“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22, 24
“There was an American who was visiting in England in a small British town. While there, he lost a very valuable dog. He went to the local newspaper to put in an advertisement about the lost dog, and offered 100 pounds for its return. The newspaper came out that afternoon. Later in the afternoon, he went out to his mailbox to look for the paper, but it wasn’t there. He went down to the corner to look for the newspaper, but he found, to his dismay, that there was no paper. He went to the newspaper office and he saw a small sign that read: There will be no afternoon edition today. We’re all out looking for a lost dog.”
Together, the group left the office to join the man in support of finding that which he lost and to grasp at the opportunity to achieve the regard of many. We should grasp the opportunity when it comes and go for it. We should know that, as we go for the opportunity, we are not going alone; God is going with us. And we, with His help, will find that which is lost.
Here is a story from a newspaper about God’s wonderworking power. “One day in the city of London in November, 1971. A young man, a talented architect, became depressed and decided to take his own life. He was going to jump in front of the next train that rolled into the station. In a few minutes, the young man heard the faint rumble of an approaching train. He inched up to the edge of the platform where he watched the subway headlights reflecting off the tracks. As it got closer, he took one last, deep breath to calm himself. As it rounded the curve, he jumped.
The engineer saw the young man jump, and he instinctively reached for the brake. Even as he did so, he knew it would be too late, for there was no way he could stop that train in time to save the young man. The front car had already begun to roll over the man lying there on the tracks. Just when it seemed as though they were going to crush him completely, the train screeched to a stop. The engineer stood there, amazed. He knew that his brake had not stopped that train. But what did? Firemen and ambulance attendants scrambled to the scene. They couldn’t believe how close the man had come to getting killed. He was squeezed so tightly under the first car that they had to get special equipment to jack up the train and free him. But the man was alive and he was unhurt.
In the meantime, subway officials had arrested a man who was on the same train. They charged him with pulling the emergency brake (which locks all the brakes on the train) for no reason. They had planned to take him to court, when they discovered that it was the emergency brake, and not the engineer’s brake, that had stopped the train and saved the young architect’s life. Once they heard this, they quickly dropped all the charges. Now, here is the strange thing about the incident. The man who pulled the emergency brake was much too far back in the train to see anyone jumping off the subway platform. Yet, he managed to pull the brake at just the right time. If he had waited a second or two longer, it would have been too late. If he couldn’t see anyone, why did he pull the brake? When subway officials asked him, he couldn’t give them a satisfactory explanation. He said that all he knew was that he had an uncontrollable urge to get up, walk over to the side of the railway car, and pull the brake. He didn’t find out until months later that his uncontrollable urge had saved someone’s life.”
God has great power. God has much more power than just working through our mind. God is working through everyone’s mind, even when we’re not aware of it.
1 Corinthians 16:9 …for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, ……
We need to realize that when we have the courage to stand up and take action and go the way we need to go, to follow that uncontrollable urge within us to do what we need to do to follow our hearts and dreams, that we’re not doing it alone. God IS with us!
There will be other people along the way to help us. There will be thoughts that come to us that help. We need, from our adult minds, to find again that innocence of a child that knows we can accomplish what we wish to accomplish.
Recently the movie “Sister Act II” replayed on late-night TV (for the fifth time). This movie takes place in a school. Teachers are some of the great unsung heroes in our society. The movie shows the power of one human and the effect they have on a group who had forgotten their dreams and had given up at an early age.
Second, it shows kids that they can dream and they can accomplish. This is what we do here in this ministry, in our little bethel as well as our personal ministries throughout our own nations. We urge people–to follow their dreams. We urge people not to listen to any of the negative talk outside of them (or inside of them), and to go for their dreams believing they can be accomplished with God’s help.
Spiritual people dare to dream for themselves and others. We don’t have one dream in a lifetime—we have many. I was talking with a friend recently, and he was talking about his different dreams and the different opportunities and careers he had taken. This is what life is. When we live our dreams and manifest them in positive ways, it influences many others to do the same.
Too many times in life we look only at the disappointments and failures when we need to focus on the success.
All of us have had disappointments. All of us have had closures. The whole point of the matter is to get up again and with God’s ever present help, go after another dream, knowing that when one door closes, God opens others. God has many open doors in our future for us to go through.
Say yes to life through courage and faith. There is a new opportunity of God’s good ahead of you. The past is the past; it’s gone. Don’t sigh. Go forward and accept new, wonderful things.
Genesis 32:22. This is the story where Jacob wrestles with the angel.
“The same night, he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise, everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.”
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?”
And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.”
Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God, face to face, and yet my life is preserved.”
Jacob was left alone. There are many times when feel we are left alone, even when we’re in a crowd. Whenever we’re facing a crisis in our lives, whenever we stand before the door of opportunity that we’re about to go through, we feel alone because no one can walk through that door but us.
But Jacob had the right idea. Jacob would not let the fear be just a fear, or the past just be the past, or the limitations he had inside of his mind remain as limitations. He wrestled with it. He held on to it and said, (paraphrased)
“Listen, I’m not going to let you go until you give me a blessing; until you allow me to understand through my human eyes and my human mind, the blessing this has brought in my life. Help me to see the good so I can go on from here.”
He kept asking the angel’s name but the angel said, “Why is it that you ask my name?”
Then, the angel changed his name to Israel. At this point Jacob called the place “Peniel” which means “to turn toward God in recognition.” It’s one of the most important things we can do.
The novelist Paul Bourget has said, “One must live the way one thinks, or end up thinking the way one has lived.” We cannot move ahead with great effectiveness, if we are locked into the past.
To truly believe in God, we have to realize that we are not locked to the limitations of yesterday. We have the ability and the power to go forward. For example, you will become greater than you are now, in a short time. It has nothing to do with your past. It has everything to do with your future and your commitment, right now in courage and faith. God created you with forward movement in Mind. There is a reason that we do not have a rearview mirror on our forehead.
God does not want you to be a puppet on a string. Spiritually you have the power of choice.
You have free will. In that free will there is a part that is pre-destined, and that is the will of God for you and your life—God’s will OF GOOD. If something bad happens to a family member, he or she might throw up his or her hands and say, “This is God’s will.” Here’s a way to see if it’s God’s will. If it’s bad, it’s not God’s will. If it’s wonderful, if it blesses you, if it excites you at the core of your being, if it brings love into your life, if it brings health, if the spiritual thoughts renew you and bring you peace of mind, if it brings your family together again, then that is God’s will.
It is God’s will that we accept Divine help and goodness AND help each other on our path.
As spiritual people, eventually we will have an inner goal leading our own thoughts to the glory of God – to bring forth God’s perfect pattern. We will eventually reach this supreme goal. A human’s destiny is to go from God’s glory to glory.
As you reach the high spiritual heights, you will reach out to help others that are struggling. God is with you to help make it so.
One of the hardest things that can happen to a person is having to leave their job, for one reason, or another. Yet when we use ourselves as we are intended – to be spiritually used – we see that there’s another glory that’s coming (another door that will open), and it works out for absolute good. We want to be able to move forward living for that glory because it is responsible for the development of our soul. We must be active, otherwise we atrophy.
We are meant, as human beings, to be used and reused, continually striving to bring about new ideas. We are always regenerated in our mind; we believe that God within us is giving us fresh motivation and power.
We are no longer the mask of who we think we have been, but we constantly go from glory to glory, teaming up in a partnership with God to make our world a better place. Life is stimulating with God’s companionship. The worst thing we can do as human beings is to live a mediocre existence accepting the fate of yesterday as the only promise of tomorrow.
In this new day, do something with God’s help; you will dare to dream through courage and faith, and therefore, continually stretch your mind and your life to do something bigger. You know it’s there!
With God, you can do it.
May God bless you!