Where to Focus Your Faith

March 31, 2020

Faith can be a touchy subject sometimes. We’re supposed to have it (the Bible says without faith it is impossible to please God), but it is often difficult because we are supposed to believe in what our senses are not yet telling us. It is also difficult because things don’t always work out the way we expect, and sometimes opposite of the way we want. Even though it is for our own good when God doesn’t answer a prayer the way we want, it hurts! We have prayed for the healing of loved ones who did not heal. We have prayed for “the one” to spend the rest of our life with, and they don’t show up. We have prayed for an increase in finances only to have more expenses instead.

I am not trying to paint a negative picture here. God always hears our prayers and answers in our best interest every time. The problem is that if someone has been hurt by difficult circumstances, regardless of the fact that God has them in our lives for good, it is very difficult to trust God and have faith in Him. I get it because I’ve been there.

My faith is generally good, though there are still plenty of times where doubt creeps in. The other night I watched a sermon from Andy Stanley on the topic of faith. I know I was led there by God because what I heard could have potentially increased my faith exponentially. I wanted to share this with you, especially if you happen to be struggling with your faith these days.

The main idea that struck me was this…. instead of focusing on what God will do for you, focus on what God CAN do for you. He references a Bible verse, Matthew 8:2 where Jesus heals a man of leprosy. The man kneels before Him and says, “if you are willing you can make me clean.” He knows Jesus can heal him. However, he leaves it in His will to do so.

Why is this focus much more effective? The explanation the pastor gave was this… when we focus on what God will do, we are asking on shaky ground. It is great to have faith that something you pray for will happen. However, as I said before, God doesn’t always answer the way we would expect. You are not 100% sure of what God will do, so that leaves doubt, and at least some wonder if God will come through, especially if you are remembering other times where your prayer wasn’t answered as desired. On the other hand, when you pray and focus on what God CAN do, your faith is based on 100% assurance. You know God can do ALL things. Nothing is impossible with Him. The leper acknowledged this in his prayer.

This is very powerful to me because it provided an incredible peace. In fact, I was immediately tested on this. In the middle of that same night, I woke up and heard water running in my basement. I realized that it was the sump pump that keeps the water out, and it wasn’t shutting off. It wasn’t flooding, but that potential was there. It was 1:30 am, so there was no one to call. All I felt like I could do was pray. And I prayed in the way I learned a few hours before. Sure, I wondered if I may still awake to a flood. However, I prayed knowing that God could easily fix this problem. I left it up to Him how and with what level of difficulty or damage. After I said the prayer that way, I felt a great peace. I certainly didn’t want a basement flood to happen, but I knew that even if it did, it was still for my good somehow. The next morning, within a few hours, I had someone here to fix and resolve the problem with just a small cost.

Once again, when you focus your faith on what God can do instead of what He will do, your faith is based on 100% assurance. There is no doubt He can do anything. Instead of trying to believe God will come through for me, my prayers are like, “I know you can do this. And I pray that you do.” Unlike praying for what He will do, which can lead to some wavering because of the uncertainty, this type of prayer allows me to focus more on His promises. That actually increases my faith even more!

For me, I feel like it has taken my faith to a much higher level. It has increased my confidence and trust in God, and I am more ready to accept whatever outcome He has for me. It has also brought me closer to Him. Also, I firmly believe you will receive many positive answers to your prayers the way Jesus answered the leper. “I am willing” is what He said in the next verse. And the leper was healed.

I will share a link to this sermon here. The ironic thing is that this is only a small piece of it and not even the main point. However, it has stuck with me, and as mentioned, it is a major faith booster.

I challenge you to focus your prayers this way. Focus mainly on what God CAN do, and leave what He will do to Him. I strongly believe your faith will grow too. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Will Your Fears Come to Pass?

March 9, 2015

I received some excellent information from my pastor the other day. He said 99% of our fears never come to pass. I don’t know the exact source of this information, but I certainly believe it.

Fear is one of the greatest reasons we don’t reach our goals. Now, knowing that what we fear almost never occurs in reality, don’t let it stop you! Instead of focusing on fear and self-imposed limitation, focus on what great possibilities exist, and the unlimited potential within you.

Many times in the Bible, God says do not fear, but be strong and courageous. Notice what happens when this advice is followed. Miracles happen and conquests are made.

It’s ok to receive fearful thoughts. Those will always arrive. The key is to dismiss those thoughts, and shift your thinking to faithful thoughts that will enable you to act on and realize your dreams. By doing so, your dreams will come to pass more than 99% of the time. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Turning Fear Into Faith

February 25, 2015

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What is one of the biggest reasons you are not reaching your goals? The answer is most likely fear. It is amazing how crippling fear is. It is often the one deterrent that prevents us from living the life we want to live.

On the other hand, faith is one of the greatest reasons for successfully accomplishing your goals. In all of the great miracles in the Bible and even today, faith is an integral part of the miracle taking place.

How do you go from fear to faith? I describe several ways in an article I wrote called For Removing Fears Try This. If you are having difficulty removing the fears that prevent you from moving forward, I recommend this article to you.

Don’t let fear paralyze you. Turn it into the necessary faith to make your dreams come true. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Faith That Your Desire Is Already Here

July 21, 2014

It is said that one of the most efficient ways to rapidly manifest your desires is to imagine that you already have it. I have seen this proof in my own life. Besides, the Bible says that if you believe you already have what you ask for, it will be yours.

The problem is that this faith is not always easy to maintain, especially when the time to realize your desires is much longer than you would like.

Many of you already know some of the popular Bible verses about faith. The most common is the definition provided in Hebrews which labels faith as the assurance of things hoped for (knowing what you want) and evidence of what we don’t see. I often refer to this verse, and I was recently shown another one that I never really pondered before. This verse shed some powerful light on some concepts I have learned in the past, and really helped put things together for me. I hope it does the same for you.

The verse is Romans 4:17. It says that God gives life to the dead, and calls into being things that were not. Another translation says He speaks of future events with as much certainty as if they were already past. What this tells me is that with God, your desire already exists as a completed event. It’s already in His hands. When you lean on Him to bring what doesn’t exist into manifestation, you are in essence demonstrating the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.

I remind you again that your entire, completed future is in God’s hands. He has it completed and already mapped out. What this tells me, is that in Him, what we desire already exists. I believe you can manifest your desires quickly if you can see the future events you desire “with as much certainty as if it were already past”. I believe this is the type of faith God is looking for, and when He sees it in you, He will be quicker to act on your behalf.

When you realize that your desires already exists in God’s kingdom, and see it as something already in progress, you are following the Bible verse alluded to earlier about believing that you already have it. Again, Jesus PROMISES that this type of faith will result in you receiving what you desire.

This concept never really made sense to me, but this verse from Romans has certainly clarified it for me. I hope I can help you do the same, and help you realize that God sees your wish as an already accomplished fact. When you align with Him and this belief, it will be a past tense manifestation in reality. I challenge you to reflect on this and apply it in your life. Please share when the blessings arrive 🙂


There Is No Maybe In Faith

July 10, 2014

We all want to increase our faith, right? I believe the answer is obvious, and I join you in saying a resounding YES!

The problem is that as some people travel this road to greater faith, I hear another word that creates a major obstacle, causing  them to stumble and impede the progress they were making. That word is…maybe.

How many times do you hear it? Maybe I can get that job I’ve been wanting. Maybe I can fit into that dress or suit by next month. Maybe we’ll have the money by then. The list goes on and on. You don’t always hear the maybe word. Others like perhaps, might, and possibly also find their way into our conversations.

If you are seeking to increase your faith, those words cannot be part of the equation. I know because I see it in my own life. When I use the words maybe, it would be nice, etc., I am basically telling God that I don’t want what He has promised. He is not like the parent who says maybe simply because they cannot make up their mind at the time. He is fully ready and willing to provide the miracle we are seeking.

When I reflect on this, I am reminded of the verse in James which says “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do”. What does double-minded mean? According to another translation of the same verse, it means divided between the world and God. In a nutshell, believing in the world’s standards means focusing on limits, obstacles, and the way people say things should be. When we say maybe, we are trying to have faith in God, but still holding on to the world’s limits at the same time.

How do you solve this? Single-minded faith. Being single-minded means focusing on what God can do, which is anything and everything. Don’t worry about what might happen, how it will happen, or what people might say or how they will react. And don’t worry if you don’t see it right away because You Don’t Have to See it To Believe It. Instead think like your wish is an imminent occurrence. Say things like that job is mine; I will look great in that dress or suit; What are we going to do with all of that money? You are not being unrealistic saying things like this. In fact, you are being more realistic because if you demonstrate that single-minded faith, it is much more likely that God will make it happen than you lacking money, work, or good health.

I challenge myself and you my reader to think like this consistently. If you haven’t thought this way in the past, it will take some practice. Saying these things and training yourself to think this way is great practice. Like anything else, if you do it enough it becomes habit, and once this single-minded faith becomes a habit, it will be your life.

What is your top desire? Have faith, pray, and know that it is in the process of coming true starting now. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


You Don’t Have to See It To Believe It

June 30, 2014

For we live by faith, not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7

You hear it all the time…seeing is believing. However, I have recently been challenged to turn this statement around. I have been advised by many prominent authors that in order to see my goals realized, I need to believe it first.

What’s your greatest desire today? I challenge you to believe in its realization right now. This is not easy to do. It’s hard to believe that your goal is being accomplished when you see absolutely no evidence of it anywhere. However, it’s this very faith that will bring it into reality. Use your imagination. What do see? What does the realized goal look like; sound like; smell like? How are you reacting? How are others reacting? Another key is, as you imagine the beauty of your realized goal, FEEL IT! Carry these wonderful feelings with you as often possible. Constantly feel the joy, gratitude, and satisfaction you would feel if you already had what you desire. For more on this topic, you can check out this article…. A Place You Can Have All of Your Desires.

The more you live with the faith of your goal being realized, despite the outward evidence, the sooner it will happen for real. Another Bible verse (my personal favorite) says “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” Mark 11:24. When you imagine and feel your goal being realized, you are believing that you received it. Indeed it will be yours.

I challenge you today to believe in the fulfillment of your desires. Do not focus on what you see. Instead, focus on the desire and feel wonderful about it. Thank God in advance for His blessing and live as if you have what you desire. Before you know it, you will believe it AND see it. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

If you are seeking further ways to rapidly manifest your goals, check out this free e-book…The Ease and Keys of Rapid Manifestation.


Do You Really Believe?

September 22, 2013

Abraham Lincoln once said, “to believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing”.

It’s difficult to believe in things you can’t see or haven’t experienced, isn’t it? I don’t blame you if you are having difficulty. However, that is what faith is all about. The Biblical definition of faith is the confidence of things hoped for and the assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). It’s pretty much the same thing…believing in something you don’t see.

When you can believe in the unseen, that’s when miracles start to happen. That’s when your dreams start coming true. Once again I understand that this is often difficult. I recommend two things you can do. They have helped me and I share them with you. The first is to simply pray for God’s help. It may feel weird praying for the faith that you are already supposed to have, but God will certainly help you. Second, visualize what you want to happen and being the person you want to be. The more you visualize, the more you will automatically begin to believe your desire as already coming true, and the more likely you will take the steps to make it happen.

Too many times, people don’t believe, simply because they base their faith on what they currently see. They see a low bank account, an unfit body, an unsatisfying job or relationship. Please know that what you want already exists in the spiritual realm. This is what you need to put your faith in. In many cases, God is just waiting for you to believe before He releases it to to you in the physical world. it won’t happen until you really believe. So do you?