THE CHRISTIAN SUCCESS INSTITUTE’S STUDY OF
The Law of Attraction A Christian Perspective
Pastor Bobby Keating 12/13/2008
An analysis of the Law of Attraction using Biblical Standards and concepts
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Table of Contents Preface – A Warning A Brief History of ‗The Law of Attraction‘ The Reality of ‗The Law of Attraction‘ in your life now The Scientific view - What are positive and negative vibrations? The Biblical view Happiness For Times Like These The Significance of The Words We Say and Think Identify Your Objectives Chapter 11 The Parable of the 3 Servants The 5-step application of this Law of Attraction Page 4 Page 5 Page 9 Page 11 Page 13 Page 17 Page 24 Page 25 Page 28 Page 30 Page 36 Page 40
1) Identify yourself a.) Who am I? b.) What is my position? 2) Identify your objective a.) Contrast b.) clarity 3) Focus a.) Diligent Bible Study b.) The power of prayer c.) The concentration of prayer energy d.) Positive affirmation in prayer 4) Allowing your prayers to be answered a.) The biggest mistake b.) Words 5) Believing the believable Putting this all together
A Warning When you begin this study, prepare yourself to be attached by your enemy. You are about to enter a world with a new and fresh look at yourself and your relationship with the Universe – the Creator of the Universe. You will be learning principles that the world does not want you to learn. You will be developing concepts that are opposed to the world view. You will be recreating the way you think and your pattern of actions. The enemy of mankind, in often very subtle ways, will try his best to discourage you. He will come against you with the aid of many who are close to you and many for whom you have a deep respect. He will try everything to plant negative thoughts and ideas into your path. He does not want you to learn that he is powerless and that he can only affect your life in the areas in which you give him permission. Do not be surprised when he tries to confuse you with ideas that may, on the surface, seem to be valid. You are about to change your perception of the world into which you were born. You are going to break the bondage that the devil has placed on you over many years. You are taking the first steps to renewing your mind and your perception of this physical world and your spiritual life as well.
An Introduction to the Law of Attraction – A Christian Perspective
Quite some time ago I was introduced to the Law of Attraction, a wealth building program that promotes the idea that we can attract whatever we want in this universe and repel those things that we do not want in our lives. The Movie ―The Secret‖ is credited with propelling this idea or system of thought into the mainstream of human experience. The actual beginning of this modern day concept of the Law of Attraction is attributed to a gentleman who lived in the 1800. His name was Wallace D. Wattles. He wrote a book called ‗The Science of Getting Rich – The Proven Mental Program to a Life of Wealth.‘ His primary motivation for his book and his system is ‗to get rich.‘ If you were to read this book you would see that Mr. Wallace was under the same impression that most secular humanist are, still today. He was familiar with the myth that you must be poor to be pious. He was taught and was familiar with the teachings of the ‗church authorities‘ that wealth breeds sin. He summarily rejects this idea but, instead of researching the truth, he dismisses all of the truth and attributes good things to an ‗Intelligent Substances‘ which is ALL. He attributes this as a ‗Living Substance‘ that not only is ALL but lives in All of us. I wonder, if Mr. Wallace had taken the time to understand the true nature of ALL (God), would he have come to the same conclusion. This is my greatest contention with the majority of Christian teaching, then and now. We are taught that God wants us to be poor and not to be tempted with material things. I do not know where this is substantiated in Scripture. The Holy Bible I read tells me the exact opposite. God wants us to prosper as our souls prosper. He wants us to seek Him first. He wants us to diligently study His Holy Word in order that we might be good stewards of all that He gives us. Often people say that Jesus said ‗It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.‖ This is true. Jesus said that. We must however realize that He was referring to the rich young man who was in love with his wealth. Refer to Matthew 19:17-25 (New American Standard Bible) 17And He said to him, "Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments." 18Then he said to Him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER; YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; YOU SHALL NOT STEAL; YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS; 19HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 20 The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?" 21Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
22But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property. 23And Jesus said to His disciples, "Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24"Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 25When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, "Then who can be saved?" The rich young man was more in love with his wealth than he was with God. He had asked Jesus how he could have eternal life. Jesus told him to sell all of his possessions and give it all to the poor. The rich young man did not realize that Scripture tells us that everything we give will be returned to us and multiplied. The rich young man did not realize that by obeying Christ he would have actually become even wealthier. When we look only for wealth, we actually lose more than we could ever gain. When we seek first the Kingdom of Heaven (God), we gain more than we could ever want. The rich young man in this account was not familiar with the Law of God or the Law of Attraction. Unfortunately neither was Mr. Wallace. In his book, he attributes all of the truly godly qualities of our Creator to a less intrusive metaphysical concept. He was working under the same misconception that most Christians work under. That is the misconception that God does not want us to prosper. Ask yourself a question. How can poor Christians do the work of spreading the Gospel and helping others? It is a clear fact that, in this world in which we live, you must have money and resources to be able to reach others. God could very easily cause a loaf of bread to miraculously appear in front of a hungry child. According to what I have learned in His Holy Word, He wants you and me to put the bread in front of the hungry child to bring Him the honor and the glory. If you do not have the money to pay for the bread, where will it come from? Mr. Wallace has taken what the Bible says and has secularized it to appeal to those whose opinion of Christianity has been jaded by those who want to control Christians. He has presented a viable and workable theory. He simply, as have many, left out the most important element of the theory. He left out God. After having done a great deal of research, I have determined that this does work to some degree as it stands. The good news is that it takes on an entirely different level of success when the fundamentals of this process are given the correct perspective. This is information that everyone, Christian or non-Christian, needs to explore. I want to shed some very relevant light on this process that will enable thousands of people to reach the level of success that God intends for His beloved creation, mankind. It is my desire and intention to introduce this analysis and application to both Christian believers and those who are not Christians. Many of you have seen the numerous offerings of this system
(simply do a search for ‗The Law of Attraction‘ on Google or Yahoo or any of the search engines and directories) and have dismissed it as hoodoo or neo-pagan claptrap. I want to dispel those ideas and demonstrate that this ‗concept‘ is neither paganistic in its origin nor spiritual hoodoo in its derivation. Every segment of this system is biblically based and, without trepidation, I submit that it works on a level that most people could not even imagine. There have been literally thousands who have realized a great deal of success by applying what is being offered. As it is, though, most Christians have a discernable problem adhering to the principles that are promoted by the mainstream. I want to show everyone the absolutes involved and the truth that makes this system work. This will not only produce amazing results in your position in life but it will also deepen your faith to a level that most Christians have not even considered. In order to truly understand the biblical principles that come into play, we must realize that, although inadvertently, most Christians (I would even say, the majority of Christians) have been taught near truths, not necessarily wrong but purposefully misleading. Much of this is through innocently believing ideas that have been passed down from the early formation of the organized ‗church.‘ There are some basic biblical concepts that have been taught with a slant that does not necessarily make them false in every instance but they lead people, believers and non-believers, to wrong conclusions. Of course, there are also some damaging misconceptions being perpetuated by otherwise well meaning Christians. I have discovered that Christians can often be their own worst enemy. Too many who were called to believe have been summarily dismissed and discouraged by those who are supposed to be sharing the Gospel. (More on this later.) Before we get into the ‗meat and potatoes‘ of this analysis, we need to look closely at who we are, where we are and why we are. We must understand God‘s purpose for creating this physical universe. I believe in the omniscience of God. I believe that He is all powerful. I believe that He, with simple spoken words, created everything that is. If you do not believe this, don‘t worry. Bear with me and continue reading. First of all we need to think about God‘s purpose for creating a physical universe. Jesus told us in John 4:24 (NKJV) that ―God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.‖ This clearly means that God is a spiritual being, living in a spiritual kingdom. This also tells us that we have the capability to commune with Him through our spiritual being. This also tells us that He has absolutely one purpose for creating a physical world, a world filled with everything that we know to be beautiful and useful, all of the bounty and resources that any physical creation would or could need or want. The Genesis account of creation notes that everything that was created was ‗good‘ in God‘s eyes. When a perfect God expresses His pleasure in His creation, it must be pretty close to perfect. The important thing that relates to us, human beings, is that He created this entire world before He created mankind. He created this physical world as a habitat for His physical creation, mankind.
When we are able to grasp the concept that God created this physical world and everything in it for us, we can then understand that He wanted (and wants) us to enjoy all of it. He created all of the land, sea, sky, animals, gold, silver, diamonds, etc. for me and for you. It is mankind‘s disobedience that caused us to relinquish ‗dominion‘ over everything that exists in this physical world. But, He had a plan for that as well. He caused His Holy Word to become physical flesh in order to give us a way back to Him and to restore, to those who love Him, ‗dominion‘ over every good thing that exists. We will begin the analysis of The Law of Attraction in a Christian perspective by looking at the major premises that drive this system. To substantiate the validity of this system for Christians, I will use scripture from the Holy Bible (Old and New Testaments) to clarify the concepts in terms that are sound Christian principles. Once you understand how this works for a Christian, I will delve into the practical application of these biblical principles.
The Reality of The Law of Attraction
Whether we choose to believe it or not, the Law of Attraction is at work in your life at this very moment. This is the nature of a law, natural or manmade. If you have ever been stopped by a policeman and were told that you broke a law, you may understand this. You may not have been aware of that particular law that you are accused of breaking. In the eyes of the law enforcement officer it makes no difference whether you were aware that the law existed or not. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Ignorance of the law of attraction is no excuse either. We may not want to accept the fact that every good thing and every bad thing that happens in our life happens with our permission. Christians have been taught to blame the devil for every bad thing that happens to them. This is a great cop out! By blaming every misfortune that befalls you on an outside force, beyond your control, you do not have to assume responsibility for the results. This, even though a pitiful situation, is a common and everyday experience. The devil made me do it! I was a victim of circumstance. These are merely excuses that people like to give for their failures and misfortunes. This is also very untrue. Humans love to find someone or something to blame for the circumstances in their lives. It is unfortunate that these excuses are often validated by ‗good‘ ministers who reinforce the victim mindset. These circumstances are in direct relationship to our ‗mindset.‘ Is it not true that Jesus defeated the devil? Is it not true that Jesus not only forgave our sins but also gave us dominion over the devil and the world? Are we not told in the Bible that all we have to do is resist the devil and tell him to leave? Satan is a defeated foe. He no longer has dominion over Christian believers. He only has permission to do the things that you allow him to do in your life. His advantage is that most Christians do not ‗want‘ to believe this because believing this will take away their excuses for failure. Believing that the devil can only do to you what you allow him to do places full responsibility for your circumstances on you. For most, that‘s a bitter pill to swallow. Whether you accept it or not, you attract everything that is in your life and you repel those things that are not in your life. Face the facts. Accept responsibility for your own actions (voluntary and involuntary.) If you read closely the section on ‗Words‘, you will see that every word you speak, think, write, read and hear is a powerful force in forging your life. When you read the section on ‗Mindset‘ you will see that the strongholds that you have built are a result of your developed mental attitudes toward yourself and the world (your reality) in which you live. This is a good place to interject a warning to parents. The words that you speak over and to your children not only affect the circumstances in their lives but they also affect their perception of themselves, their ‗mindset.‘ If you tell a child often enough that he is stupid, he will believe you and act stupidly. Tell him that he is worthless and that is the way the he will perceive himself to be. Tell a child that he is a good person, show him the example in your actions and he will develop that attitude. Children need, crave, the approval of their parents in order to develop a healthy attitude toward themselves. Often when we pass along the negative treatment that we received as a child, we perpetuate these generational curses.
What is important here is that we realize that what we say, what we think, and the manner in which we act and react determines what we attract to our lives.
The Scientific View of the Law of Attraction Science can be defined as a systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation. Science is therefore an attempt at explaining the ‗laws‘ and ‗theories‘ that give definition to the functioning of the ‗physical‘ or ‗material‘ world in which we live. The scientific laws are ideas and concepts that can be proven through a systematic regimen of observation and comparison that proves that the expected outcome will always be generated. When we apply this attitude, the scientific attitude, to concepts that we find in the Law of Attraction, we can see that the premises of this law meet the scientific criteria that are set forth for any law. There has been extensive study of the effect of physical laws on psychological responses in the world. This gives a psychological foundation for ‗positive thinking‘ and the development of the Law of Attraction. Science teaches us that there is matter and that there is energy. If we look at the composition of matter we can break it down to its atomic structure. All matter is composed of atoms. Every atom has a nucleus (protons and neutrons) and electrons which orbit around the nucleus. All electrons orbit the nucleus of the atom in a prescribed ‗orbit‘ or energy level in order to maintain the stability of the atom. Electrons can be compelled to assume a higher orbit by the addition of some ‗energy source.‘ They can be compelled to assume a lower energy level or orbit when they emit or give off energy. When atoms are aligned they create a ‗motive‘ force or vibration. An example of this is the aligning of atoms in a piece of metal to cause it to become ‗magnetic.‘ This creation of positive (+) and negative (-) poles is a fact of nature or science. Whether you are familiar with this ‗law‘ or not, every atom of your being adheres to it. Science, by its definition, has also shown to us that if there are physical laws that can be observed and quantified, there are probably similar ‗laws‘ in other areas that exist even though, at present, they cannot be quantified. The vibrations of each atom are in accordance with the physical laws that govern this physical world. They have definite effects, both positive and negative, on everything that exists. This is a fascinating fact. For me, science in itself proves that there is a magnificent Creator who planned for every possible thing that could ever exist. The mere creation of matter and energy is an amazing thing. The ability to create this matter and energy and to create the laws that will govern all matter and energy shows the absolute nature of Almighty God. God not only created all of the matter and energy that exists but He also put laws into effect that would cause them to work in harmony. Everything that exists vibrates. If something exists on the physical level, it is composed of atoms. Every atom is composed of electrons, neutrons and protons. The relationship of the ‗atomic‘ components generates a vibration. Words that you speak are created by your vocal cords vibrating. Radio signals are generated on a spectrum of vibrations. Electricity vibrates by the disruption of electrons on an atomic level. The power to create and the power to destroy are a generation of vibrations.
In the 1980‘s the term ‗vibe‘ was coined to describe a felling. Good vibrations and bad vibrations were the designations used to describe the feelings that one receives from another or emanates from itself. I am sure that each person reading this has encountered someone and ‗gotten the feeling‘ that the person was trustworthy or not. We humans and all animals can ‗sense‘ the vibrations that are emanated by others. Have you ever met an individual at a party or a meeting or a simple introduction by a friend and had the feeling that that person was not who he portrayed himself to be. I surely have. There was a certain ‗vibe‘ that they person gave off that caused alarms to go off in your head. Now I know that the next example is something that no one has ever experienced. Have you ever heard a politician speak and deep within your heart you knew that they were not being truthful? What we have to realize about science is that it can only define things in the physical world. Since the physical world has its roots in the spiritual world, so does science. Science however is not an end in itself. Science simply shows the immense power of God. He not only created everything that exists from absolutely nothing but he also created a set of physical laws which govern the disposition of everything physical. What we, as Christians, must understand is that even though the physical laws do not govern the spiritual world, the spiritual laws do govern the physical world. Unfortunately science can only concern itself with the physical existence of matter and energy. It is a subset of the laws which govern all existence. These are God‘s Spiritual laws. In consideration of the Law of Attraction, the physical laws of matter and energy do apply. A piece of metal can be affected on an atomic level to render it ‗magnetic‘ by aligning its atomic structure. Does this scientific law apply only to metal? As it applies to the Law of Attraction, we as human beings can also become ‗magnetic.‘ Even though you may not realize it, you are magnetic. The polarity in your body can affect a watch or even a TV set. Some of you may remember, back in the old days, every TV set had ‗rabbit ears,‘ an antenna that resembled the shape of rabbits ears. When the signal would get fuzzy or snowy, often simply touching the antenna with your hand would further tune the reception. There are many other examples of this. Just think about it. Rub your feet on a carpet and touch your finger tip to a metal object. You can also magnetize yourself to attract things that you want and too often things that you do not want. This is the purpose for this study. When you study the Holy Scripture diligently and put certain principles into motion, you will align your spiritual being with the spiritual being of the Holy Spirit of the Creator of all that is. You will then be able to attract those things into your life that you want and to repel those things which you do not want. This spiritual magnetization is a gift from God.
The Biblical View
All of us, to some degree, have experienced the outcomes of some endeavor. It may have been horrible or just bad, or maybe mediocre or all right, or really good or great or absolutely fantastic. To some degree, in my short 50 something years, I have experienced all of these outcomes. If you take a close look at some of the most successful people in history, you‘ll learn that they also have experienced the entire spectrum of outcomes such as these. However, if you look at the area of their greatest endeavor, you‘ll clearly see that all, without exception, win their goals by using one principle or skill that Solomon purports to be of the greatest necessity. When you study the success training Bible study at the Christian Success Institute, you‘ll read that same concept (skill) repeated time and time again. When you study the lives of our founding fathers, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and others or study the lives of John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Sam Walton, Walt Disney, Bill Gates and many others you‘ll see this skill used without fail. This skill is so incredibly powerful that hardly any achievement is ever reached or accomplished without its use. This skill, of which Solomon was convinced, is not a difficult skill to learn; yet very few learn it. The difficulty lies in its application. With all of the advertising and marketing done today, we are programmed to expect ‗instant gratification.‘ We want what we want and we want it now in abundance. We try things for a little while but if we cannot get the maximum return with the least effort, we give up and move on. This is precisely why there is so much money made by get rich quick scam artist. People today want to sit on the coach and have a magic business that just pours money into their bank account with as little effort as possible. Instant gratification with as little effort as possible is no different than playing a lottery and it is very rarely rewarding. This skill that has been the one key to success for many is, as Solomon puts it, ‗diligence‘. The dictionary defines diligence as - constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind. Often we are told that diligence is equivalent to ‗hard work‘, but this is not necessarily true. Solomon helps us understand that diligence is ‗working smarter not harder‘. I have a friend who is extremely successful and he always told me that success comes from working smarter and not harder. There are many out there in this world who work hard all of their lives but never succeed. Diligence is not a natural trait of human beings. Our natural drive is to get as much as we can, as quickly as we can with as little effort as possible. Diligence is an acquired or learned skill that takes ‗perseverance‘, ‗dedication‘ and ‗motivation.‘ In order for us to fully understand what Solomon‘s concept of diligence was we must look at his reference point. Solomon was involved in mining. His choice of a word that has been translated ‗diligent‘ has its roots in mining. He even admonishes us to seek wisdom and understand as though we were looking for gold or silver (again a mining reference). In Proverbs 20:11 (NIV) Solomon tells us. ―Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.‖
We see than diligence is not simply ‗perseverance‘, ‗dedication‘ and ‗motivation.‘ It is also initiated by what is 'pure and right.' When we take the example of mining, we can understand ‗pure‘. We dig and dig and dig until we find a nugget of ore. We take that ore and apply heat until all of the impurities are burned away leaving the pure gold or silver. We can apply this to our study of success. We diligently study until we find that nugget of wisdom. By apply the heat that is generated by situations in our life, we burn away all that does not have a use until we are left with the pure nugget of wisdom that will give us the result that we need. Diligence, therefore, is a learnable skill that is comprised of creative persistence, a ‗worksmarter‘ effort that is rightly planned and performed in an efficient, effective and timely manner that results in a pure and high quality of excellence. Don‘t let self-doubt enter in. At this point you may be thinking that you do not possess the qualities that are necessary to be a creative and persistent person. You do have these qualities. They are raw and possibly well hidden beneath the rubble of your life but they can be mined and refined simply by a little effort. Your enemy in this physical world does not want you to succeed. Your success is 'to the glory of God' and the ruler of this world does not want you to bring glory to Christ. He will be diligent in his efforts to discourage you. Be persistent and motivated by the purest of motivations – developing a closer relationship with Christ in order to learn and bring God glory through Christ. Always remember that you are a member of the royal family of the King of Kings. You are a special creation of the Creator of the Universe. You were creates on purpose and with a purpose. Almighty God loves you dearly and not only wants you to succeed in life but also has given you the method and means. All you need to do is ‗study to show yourself approved in the eyes of God.‘ Let‘s take a close look at some of the outcomes or rewards that you will realize by developing ‗diligence.‘ It is natural for human being to seek the path of least resistance. It is our nature to ‗go with the flow‘ and not to ‗swim upstream‘. Solomon understood that we need to be motivated to take a path that is not as easy as the one that we have pursued. He tells us that being truly diligent will bring us priceless rewards, while a lack of diligence will result in devastating consequences. Following is a list of some of the rewards that Solomon has listed for us as a motivation to become diligent. Before we begin with Solomon‘s list, let me interject that the truest reward is a deep and personal relationship with Christ. That is the best reward that you will ever need and should ever want. As you continue through this success training you will begin to realize the absolute truth of this. The diligent student will gain advantage. In Proverbs 20:15 (NASB), ―The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage,‖ and Proverbs 20:15 (NLT), ―Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,‖ Which would you consider to be the better situation, in every effort that you put forth to have a position of strong and unshakable advantage or the handicap of doubt? Solomon clearly tell us that ‗the plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage‘. No matter what the situation, whether we
are in competition with an individual, with a company, with time or simply a situation, those who are diligent will have the advantage. This will result in greater productivity, lasting achievements, greater wealth and fulfillment in life. The diligent student will gain control of situations rather that the situations having control. In Proverbs 12:24 (NIV) Solomon teaches us that, ―Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.‖ Would you prefer to control you situation or have your situation control you. The case with most people is that their situation controls them. Solomon teaches us that the diligent will not only control his situation but also will enhance the situation of those around him. The diligent student will experience true fulfillment in life. In Proverbs 13:4 (NIV) Solomon tells us that, ―The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.‖ When we look around ourselves we see that here in the USA there is a great hunger, not for food but for possessions. The hunger is excited by the vision that is forced upon the people by television and the media. We Americans have a greater amount of debt and lower savings that any previous generation in our nation‘s history! No matter how much we get, it‘s never enough. Just imagine what it would be like to be totally fulfilled and satisfied with what you have been blessed with. This is the reality of the diligent. The diligent student will attain the respect and admiration of those in authority. In Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV) Solomon tells us, ―Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.‖ Everyone in our society is looking for the attention of those in power – our 15 minutes of fame. Those who are truly diligent do not need to look for attention or recognition; they are sought after by those in authority. The accomplishments of the diligent outshine others so brightly that they draw the attention of those around them. The diligent student will have their needs satisfied. In Proverbs 28:19 (NKJV) Solomon states that, ―He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!‖ He is telling us that those who work diligently in their area of endeavor will have their material needs met abundantly. He also warns that those who follow foolish men will suffer poverty. He is in essence telling us that those foolish men who appear on the surface to be successful will try to lead you into ‗get rich quick schemes‘. If it sounds too good to be true, you can bet that it is. When you encounter these people (and there is an abundance of them on the Internet,) run away from them. The diligent student will experience ever-increasing success. In Proverbs 13:11 (NKJV) Solomon writes, ―Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.‖ Solomon wants us to know that the diligent person‘s provision and prosperity, his wealth and status will constantly grow. Thos who gain their wealth through devious methods or with no work will soon be left lacking. Take for example big lottery
winners. In a very short time they are usually broke again. If you look at the luxurious accommodations that the Casinos in Los Vegas offer to high rollers, you wonder why they are so generous. They do not do this out of kindness. They know that no matter how much the high roller wins, he will always end up loosing more than he will win. The diligent student’s efforts will be profitable. In Proverbs 14:23 (NKJV) King Solomon tells us that, ―In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty.‖ He tells us that all diligent labor results in profit and that that profit is through reaching the goals that we have set. It doesn‘t matter where the labor is applied. If we diligently work at our job, we will profit. If we diligently work at our studies, we will profit. If we diligently work at our marriage, it will grow into a beautiful relationship. If we diligently labor at raising our children, they will develop a strong relationship with us. All diligent labor will profit.
This may seem like a diversion from our topic but, at this point, there are a few things that we need to discover before we can truly appreciate a successful life. What good would it do us to have all the wealth and riches in the world and not be happy with our lives? I think that I‘m safe in saying that the majority of human beings have a desire to be happy. Look at the advertisements on TV and Radio and Periodicals and even those in your email. We are constantly enticed to buy products or engage services that are going to bring us happiness. Some even believe that wealth will bring happiness. What do you think would bring you happiness? Too often people will say that wealth will bring them happiness. I would be quick to point out that there are thousands of wealthy people who are miserable. If you were to say that good health would make you happy, consider all of those you know who are very healthy but have poor marriages or hate the job that they‘re in. In order to answer this question, we need to delve a little deeper. Is there really anything in this material world that will bring you lasting happiness? Consider the fact that we are not simply physical being living in a physical world. We need to ponder the question, ―Am I a physical being who occasionally has a spiritual experience?‖ or ―Am I a spiritual being who is at present having a physical experience?‖ Often we are told in the Bible about the spiritual aspect of our being. If we want to understand what would make us happy, we need to understand who we are. In the first chapter of the Book of Jeremiah we are given the answer to the question of who we are as God talks to the prophet. He tells Jeremiah that He knew him before he was conceived in his mother‘s womb. How often have people read this and simply not understood the profound implications. We are spiritual beings who have existed in the mind of God since before the beginning of time. We are the reason that He created this magnificent physical world. He created us to be spiritual beings living in a physical world (to have a physical experience). Because of the enmity between the devil and God, Paul tells us that we are engaged in a constant struggle, the physical body and the spirit. Satan wants us to consider only our physical being as a source of happiness but true lasting happiness originates in our spirit. Everything else is only an illusion, an attempt to keep us on the wrong path seeking happiness where it doesn‘t exist. Happiness begins in our spirit. If we are not aware of our spirit, we have no clear understanding of happiness and how to attain it. The seed of happiness comes from joy. When our spirits are joyful in our relationship with Christ, we can then understand and seek true happiness. The only real joy comes from a close and personal relationship with Christ. When we understand that the eternal part of us, our spirits, are the wellspring of happiness that we can physically enjoy, we begin to seek the happiness that will dramatically change our lives, both spiritually and physically.
Solomon wrote nearly 3000 years ago that a merry heart was like a medicine. Medical researchers today are proclaiming the discovery that the emotion disposition of a patient affects the recovery process of people who are ill. Some researchers even claim that people who are ‗happy‘ are less likely to become ill than those who have a sad attitude. Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV) – ―A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.‖ We can see that the ‗merry‘, the happiness, begins in the heart and then ‗like a medicine‘ adds health to our bodies. It is an amazing thing to me that Solomon made reference to the bones. Medical research tells us that the marrow in the bones is where our red blood cells are produced and is the seat of the health of our immune system, which wards off illness. We know that when our immune system is weak, we are susceptible to all sorts of diseases and ailments. The heart is the seat of our feelings and emotions. So, in order to be happy, we must have happiness in our hearts first. Happiness is a heartfelt joy that is consistent, persistent and everlasting. When you become a diligent student of God‘s Wisdom happiness will bloom in your innermost being and its sweet fragrance will fill you allowing you to enjoy every aspect of your life, physically and spiritually. What did Solomon discover concerning happiness? As you study the writings of Solomon, The Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in particular, you can see that he found the true source of happiness – what it takes to attain it, sustain it and make it grow and bloom in you life. You will also discover that there are several barriers to happiness that we all face. We are going to discuss these barriers and how to overcome them in a practical motif. Looking for happiness in the wrong places Solomon, through his experiences, lets us know that wealth alone in not the place to look for happiness. In Ecclesiastes 5:10 (New Living Translation) he states, ―Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!‖ As Solomon became wealthier and wealthier, his vast coffers filling with everything that the physical world holds as precious, he put wisdom aside and as his treasury grew so grew his arrogance. It was toward the end of his days that he realized that all of these physical treasures were nothing but illusions that had seduced him and that seduce many men. He saw that mere physical wealth grew more and more meaningless as the riches grew. The appeal of the treasures dimmed as his years progressed. He referred to these riches and to many other earthly endeavors as vanity. Solomon used the word ‗vanity‘ to describe those things that appeared wonderful and appealing on the surface but, when examined more closely, were of very little worth. Solomon discovered that gathering anything that had no eternal purpose or value was simply void of the power to produce true happiness. No matter how much material wealth a person acquires, it soon looses it appeal and the temporary illusion of happiness.
A lack of being grateful Most of us take for granted the majority of marvelous, better yet miraculous, gifts that have been given us. We are so jaded by the material world that we do not take the opportunity to consider the things that we already have much less offer thanks or gratitude for them. Recently I took my elderly mother for a doctor‘s appointment. She is truly a beautiful lady of 82 years. I thank God every day that He has given me the privilege of providing her with loving care. I always go with her because she suffers from Alzheimer‘s and can‘t remember what to tell the doctor or what he tells her. While we were in the examining room I stood looking at a cutaway chart of the human ear. I noticed all of the intricacies of the bone structure and mechanisms that not only enable us to hear but to distinguish one sound from another. I wondered how anyone could even imagine that this was a result of random accidents over millions of years. The Holy Spirit (my constant companion) whispered gently in my ear how awesome this really was. I was filled with an overwhelming joy and gratitude that God was so matriculate in His design of the human body. I thought about Proverbs 20:12 (NLT), ―Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the L ord.‖ Have you ever thought about how complex the human body is? What a marvelous design God gave us. How often do you thank Him for the marvelous things that we have in our daily lives that we take for granted - absolutely miraculous things that He has given us that we do not even give a second thought. Instead of acting like spoiled little children and pouting when we don‘t get something that we want, we should be in a constant state of gratitude for all that we have. A lack of gratitude sets us up for unhappiness. If we cannot be happy with the simple, how can we be happy with the complex? It is impossible to be thankful and unhappy at the same moment in time. When you feel unhappy there is a simple little exercise that you can do to lift yourself out of that bottomless pit. This little exercise can increase your happiness level. Make a list of all the things in your life that you should be grateful for. When you begin to feel unhappy, read your list. This will surely over time become a source of happiness in your life.
Do not covet your neighbor’s possessions Have you ever caught yourself thinking, ―Man, if I had a house like so and so…‖ or ―If I had the opportunities that so and so has had…‖ or ―Man, if I had his money…‖ These are indications of a devastating sin called ‗envy‘. Proverbs 27:4 tells us ―Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?‖
Envy or covetousness or jealousy is dangerous and will become one of your biggest barriers to happiness. Think about this. How can you be happy and envious or jealous at the same time? You can‘t. Envy is a negative emotion. You cannot focus on what you have if you are always thinking about what you don‘t have. Envy will destroy you. Too often people are so consumed by their jealousy that they cannot concentrate on anything positive. The jealousy devours trust and love and kindness and replaces that with lust and anger. The world owes me… I hear and see too many people who think that the world owes them a living. They are under the impression that they are exclusively entitled to anything that they want. This attitude usually leads to deceit. Have you ever encountered someone who was absolutely right about everything, or at least they thought that they were. Proverbs 21:2 (KJV) explains ―Every way of a man is right in his own eyes…‖ I have never met a humble know-it-all. Selfishness The final obstacle or barrier that we need to overcome is one of the hardest. Selfishness is selfcenteredness or egocentric. This is when a person relies on his own understanding and ideas. When he holds his own motivation in his own heart and relies only on his feelings. Proverbs 28:26 (NKJV) warns us that ―He who trusts in his own heart is a fool…‖ A fool is someone who does not have God in his life. A fool is someone who puts his faith in his own understanding and doesn‘t consider the consequences. Solomon speaks often about the folly of the foolish and the ultimate misfortune of those who are foolish in their actions and attitudes. Basically we need to understand that we must ―Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;‖ Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV). The person who relies solely on his own understanding is basing his views and opinions on a very limited resource of knowledge. He is betting his entire future on his limited understanding of the way things work. Do you see why Solomon refers to this type of person as a fool? Next we are going to see how we can overcome or tear down these barriers to our happiness.
The best way to reach a destination is to follow the road signs. Solomon, in his Proverbs, has given us the road signs that we need to follow to achieve true and lasting happiness. These are important keys to learn. Without a clear understanding of these simple principles, we can neither understand nor have the understanding to accept the directions on our path to success. Understanding who you are When we begin to get a picture of who we really are and why God created this magnificent world, we begin to look in the right place for the only true source of happiness. Drawing from my own experiences from a long hedonistic life, I can honestly say that there is no true and
lasting happiness when we concentrate on physical and material things. Wealth and physical pleasure have their season but they do not produce the attitude that is necessary for happiness. Understanding that we are primarily spiritual beings sheds light on the path to an everlasting happiness that material things will never produce. Our spirits, that eternal part of our being, will live forever. Our physical bodies are not going to survive. As the years pass we begin to see the vision fading, the hearing more strained, the energy level a bit less and our get-up-and-go will do just that. One day we‘ll realize that our get-up-and-go got up and went without us. To really appreciate happiness it must come from deep within our spiritual being. When we concentrate on feeding our spiritual being he grows strong. When we delight in our spiritual life, we begin to understand who we are. The Psalmist (King Solomon‘s father King David) told us to ‗delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart‘. When we become diligent students of God‘s Holy Word a deep reaching joy starts blooming in our hearts (a merry heart is like a medicine). A deep, close and personal relationship with Christ will bring you happiness, not just a spiritual happiness but also the ability to truly appreciate and be happy in the physical world as well. Developing an Attitude of Gratitude We saw in the previous discussions that our lack of gratitude is a stumbling block to our attaining happiness. There remedy for this is to make a list of things that we need to be grateful for. Every day, as part of your morning ritual, read over some of the things on your list and take a moment to thank your Creator for those things. During the day, at some point, read a few of the things that you have on your list and say a simple thank you prayer to your Holy God for His love. In the evening, read the list again and again express your gratitude. Make it a habit to thank God for the things in your life that you have been taking for granted. Be sincere, realizing that without anything else added to our lives, God has been gracious and merciful. He has given us all of the small things and He has given us the greatest Gift of all. He has given Himself in love that we might have a way to Him. Envy or jealousy is a destroyer of happiness When we concentrate on the things that others have and that we lack, our focus is on a negative aspect of living. If you let the seeds of envy, jealousy or covetousness grow, they will produce something that will choke any possibility for happiness. Make a habit of thanking God for the blessings of others. When you see someone with a better car or home or boat than you have, thank God for his or her good fortune. Learn to let the accomplishments of others bring gladness to your heart. You may not realize it but often those who possess bigger and nicer things than you have just might be very miserable in their personal lives. You may never know what they have had to sacrifice to get what they have. Often their show of happiness is nothing more than a thin veneer that is covering deep scars of unhappiness. Move from the center of your world. Place Christ as your center and your focus Christ told us to ―seek first the Kingdom of Heaven…‖ Some humans never move out of that ―mine‖ stage of childhood where the child makes claim to everything in reach. No matter how
strongly we want to believe that we are the center of the universe, we‘re not. When we make Christ the center of our lives and we focus on Him, everything else will be added to us. Instead of concentrating on the creation, we need to concentrate on the Creator. Instead of concentrating on the material things, we need to concentrate on the One who owns all of it and who has the power to bless us with stewardship of vast wealth for His glory.
Walk wisely King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 4:7 that Wisdom is supreme and that we should seek understanding at all cost. This is crucial to living a successful life. We must realize that wisdom is not something that you keep in your mind or stuffed away in a file cabinet somewhere. Wisdom entails action. It is the application of the knowledge that we learn through study and meditation and through discussion to our daily lives. It‘s the same with money. Money is nothing but paper until you use it. Wisdom is only ideas until you use them. We are told in the New Testament that Christ has been made wisdom for us. Therefore it is easy to see that in order for us to walk with wisdom we must walk with Christ. Success depends on your relationship with Christ. Wisdom is the effective application of the truth learned to the daily life of the successful Christian.
Review the section that you have just read on Happiness. Identify the barriers to happiness that are at work in your life. Write a list of the barriers that you can identify. Determine whether these barriers are because of:
1.)____ your insistence on doing things your way with your own understanding
2.)____ your lack of an attitude of gratitude
3.)____ your seeking happiness in places that are not the places you should be looking (the wrong places)
4.)____ your envy or jealousy of others
5.)____ your sense of 'me first' or that you are entitles to something.
Prioritize this list. Determine which of these attitudes is the most influential and the one that needs the most attention. Under each of these barriers, list ways that you can overcome or break that barrier down. Prioritize that list starting with the easiest to accomplish. Beside each of these, ways place a target date for accomplishing that goal. This, in essence, is mapping your path to success in overcoming the barriers that stand between you and your true happiness. Make a list of all of the things that you should be thankful for in your life; you physical being, your relationships, etc. Make a habit of reading over this list and taking a moment to thank God for all that He has done for you. Share what you have learned with someone who needs it.
For Times Like These
So often I hear people complaining about all of the bad things that are happening in our society today. They talk about the 'good ole days' when life was good. I sometimes think about the character, Walter Middy. Walter Middy was a daydreamer. He was always fantasizing about an exciting adventure. His life, in his opinion, was pretty droll and humdrum. Nothing exciting ever happened to him.
I think that it is human nature to want something different in life, to be somewhere else, to have different circumstances. I can see the worry and frustration on the faces of those I meet. The News telecasts are full of what's wrong with society today. I have heard some say that they wish that they had been born in a different time or, worse yet, they wonder why God put them here in this time.
This brings to mind a conversation between Mordacai and Esther (Hadassah) in the Old Testament book of Esther. He made a profound statement that to me seems to answer this question of why we live in these desperate times. Mordacai told Esther in chapter 4:14, "For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?"
We must all realize that God is all knowing, all powerful and ever present in the affairs of mankind. He, as was told us in the first chapter of Jeremiah, knew us before we were placed in the womb of our mother. He knows the circumstances of today. He sees the bad and the good and He has a plan for all of it. He placed me and you and everyone else here 'for times like these.' He has given each of us special talents and abilities to deal with situations that we face. It is up to us to learn what it is that we need to do and how to do it. God has a purpose for each one of us and He knows the time for that action. We are none of us accidents. He has a purpose for creating us. We were created on purpose for a purpose. ―Who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?" In order to deal with the situations in our lives and to survive the circumstances in which we live, we must diligently study God's Holy Wisdom and above all else trust in Him.
The Significance of Words
The dictionary (http://dictionary.reference.com) definition of ‗word‘ is: –noun 1. a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, which functions as a principal carrier of meaning. Words are composed of one or more morphemes and are either the smallest units susceptible of independent use or consist of two or three such units combined under certain linking conditions, as with the loss of primary accent that distinguishes blackʹbirdʹ from blackʹ birdʹ. Words are usually separated by spaces in writing, and are distinguished phonologically, as by accent, in many languages.
Words (spoken, thought or written) carry an immense amount of power. They are the expression of every possible emotion. Words can be soothing, reassuring, affirming, edifying and empowering. Words can also be deceptive, irritating, aggressive, hurtful, devastating and destructive. Their power resides in their intent and use. Even in the worst of situations, kind words can sooth anger or hurt. They can also rip the heart from someone when spoken by someone they love. (See Proverbs 15:1 - A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.) There are literally thousands of instances that demonstrate the effects of words. The Holy Bible begins with an illustration of the creative power that words hold. (Genesis 1) They resonate with power, sometimes positive and at other times negative. Also, let‘s reference John 1:1-3 –―In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. ― Everything that exists was called into being with words by ‗The Word.‘ In James‘ Epistle 3:5, the apostle tells us that ―Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!‖ There is power in the use of words, power to create and power to destroy. In the Apostle Peter‘s first epistle we are given some great instruction for using our tongues (words). 1Peter 3:10 (NKJV) says, ―He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.‖ Basically, I understand this to mean that, if I love life and want to live a good life, I must not use negative words to express the emotions of my heart, nor should I dwell on any negative thought. Let me interject here that, until you can control your thoughts and speech, you are vulnerable. Until you take control of your ‗thought process,‘ there is an enemy, Satan, who has a carefully thought out paln to destroy you.
King David, in the NKJV wrote about a man‘s words 63 times. One of my favorites and also one that truly exemplifies the use of words in attracting good things to come to us is Psalm 54:2 ―Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.‖ This is something that we need to inscribe in our hearts. If we want good things, blessings, in our lives, we must be careful of the words that we use (speak, think, write, etc) because God, the magnificent Creator, the absolute creation force, hears EVERY word that we speak. In attracting the things that we want it is important to realize that we need first to attract the attention of the One who has the ability to create what we want. We must understand also that it is critical for us (those of us who want to attain success) to DILIGENTLY study God‘s Word. Proverbs 4:4 (NKJV) states, ―He also taught me, and said to me: ―Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.‖ God wants us to read, reread, study, and hide His Holy Word in our hearts. This is one of my most important instructions for the principles used in the Christian perspective of the Law of Attraction. Fill your heart, your mind, your life with the Holy Resonating Word of God. This will attract God‘s blessings. By filling yourself, your conscientiousness, with God‘s Holy Word will cause His light (Christ) to shine through you, lighting the path for good things to come to you. Do not ‗worry‘ about physical possessions. God created everything that exists in an amount that is enough for all who love Him. Everything already belongs to you. You are heir and so-heir of the Kingdom with Christ. How can I say this? Romans 4:13 - For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. Romans 8:16-18 - The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Galatians 3:28-29 - There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise. What does this have to do with words? Everything that exists was spoken into existence. Whether you believe it or not, everything in your life is the result of the words spoken before you, over you to you and by you. You can and do create the reality that you live in because of the words that you speak, think, read and write. Your enemy knows that, if he can plant an idea in your head, a negative thought, that your human nature will nurture that thought and let it grow and preside within your thoughts. Satan knows that in your thoughts, in your mind, is the perfect place to attack you. He knows that he can subtly place a thought or make a suggestion that will lead you away from ‗godly thoughts.‘ He knows that you have been conditioned though your life to succumb to wrong thinking.
If you were to take time to study the events in your life you would be able to see a pattern form, a pattern of negativity. You have literally been trained, but unknowing individuals in your life, to accept the negative. If this were not the case, why do most news broadcasts only contain negative things? The negative is sensational and will draw more attention than the positive. This is the importance of retraining your thoughts and your speech to be positive. It took a lifetime to create the negativity in your life, it will also take some time to reprogram, refresh, and renew your mind. Anyone who can claim that this can be an instantaneous process is deluding himself. The devil does not give up that easily. Simply put, a man is as he thinks in his heart. You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind.
Identify Your Objectives
Most people have a preconceived notion that in order to win big you must wheel and deal and drive a hard bargain. When you use Christian Principles in your dealings with others, you will find that not only will you receive great value you will often give in turn greater value than your ‗deal‘ is worth. You may find this to be a strange concept. Society and ‗the world‘ have taught us and want us to believe that we must often take unfair advantage of others in order to increase our return on an investment. I will use the same illustration that Mr. Wattles used in his book ‗The Science of getting Rich‘ to explain this simple principle. Mr. Wattle‘s book is credited as the basis for The Law of Attraction. The Holy Bible is attributed by me and many other successful Christians as the basis for The Christian Perspective on the Law of Attraction. If I were to take an expensive painting, say its fair market value is $500.00 dollars, to a small Eskimo village in Alaska and I traded the painting for some beautiful fur pelts that have a market value of $500.00. I paid $100.00 for the painting. Even though the painting is worth $500.00 to an art collector, it really has very little value to the Eskimo villager. I have been told that I am a good salesman and that I could sell ice to Eskimos. I have still wronged the Eskimo. If instead I were to have traded him a $50.00 rifle and a box of ammunition, I then have given value to his life. He can now go out and hunt more, providing valuable furs and food for his family. It is not always the advantage in a deal but the value received for the value given. There has been a positive exchange of goods on both parts. This will always give you an advantage over other wheelers and dealers. As far as success goes, some Christians are under the impression that all they have to do is pray for what they want and need and God will make it miraculously appear out of thin air. This is not a realistic view nor is it practical and, worse yet, gives no honor to God. Jesus told us in the 6 th chapter of Matthew not to worry about what we would eat, where we would live or what we would drink but to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and then all of the other would be added to us. In the Psalms we are told to delight in the Lord and He would give us the desires of our hearts. Working together these two Scriptures tell us something very important. When we pray for ‗this or that,‘ our focus is on the ‗this or that.‘ When our focus is on filling ourselves with the light and goodness of Christ, we can still obtain the ‗this and that‘ that we pray for by attracting it into our lives relying on the magnetic force of the presence of the creative force (the Holy Spirit) that lives inside of us. We learn through our diligent study of God‘s Wisdom that our lives contrast to the lives of others, Christian and non-Christian, in that our focus is on Christ. By diligent study of God‘s Holy Word we can learn the essential element to the Christian Perspective to the Law of Attraction. Our view of our spiritual world and the physical world in which we reside becomes clearer. When we are able to see the contrast in the way we view and react to the situations in our lives to
the way others view and react to situations in their lives, we make the Christian Law of Attraction work in amazing ways. When we are able to see how these two worlds contrast, we are able to understand how each functions. Contrast gives us an opportunity to look at each component of the picture with clarity. We can clearly see each element of our lives which gives us the opportunity to get a sense of clarity about our interaction with both the spiritual and the physical worlds. We are able to see the formation of ideas in the spiritual word and their manifestation, through the creation power of the Holy Spirit of God, of these ideas in the material world. The key element to determining your objectives is diligent study of the Bible. We must study to show ourselves approved. 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) ―Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.‖
Chapter 11 You may wonder why this chapter in the Christian Perspective of the Law of Attraction has been named Chapter 11. There is an explanation. Rather than naming this chapter ―The Solution‖ or ―The Conclusion‖ or something in that vein and allowing the reader to skip ahead to get ―The Secret‖ to the Christian Perspective of the Law of Attraction, it was important for the reader to read the previous chapters to get a feel and a basis for the material in this chapter. In business, Chapter 11 is a term for a specific type of bankruptcy. In the dictionary (http://dictionary.reference.com) Chapter 11 is defined as: –noun U.S. Law. a section of the Bankruptcy Code that provides for the reorganization of an insolvent corporation under court supervision and can establish a schedule for the payment of debts and, in some cases, a new corporation that can continue to do business.
For many reasons Christians and, without saying, non-believers have reached a spiritual insolvency which has caused them to enter into the gates of a Spiritual Chapter 11. There are many Christians who have reached only the surface of the things that God wants for their lives. They are believers and they have, at least verbally, confessed that they have ‗given their lives‘ (an ambiguous Christian Jargon) to Christ. However, they have not been taught the deeper understanding that God wants them to learn. They have not become diligent students of His Holy Word. There are many born again believers who have only scratched the surface of the magnificent world that awaits them. They have not been taught that there is no separation from the spiritual world and the physical. They are still working with a ‗secular‘ mindset and think that God is far off in a place called Heaven and sometimes listens to the prayers of the lowly human being who kneels begging to be blessed. Too many Christians have been introduced to Christ to offer a solution to specific problems in their lives. ―Come to Christ if you have a failing marriage or if you are addicted to some substance or your life is full of strife and worry or if you have this problem or that problem.‖ Even though Christ is the solution for these problems, they are not the reason to accept Him as your Savior. Most modern day evangelists and ministers try so hard to bring people to Christ that they too have forgotten the only reason for anyone to come to Christ. They are so adamant about getting converts that they appeal to the wrong reasons for someone to come to Christ. Christ came to this physical world to save sinners. God incarnated His Holy Word to become flesh to offer Himself as a sacrifice to pay for the sins of mankind. He did not choose to die on a cross at Calvary to save a marriage or to deliver someone from addiction. He died at Calvary, nailed to a tree, in order to offer ‗forgiveness‘ to those who have sinned against God. He died in order to offer us a way to reconcile to God. He died to offer us a path back to the Creator of the Universe. He died to forgive each one of us for the sins that we have committed.
This is the true and the only reason that we should bring people to Christ and to bring Christ to the hurting. Paul tells us that ―while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.‖ We humans, Gods favored creation, have turned our backs on God and His Law. We have allowed ourselves to believe that we are merely physical beings trying to make it in a hard and often cruel world. We have rejected God so that we could live a life full of the ‗physical‘ and transient pleasures of this world. We have allowed ourselves to believe the lies of the enemy of God and mankind. Accepting Christ is the most wonderful miracle that will ever happen in a person‘s life. Accepting Christ as Savior and accepting His gift of salvation from sin is only the beginning, yet, most stop there. It is similar to accepting an invitation to the most magnificent banquet ever given and stopping inside the doorway. You are there at the banquet but you do not allow yourself to feast on what has been offered. You must understand that God has prepared a feast for you ‗in the presence of your enemies.‘ He freely offers salvation and the authority to enjoy everything that He has created for you and, still, most stop just inside the door. Christians have not been taught what the Holy Bible has to say about their true relationship to God. In the early days of the Church, in an attempt to ‗control‘ the mass of believers, Christians were taught to be poor and pious. They were taught that the only way to salvation was to forsake everything that God has created. They were taught that wealth and abundance was bad and would only lead to sin. If this were true, the ones who possess the most wealth and material treasures would be the most sinful. Why then is the largest corporation or company with the greatest wealth and assets and holding the same Church that teaches that with wealth there is sin? Why is it that the ‗Church‘ is the keeper of some of the most magnificent worldly treasures? It is not my intention to insult or accuse anyone. It is not my intent to hurt anyone‘s feelings. It is my intent to let you know that many of the things that have been and are being taught to Christians is shaded with misconception. God created this entire physical world with all of its beauty and bounty for those who love Him. That means you. He is the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills. He owns all of the silver and the gold. Everything that was created was created by Him and belongs to Him. But, mankind, by the spirit of this world, has not been taught the difference between ‗ownership‘ and ‗stewardship.‘ Therein is the rub. The following Scriptures from Pau‘s letter to Timothy hold an extremely important key to your becoming a successful Christian and your application of the Christian Perspective to the Law of Attraction. 1 st Timothy 1:6-7 says, ―For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.
This passage gives us a picture of some modern theology. There are too many who are teaching what they have been taught in error. There are too many who are continuing a misconception of what the Bible wants to teach us about this world and the one to come. 1 st Timothy 6:6-10, ―But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. This Scripture is the key to understanding the concept of Christian Success. The first statement “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” is an essential concept that we must understand. Our attempt at godliness (being endowed with godly principles) is a means for great gain (both spiritual and physical) when it is accompanied by contentment. It will help you to understand the remainder of this Scripture when you understand ‗contentment.‘ Contentment is the state of being content or satisfied with what we have. When we are able to be content (satisfied) with those things that we have, we have entered into His house with thanksgiving. When you show and express your gratitude for the things that you have, you demonstrate that God‘s provision is your satisfaction. When you are thankful for what you have, you open the door for more. “For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.” What we have here in this physical world is for us here and only here. This should tell us that we are to have and use the resources here for the time that we have here. Do not become attached to ‗things.‘ We only have them for a little while. “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” God will provide us with the basic necessities. You might then ask, ―What about those who do not have food or covering? Does God not want them to have those basic necessities?‖ God wants each one of us to have everything that He has created for us. There are many who do not know this and who have no idea how to get them. This is why He has given me and you the opportunity to not only have (stewardship not ownership) an abundance. He wants to work a miracle or bless others through us while we give Him the honor and the glory for it. He wants us to feed others less fortunate and clothe them. He wants us to feed them physically and spiritually. He wants us to spread the Good News and to teach others His Holy Word and the principle and concepts of living that are contained in His Word. He wants you to learn to be a blessing conduit for others. We must learn to do this for His honor and glory and not for ours. “ But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many grieves. “ When our focus is on riches or wealth, we are plunged into ruin and destruction. It is not money that is evil. It is man‘s consuming desire for money that leads to ruin. If you are ‗content‘ with what you have, you are not consumed with a desire for wealth. You are consumed with a desire for Christ. When our focus is on money or possessions or wealth we can easily be lead away from true faith. When our focus is on Christ, no matter how wealthy He makes us, we do not succumb to the temptations of money and power. When we realize that
wealth is not the end that we seek, we are able to focus on Christ and use the abundance that He gives us to do the work that He wants us to do. When we are able to be truly thankful for everything that God has provided for us, He will make us stewards of much more because He knows that we have proven that He is the most important thing in our hearts. He knows that we will use what He gives us to help others in His name. This all boils down to the following:
Be thankful, content, with what you have. Focus all of your attention on Him. Diligently study His Holy Word (study to show yourself approved) Trust Him for EVERYTHING that you need. Let your trust in Him build your faith in Him Open your mind and your heart to His instruction Dedicate yourself to others and not to yourself. Give more than you have Concentrate on sharing the Joy that is the knowledge of Christ with everyone. Fill your life with His light. He is the true source of light. Learn everything that will help you do what He has anointed you to do. When you are 100% dedicated to Christ, He will live in you. When the Creator of everything that is shines through you, you will attract everything that is good and you will repel everything that is bad.
What about those Christians who are already wealthy? 1 st Timothy 6:17, ―Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.‖ I love that expression ―… God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy,‖ This is good news. To become successful and to attract everything, all blessings, that will enable us to spread the Gospel, feed the hungry, liberate the oppressed, free the captives, and give the life that Christ offers us, we need to diligently focus our attention on Christ and His Holy Scripture and allow Him to fill our lives with His Light and all of the abundance that He has promised. John 10:10 tells us, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.‖ Jesus is telling us that the thief, Satan, comes only to steal (to steal our joy), to kill (to kill our hope) and to destroy our faith and our relationship with God. Our enemy, Satan, knows that if we persist in our diligent study of God‘s Word, our faith in Christ will grow. When our faith grows we believe more deeply. When we believe more deeply we trust God‘s promises to us. Jesus has come to give us life (eternal). He has come to give us everything to sustain that life. He has given us a way to the Father, the Creator of all that is (physical and spiritual), by sacrificing
Himself to pay for our sin debt. Paul tells us that ―there are none righteous; no, not one‖ and that while we were still sinners that Christ died for us. Through Christ‘s sacrifice on the cross, He has given us a path to redemption. He has freely given us, through His grace, the way to reconcile with the Almighty Creator of everything. This reconciliation is the solution to everything in our lives. Because of the magnitude of the love that Christ has shown us, we are able to take our rightful place as God‘s children, heirs to His Kingdom. That Kingdom includes everything that is spiritual and everything that has been manifested through the spiritual world into the physical world. Since, as the Apostle Peter told us that God is not a respecter of persons, each and every one of us who dedicates his life and focuses all of his attention on Him, is qualified to live an eternal life (with Him forever) and an abundant life here on this physical plain of existence. God wants us to freely accept what He has done for us through Christ. He wants us to believe (John 3:16 – whosoever believes), to grow our faith and understanding through diligent study and praise and prayer, and to trust Him for everything that we need and want. When we are not only satisfied but also thankful for what we have (whether meager or abundant), we prove ourselves to be good stewards of God‘s Possessions (everything). When we prove ourselves and demonstrate, as in the parable of the three servants, that we are capable and willing to use what we are given for the glory of God, He will make us rulers over many things. (Matthew 25:1-30 … ‗Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.‘) Jesus explains to us in John chapter 15 how it all works. He wants us to bear fruit, to accomplish what He has set out for us to do. Sometimes He has to prune us back a little. This allows us to flourish. In verse 4 Jesus tells us that on our own strength we cannot bear fruit. He is telling us that He is the source of everything that we will ever accomplish. Simply put, when we are living in Christ and He is living in us, we attract every blessing that the Father has pre-ordained for us. God told us in the Book of Jeremiah, as He spoke to the prophet, ―I knew you before you were conceived in your mother‘s womb...‖ He not only knew us, He selected each one of us for a purpose and for the work that He wants us to accomplish. We must prepare ourselves through prayer and diligent study to take on the tasks and prove ourselves ready for the work that He wants us to accomplish in His Name and for His Glory. John 15 Jesus Is the Vine--Followers Are Branches 1"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8"My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9"Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11"These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. Jesus gave us the very best instructions for becoming successful in every area of life. ―Abide in My love.‖ When we abide in the love that is Jesus we are centered in both the physical and the spiritual worlds. He told us that all we need to do is keep His commandments and then we would abide in His love. When we keep His commandments, abide in His love, we can ask for whatever we wish and it will be done for us. Many have misunderstood this. What will truly amaze you is that when you abide in Him and He abides in you those desires in your heart will change from the selfish fleshly desires that bombard our lives. When your heart is full of Christ‘s love your perspectives change and your objectives will change. When you allow your world to be filled with the Light of the Creator of the Universe, you will begin to desire only those things which will glorify the Father through Jesus Christ. This happens when you focus fully upon Him. That is the true secret of success. Concentrate prayerfully on this. Read and re-read this section several times. Refer to the section on the Study of King Solomon‘s Principles for Successful Living. There is more…
Jesus' Parable of The 3 Servants and The Talents In the New Testament we are given several parables that Jesus used to reveal truths about The Kingdom of Heaven. The dictionary definition of the word parable is: (1) a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. (2) a statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy, or the like. Jesus used these stories (analogies) to reveal some profound truths to us, if we are diligent enough to ‗study‘ and not simply read them for face value. The simplicity of these parables is profound in itself. Jesus knew that there would be those who would only understand the simple meaning of His parable. He was also aware that there would be those, diligent in their study of His Word, who could take the deeper meaning and apply it to their lives. Let‘s take a deep look at the parable about the three servants and the talents. Let‘s understanding that ‗talent‘, according to the dictionary means: (1) a special natural ability or aptitude: a talent for drawing. (2) a capacity for achievement or success; ability: young men of talent. (3) a power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement: so called from the parable in Matt. 25:14–30. (4) any of various ancient units of weight, as a unit of Palestine and Syria equal to 3000 shekels, or a unit of Greece equal to 6000 drachmas. (5) any of various ancient Hebrew or Attic monetary units equal in value to that of a talent weight of gold, silver, or other metal. This can be and should be applied to Christian daily life. Mathew 25:14-30 14 ―For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord‘s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 ―So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‗Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.‘
21 His lord said to him, ‗Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.‘ 2 2 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‗Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.‘ 23 His lord said to him, ‗Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.‘ 24 ―Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‗Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.‘ 26 ―But his lord answered and said to him, ‗You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 ‗For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.‘ The first of these verses (14) is a description of God‘s attitude toward us. He has entrusted His possessions with us. He has also given us the ‗manual‘ which instructs us what we should accomplish with that which He has entrusted us. In The next verse (15) He has given an introduction to the way in which He sees each of His servants. He gave to each according to his abilities. This shows that each of us has abilities and God discerns our abilities. He knows each one of us. In 2 Timothy 2:15, the Apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, illustrates to us the measure by which our abilities are discerned by God. ― 15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.‖ In some translations it says be diligent instead of study. They are both correct and speak of the same thing. We are to study or be diligent to rightly divide the Word of Truth. The more that we study God‘s Wisdom, the better we understand what He wants from each of us. The more we understand, the better we can accomplish that which He has given us to do.
When we see the dispensing of the talents, again we understand a little more. God gave the first servant 5 talent and the second servant received 2 talents. What could have been the discerning factor in the disposition of the talents? I see that the first student had demonstrated his abilities to his master by being diligent in everything that his master set him to do. His knew his master better and was obviously more adept at performing the duties that the master assigned him. This comes from diligently learning what would please his master. He had reached a different level of faith. (this will be another discussion of this parable) The second servant was entrusted with less, only 2 talents. What can we infer from this difference? The second servant was more than likely diligent, but to a lesser degree that the first servant. He may not have been as observant and may not have done all of his tasks to the best of his abilities. He was, although, at a level of faith beyond the third servant. The third servant, who I believe represents the majority of Christians and those who have not made a total commitment to faith, was given the minimum of talents. He may not have been as diligent in his efforts. He may have been the type of person who only does the minimum, just to get by. It is obvious that even though he had a superficial knowledge of his master, he was not learned in the higher aspect of his master‘s character. He may have only known ‗about‘ his master and hsd little knowledge of His tue nature. It is unfortunate but very true that the majority of Christians have little knowledge of their master. They have not put forth the effort to study and get a deeper knowledge of their Master‘s character nor of His will. Of course, their belief has brought them to the Master‘s house but their lack of understanding cripples their ability to perform as their Master wants. Most Christians are content to settle for the table scraps. They are content with their own salvation and prefer to ignore the deeper understanding of their Masters Will. This is really a two part analogy. One part deals with our willingness to do what the Master wants us to do with the talents with which He has blessed us. This involves our depth of study of His Holy Wisdom – our diligent study of His Holy Word. The second part of this analogy deals with the level of faith that each of us attains through our study. All Christians know ‗about‘ God. A small few know Him personally. The only way for a Christian to ‗know‘ God is to diligently study His Holy Word. The more that we study, the deeper that we delve into His Holy Wisdom, the greater the revelation of who He is, given us by the guidance of His Holy Spirit. The more we study, the better we know Him and the greater our ability to ‗rightly divide‘ His Word of Truth. This is expressed beautifully in the Amplified Bible – ―Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. Through this we can see that the first servant had ‗proven‘ himself in his master‘s eyes. He was a diligent student, had studied the nature and character of his master and, through a higher level of faith, used everything as wisely as he could to increase that with which he had been entrusted, to the best of his abilities.
Even though the second servant brought about the same result as the first, he doubled his master‘s money, he had only been blessed with a small portion. Why do you think this happened? He had not ‗proven‘ himself to be able to handle more. He was given according to his abilities. He was on the right track but had not reached a higher level of faith. Would you like to reach a higher level of faith? Would you like to be entrusted with more of God‘s possessions? Become a diligent student of His Holy Wisdom. Study diligently to show yourself worthy of trust and increase your ability to ‗rightly divide‘ [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] God‘s Word of Truth.
The 5-step application of this Law of Attraction
1.) Identify yourself a.) Who am I? b.) What is my position? 2.) Identify your objective a.) Contrast b.) clarity 3.) Focus a.) Diligent Bible Study b.) The power of prayer c.) The concentration of prayer energy d.) Positive affirmation in prayer 4.) Allowing your prayers to be answered a.) The biggest mistake b.) Words 5.) Believing the believable We have introduced the concept of The Law of Attraction from a Christian perspective. The world thinks that this concept is a secular one, one that was discovered by those who have no belief in God and who disdain the very mention of God. The purpose and intent of this introduction is to re-introduce the Christian principles that cause this Law of Attraction to work. The concept was introduced to mainstream society by a movie. This is so often the case. I have noticed that some have completely defined their lives and their belief systems by a Hollywood version of the world that is desired. Man has a tendency to find a life and belief system that justifies the life system that he wants. When they state that Christianity and the laws of God do not apply to them because they choose not to believe them, they make a grave error. A law is a law and it does not make a difference whether it is a physical, spiritual or social law. Someone can say that he does not believe in large trucks. That belief, however farfetched, would demand to be tolerated. It is his belief and we would be considered intolerant if we dismissed it. If this is your belief, all I can say is do not stand in the middle of oncoming traffic on the Interstate highway. Let‘s begin by looking at step #1 – Identify yourself. You might respond to this, ―I am John.‖ This is your name. It does not tell who you are. There are thousands of others named John. You might respond, ―I am a doctor.‖ Again, this does not tell who you are. This only signifies your profession. There are thousands of doctors in this world. You might respond, ―I am Dr. John and I live in Memphis.‖ Once again, this only gives us your name, your profession and where you live.
The point that I am trying to make here is that you are a unique individual. There is no other human being on this planet that is exactly like you. You have special talents and attributes that no one else has. You are an individual. You must understand that you were created on purpose and with a purpose. God does not make mistakes and when He thought about you He created a plan that includes you. In the first chapter of the Book of Jeremiah God told the prophet that He knew him before he was conceived in his mother‘s womb. This defines your being. In answer to the question ―Who are you?‖ you can without hesitation reply that you are a special creation of the God Most High with special qualities and attributes. God created you with a purpose and He gave you all of the necessary instructions in His Holy Word to not only discover who you are but what you need to do. Step #1 part b addresses another question that each of us needs to discover. ―What is my position in this world?‖ You may think that this relates to your socio-economic position. There is a much higher purpose for the discussion of this question. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. In the vast expanses of this universe, each one of us has a position that is critical to our understanding of our relationship to every other person or object in the physical universe. Our spiritual position is clearly stated in the Scriptures. We are children of the Most High God. We are heirs to His Kingdom and co-heirs with Jesus Christ. This is a position of authority. Christ told us that we are given authority through His name. If we accept our spiritual position as The King‘s Child, we must understand that there is also a responsibility that accompanies that position. We must act as though we are royalty. We are in a spiritual position of power and authority. Does your physical position reflect this attitude? Since there is really no separation in the spiritual world and the physical world, we must break down the strongholds (mindsets) that have conditioned our position in life. We must align ourselves with the promises and the expectations that are given us in the Holy Scripture. We must do away with all negative attitudes towards ourselves and those around us. We must recreate our physical reality to reflect the importance of our spiritual reality. How is it possible for us to do this? First, let‘s understand that our present mindsets took many years to be built. Some of us have reinforced these ‗strongholds‘ as well. We have allowed the world in which we live to determine our positioning (social, economic, and relational.) We must enter a new area of life and announce to ourselves that royalty has entered the room. We must first change our mental attitudes about who we are in order for us to retrain ourselves to respond in the correct manner. You know that you are a child of the Living God, the King of Kings. You know that your spiritual position (where you are) is one of authority. You must realize that every negative thing that you believe about yourself is nothing more than a lie perpetrated by your enemy in order to deprive you of your true position. You must develop the attitude of a diligent student. You must read and reread the Scriptures studying, meditating and discussing the information that God has given you in His Holy Word. The more time that you spend deeply and diligently studying God‘s Holy Word, the deeper your understanding of who you are and where you are will become. This
in turn will feed your spiritual being with the spiritual nourishment that he needs to battle your flesh person and the temptations that your enemy presents.
Step #2 - Identify your objective This is an extremely important area of thought for the Christian. Why do you want wealth? Why do you need wealth? What will wealth do for you? Christ told us to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven. He also tells us to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, house the homeless and give those who are thirsty something to drink. Our object should never be the wealth but what the wealth will enable us to do. Without wealth we are powerless in this world to accomplish what we need to accomplish. Christ was not telling us that the wealth was bad but our motivation for the wealth and our attitude toward the possessing of wealth can lead us into the wrong thinking. Step #3 – Focus Have you ever tried concentrating on a particular project and having every distraction in the world ease its way into your line of site or hearing? This is particularly true when you sit down to study your Bible. As you begin reading everyone near you seems to have to have your attention - a question here and a question there. Often we try to study after we have had a grueling day at the office. The harder we try to read the heavier our eyes become. In our daily life this is also the case. When we are engaged in activities that are meant to enhance our spiritual life, every distraction possible will creep in. In order for us to get to where we want to be is to focus on our destination. Ultimately our destination is the presence of Christ. Step #4 – So often our prayers are nothing more than pleas for things. We entreat the Almighty Creator to magically zap what we want into existence. We are not really sure that this is right so we add ‗if it be your will, O Lord‘ into the mix to relieve our guilt for even asking. If you think it is not His will, do not ask. That would be rude. If it is His will, then why do you need to qualify it? You must first decide that He does or does not want something for you. If you diligently study the Holy Scripture you‘ll notice that God wants you to have and has already created everything for you. Why pray for something if within your heart you already do not believe that God will help you? You need to allow yourself to believe that your prayers are answerable. Step#5 Believe the unbelievable. Society and the world have already determined your station in life. The ‗church‘ has already determined what you are. You have been taught that you really do not deserve too much success. We have been conditioned to expect at most only a little. In order
for God‘s Law of Attraction to work for you, you need to destroy that mindset and believe the unbelievable. You are special. You are loved as much as anyone else. You have special talents and in the plan of plans you have a vital and integral part to place.
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