REAL POWER: MAXING OUT ON GOD'S LOVE
YOU MUST BE WILLING TO
DO WHATEVER IT TAKES
Most people want life to be easy.
When they want something, they donít want to have to wait for it or
work for it. They would like to exercise their faith and have it
magically appear. They want to name it and claim it. They want to
pray, and have God do all the work. If they had their way, God would
open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings while they sit in
their easy chair, sip lemonade, and enjoy the sunshine of Godís love.
It would not be long before they became spiritual couch potatoes.
People think if they had more faith,
their life would be easier. The truth is that faith makes your life
harder. As long as you have no faith, you can sit on your hands or
stand around doing nothing. The minute you take a step of faith, the
work begins. The more faith you have, the bigger the job becomes.
If you have faith to move molehills,
you wonít even break a sweat before the job is done. If you have
faith to move mountains, you have a lot of hard work ahead.
Nevertheless, if you remain faithful, the mountain moves and you move
on to bigger challenges. You begin to look at Mount Everest, not
because you want to climb it. Instead, you want to be the first
person to move it.
Never look at faith as the path to a
life of leisure. God gave you faith so you could see things other
people canít see and do things other people canít do.
Itís impossible to live a life of
faith if you are unwilling to do whatever it takes. The heart of
faith must be a willing heart.
Most people arenít willing to do
whatever it takes. They want God to do it for them. They believe
that if they have enough faith, God will be willing to do whatever
they want. When God doesnít do it, they take it to be a sign they
didnít have enough faith. They try to muster a little more faith,
hoping it will kick start God, so He will solve their problems. They
donít understand that no amount of faith is going to make God do for
them what they can do for themselves.
FAITH EMPOWERS YOU TO TAKE THE RISKS
AND ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCES
No matter how hard we work,
eventually we relinquish all the things we worked so hard to acquire.
Even though we know that we will have to surrender all our stuff as we
grow older, that doesnít keep us from believing if we get enough
stuff, we will finally feel secure.
The soap opera of security focuses on
getting as much stuff as we can during that phase of life in which
acquisitions are our Holy Grail. Not only do we have to work like a
Trojan to acquire all that stuff, we also have to fight tooth and nail
to keep it for as long as is humanly possible.
People equate security with stuff,
when the opposite is true. People who have stuff are the ones who are
insecure. They worry all the time about loosing their stuff, and they
buy insurance so they can keep their huge pile intact.
People who donít have a mountain of
acquisitions are far more secure, because they donít have anything to
lose. They know that the soap opera of security is only a sideshow;
itís make-believe. The only true security is Godís eternal and
unconditional love. Beyond that, security doesnít exist on planet
You face a choice. You can worship
at the altar of security, knowing that security is a false God, or you
can worship at the altar of Godís love and allow him to give you true
security that lasts forever.
When you stop worshiping at the altar
of security, and stop worrying about all of your stuff, and start
focusing on Godís love, a miracle happens. Now you have nothing to
lose, and you are willing to take the risk and accept the
consequences. The worst case scenarios of the security mongers no
longer send shudders of fear through your heart and mind. You focus
on Godís love, knowing that in the long run, when you leave your stuff
behind, the real you is secure forever. The security of Godís love
gives you the power to take any risk and accept any consequence.
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
Faith isnít magic. Itís the
practical method by which you reach your dreams. When you are willing
to do whatever it takes, when you are willing to take the next step,
when you are willing to take the risk and accept the consequences, you
have all the faith you need to reach your dreams.
FAITH ONLY HAPPENS AFTER YOU MOVE IN
A POSITIVE DIRECTION
Faith doesnít exist until you start
moving. Until you move, you only have hope. The proof that you have
faith is the actions you take.
Faith isnít something that must be
present before you move in the direction of your dreams. Rather itís
something that develops after you start moving. When you start out,
you donít see how your dreams are possible. Nevertheless, the moment
you take the first step, faith instantly comes into your life.
You canít sit in your easy chair and
expect faith to suddenly pop into your mind. You have to start moving
in a positive direction before it happens. Most people get this
backwards. They donít move until they feel like they have enough
faith. Consequently, they never go anywhere and never live their
Do you want to make faith active in
your life? Itís not hard to do. You simply act as if your dreams are
possible and work each day to make them happen. You act as if you
cannot fail as you move in the direction of your dreams. You can even
be born spiritually if you open your heart to Godís love. When you
donít worry if you have enough faith, your faith does just fine.
Faith isnít something I must have before I move in the direction of my
dreams. Instead, itís something that develops after I start moving.
When I start out, I donít see how my dreams are possible.
Nevertheless, the moment I take my first step, faith instantly comes
into my life. I canít sit in my easy chair and expect faith to
suddenly pop into my mind. I have to start moving in a positive
direction before it happens. I have a practical method for increasing
my faith. I act as if my dreams are possible and work each day to
make them happen. I act as if I cannot fail as I move in the
direction of my dreams. When I donít worry if I have enough faith, my
faith does just fine.
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