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 🙂


A Biblical Way to Remove Fear

March 24, 2020

In today’s society, there are plenty of things to be fearful of. As I write this, we are in the middle of a Coronavirus shutdown. In my humble opinion, much of this has been caused by fear. Besides this, our society has plenty of other things to fear. In our country, mass shootings have become regular news, and it seems like other disasters like fires, tornadoes, etc. are happening more regularly. There is plenty of fear on an individual level too as we go through difficult situations, face difficult people, and fight the demons that remind us of past mistakes and failures.

Ok, I know what you are thinking, and I hope you haven’t quit reading yet. This site is known for positive and uplifting inspiration. Why all of a sudden the doom and gloom? Those who know me well would know that I am usually very optimistic. And I still am. However, even the best of us have things in our lives to make us fearful, and that stuff isn’t going to just go away.

The thing is though, we don’t have to let fear run our lives. In fact, the Bible is full of verses that talk about being courageous and being faithful instead of fearful. For the sake of simplicity, I will focus on one that reminded me of letting go of fear recently. It is from I John 4:18 which says “perfect love casts out all fear”. What is perfect love? Elsewhere in I John, it says that “God is love.” God is perfect love. I’ve shared this several times recently, and this article describes it in detail, but an excellent definition of love I’ve seen is “seeing God in everyone and everything.” It makes total sense. When you love someone, you are in essence seeing God in them. This definition helped me to love myself in a non-arrogant way. When you love yourself, you are seeing and becoming aware of the God presence that lives in you.

Based on the definition above, I see perfect love as seeing God in every person or situation. When you see and remain focused on God in something, it automatically brings great peace! You know that God has full control of the situation. Instead of remaining fearful, it is much easier to have faith and know that the situation will turn out right, even if it doesn’t go exactly as we think it should.

The key is to stay focused on God. See Him in every person, and in every situation. When you consistently do this, you will feel more empowered. This empowerment and peace will overshadow the fears that you had before. It may not exactly make those difficult situations go away, but you will be able to rise above them so much more easily. God will never let you down. That enough is able to dispel all fear. He is there for you always. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A Sick Reminder of Who I Really Am

February 26, 2019

I have been a practicing Christian for over 30 years. I have also been a student of the Law of Attraction (which I believe works hand in hand with Christianity) for the past ten. Even with those long time frames, I still receive reminders that I am not applying the power of each in my life as much as I could. Here is a recent example…

Over the past weekend, I was battling a sickness, a mini flu bug. On Sunday, it was a major project just to get off the couch or out of bed. I didn’t eat much, so I was further weakened because of that. I missed a fun family gathering, but passed the day watching a Nascar race, and just enjoying a peaceful day.

Monday would be my first day back to work after a week vacation. We are discouraged from taking the first day off after a vacation, so since we were experiencing a windstorm in the Buffalo area of almost hurricane force all day and night (an unusual event in our city) I thought maybe the school I work at would close and I would get another day to recover. I actually found out Sunday night that the wish was granted, and an immediate peace came over me as I would indeed get another day to recover without having to call in.

The problem was that when I woke up early Monday morning, I felt just as bad if not worse than I felt the day before. It was then where I realized that a lot of this sickness had to do with my thinking. Sure, I know sometimes God allows us to become sick for reasons only known to Him. And I thought maybe this was one of those times. However, as I lay there, I still decided to get my mind thinking correctly and aligning it to who I really am. You see, who I really am (and who you really are) is a being that shares the spirit of God. The kingdom of heaven is in our midst, which after looking up a true definition of midst, I learned that it means our essence or very being. Another Bible verse says in HIm we live and move and have our being.

I was reminded that the Spirit that I am a part of is perfect and whole. It is never sick, and in fact does not even know sickness. At that moment, I said a prayer asking that I would be led to keep my mind focused completely on who I really am. As I lay in bed and did this, an almost immediate peace took over. I fell asleep for about two hours. When I woke up, I felt wonderful! Sure, I was still stuffy and coughing and had some lingering effects of the sickness. However, I easily got out of bed, made some breakfast, and did my morning routine as if it was a Saturday (even though it was a Monday). I took the day slow, but felt better and better throughout.

Did I heal myself? No, God did. However, I am willing to take some credit for the time frame in which it happened, and I thank God for answering my prayer. I prayed that I would keep my mind focused on who I really am instead of focusing on the sickness. Remember, a key idea of the Law of Attraction is that the thoughts and ideas you focus on are the outcomes that manifest in your life. As that prayer was answered, and I kept my mind focused correctly, I believe the healing happened faster than it would have otherwise.

I thank God for this excellent reminder, and I share it willingly with anyone patient enough to have read this far. Remember who you really are and who you really belong to. God is with you in every moment, and you are with Him every moment. And when you keep your mind focused on this truth and the truth of whatever it is you are looking to get through or accomplish, you are much more likely to see it come into being. Enjoy that blessing 🙂


Can We Experience Heaven On Earth?

November 29, 2018

“Everybody’s talking ’bout heaven like they just can’t wait to go. Saying how it’s gonna be so good, so beautiful”. – Kane Brown

The following is taken from one of my favorite country songs. The artist is having a beautiful experience here on earth and is wondering how heaven could be “better than this”.

As great as this song is, I believe the artist is correct and portraying how many people think. We see heaven as this good and beautiful place that we can’t wait to get to. Why can’t we wait? I think it’s because many people don’t believe we can have heavenly experiences here on earth.

So I bring up the question…can we experience heaven while living this earthly life? I received the answer to this question as I re-read a Bible verse I’ve read many times. The verse is Luke 17:21 which says, People will not say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ because the Kingdom of God is within you.”

For some reason, after reading it and reflecting on the verse this time, a whole new light was shed upon it. During His time on earth, Jesus used this phrase “the Kingdom of God”, or even the Kingdom of Heaven. What exactly does He mean by this? I believe He is talking about the spirit of God and His unlimited love and power. I see this verse as extremely powerful because I see it as being told that we don’t have to look to external things to find God and His heavenly kingdom. We just need to look within!

Here’s where I was really struck with the potential awe and power this concept presents. Other translations say the kingdom of God is in our midst. I took a deeper look into the definition of midst, and here’s what it says: “the middle point or part.” Listed synonyms are heart and core. When you look deeper into the meaning of core, it is defined as the central or most important part of something. The part of something that is central to its existence or character.

Stop and think about that for a moment. The kingdom of God (heaven) is the heart of us. It is the central and most important part of our being, and central to our very existence. I was blown away when I really focused on this. God’s spirit and power is the core of my very being. It is the core of your very being. I remind you again that there is nowhere outside to find it. All you have to do to experience the kingdom of God, heaven on earth, is to look within and realize that the core of your very being is composed of the love, power, and greatness of God. Wow!!

The key to reaping these benefits and indeed experiencing heaven on earth is to simply realize this. Meditate and focus on this concept as often as you can. With God all things are possible. And since His spirit reigns and dwells within you in the core of your being, all possibilities exist for you. Spend time each day to imagine these possibilities. Live them out in your mind, and you will eventually live them out in reality.

I am not naive or unrealistic enough to believe that any part of this earthly life can be better than the heaven where we actually spend the rest of eternity. I believe God does it this way and has us wait to experience pure heaven purposely. We can’t even imagine how beautiful and wonderful the ultimate heaven is. However, I believe we can at least experience part of that heavenly joy by realizing that the kingdom is in our midst, and is the core of our very being. The love, joy, power, and anything great we can imagine is all part of it. It’s up to us to allow it in our experience. Even on this earth, I believe God wants us to enjoy at least part of heaven. So let’s experience that instead of causing hell for ourselves. Focus your mind on the heavenly kingdom in you and among you, and share it with those around you. It will be heaven on earth. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Wake Up From the Dream…And Live in Success

May 21, 2018

Last night I had a dream that I was at work. I have a good reputation there, but in the dream, I was accused of something that may have cost me my job. I knew I was completely innocent, yet I couldn’t think of the words to use to defend myself. I stressed over the interview I would soon have with my boss and colleagues. Just before the meeting began, I woke up.

I remember how relieved I was when I realized this was only a dream. The hurt of being falsely accused, and the worry of what I needed to say to keep my job was all imaginary. It was the middle of the night, but I actually went to the bathroom with a smile on my face as I realized it was just an imaginary reality.

I share this because I have been reading of a lot of “A Course in Miracles” lately. This is one of the main themes of the book. It’s that the circumstances and the past of our lives is really all a dream. It’s only as real as we make it. Any of these past events that we are remembering, we are remembering it now, in the present. The truth that we should be awake to is the presence and power of God and His spirit in our lives now. That is reality. Again, the rest, such as the circumstances, the past, and anything not having to do with God and His Spirit and power, is all a dream.

Please understand, I am not saying to completely give up thoughts about the past, or even things in life that need to be taken care of now. However, we cannot allow ourselves to be haunted by nightmares of the past. If negative things have happened, we can use them as a learning experience to help us in the present. If positive things have happened, we can reflect on them and use them to encourage and sustain us today. However, one of the greatest keys to success is to stay focused on God, His Spirit, and His power in the present moment.

How can we stay present and focused on God? One way is to reflect on the knowledge that He is in everyone and everything. When you see people and things, avoid focusing on and judging the outside appearance. Instead, reflect on the inner, Godly presence. Remember….the Bible says to “seek first the kingdom of God, and all else shall be given to you”. When you seek God in yourself and others, you are setting yourself up to receive all blessings the kingdom of God can offer! Also, I believe you are following God’s command to love your neighbor as yourself. After all, God is in others, as He is in you. When you seek God in this way, you are seeing and being His love!

Another way to stay focused on this Godly reality to is to be thankful. We receive in life what we most focus on. If you are focused on all of the good in your life, you are given more reasons to be thankful. It also keeps your mind occupied on what is real instead of the dreams our circumstances represent.

I have continued to learn and teach this fact…the quality of our circumstances is determined by the quality of our mind. If we focus on God’s truth, goodness, and love, for the most part, that’s what we will experience in our lives. If we dwell in the dream of negative circumstances and allow them to dictate the quality of our thoughts, we will only perpetuate those circumstances.

So my advice is to wake up! Anything outside of God and is will is just a dream. Like me, you can smile after you realize this, and live in an awake state, seeking God, His truth, His power, and His love in your life and the life of others. That’s what life is all about. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


If You Are Struggling With God, Do This

March 25, 2018

Every once in a while, we struggle with what God is doing in our lives. Perhaps we believe He is not acting fast enough. Perhaps we believe He is angry with us. We may even believe He has abandoned us, wondering if He will ever come back for us.

I will start by saying that none of the above statements are true in God’s eyes. He acts on His own time, forgives every sin we ever commit, and absolutely never forsakes us. However, at some point we all feel those things are happening. If you’re there now, you can take comfort in knowing you’re not alone.

As I was doing my Bible reading today, I read about someone feeling the same way. It’s from the writer of Psalm 77. He had those same thoughts of God abandoning Him. What brought him back was the words in verses 11 and 12… But then I recall all you have done, O LordI remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.

What an excellent key to overcoming struggles with God! Even if you are not doubting God and his presence, this is excellent advice to add and maintain joy in your life. Take time each day throughout the day to meditate on what God has done in your life. Focus on the excellence you have seen and what He has done for you and others. Give thanks that He is always with you whether you realize it or not, and that He is working in your life, even if it’s not exactly the way you would think.

I notice that whenever I am thankful for the things in my life, I receive more to be thankful for. I notice that when I seek God, He always seems to show me things that acknowledge His presence. He will do the same for you. When you are having doubts, remember and ponder on the great things God has done for you and for all the earth. It will make a world of difference in your day. Enjoy the blessings!


Shine Your Light…Be a Positive Inspiration

November 30, 2017

I have written several articles about the light we have within us, and how God loves it when we act as a beacon to shine this light to those around us.

I was inspired again as I read the Bible verse that most prominently discusses this idea. Matthew 5:14-17. It says “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. 

Another version puts it like this… “Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” (The Passion Translation).

Do you want to be an inspiration to others? Keep in mind that the Spirit of God (this wonderful light) dwells within you. You can inspire others by simply removing any barriers to it and allowing it to shine. And the great thing about this, is that God is glorified as a result. In addition your own life will be blessed.

I challenge you today to let your light shine brightly, and see how many people you can “brighten their day”. Enjoy the blessings 🙂