that he could act in it. He wrote Rocky. He was offered $75,000 for the script. But he said he would not sell it unless he acted in it. He was so poor he could not pay his electric bills. He had to sell his dog for $50. He really needed the money for the script, but he turned it down. 

The production company later came back and said they would play him $225,000, but he could not act in it. Stallone turned them down.

After a few months they called him back and offered him a million dollars for the script. He turned them down again. He walked away hungry and poor. But he had a dream. He was aggressive.

They called him again and said they would pay him $35,000 for the script, but he could act in the movie.

The first thing he did was to buy back his dog. But the new owner wouldn’t sell the dog back. Finally he had to pay $1500 to get the dog back.

The move was made and grossed $171 million dollars. Ten academy awards, including best actor and best picture of the year. More about Stallone here.

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Many are not successful because they are not aggressive. They give up too easily. Earlier I posted about a man named Darby who bought a gold mine over a hundred years ago. But he gave up and quit digging because he was not persistent enough and didn’t get sound advice about where to dig. He stopped digging just three feet from a very large deposit of gold. Read more.


IMG_2004smallx2The invisible barrier Glass ceilings

We have heard of glass ceilings, an invisible barrier that prevents people from moving up the corporate ladder. However, we all have invisible barriers that prevent us from having better relationships, career success, prosperity and other success.

Scientists put a Spanish Mackerel in a fish tank with a Barracuda, but they put a glass partition between the two fish. The Barracuda saw the Mackerel and swam toward it, attempting to kill and eat it. But the Barracuda hit the glass partition and could not touch the Mackerel. It couldn’t see the piece of glass because it was transparent.

After many attempts at eating the Mackerel and bumping his nose on the glass, the Barracuda finally gave up. After some time the scientists removed the glass barrier between the two fish. The Barracuda had tried so many times and failed to eat the other fish that it assumed it could not do it. The two fish swam together without hurting each other.

What is preventing your success?

We all have invisible barriers that prevent success in getting what we want or feel is right. For example, if an office worker works hard year after year and only gets cost of living raises, he will probably give up on getting a big raise. In a marriage relationship, if one person always acts selfish, after some years the other usually gives up and just learns to live with the selfishness. Children who refuse to study hard in school often find that their parents give up trying to change them after some years.

The good news is that there is often a solution to the problem, and if you find the key to success, you can unlock the door that holds you back from your hopes and dreams.

The solution

IMG_2004smallx2The Law of Attraction says that whatever you think about with strong emotion, you bring about (attract) into your life. Olympic athletes are trained to imagine themselves going through their routine flawlessly and then standing on the platform to receive the gold medal. Many people who have achieved amazing success in starting businesses or writing books say that they used the Law of Attraction to help them achieve goals.

This means that if you think about achieving your goal, and you have good emotions involved with it, your subconscious mind goes to work to achieve your goal. However there is more to it than that. Jesus said there is supernatural power that helps you when you believe.

It is hard for some people to believe that there is a God in heaven who loves them very much, but if you can believe it, you can also believe in prayer. Jesus said that everything is possible for one who believes. (Mark 9:23). It may take years to develop strong prayer faith, but it is certainly worth it.

The invisible barrier

The problem is that many people pray and don’t get what they ask for, so they begin to feel that prayer doesn’t work. They don’t take time to search the scriptures to find out what they are doing wrong. Jesus said that the key to answered prayer if faith, but faith is hard to develop.

The problem is, some people think about things they don’t want with strong emotion, and that tends to bring more of it. If you are upset at someone you spend time with, and you think about the things you don’t like about that person, it tends to bring about more of those actions from that person.

On the other hand, if you think positive thoughts about that person, it tends to bring about good actions and attitudes from that person.

Faith is important

Brad Stanton —  November 21, 2014 — 4 Comments

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It never ceases to amaze me that God considers faith so important. Faith is critically important to answered prayer. Not only that, it is the vehicle that saves us and brings us to heaven. Ephesians 2:8,9 says we are saved by grace through faith.

If we believe that God is good and that he will reward us, we go to heaven. If we don’t believe it, we don’t go to heaven. If we believe there is no heaven, for us it becomes true. To a certain extent, what we believe brings about our reality. If we believe it, it happens. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 http://bradstanton.com/2012/08/15/faith-bible-verses/

Many people use a different name for faith. They call it “positive thinking,” or “positive mental attitude.” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book called “The Power of Faith.” No one would publish it with that title, so he changed it to “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

In South Korea, Dr. Cho prayed for church growth when his church was very small. What did his faith look like? It looked like happy optimism that what he prayed for would happen. He prayed that a large number of people would join the church.  Then he actually got a tape measure and began measuring how much space he would need for all those people. He was so sure that it would happen that he took action.-.And he and many others in his church were rewarded when God answered his prayers.  Dr. Cho now pastors the largest church in the world.

The Holy Spirit living in you (if you are a Christian) is much more powerful than you can imagine. He provides power to dramatically change your life from a life of losing to a life of winning. He gives you the power to demolish strongholds in your life such as additions, bad habits, worry, sadness, or any other negative emotions. 2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

The power of the Holy Spirit within you is waiting to give you the peace and victory most people would not even believe is possible. Belief is the key. You have to believe and have faith that your dream will come true through prayer. If your goal is to improve a relationship, you have to believe that your relationship will improve. You have to believe that you will achieve your God-given dreams and goals in life. A great man of God once said “Work like everything depends on you and pray like everything depends on God.” It is true.

Jesus said, in Luke 17: 21, “The kingdom of God is within you…”  Did you know that you have a very powerful kingdom living in you? Stop and think about that. There is so much power to achieve your dreams that you will never stop finding the end to that unlimited power.

You have probably heard about the man who strung a wire cable across Niagara Falls. A large crowd gathered as he walked across the wire. He got a wheelbarrow and asked the crowd if they believed he could push a wheel barrow across the wire. Most clapped and expressed their faith that he could do it. But then he said “Okay, who will ride in the wheelbarrow?” No one volunteered. They apparently didn’t have enough faith to ride in the wheelbarrow high above the waterfall. This is the difference between weak faith and strong faith—action.

From the book Amazing Power of Prayer http://bradstanton.com/buy-ebook/

Mountain moving faith

Brad Stanton —  November 7, 2014 — 6 Comments

I canBack in the days when there was an East Germany, they were world famous for having the largest number of Olympic gold medals per capita. How did they do it? They did it by teaching the power of faith to their athletes. They were trained to really believe they could win the gold medal. The more a person believes something, the harder they will work for it. They used visualization to produce strong faith. I love it when atheists validate some ideas in the Bible.

If you want to be successful at anything, study successful people. Henry Ford was incredibly successful. He was famous for saying “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, either way you are right.” That means if you believe you can do it you can. If you have faith, you can do it.

Jesus said the same thing over and over and over about faith. Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

He used the word “mountain” the way it was used in the Old Testament. A city on a mountain was a stronghold. If it was an enemy city, it was a bad stronghold, like an addiction, bad habit or difficulty. A mountain-top city that was friendly was a good stronghold.

What Jesus was saying was that if you speak to the problem and you have faith you can accomplish anything. The power of the spoken word was first demonstrated when God spoke the world into existence. Proverbs 18:21 says that ultimate power is in the tongue, in the words you say. The power of life and death is the most ultimate power in the mind of the writers of that day.

If you don’t get good results from your prayers, try speaking out loud to the problem. For example, “In Jesus name I am healed!” That is how Jesus taught all his followers to do it. (See Acts 3:6)

There are many other verses in the Bible that explain the power of the spoken word. Feel free to research it. You can google these ideas.

More keys to success

Brad Stanton —  October 25, 2014 — 2 Comments

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All my life I have enjoyed reading books about people that accomplished great things in life. When I was young, it was Davy Crockett, the great hunter and frontiersman of US history. I enjoyed reading about John Paul Jones, the navy captain that helped us get freedom from England. Then I went on to many dozens of books by people who had built large charities, businesses and ministries. I was always excited to learn how they did it.

Success in relationships is one area that almost everyone has interest in, because we all have relationships. Dr. Hew Lin, a psychiatrist who healed a ward of mentally ill criminals is one of my favorites because he explains how certain keys to success are good for relationships and everything else in life.

Love is a key to success

Dr. Lin summed up most of the advice I had read from many different authors in just a few sentences.

He said the most important thing is to restore ourselves back to love. I liked that because I know that love is the most powerful force in the universe and it does amazing things. He said one way to do it is to forgive all who have wronged us. He has a system of four short sentences that help us achieve this. Say four things:
I love you
I’m sorry
Please forgive me
Thank you

You don’t even have to say these sentences to the people you are thinking about. Just think them or say them out loud when no one is around. He says he healed many people this way as a psychiatrist. If your husband is mean and unfair, just repeat these four sentences over and over again for a couple of weeks and you will see a big difference.

How does it work?

I know it seems a little hard to believe that saying the four sentences will help. But if you have read many of my other posts, it explains why this works. Psychologists tell us that 80% of communication is nonverbal. That means that tone of voice, expressions and other things convey how we feel toward other people. They pick up on these cues in their subconscious mind.

It is more than just this, though. Jesus said love flows out of us if we believe in him. If we could open our spiritual eyes and see what is happening in the real world, we would see how powerful love is. When you send love to other people, it has a healing effect.

We are responsible for our lives

Dr. Lin also said we must acknowledge 100% responsibility for our lives. We can’t blame anything on anyone else. If our parents were brutal and psycho and it left us scared emotionally, we can’t blame them for our problems today. Every person in the world has experienced unfair situations. Some come out of it stronger, some allow it to destroy their happiness.

I have heard many successful people say that it is critically important to acknowledge 100% responsibility for everything in life. Most people don’t believe that is true and that is why they can’t build the life they want. This post is not for the unbelievers, only for those who believe they can have a better life. If you don’t believe it, you are right, it won’t help. Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, either way you are right.” He means if we believe we can do something, we can. If we believe we can’t do something, we are right, because the lack of faith will cause failure. Who tries to do something they don’t believe they can do?

Our thoughts are key

Dr. Lin said that we must see our own thoughts create our life, not the people, places and circumstances but how we react to them that control our lives. This idea is very common among people who have overcome incredible difficulties to achieve success.

Dr. Lin holds workshops to teach people ideas for success. It is amazing to hear the testimonies of people who attended and found ways to restore relationships, solve problems and achieve success in any area of life.

To be successful, study successful people

I read books by Brian Tracy. He flunked out of school and took low paying laboring jobs for years until he found a sales job. He didn’t sell very well until he decided to ask the top salesman how he achieved success. Once he learned the keys to success he became incredibly successful in selling and went on to write many books that sell well. He starts businesses and is a multi-millionaire. The key was that he went to the successful people to learn how to do it. So many people listen to failures and end up with negative attitudes in life. They learn from failures and become failures.


inspirational-quote-michelangelo-sunriseBill Gates started Microsoft in his dorm room, working late into the night for months, then years. He teamed up with other people who shared his dream of building a company from scratch.

Elizabeth Holmes is a brand new billionaire, worth 4.5 billion. She worked for ten years to accomplish her dream. As I read about her work, I wondered how many times she thought about quitting, maybe regretting dropping out of Stanford University in her sophomore year. She probably made very little money as she labored week after week, year after year. Not many people would have the patience to keep working for so many years, sometimes doubting that they could accomplish the dream.

Here is what Yahoo news says about her:

A standout member among the new-editions to this very elite club is 30-year old college dropout Elizabeth Holmes. Holmes reportedly “labored in secret” for almost a decade while developing a revolutionary new blood-testing technology. In 2003 she took her findings to the public and founded Theranos– the company announced partnerships with Walgreens and other major drugstores to bring a new type of blood testing to consumers. Holmes’ technology calls only for a single finger-prick and a very small amount of blood for medical testing—as opposed to the full vial (or vials) of blood typically drawn for testing in most labs and medical offices. The prick is said to be painless and Theranos’ testing-methods only a fraction of the cost of commercial labs.

The biotech founder is the youngest self-made woman on the Forbes 400 list with a net worth of $4.5 billion. Holmes dropped out of Stanford University her sophomore year as a chemical engineering major and used her tuition money to found her company. Holmes’ tests do not have to be performed in a doctor’s office, and by skipping the big labs most results can be ready in a few hours. “She could totally overturn an entire industry if Theranos is as successful as it seems to be,” says Brown.

If you have a dream, don’t give up. Keep the faith. Jesus said that nothing is impossible for one who believes.(Matthew 9:29; 17:20) Some of the billionaires are doing great things for the world by giving away large portions of their money to help people.


0000000000000000000049484Most people want to lose some weight, have happy relationships, achieve financial independence or get a 20% raise and be very good at their job. Some people even want to win an Olympic gold medal.

Most people who have accomplished great things in life such as becoming an outstanding athlete, musician, teacher, businessman or leader, started from the bottom without a lot of help. Many who became millionaires started out poor. Many sports stars started out awkward and slow. Many musicians started out without any apparent talent.

Kop Kopmeyer wrote four bestselling books which each contained 250 principles for success, for a total of 1000 success principles. When asked which was the most important he replied, “Self-discipline.”

Longfellow aparently felt the same way:

“Those heights by great men, won and kept,
Were not achieved by sudden flight.
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.”

A person who is willing to do what he needs to do, when he needs to do it whether he feels like it or not is going to do great things in life. Usually the only way to achieve this is to learn to enjoy your work.

Brian Tracy said:

The payoff for developing high levels of self-discipline is extraordinary! There is a direct relationship between self-discipline and self-esteem:

• The more you practice self-mastery and self-control, the more you like and value yourself;

• The more you discipline yourself, the greater is your sense of self-respect and personal pride;

• The more you practice self-discipline, the better is your self-image. You see yourself and think about yourself in a more positive way. You feel happier and more powerful as a person.

Kopmeyer said the second most important principle is “to learn from the experts.” None of us lives long enough to learn everything on our own. Reading a book about how to do whatever you want to accomplish will propel you much farther ahead than you can do on your own.

6 Steps to Success (one of my most liked posts) here.

You reap what you sow

Brad Stanton —  September 27, 2014 — 2 Comments

000beggar“Good morning” said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on ground. The man slowly looked up.

This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before. “Leave me alone,” he growled….

To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. “Are you hungry?” she asked. “I’ll buy your lunch at the cafeteria across the street.”

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently. “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think so — I mean you do look familiar.”

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”

“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”

“I know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble… Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right.”

“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said. “I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons…He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet… If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”

There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said. “Don’t thank me,” the woman answered. “Thank God, He led me to you.”

God is going to shift things around for you today and make things work in your favor.
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Health

Brad Stanton —  September 24, 2014 — 3 Comments

?????????????Bo Sanchez writes about a friend of his who was dying of kidney failure. His creatinine level was too high and there seemed to be no way to lower it without a kidney transplant or dialysis. He was given six months to live.

Bo prayed with him for healing. A year later Bo saw him again. He was not only still alive, but Bo was amazed at how healthy he looked. He was lean and trim and looked like an athlete.

Bo asked him what happened. The man said “I started getting exercise every day. In fact, I play four hours of badminton every day with my wife and kids. My creatinine levels are down and I feel great.”

Bo had another friend who found out she had cancer. At first she stayed in bed and cried most of the day. But later she realized this kind of lifestyle was not helping her health or her happiness, so she decided to find things to do that she loved doing.

Now she lives her life to the fullest. She is a public speaker and travels around the country (Philippines) to give hope to thousands of people.

Some time later Bo met her again and she was still at it, traveling around and helping people. You would never guess she has cancer. That is because she is not a cancer victim, but a victor.

“Nothing can stop you from living life with joy.” ~ Bo Sanchez

Bo Sanchez is a writer of motivational books and a speaker, speaking to thousands of people each week in the Philippines.

School of Prayer

Brad Stanton —  September 10, 2014 — 1 Comment

oneprayerSchool of Prayer

Do your prayers get answered? If not, I know this online class will help.

School of prayer is an online course taught by me, Brad Stanton. The purpose is draw close to God, enjoy more of the joy of the Holy Spirit and get answers to prayer. There are weekly lessons which teach principles from the Bible about prayer—I will email you the lesson each week. The participant will answer the questions and I go over the answers with him/her. I will be available by email for any questions you have.

Some people get many answers to prayer

After studying the Bible for many years I have found that there are keys to answered prayers. As a missionary to Asia, I talked with many people who had seen miracles and I had miracles happen in my life. I returned to the USA with a hunger to find out more about this and have talked to dozens of people who have had amazing answers to prayer.

Sickness have been healed, finances have improved, relationships made better, career improved and much more. Do you have the faith to receive answers to prayer? If you don’t now, you will after taking this 6 week course.

These are some of the topics that will be covered:

  1. Jesus said faith is a key to answered prayer
  2. Hindrances to prayer
  3. The right attitude and relationship with God
  4. Why answers to prayer are sometimes delayed
  5. How gratitude strengthens your prayers
  6. How joy strengthens your prayers
  7. Memorizing Bible verses strengthens faith
  8. Examples of answered prayers
  9. The power of words
  10. What made Peter walk on water
  11. The law of sowing and reaping (the ironclad law of cause and effect)
  12. Why counting your blessings makes your prayers powerful

There are dozens of promises of answered prayer in the Bible.

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

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. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

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.”

How it works

What: a class in miracles, answers to prayer
When: since this class is online, it starts as soon as you sign up
Why: to learn Biblical steps to answered prayer, draw near to God and have more joy in life
Where: at your computer with internet connection
Cost: $29 US dollars for six weeks. This money will be used to spread God’s love on the internet, I don’t keep it.In fact, if you want to donate $29 to Samaritans Purse, do that and send me the receipt by email. That will be payment for this class. You are welcome to call me several times a week with questions and unlimited email contact. I send you the lessons, you send me your answers and we go over the results each week. If desired, the participants can all talk together in a chat room or skype.

Why do I charge for this class? One reason is that if you are not willing to give back to God, you are not a good candidate for this class. If you are short of money, email me, we can work out something.

You will receive the ebook Amazing Power of Prayer free, after you sign up for this class, it normally sells for about five dollars on Amazon.com.

To sign up, email me at Brad@BradStanton.com and pay securely online here. If you don’t feel comfortable paying online, contact me.

For a free short ebook about answers to prayer and other free ebooks go to GetPrayerPower.com

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