Archives For April 2014

Keys to answered prayer

Brad Stanton —  April 29, 2014 — 1 Comment

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

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

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

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The Cracked Pot

Brad Stanton —  April 27, 2014 — 12 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The power of words

Brad Stanton —  April 24, 2014 — 5 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Proverbs 18:21

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

 

 

Strengths of a Sanguine The Sanguine’s Emotions

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

Strengths of a Choleric The Choleric’s Emotions

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

Strengths of a Melancholy The Melancholy’s Emotions

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

Strengths of a Phlegmatic The Phlegmatic’s Emotions

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

The power of faith

Brad Stanton —  April 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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