We’re all familiar with cause and effect, right? If you introduce a certain cause then you get a certain effect. If you mix two parts hydrogen with one part oxygen you get water, over and over and over again. But, what if the cause isn’t related to the effect? What if what you think is the cause isn’t really the cause at all? What if you have been trying so incredibly hard in order to receive some important result, but all of that effort doesn’t lead to the effect you are seeking? Well, that’s how many people are living and in the end we are left with a whole bunch of frustrated, unhappy people. How many times have you really, really tried to get something, only to finally give up and blame so other nebulous force by saying things like, “I guess it wasn’t God’s will that I have such and such!” Really? Our God of love and abundance doesn’t want you to have something? That’s not a logical cause, is it? That my friends is an excuse. God is always for you, not against you! He wants you to live a life of incredible abundance, but in order to do so you need to understand some basic principles of believing.
Believing is a cause that leads to an effect. You can always tell if you actually believed because you would have received the effect (result). If you didn’t receive, chances are you didn’t believe. Now, here is where it gets tricky. Perhaps tricky is the wrong word, because although we may get tricked (i.e. into thinking we are believing when we aren’t believing) the process isn’t really designed to be a “trick.” Perhaps an example would make it easier to understand. Let’s say you make $50,000 dollars a year and you would like to earn $75,000 dollars a year. So you are “believing” to get a better job that pays $75,000 a year. You submit your resume to employers; have some interviews and receive a job offer. The salary for the job offer is $50,000 dollars a year. Why? Why is it that although I want more, I seem to remain stuck at the same level? The answer to that question is found in the cause that leads to the effect. You might say, “I was doing everything right. I prayed about it; took the right actions; had a great interview and was offered the job!” “What else was I supposed to do?” The aforementioned “what else” is the cause that led to your effect. Although you earnestly sought after a result, in your heart of hearts, you really only expected the result that you got. Oh you can argue and say it aint so, but the effect you got reveals the cause (what you honestly believed when no-one else was watching/listening)!
All that we have in life; all that we are is the result of our believing! We believe what we have been taught and no-one can believe beyond what they have been taught. If you expect less you get less and if you expect more you get more. We all have error that we have learned and our job is to recognize that error and correct it. Instead of working so hard in life and getting weary, exhausted, and worn out, we should focus our efforts on changing the things we believe about ourselves and about life. You know, for example, how I know that God wants us to live a life of incredible prosperity? Because I read it in his Word! If I have been taught that God is not in favor of prosperity or that He wills for me to suffer need so that I can remain humble, then I am not saying what His word says; believing less than His word says, and receiving an effect that keeps pissing me off! (smile) So instead of getting mad at life; frustrated and angry, my job is to get real honest about what I really believe and work with God to correct my thinking. If I insist on persisting with my own way or worse ignoring the great law of life, then I will continue to wear myself out with stress and worry and die before my time. Simple as that. How many successful people do you know that are successful at the expense of their own health; their own families; their very own souls? Folks it aint worth it! Quit working so hard at life and learn a new way. Do something different.
One of the things I love best about God is that He teaches me about the spiritual side of life. He helps my foolish heart to understand. He shows me personally that the cause I have invested so much time in isn’t the cause at all. In short, God is a very efficient time saver! LOL Why not make the decision to learn something new? Trust me, life is a whole lot easier if you get God (the Author of Life) involved. Don’t believe everything you hear about how life works. The great media machine works tirelessly, day by day, to convince you of things that are just not true or perhaps are just not true for you. It’s a tough economy; you are never going to get that; jobs are down; money is down; health problems are up; there’s no solution for such and such etc., etc. Instead of wasting away your life or more accurately having your life wasted away, push on the brake pedal, stop the car and get on another road. You can! You should!
It is available for you learn and understand the “real” causes for things in this life and invest your time and energy in causes that will actually produce the result you are after! Life is spiritual folks and when you finally come to terms with that, your life will be incredibly full, rich and satisfying!
I want a new job! Hahahaha then believe!