Use the Force Luke!

Despite popular self-help teachings there is no real power of the mind.  Lots of people have made lots and lots of money trying to convince us that our minds are somehow powerful and that all we have to do is learn to wield our power and life will be just fine.  If you want to quibble, the only “power” that our minds really hold is the “power” to choose whether or not we accept or reject information presented to it.  In other words we have the ability to decide what we believe to be true.  Now the good news is that there is power in this life that we have access  to (if we only knew it)!  This power comes from God.  Yet, this awesome, unlimited power doesn’t just enter our lives because we want it to or have a need.  Accessing God’s power isn’t like magic that comes to pass because we said some heartfelt prayer.  Imagine if everytime you had some need, God made it show up in the mailbox or on the doorstep.  Seems like us humans would get pretty lazy if everytime we faced a challenge we could say a prayer and God would solve it by instantly supplying the thing by dropping it through the roof.  Pretty soon there would be no need to work, to overcome, to figure things out, to change our thinking, to learn something new because everytime we felt some stress God would just step in and take over!   We will never get to experience God’s power that way, in fact we are going to spend a lot of time getting pretty angry with God for not doing what we demanded!!  Instead, we need to go the “rule” book and figure out how He says to do it. 

The way we gain access to God’s power (and let’s be honest, we need it) is by aligning our thinking with His thinking.  Our job is to get our old, stubborn minds to agree on some point of truth that God has communicated with us.  If we can get in harmony with a promise from God (and he has given us lots and lots of them) then and only then is something going to happen.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about all that silly Facebook rama lama about how God doesn’t give you what you want or God gives you what you don’t want to teach you something.  That, my friends, couldn’t be further from the truth! I’m pretty sure I work real hard to give my kids eveything they want and I don’t have unlimited resources like God does.  All of that non-Bible based nonsense is just another way of saying, “I don’t understand so here is my best guess.”  Of course God wants to give you what you want (and need) or He wouldn’t really be doing that well in the “God” business, would He?  The real reason so many good, kind, sincere folks don’t get their prayers answered is that they don’t meet Him half way with some good old fashioned believing.  That’s why it is so important for us to work on getting our thoughts in harmony with His thoughts.  If you can finally get around to literally believing what God said, you will tap into a power source that will truly roast your cookies (smile).  You will joyfully discover that there really isn’t anything in this life for you to be afraid of because your God is unlimited in His ability.  What situation can’t He help you fix?  What disease can’t He heal?  What dilemma that has you stumped, has Him stumped?  What evil, subtle deception fools Him or catches Him off guard? 

So, in order for you to get access to His power you have got to learn what the Good Book says about God and what it says He will do for you.  Until then you will be just guessing and hoping and wishing!  Surely you want some of that, don’t you?  Ladies and gentlemen, God’s power is real and He wants you to use it to live a life of abundance! 

Use the force Luke!

How to think fearlessly!

I’ll bet you didn’t know that there was a way to think properly, did you?  You would think that as “thinking” beings we would have this all figured out by now.  There’s just one problem however.  We can all think anything we want, but not everything we think is good or beneficial to us.  In fact, the natural (so called) way to think starts with fear, feeds on fear and ends with fear!  The world around us is drowning in a sea of fear.  Problem is, it’s so prevalent that folks hardly recognize it anymore.  Thoughts of doubt, worry, fear, and anxiety hold us in a mental prison.  A prison that gets more and more confined, the more we entertain those fears.  Now just think about that for a second…In order for fear to get a hold on us we have to consciously entertain that fear.  Translated that means you first think of some awful possibility (that hasn’t happened yet), then because it scared you, you feel like you have to hold on to that thought.  In fact, sometimes you might even forget about it for a minute, then hurry up and remind yourself about what was bothering you, then bring it back up again.  Did you ever stop to consider why we do this?  Well, I’ll tell you why (smile).  We do it because we are just sure we can figure the thing out if we give it enough thought.  The problem with that approach is that as you try and try and try to reason the thing out, it gains a deeper and tighter hold on you.  Newsflash folks!  You ain’t going to figure it out.  That fear has its basis in something outside of you.  And, that something knows you aren’t going to figure it out and because of that takes advantage of you.  At the end of the day, fear is spiritual in nature.  It comes from that opposing force that seeks to enslave you.  Sadly, when you give it space, it will eat you alive. 

So, how can you escape?  How can you get to the place where you can take that first breath of “fear-free” air?  Trust me, when the fear is finally gone from your thinking, life takes on a whole new light.  All of those possibilities you dreamed of when you were young come back into focus.  Instead of being woefully distracted, you become alive, dynamic and full of energy to do what you want to do!  So, the simple answer is refuse to think it.  Refuse to entertain the evil thought.  Refuse to try to figure it out.  Tell your finite human logic, your ego, that the solution to this situation is not what it seems.  Let it go…  The predominant message in the Bible is, “fear not!”  Maybe God knows a thing or two about fear.  You might not know this, but everything we have in life comes to us via our believing.  People that enjoy success have believed for success.   People that are happy have believed to be happy.  But, here’s where it gets sticky.  Fear is also a form of believing.  That which you adamantly fear and worry about is going to come your way if you persist!  Your subconscious mind (or your heart if you prefer) is the great citadel from which your life springs forth.  If you constantly deluge your mind with fear and worry (and how can you not seeing we are engulfed in it?), those thoughts eventually filter down into your heart and produce a tangible equivalent in your life.  It shows up as sickness and disease; it shows up as lack and poverty; it shows up as defeat in any category that we allowed it to live in.  So, you my friends, must make it your number one enemy.  Don’t let it persist for a second.  Don’t play semantics and call it caution.  Don’t listen to the so-called majority, because they have been living in it for so long they couldn’t help you if they tried.  Instead try putting this “idea”  into the crucible of your experience.  It won’t be easy at first because you have developed some bad habits.  But, if you persist, I mean really get determined, you will find yourself feeling an odd unusual sensation called “peace”, the kind that God wants people to enjoy…Of course there is more to this, but maybe that will be the subject of another blog!

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