Growing Prosperity – How Can the Power of Patience Help You Prosper?
The Power of Patience in an “I Want It Now” World!
for a society that wants to pick-up their prosperity –
like a drive thru meal.
Can anybody argue with the fact that:
we are now living in a microwave culture?
We now have all sorts of things from…
fast food, spray on tans, instant text messaging around the world…
to drive-thru marriage ceremonies.
The “I Want It Now” Prosperity
Most people are in a hurry to receive whatever it is they desire to have, and almost everyone wants it right now!
Unfortunately, the microwave attitude continues to play a part in much more significant issues in our life. We often approach God and ask him to get involved in a situation only because we want to do everything within our ability to get the answer we want, and that we want right now!
We expect to have God answer each of our prayers by the speed of a microwave dinner, otherwise we start taking matters into our own hands.
The thing is, those that have genuine faith will not be hindered by circumstances or even the passing of time. They will be steadfast, immoveable, unshakeable, habitual, and in addition, just won’t give up until they receive the manifestation of their God breathed prayer.
“Wait patiently for the Lord, be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
— Psalm 27:14
Patience to Prosper is Not the Norm
Patiently waiting is a principle to live by. Society will attempt to persuade people that to become a mover and a shaker these days they must win at any cost and also neglect others in their effort to be successful. On the contrary God does not intend we do any harm to others on our individual journey down the path towards prosperity.
God desires our heart to be dedicated to His way, His will, His instruction, His right timing. Many times that may require patiently waiting.
Of course, the things we do when we are patiently waiting are going to make a huge difference. The truth is: a lot of believers regard patiently waiting as wasted time. These people may truly want to see the Lord’s will be accomplished in their life; however they already have been trained to believe that God needs them to physically assist Him out, all of the time.
Patience that Places You in Position to Prosper
Bear in mind, people who wait patiently on the Lord place themselves in position to prosper. Take a look at these verses, and then be aware, the word ‘wait’ means to be available, to be ready, to expect, look, or wait patiently for:
- “Those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalm 37:9)
- “Blessed are those who wait for His help.” (Isaiah 30:18)
- “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him.” (Lamentations 3:25)
You will discover seasons in your life when God desires that you seek His presence and not seek Him just for his provision. In this fast paced world it is easy to get our priorities out of order.
Start patiently waiting on the Lord. Seek Him in prayer. Expect to see His promises fulfilled. Wait patiently for Him to set you up for future blessings. Worship Him. Many Christians will say this is time just wasted sitting around. But no!
Truth is: Patiently waiting on God requires faith, prayer, courage, and bravery. It takes a completely surrendered heart that trusts God, and believes His perfect timing is better than ours and will put us in the position to prosper.
May your patience increase as you wait on the Lord and position yourself for growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
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Celebrating Mom Today!
Happy Mother’s Day!
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Have a Blessed and Wonderful Day!
God bless you,
A Desire in the Heart and Magnetizing Thoughts
Dare to Listen to the Voice of God Calling You!
it is never too late to reach out and manifest those dreams and desires that God has placed on your heart…
The following is an excerpt from “How to Get What You Want” by Orison Swett Marden…
Enjoy the following, which is taken from chapter 2 of Marden’s book:
“‘Think the things you want.’ The profoundest philosophy is locked up in these few words.
Think of them clearly, persistently, concentrating upon them with all the force and might of your mind, and struggle toward them with all your energy. This is the way to make yourself a magnet for the things you want.
But the moment you begin to doubt, to worry, to fear, you demagnetize yourself, and the things you desire flee from you. You drive them away by your mental attitude.
They cannot come near you while you are deliberately separating yourself from them. You are going in one direction, and the things you want are going in the opposite direction.
“A desire in the heart for anything,” says H. Emilie Cady, “is God’s sure promise sent beforehand to indicate that it is yours already in the limitless realm of supply.”
No matter how discouraging your present outlook, how apparently unpromising your future, cling to your desire and you will realize it. Picture the ideal conditions, visualize the success, which you long to attain; imagine yourself already in the position you are ambitious to reach.
Do not acknowledge limitations, do not allow any other suggestion to lodge in your mind than the success you long for, the conditions you aspire to.
Picture your desires as actually realized, and hold fast to your vision with all the tenacity you can muster. This is the way out of your difficulties; this is the way to open the door ahead of you to the place higher up, to better and brighter conditions.
When Clifton Crawford, the actor, started on his career in America, he played in one-week performances in small towns and cities. One night he was told by a prominent member of the company that his work wasn’t much good, that he would never be successful, and had better go back home to Scotland.
Notwithstanding this discouraging but well-meant criticism and advice, young Crawford remained in America, continued in his profession and in a comparatively short time reached the coveted position of a Broadway ‘star.’
After his first success in New York he had the satisfaction of meeting the friend who had advised him to return to his own country, and reminded him of the incident.
Clifton Crawford won out because he related himself mentally to the thing he wanted, because he listened to the voice in his own soul rather than to the pessimistic predictions of outside voices.
“Why has the heart restless yearnings
For heights and steps untrod?
Some call it the voice of longing
And others the voice of God.”
That something within you which longs to be brought out, to be expressed, is the voice of God calling to you.
Don’t disregard it.
Don’t be afraid of your longings; there is divinity in them. Don’t try to strangle them because you think they are much too extravagant, too Utopian.
The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.
One reason why the lives of many of us are so narrow and pinched, small and common-place, is because we are afraid to fling out our desires, our longings, afraid to visualize them.
We become so accustomed to putting our confidence only in things that we see on the physical plane, in the material that is real to the senses, that it is very difficult for us to realize that the capital power, the force that does things, resides in the mind.
Instead of believing in our possession of the things we desire, we believe in our limitations, in our restrictions.
We demagnetize ourselves by wrong thinking and lack of faith.
We see only the obstacles in our path, and forget that man, working with God, is greater than any obstacle that can oppose itself to his will.” — Orison Swett Marden
“Be followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
— Hebrews 6:12
God bless you,
National Day of Prayer 2010 – America’s People Crying Out to God!
The People of the United States Pray to God in One Accord!
Below is the official proclamation from the President for the 2010 National Day of Prayer:
THE WHITE HOUSE
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 2010
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer. In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad.
On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation. Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation. Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.
We are blessed to live in a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles, thereby ensuring that all people of goodwill may hold and practice their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences. Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and thus we have long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day across the Nation.
Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from natural disasters in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere, and the people from those countries and from around the world who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to render aid. Let us pray for the families of the West Virginia miners, and the people of Poland who so recently and unexpectedly lost many of their beloved leaders. Let us pray for the safety and success of those who have left home to serve in our Armed Forces, putting their lives at risk in order to make the world a safer place. As we remember them, let us not forget their families and the substantial sacrifices that they make every day. Let us remember the unsung heroes who struggle to build their communities, raise their families, and help their neighbors, for they are the wellspring of our greatness. Finally, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere who join us in the aspiration for a world that is just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
[Source: http://nationaldayofprayer.org/news/2010-presidential-proclamation/ ]
When the First Continental Congress convened in 1774, Thomas Cushing encouraged the delegates to begin their proceedings with prayer. Prayer has always been a foundational and important part of the USA.
You can read more about this history in an article at the TheChristianPost called America’s Founders on Prayer and the National Day of Prayer
Be sure and take time to pray to God today with thanks!
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God bless you,
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What Are 3 Key Mistakes Christians Make When Meditating God’s Word?
Overcome Obstacles that Try to Keep You From Time in His Divine Presence
As children of God we should have a heart to seek wisdom and understanding of the Lord’s ways.
“My mouth shall speak of wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.” — Psalm 49:3
There is great wisdom in the Word of God just waiting to be revealed… but we have to do our part to discover it.
When Christians begin to meditate, they often make these 3 key mistakes:
1. Meditation Becomes a Religious Chore
First off, Christian meditation should not be looked at as a religious chore. We should look at it as an exciting time that keeps us blessed, happy, peaceful, successful, and prosperous even in times of trouble; because we are tapped in the power of God.
Once we make it a chore, our heart is no longer in it and we are no longer open to receiving. This essentially defeats the purpose to begin with.
So always remember what a blessing and privilege it is to spend time alone with the King of kings; God Himself. It is a gift to spend time in the power of His divine presence.
2. Lack of Flexibility When Meditating
The second mistake that many Christians make is jumping into meditation with a strict, fixed schedule. This can be a setup for failure if flexibility is not included in the mix.
We all know life is constantly showing up with the unexpected. And unfortunately, an unexpected interruption in a strict meditation routine will become an easy excuse to stop meditating all together. Allow yourself to be flexible with time and method, especially when getting started.
3. Failing to be Consistent When Meditating
The third mistake is failing to be consistent in the long run. Meditation can be practiced in different forms. So start with one or two ways that feel comfortable for you. Begin with a simple method and schedule that will allow you to be consistent.
The goal is to make meditating God’s Word a habit. That way, the Word of God will be built up in us and help us stand strong when the storms of life blow through. It is not about waiting to meditate as soon as a need arises in our life.
If you are a believer that has not yet made meditation a regular part of your life, well there is no better day than today to get started. If you are already meditating on God’s Word regularly, then keep at it and be consistent. The more time spent in meditation the easier it becomes.
In conclusion: Meditation enables us to purposefully take the time to draw near and make a connection to God. Do not let these common mistakes get in your way. We are well rewarded for the little effort meditating takes!
Are you ready to commit to daily Christian meditation in the empowering, living Word of God?
God bless you,
Growing Prosperity – To Be Blessed or Not To Be Blessed? That is the Question!
Why Not Grab Hold of a More Sure Force to Help You Prosper in Life?
However, the sad fact of the matter is that most people have bought into the “luck” system…
They believe that some people are just plain lucky and others are not. And if you don’t happen to be one of the lucky ones, well then, you are just “out of luck” and should never expect to prosper.
Well I’m here to tell you, the force you want present, in order to experience a life of growing prosperity, is the blessing of the God!
Yes, those who are blessed are obviously happy, and that happiness is on top of divine favor, and supernatural opportunities the blessing of God provides.
Do you want to be blessed or take your chance with luck?
Blessed and Highly Favored
How do you get the blessing? It simply requires switching from believing in the “luck” system, to believing in the blessing of God, and putting your faith in God.
First things first. Gaining knowledge and understanding of the blessing of God is required before believing and receiving it. The blessing of the Lord is important to God and He wants to see His children blessed.
In Numbers 6:23-27, He even gave specific instructions on how to bless them. They were told to say the following:
“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
After that God tells them He will put His blessing on them.
People used to take their children to Jesus and He would bless them. The last order of business Jesus did on this earth was to give a blessing. (Luke 24:50) God sent Jesus to bless us. (Acts 4:26)
A Blessing of Supernatural Abundance
In order to connect with the blessing of God and get results that manifest in life, it is important to mix your faith with it. God told Abraham he would bless him so great he would be a blessing to the whole world. (Genesis 12:3) Believers inherit the blessing of Abraham by faith. (Galatians 3:8-9) Faith requires believing and obeying the Word of God. Once you believe in the blessing and mix faith with it, it can increase!
“There is no telling where the blessing will end when you believe God.”
— Smith Wigglesworth
“Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45) God wants us to grab hold of His word in the same way. He wants us to boldly say in faith that we trust Him to do what He has promised. God is pleased when we manifest a faith that holds Him to His word.
The blessing of the Lord is supernatural and gives access to all the resources of heaven. You are called to carry a blessing and bless others. (Genesis 12:2) And remember, others can’t curse what God has blessed. (Numbers 22:12)
What is stopping you from being blessed? The blessing of God is yours if you want it. You can know it is for you and boldly claim it by faith. Get knowledge of it, believe it, speak it, and enjoy the benefits of abundant prosperity from it in all areas of your life; spiritually, mentally, physically, and financially.
May you tap into the blessing of God and experience a life of growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
P.S. This article was inspired from a recent visit to our church by Mark & Trina Hankins. I highly recommend all of their resources and you can find quite a few of them on amazon.