A Simple Way to Allow God to Do His Thing

February 16, 2017

I am lucky enough to have many blessings in my life. I am very thankful for the wonderful things God has given me. However, I believe I would receive a lot more from God if I simply stayed out of His way and let Him do His work in my life. God is limitless, yet I often put my own finite body and plans in the way of His, which are much more powerful and prosperous than my own.

I am currently reading “A Course in Miracles”. It is a somewhat complicated, yet thorough course that teaches what I am mentioning here. That is, relying on the Holy Spirit as a guide instead of my own ego-based, very limited wisdom. As long (it is made to take a year to get through) and sometimes difficult as the course is, there are plenty of small gems to be found and immediately applied. I share one of them today, which comes from chapter 18 part 3…

“I who am host to God am worthy of him. He who established His dwelling place in me created it as he would have it be. It is not needful that I make it ready for him, but only that I do not interfere with his plan to restore to me my own awareness of my readiness, which is eternal. I need add nothing to his plan. But to receive it, I must be willing not to substitute my own in place of it. ”

In plain English, this is saying that God who lives in you, is a part of you, and never leaves you is willing and waiting to work on your behalf. If you don’t see things happening, you may want to reflect on whether you are indeed in His way and not allowing Him to do His great work in your life. How can you hinder God? As the quote says, we can do that simply by trying to do it all ourselves and trying to add our own wisdom and work to a divine plan of blessing He already has for us.

I sometimes feel guilty and shameful when I think of this. How can I dare try to out-do God in my own limited wisdom? Why would I even think about getting in His way and not let the all-powerful God work on my behalf? The good news is that the minute we ask for forgiveness for something like this, we are instantly forgiven. At this point the key is then to yield, let God do His work, and watch the blessings begin to pour into our lives.

For me, and hopefully you, this is great news! You don’t have to do it all. In fact, the only thing you need to do is to be sensitive to His presence, pray and ask Him for blessings, and then wait for two things. One is to allow him to guide your steps and determine what action you need to take. Once you do that, your next task is to simply step back and allow Him to work. When you do that, your blessing will manifest at the proper time.

This makes it all sound very easy, and it is! The hardest part for most of us is giving up the temptation to run ahead of God and make things happen in our own power. I recommend the advice above and believe that you are a worthy dwelling of God and His spirit. Know He wants to work on your behalf, and let Him do it. Even though I still go too fast at times and create unnecessary stress, I know first-hand that when I slow down, stop striving, and allow God to work in my life, that’s when miracles happen. And they will happen for you too. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

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How to Have More Wealth Than You Can Imagine

January 24, 2017

It is amazing how every time I ask God for answers He provides them. In many cases, the answers arrive rather quickly. I was recently praying for some extra money to help with some situations that have come up recently. I also prayed for the strength and peace to deal with the situation in a productive way.

When I pray, I find it extremely helpful to ask for some Bible verses that help build my faith and lead me in the right direction. In this case, I was immediately led to the following verse from Job 22:21. The NIV says, “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” Exactly what I was looking for! However, it didn’t stop there. The Message version of this same verse really caught my attention… “Give in to God, come to terms with him and everything will turn out just fine. Let him tell you what to do; take his words to heart. Come back to God Almighty and he’ll rebuild your life. Clean house of everything evil. Relax your grip on your money and abandon your gold-plated luxury. God Almighty will be your treasure, more wealth than you can imagine.”

As I read this, I was in awe. The keys to what I was looking for (and perhaps what you are too) are all in this passage. Do you want more wealth than you can imagine? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Submit to God – leave the details and hard work to Him. Just do what you feel like He is leading you to do.
  2. Listen to (or should I say read) His words. The more you read the Bible and seek your guidance and solutions there, the more clearly you will be led. I simply did a Google search for what I was looking for, and found several guiding words besides these.
  3. Clean house of everything evil. Ask for forgiveness of your sins. He will forgive all and everything. He is only waiting for you to ask. Also, I take this as a cue to remove the negative thinking that may have been been hampering me, and instead think according to His word and promises.
  4. Avoid focusing on money (or whatever your negative circumstance is)– This seems a bit ironic. For me, it was what I was searching for. However, I realize more every day that the more I focus on God and His love and guidance instead of the money or whatever the problem is, the more abundance and solutions show up.

This all reminds me of another popular verse that sums it all up… Seek first the kingdom of God, and all else will be given to you (Matt 6:33). It’s very simple really. The more of your focus and care you put on God, the more He works for you and the darkness turns to light.

I have known this for a long time. I just needed another reminder, and received it plus more. If you are struggling with money or any other negative situation in your life, follow the words of this verse. Seek God and let Him love and guide you. I know from experience that the peace and provision He provides is indeed more than you can imagine. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A True Definition of Self-Love

January 11, 2017

The concept of loving oneself is a difficult one for many to follow. People are afraid they are being arrogant if they love themselves, or they see so many imperfections that they find it impossible. I believe every person has felt this way at some point. Unfortunately many still feel this way today.

Besides the Biblical definitions of love, the best I’ve seen is from Eckhart Tolle in his book “The Power of Now”. In the book, he simply defines love as seeing God in everyone and everything. I have never found a more simple definition of the word. God’s spirit is within us all. So when you love yourself, you are simply seeing or acknowledging God’s presence in you. When you love someone else, you are seeing and acknowledging His presence in them. Even if you love a thing, like pizza for example, God is responsible for that too!

We are all imperfect people. Yet Luke 17:21 in the Amplified version says the Kingdom of God is within you and surrounding you. It’s there whether you see it or not. However, if you do see, feel, and acknowledge it in you, you are loving yourself!

The Bible also says to love your neighbor as yourself. That’s another thing people often have a hard time doing. However, when you see love this way, it is easy. If God is in and around you, he is also in and around your neighbor. When you acknowledge this and see God’s presence in other people (the same presence that is in you), it is much easier to see beyond their imperfections and indeed love them.

Please know it is not selfish to love yourself. In fact, it is selfish if you don’t. The more you see and experience God’s presence in yourself, the more you will see it in others, and the easier it will be to love them. I challenge you to see God’s love, peace, and power in you today. That is true love. And remember, when you seek Him first, all other good things follow. Because of God’s presence in you, you are beautiful, amazing, and any other good thing you can think of. Don’t you love it?


What Do You Have to Be Thankful For?

November 30, 2016

Here in the United States we just celebrated our Thanksgiving holiday about a week ago. It’s a day where we reflect and give thanks for all God has given us.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to forget about the day just yet. I am realizing more each day exactly how much I have to be thankful for. It’s amazing that, the more I focus on the blessings in my life and maintain an attitude of gratitude, the better I feel and the more positivity I have to offer those around me.

Once again I will say that I have so much to be thankful for in all areas of my life. I don’t share this to brag, but instead to provide some examples of God’s greatness in my life.

  • I am loved by God more than I could ever imagine.
  • I have the greatest, most loving family anyone could ever ask for.
  • I am relatively prosperous.
  • For someone my age, I am quite healthy
  • I have a job. One with a good schedule and where I can have positive impacts on people.
  • I have a number of high quality friends, along with a wonderful extended family.
  • A world of information is available at my finger tips via the internet.
  • I am never short of food, shelter, heat, etc.

This list can easily continue for pages and pages. Again, this is not a brag list. It’s simply to prove that God is great, and He has shared much of this greatness with me. Do I have everything I want in life? No I don’t. However, the more I focus on the great things and people God has provided, the more I know those things will eventually show up. The more I focus on being thankful for the good in my life, the more joy seems to follow me around, regardless of any negative circumstances..

So what do you have to be thankful for? Hopefully it takes little effort to answer that question. Based on my own experience, I will say that the more things you can think of and the more time you spend focusing on those things, the more joyful the ride of life will be for you. In addition, I know you will find even more reasons to be thankful.

Please know I would love for you to share the wonderful things you have to be thankful for. It will certainly inspire me and anyone reading this. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A New Direction in Faith

August 4, 2016

Hello my loyal and cherished readers. Every once in a while we are prompted to move away from a successful endeavor to respond to a greater call. In an effort to positively impact as many people as possible, I felt the calling to focus on a more specific area of self-help and personal development.

As a result, I have created a new website which I hope you will continue to follow. It is called God and Mind Power. The themes I am focusing on to help you and hopefully many others enhance your life are being aware of and accessing the power of God that so readily shares, and using one of His greatest gifts effectively…that is the power of your own mind.

I realize many of these same themes are shared at this site, and after 4 years of developing this site and meeting so many great people, I am certainly not giving this site up. I would hope you would still enjoy the almost 400 articles I have available here. It’s just that, as I said earlier, I feel the need to narrow my focus and start from scratch in doing so.

Once again, I thank you for your loyal readership on this site. The goal is to help you take your life to the highest level possible. I promise that does not change with a new site. As always, feel free to share your thoughts, comments, and anything you believe will help impact more people. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Can We Offend God?…It’s Not How You Think

August 4, 2016

Can we actually offend God? After all, as human beings, we do some evil things on a regular basis. Even good people, with good intentions fall short, make mistakes, and do things that our God would be disappointed with.

So the question again…can we offend God? In reality, I have learned that God is a forgiving God. I believe that if we ask for forgiveness, we are forgiven as simply as that. I believe He may be disappointed in our choices sometimes, but I’m not so sure He is offended.

At this point, I’ll put the concept on human terms. As mentioned, I don’t believe we can offend God. However, if we could, what do I think would offend Him the most? I don’t think it would be something bad we do or an action we should take and don’t. As I reflected on this, I firmly believe what would offend God the most, is not seeking His assistance. Think about it. He is God. He can do all things. He wants to do it all for us and bless us in ways we can’t even imagine. Yet we often don’t ask. We try to figure things out on our own, in our own flawed ways. We have the supreme power of the universe at our side at all times, someone who can’t wait to express that power on our behalf. Yet we don’t even consider asking Him most times.

I think about this in my own life. I am fortunate that I have a great relationship with my earthly father. For the most part, I believe I have made him proud. However, the times I have disappointed him most, are the times he was readily available to help, but I didn’t ask, and fell on my face as a result. He was ready and willing to help, but I didn’t ask and give him the chance to bless me. He still loved me of course, but I’m sure he was quite disappointed.

So what’s the solution for all this? Pour your heart out to God and ask Him to help. It’s as simple as that for whatever you need. His is there. He will answer. He will provide. If it’s not the way you asked for, it can only be better.

Again, I really don’t think we can offend God. However, why even cause the slightest disappointment because you did not ask for or rely on His power. I will say once again… GOD WANTS YOU TO ASK; GOD WANTS TO BLESS YOU BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS! Allow Him to do so and watch what happens. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

 


A Sure Way to Success and Prosperity

January 17, 2016

 

Success and prosperity is something we all crave in life. We all want to do well in life, achieve our goals, and experience financial freedom to enjoy life. If only there was a guaranteed formula to bring this about.

I am here to remind you that there is that formula you are looking for. If you know the Bible, you have probably read or heard this verse numerous times. I know I have. Yet if you are like me, you often feel good, but quickly move on not allowing yourself to fully realize the power in these words.

The key verse I am sharing is Joshua 1:8. I like the New Living Translation version best. It says… Study this Book of Instruction (The Bible) continually. “Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do”. God’s word is amazingly powerful. Every part of it is true. I know I have been guilty of reading the Word and knowing it, but not applying and doing it. Only recently have I realized the amazing blessings we receive when we completely live by God’s Word.

If you need further proof of this, just look in the next verse. It says… “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”. It means you do not have to fear. Here’s the bottom line…when you consistently live out the words of the Bible with confidence, knowing that God is with you every step of the way, you can only succeed!

As mentioned, I am realizing this more than ever now. That is why I feel the desperate need to share this with as many people as possible. Take the Bible to heart. It is inspired by God, and every word of it is true. Know that God will not go against His own word. He will do what He says He will do!

I challenge you today to find time to learn God’s word. When something stands out, stop and spend some time meditating on it. Then ask God how you can apply it to your life and live it out. If you ask, He will tell you. Doing this consistently will lead to the success and prosperity you are seeking. Even when and after it arrives, continue to seek God and live by His words. Your life will be filled with joy and miracles. Enjoy the blessings 🙂