Life Success Notes

Scriptural views on prosperity

The Question of SIN

God knows that the single most devastating thing stopping us from achieving a life of success and achievement is SIN. God knows also how to get rid of sin and in the place of it give me the unlimited power of God that will live in my life. How will I be able to tap into that power.

Romans 2:4

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering,not knowing the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”

successfullife Repentance is what I feel. I am sick of my old life. I am sick of living with no power in my life. I am sick of always being helpless. I am sick of always getting mad and losing my temper. I am sick of being a slave to the lusts of the flesh. I am sick of always being depressed and of being discouraged. I am sick of all these bad habits that bind me and limit my life. This feeling I have is called repentance. It is the feeling that God has put in my life telling me that there has got to be more to life than this. I want to achieve more. I want to succeed in every area of my life. I want unlimited power. Are you with me? This is encouraging me. It’s God who has put this feeling in me.

I am studying these things because God, praise Him, has put this in me. He has inspired me to believe I can be all that I can be.

John 6:44

“No man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me draw him”

My life has not been what it could have been. There are many things in my life that are totally messed up. But God has been there for me. He is still drawing me. He is inspiring me to reach my God given potential, to live a life of all power. My Creator knows me. He made me. I am made in His image. He has a master plan for me and a master plan for my life. He loves me with a love that is unfathomable and unconditional.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God loves me with an incredible love.

Romans 5:8

“But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Success and achievement is not something I have to do alone. God loves me, He draws me. He inspires me. He put it my heart. So I am encouraged. No matter how much of a mess I am, God is still working in my life. I am doing this. Coming? God uses a principle that is taught in life mastery but few people see it. God takes a negative and He makes a positive out of it. He calls us sinners. That’s negative, but He does it for a reason. Here is the reason. In order to achieve my unlimited potential and all that God wants me to be, I have to start eliminating some things in my life and start adding other things that are not there.

motivation The number one thing that I have to eliminate is this thing called SIN. Most people do not realise this. Sin is the number one cause of failure and problems in everybody’s life. This is a true thing. Sin brings certain elements into life. It brings Guilt. Here is a question. If you are feeling guilty can you live a life of all power? No. Sin also brings discouragement. If you are always discouraged, always down can you achieve your full potential? No. It is impossible. Sin brings shame. If you are ashamed of your life. You can’t look people in the eye. You just don’t feel good. Can you ever achieve your potential that way? No way. Sin brings every debilitating emotion that there is. That is why so many people are always discouraged, always powerless, always down, always mad, always angry and there is power in their life to change things. Because of this thing called simply SIN.

How do we get rid of it? How do we get power to live this abundant life that God wants us to enjoy? A life of full achievement and all power. I want that power. I want it with all my heart.

With grateful acknowledgement – Leo Schriven’s amazing All Power Seminars.

Get daily inspiration at Prophetic Verses.

Joseph Walter Brown

July 22, 2008 Posted by | Sin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Coming to Terms with Life

I want to continue exploring what the Bible says about mastering your life. I believe in the Bible and I believe it has the power to change lives. I am putting my life forward. I want to change. Religion however is something else. It has caused more heartache and problems, including wars, than anything else that has existed in the world. I love the Bible but hate religion. I love and appreciate many things about the Bible and Christianity because the Bible is a book that makes sense. Christianity is a faith that can be tested. It is built on truth. It is built on evidence. It is built on prophecy. It is built on fact.

bible There are many life mastery programs out there. I am researching the Bible because I believe the other programs fall short on principles. I believe it is impossible to reach your full potential without a complete belief on the Bible and the God of the Bible. Everything around us testifies to a creator God. Any intelligent person has to acknowledge the presence of a Creator God. Look around you. Look at everything in our universe how orderly it is. Look at all the laws that govern every single aspect of our universe.

Look at the watch on your arm. The watch did not come by existence by itself. It came into existence by organised intelligence. Some form of intelligence, a human one. Suppose the watch has a hundred parts in it. Take the parts and disassemble them. Put the parts in a box. You can shake the box for a hundred billion years and the watch parts will never assemble themselves into a smooth working watch. That is correct. Now that is a simple watch with a hundred parts.

Consider now our entire universe. Think about how well the different parts of the universe work together, in perfect harmony. Look at all the laws that are fixed and govern everything. Look at yourself. The image of God. As God created you. Your own internal world. Your ability to love and be loved. Your ability to reproduce someone else just like yourself. That is not the result of random chance. It cannot be. There is all kinds of evidence that there is a Creator God and this God has an incredible plan for your life.

In fact can I know this God? Can this God make an overall difference in my life. Can God make a difference in my overall success and achievement in life? The answer is an absolute YES. I want to tap into this source of power that I have only had a glimpse of before. God’s power is limitless. There is no end to the power that can come into our lives when we connect to God, in a relationship with Him.

weightsuccess Most people go through life powerless. Completely powerless. Which is easier to be good or to be bad? The typical answer is BAD. Is it easier to be positive or negative to life? Always the typical answer is negative. Is it easier to do wrong or to do what is right? It is easier to do wrong. Is it easier to be a failure or a success? Easier to be a failure. Why is it easier to be bad, negative, to do wrong and to be a failure? Why? What is the cause? It boils down to a simple three letter word. SIN.

Sin is the single most detrimental thing there is in the world to destroy your life. Sin is the greatest enemy to your success and achievement in life. Sin is the most debilitating emotion that people feel on a daily basis. Sin brings on feelings like guilt and shame and anger and defeat. Sin destroys yourself worth. It destroys your relationships. It can be devastating to your finances. It will ruin your health. Sin is the underlying root cause of all our poverty and inability to live lives of success and power. This is an absolute Bible fact. Inside of everybody in our societies there is a desire for something better in our lives. Everybody wants more happiness. Everybody wants more money in their life. Everybody wants a better marriage and fulfilling relationships.

You are reading this because there is a desire in you to have a better life, to achieve more, to master things in your life. Everybody has that desire. Where does that desire come from? Who put that desire in you? How does it exist? What does the Bible tell us? God. God put that desire in you. It is my Creator who actually put that feeling in me. God has created every single one of us as human beings of unlimited potential. Unlimited greatness and unlimited power. Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly”. And God knows that the single most damaging element in my life to keep me from achieving that success and that power is the thing called sin. The good news is that God knows how to get rid of sin and put in its place the unlimited power that will live in my life.

With grateful acknowledgement – Leo Schriven’s amazing All Power Seminars.

Get daily inspiration at Prophetic Verses.

Joseph Walter Brown

July 15, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success, Dreams, Mind, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Five Steps to Success

God has made me in His image. He has placed in me unlimited power, unlimited potential. What do I have to do to achieve this? There are 5 steps that I must adopt in my life to begin achieving success.

1. Decide to follow God and Bible principles.

2. Decide what you want out of life in every single area.

3. Take specific actions to achieve your purpose and goals.

4. Monitor your results consistently.

5. Be adaptable, make necessary changes, and role model.

thinking womanStep 1. Decide what you want out of life in every single area. This is fundamental. Maybe you have never given God a chance in your life. I am going for this. God has to be in my life.

Step 2. Decide what you want out of life in every single area. Life everlasting. My debts paid. A good marriage. A happy home. Money must not control my life, I must control money. A successful business life, apbGlobal, Success University, the best of Zambia, saraBrown.co.uk, Prophetic Verses, my list is long. Decide for yourself reader. Most people wander through life not knowing what they really want. They settle for far less than they are capable of achieving. Your beliefs, everything, must be decided. When that happens life begins to move towards your targets in life. You cannot hit a target until it is in place. You have to know what the target is. Your brain is then activated and has something to work towards. One thing common about all successful men and women. They were clear about what they wanted in life.

Step 3. Take specific actions to achieve your purpose and goals. Most people never get to this point because they spend their time whining. “I don’t know about that. What if I fail? Maybe someday.” Someday never comes. “Maybe I’ll win the lottery tomorrow.” Someday is right now. The road to Someday leads to the town Nowhere. I have decide that I am not going to be anything less than what God has created me to be. I take specific action to improve my life every day. Take one area of life, maybe the physical area, the financial area, the emotional area, the spiritual area, whatever. Take one thing a day and concentrate on that for one day. And improve it 1%. The following day took another area and improved it 1%. The following day you take your emotional life and improved it 1%. How much would you be able to do over a year – 365% improvement. Think of how life would be if it improved 1% a day for a year. That is a thousand % improvement in 3 years. Losers are people that make excuses for not investing in themselves. Improving their minds and lives. “I can’t afford it.” Losers have money for beer. Losers have money for cigarettes. Losers have money for cable television. They have money for football tickets. Money for everything except for investment in their own minds. There are worthy poor and it is our privilege to help them. However there are people who can change their circumstances but don’t. Losers have time for 60 hours of television a week. They have time for parties, they have time for sports and everything except time to improve themselves. Ignorance is one of the greatest enemies of mankind today. In modern society ignorance is self inflicted and inexcusable. Reader you have taken a step to improve or you would not be reading this. It is going to pay dividends for now and for all eternity.

Step 4. Monitor your results consistently. I ask myself if what I am doing is working for me. Am I learning from my mistakes for I certainly make many mistakes.

life of success Step 5. Be adaptable, make necessary changes, and role model. People quit after they fail once or twice. I am learning to make failure my friend. I harness failure. Failure motivates me to attain a greater life of success. Another important choice in life that speeds self development is role modelling. This is following the example of other successful people. If you want to achieve weight loss follow the example of people who have achieved success in weight loss. If you want to achieve financial success role model people who have achieved financial success. If you want a great spiritual life then role model people like Jesus Christ. Anything you want in life role modelling really speeds up the process. Success and achievement always leaves clues. Pick up those clues step by step and then progress is accelerated. It is faster to learn from others than it is to learn from yourself and have to make all those necessary mistakes. There is a trap we often get into by thinking that knowledge is power. No, knowledge by itself is not power. Knowledge is only potential power. The other trap is the intelligence trap. People say to themselves that they have been to college, they have a degree, therefore I know everything. Their lives are not open to learn anything new. We tell our children all the time that if they don’t get good grades they are never going to be successful. This is not true. Exhaustive research has been done on this subject. There is absolutely no correlation whatsoever in having good grades and having success in areas of life like – mental, spiritual, financial and everything else. No correlation at all. You do not have to be intelligent to be successful. Three quarters of America’s millionaires have less than average intelligence.

woman-on-beach Some people say you have to go to college to become intelligent. That is not true also. The majority of the most successful people in every area of life have never spent a single day in college. Fifty three percent of the college graduates in America are working for people that have never finished high school. I believe education is absolutely important. I believe in higher education. That is a very important part of life. Many people go to school, go to college , get a degree, even a PhD after their name and then they think they are going to be successful. There are millions of people all over the world that have high degrees, have high knowledge but their marriage is a disaster. There are people with a PhD after their name, but they are poor, they are broke. There are people that are well educated and are secure in their professions but they cannot master their emotions. They do not know how to master their bodies they are completely out of shape. Lord have mercy on me. If you want success in every area, physically , mentally , spiritually, in everything, in every area of your life do not get into the intelligence trap. Get to the state where you can say I am going to do all that God requires of me. I will follow all the Bible principles. The most powerful person in the world is the one who has achieved totally high and great education but also has mastered the principles of the Bible and lives a life of success and achievement. With that combination you have an incredibly powerful combination.

I thank God for the power He has already given me to live a life of all power. I claim this as a promise from God as a fact already taking place in my life. I believe with all my heart that God has given me all power.

John 1:12 NLV

He gave the right and the power to become children of God to those who received Him. He gave this to those who put their trust in His name.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

With grateful acknowledgement – Leo Schriven’s amazing All Power Seminars.

Get daily inspiration at Prophetic Verses.

Joseph Walter Brown

July 9, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Changing My Behaviour

The solution to every problem we have in life is to change our human behaviour. We do not have a drug problem in the world. We have a human behaviour problem. Teen age pregnancy is not the result of viruses floating around in the universe. Teenage pregnancy is the direct result of a specific human behaviour. If we want to achieve a life of success and power we have got to change all of our human behaviour. All the problems I have in my life, all the problems we have in society, all the problems we have in marriage, all the problems we have with our governments, these all boil down to human behaviour. I realise this. I can change. There are steps that I can take. There are actions that I can take. In our homes, in our churches, in whatever situation we can change and I want to learn how.

Mastery, self mastery comes from taking daily actions. Improve one thing. Improve 1% of your life. Through these small changes and accepting responsibility and recognising that it is my human behaviour that is responsible for everything in my life I can move my life forward in powerful ways. I am going to look at scripture here.

Proverbs 3 :21-23

“Have two goals, wisdom – that is knowing and doing right – and common sense. Don’t let them slip away, for they will fill you with living energy, they will keep you safe from defeat and disaster and from stumbling off the trial.”

businessThese are two things that can begin to move my life in a very powerful way. A consistent weakness that I have is that I do not control the power of my focus and my will. Most of us focus on the negative. “ I don’t feel good. Why do bad things always happen to me? Why am I a failure? Why is life so unfair?” If you focus on that , you will be like that. Whatever we focus on we tend to become in our life.

Most people tend to spend their whole life focusing on minor things.

· How to make a living rather than living a great life.

· Their trials and problems instead of living an abundant life.

· Being discouraged and defeated instead of enthusiastic and achieving.

· On wandering aimlessly through life instead of reaching goals.

Concentrating on all this day to day stuff that is not important at all. And spending time on television, one of the greatest killers of time and inspiration.

Proverbs 12:11

“Hard work means prosperity, only a fool idles away his time.”

You cannot hope to have a life of success if you do not have hope that achievement is going to come your way. Many people just sit around hoping their whole life and doing nothing about it. If you put good stuff into your life you are going to get good stuff out. My mind and my will are the most powerful tools that I have on this planet. God promises that if I follow his principles and use my mind and will properly, I am going to have a life of success.

I can achieve anything I want to because all things are possible through Christ. In a research project done a few years ago Stanford University established that most humans use only 2% of their brain. That means we are all exercising only a very small percentage of our God given potential.

vanityThe very first step for me to perform and achieve is to accept the fact that deep inside of me God has placed a vast bank of wisdom and knowledge and power and potential that I have so far simply failed to withdraw from. I have a million dollars in the bank and I never touch it. My mind is capable of anything. God says, “I can do anything I want with Him”. Unlimited greatness. Unlimited potential. If only 2% of the brain is used what would happen if 4% was used. I would be twice as smart. If I learn to use 6% then I would be at the top 1% of the world population.

God has made me in his image. Unlimited power. Unlimited potential. That is the kind of life God wants to give me. I am going for it!

Most of us went to school, got a good education and got a good job. We were taught how to read and write. We may even have been taught a great profession. But we were never taught how to succeed in life.

With grateful acknowledgement – Leo Schriven’s amazing All Power Seminars.

Get daily inspiration at Prophetic Verses.

Joseph Walter Brown

July 7, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Responsible for my Life

Anybody can achieve success. You do not need to be an intellectual. You do not need to be someone special. Success is as predictable as the sunrise. Therefore anybody can achieve success. Including me. If your life has been a failure it is not because of one act. To be a failure you have to go down in your life step by step. Not giving 100%. Not improving yourself. Not caring and so on. This translates into a step by step downward trend.

Businessman Thinking Success is the same way. It is a step by step progress up. Using your will. Giving 100%. A life of success and achievement is built one step at a time. Steady daily progress. It never happens instantly. Plan to make 1% improvement today, another 1% tomorrow and another 1% the following day and so on.

Within a year your life will literally explode with power. With the passing of time you make it a way of life. It is not something you just do once when you hear it. It should become who you are. A great way to live.

After the decision is made, you’ve got to take responsibility of your life.

Accepting responsibility for your life

is the starting point of all great accomplishment.

As I look at my life. I realise I am the architect of my life. I am responsible for the destiny of my life. I am the driver behind the wheel of my life. I am where I am, I am what I am in life because of my own choices, my own decisions and using the power that I have to put me where I am today. I accept responsibility. It is not my parents’ fault who raised me a certain way, it is not the government. It is not because I was raised poor or that I did not have opportunities or any other thing. It is me. I am totally responsible for my life, my character, my decisions. I am responsible for everything that has ever happened to me in my life. This is an important step. I am taking this step today.

“IF IT IS TO BE, IT’S UP TO ME.”

teamsuccessEven God will not force your will. He will not force my will. The acceptance of personal responsibility for your life is literally the starting point of all success. Without the acceptance of personal responsibility for your life there is nothing else that will take place. There is a one to one relationship between the amount of responsibility you are willing to take in your life and the amount of success you are going to enjoy in your life. You can spot a winner all the time. How do you spot a winner? A winner is always somebody who looks to himself as the cause of what is happening in his life. A loser is always making excuses. Always blaming somebody else. Always blaming Mom and Dad or whoever. The government, the job, the home, the school, the teacher. “I was brought up this way. That is what they did to me.”

I want to get past this. I will not blame my parents, my country, my friends, my family. I will not blame my past or my present. I am from now on responsible for my life. Now I am ready to take the second step towards a life of success and achievement.

Joseph Walter Brown

July 3, 2008 Posted by | Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Commit to be Wealthy

The first step to a life of achievement and power and success is to trust and reverence the Lord. Get it together with God. God does not play favourites. We are all created equal. We are all created unique but with equal opportunity. We experience life to the fullest. All successful people realize that, believe that and come to a turning point when they claim responsibility of their life. “ I am responsible for my life and I am going to go forward with my life”.

goodlifeMacDonald’s has over 30,000 outlets and it is reported that they have never had a single outlet fail. Why? MacDonald’s is a proven success system. It simple works. It is the same with life mastery. They are principles in the Word of God. These principles just work. Therefore it follows that if I learn and apply them they should work for me. Same applies to you reader. Let’s explore them.

Mastering life is really not difficult. It boils down to two principles.

TO SUCCEED, YOU ONLY NEED 2 THINGS:

1. A desire on your part.

2. A commitment to follow through in your daily life and apply they principles based on the Word of God.

All the dreams then that I have can happen in my life. Most people never commit to become wealthy. This is a fact. Most Christians never commit to become wealthy.

Taking the developed world as an example, consider 100 people at age 65 after 40 years of work:

1 Will be wealthy

4 Will be financially independent.

15 Will have a minimal savings, – not enough to retire on.

80 Will be flat broke, or in debt.

window After years of hard work only 1 will be financially wealthy. Only 4 of them are going to be financially independent and be able to take care of themselves. 15 will have minimal savings but not enough to retire on. 80 out of 100 will be flat broke or in debt. This is shocking because we are living in one of the most affluent societies in the world. This is a terrible way to end up. This is what the Bible says.

Proverbs 3: 16-17

Wisdom gives a long good life, riches, honour, pleasure, and peace.

Every single one of us wants a long good life. Is that not right? Every one of us wants riches. Is that not right? Do you want to be rich? Do you want to have honour and pleasure? I do. Do you want peace? Personal peace? These are the things we all desire the most in life. The only way I am going to get this is to do it God’s way. I must have God’s wisdom and follow the Bible’s plan. Let’s take a look at life. What makes a difference in people quality of life? What makes people think like they think? Act like they act? Behave like they behave? Do the things that they do?

The difference in the quality of peoples life, whether they are successful or not does not come down to capability. What people can do is often very different from what they do. Very different indeed. It boils down to your will. Willpower is something that I have started to exercising. I am learning how to exercise my will. My willpower will change my life. “I want to change my life. I have come to the point in my life where I want to have mastery of my life”.

Millionaires. Let’s take a look at them. 80% of the millionaires in the world are self made. 97% of the millionaires never spent a single day in college. These facts tell us that anybody can achieve success. You do not need to be an intellectual, you don’t have to be anybody special.

Joseph Walter Brown

June 28, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The First Step in a Successful Life

I want to achieve a life of POWER. I want to live a life of full potential to reach my God given potential. This is what the experts say. “No more effort is required to aim high in life, or to demand excellence and success, than is required to accept failure and poverty.” I can with the same effort be successful as I can be a total failure. I really want to be successful in every area of my life. Here is the first step. FORGET THE PAST! Just because I have been a failure. I must master this idea. Just because I was a failure today, or last week, or last month or a failure all my life. A failure in my marriage? A failure in my finances. I doesn’t matter one bit.

Philippians 3:13

I don’t consider that I have taken hold of it yet. But here is the one thing I do. I forget what is behind me. I push hard toward what is ahead of me.

covenant Right! Whatever my past has been, I have put it behind me. I move forward in my life tonight. I can either move forward, or standstill, or go backwards. I am taking the time to move forward. I am putting my life together. I am going to take time to apply everything I learn. I am learning hundreds of things about myself I did not know. I am going to find out how come I do things I shouldn’t do. I am going to learn. My trainer tells me I will explode with power.

There are many personal development programs out there. Many achievement courses that I have in the last three years that I have been attending and yes I can testify they help me. I am excited about my continual development program with Success University. My association with BWW. My association with Toastmasters. All these programs are really good. And they teach the principals of life mastery. I want to add that as a Christian adding the dimension of the spiritual makes this one course powerful. Stay with me. See if I change. The spiritual principles are the single most powerful tool that exist in the universe that we have access to as human beings to change our life and transform our lives into achievement and success.

Proverbs 9:9-1

Teach a wise man. He will become even wiser.  Teach a person who does right. He will learn even more. If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding.”

If you want understanding in your life, if you want understanding in your marriage, if you want understanding in your emotions, every dimension in your life, if you want understanding it begins with knowing God. Master this and you have begun to understand the first principle of life.

John 15:5

…for without Me you can do nothing.

HOWEVER

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

It means that anything is possible in your life if you do it God’s way. Do you believe that? I do. I can do all things through Christ who is my strength. If you are a Christian then this is powerful. I believe in God’s Word. He cannot lie. That means that I can do all things in every area of my life when I do it God’s way. This here is the most powerful dimension in my life. It is the single most powerful principle that is available which if we master then we have mastery over every dimension of our lives. Success in every area of my life. Prayer, my relationship with God, these are the tools and I am going to master in my life to give me a brand new direction. I want to enjoy life to the full. Here is a wonderful promise to talk to heart.

businesswomanProverbs 2:20

Follow the steps of the Godly instead, and stay on the right path,

for only good men enjoy life to the full.”

Here lies the elements necessary to live a successful life. These are coming from the Scriptures and therefore I pray that as we pursue success we will not be misunderstood. The Book of Proverbs is dedicated to life mastery. It was written by one of the wisest, one of the most successful, one of the most highly achieved men, certainly one of the richest and wealthiest that has ever lived. His name King Solomon. He had a lot of wisdom. He had an incredible insight into life. He wrote Proverbs. It is nothing but a book of wisdom.

In the beginning of the book he gives the reasons why he wrote.

Proverb 1:1-7

These are the proverbs of king Solomon of Israel, he wrote them to teach his people how to live, how to act in every circumstance, for he wanted them to be understanding, just, and fair in everything that they did. “I want to make the simple minded wise,” he said. “I want to warn young men about some problems they will face. I want those that are wise to become the wiser and become leaders by exploring the depths of meaning in these nuggets of truth. How does a man become wise? The first step is to trust and reverence the Lord!”

That is the first step. I want to understand what God says on the subject of success.

Joseph Walter Brown

June 21, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MIND-SET 2

In the last blog we started to explore the idea of renewing our minds. We learned that if we renew our minds, God will transform our lives. Here we look at God’s promises for our lives, to find some ‘mind steps’ we can take to move to where we want to be.

Our thought choices

Dock We determine, by our own thought choices, which way our life is going to go, drawing in what we constantly think about. By dwelling on the promises of God, you will develop a positive attitude of faith and be propelled towards greatness and the good things of God, just as iron filings are pulled across a desk by a magnet. Yes, if you will transform your mind, God will transform your life.

If a thought brings fear, worry, doubt or unbelief, if it makes you feel weak, inadequate or insecure, then it’s not from God and needs dismissing immediately.

… bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,… 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV

Instead say ‘I can do all things through Christ. I’m coming out of this. Like Joseph, whatever I put my hands to do shall prosper.’

…the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. Genesis 39:3 NKJV

Choose to dwell on what you have, not on what you don’t have. Dwell on the great future that God has in store for you rather than on all your problems, on thoughts of failure or loss, on all the people that have hurt you, or all the mistakes you’ve made. Your subconscious will respond to those positive thoughts and you’ll move towards a happy positive life. If you can see the invisible, God will do the impossible.

Speak affirmations
Lastly, here are some positive affirmations based on Scriptural promises. Say them out loud with emotion! Yes shout them out with conviction! That way you will hear them, and so will your subconscious. You will have started to renew your mind so that God can transform you into who He dreams you to be. God will perform His word.

I am ready to perform My word. Jeremiah 1:12 NKJV

i099aIt will not return to Him empty but will accomplish what He pleases, and will prosper in the thing for which He sent it.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
      It shall not return to Me void,
      But it shall accomplish what I please,
      And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11 NKJV

  1. My mind is stayed on You Lord. Thank you that you keep me in perfect peace. I trust in You. From Isaiah 26:3

2. Because I live according to the Spirit, I set my mind on spiritual things. From Romans 8:5.

3. I am spiritually-minded, which is life and peace to me. From Romans 8:6

4. I am transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. From Romans 12:2

5. I bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. From 2 Corinthians 10:5

6. I am not deceived. My mind is not corrupted away from the simplicity that is in Christ. From 2 Corinthians 11:3

7. I am renewed in the spirit of my mind. From Ephesians 4:23

8. This mind that is in me was also in Christ. From Philippians 2:5

9. I set my mind on things above, not on things on the earth. From Colossians 3:2

10. Lord I am like Joseph. You make all that I do to prosper in my hand. From Genesis 39:3

11. Thank you Lord for putting Your law in my mind and writing it on my heart. From Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10 and Hebrews 10:16

12. Things which are impossible with men are possible with God. From Luke 18:27

13. I have the mind of Christ. From 1 Corinthians 2:16

14. The peace of God guards my heart and mind, through Christ Jesus. From Philippians 4:7

15. God has already given me the spirit of power, the spirit of love and the spirit of a sound mind. From 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Powerful stuff! To God be the glory.

Julia Rosamund Brown

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MIND-SET 1

I want to explore the relationship between our conscious and our subconscious mind, and the role of our self image and our emotions; how we can use this knowledge to purposefully align ourselves with God’s will for our lives. It’s a super-powerful mastermind alliance.

Joel Osteen’s book “Your Best Life Now” (Osteen 2005) has had a great impact on me and has inspired much of the following material. Reading Osteen and other Christian personal development authors has opened my eyes to the power of our choice of thoughts and words to change the course of our lives.

praying You have a great future

We consciously use only about 2% of our brain. The rest of our brain is our subconscious, which is neither positive nor negative, and has no moral stand. It simply responds to what our conscious mind is thinking about. If you are expecting defeat, failure, or mediocrity, your subconscious mind will line itself up with those thoughts and make sure that you lose, fail or sabotage every attempt to push above average. Scary but true. So contrary to the common view, it’s imperative that you ‘get your hopes up’.

Your self image resides in your subconscious. It works as a ‘governor’ that controls your actions and performance. When you exceed your expectations or go a little too far, your self image pulls you back in line. If you fall below the setting, your self image will pull you up. I strongly recommend that you ask God to help you develop your self image. Ask in faith and He will respond. As your self image improves you’ll be amazed at how your abilities excel.

So we move towards what we see in our minds – it’s a spiritual principle as well as a psychological fact. In short, I am transformed by the renewing of my mind.

…. be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV

In this process God is limited only by our faith. It is essential to stay in an attitude of faith and expectancy, declaring God’s favour over your life. Be on the lookout for God’s goodness. When you are going through tough times, more than ever you must choose to be favour-minded. Start declaring God’s favour. Start expecting God’s favour.

When you really understand that you have this favour available to you, you’ll ask for things you haven’t previously asked for. You’ll view your adversities in a new way. You’ve got an edge. Remember that the things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

…. He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27 NKJV

Let that seed take root inside you. You don’t have to figure out how God is going to solve your problems. That’s His responsibility. Your job is to be a believer.

Poverty Mentality?

God created us in His image. He thought it was a good idea to give you that special feature you have, or that unusual personality trait! He sees you as His special masterpiece!

When we go through life with a poverty mentality, it is not glorifying to God. He has put incredible potentials, gifts and talents within us, ready for us to use as we start seeing ourselves as He sees us. We need to step out in faith and act on the dreams and the desires that HE has placed in our hearts.

God has blessed you with every spiritual blessing. In fact you have everything you need right now to fulfil your God-given destiny. And as His children prosper spiritually, physically and materially, their increase brings God pleasure.

You may remember the story of Mephibosheth. He was the grandson of King Saul, but his image of himself kept him from receiving the privileges that rightfully belonged to him. We are children of the King of kings! We need to think of ourselves as such. Even more than that, incredible though it sounds, we have the mind of Christ!

… we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16 NKJV

iStock_000004423416XSmall Somehow when we identify ourselves with Jesus and everything He has done for us, we develop the same mind as Him. If that sounds too amazing, just remind yourself of

Romans 12:2. God transforms us when we renew our minds.

Learn to be who God made you to be, not what others want you to be. Learn to please God and not necessarily those around you. Stay open-minded and willing to listen to advice. But after you’ve prayed about something, be bold and make a decision that is right for you. God has given you the grace to do what He’s called you to do. Remember that you have everything you need right now to fulfil your God-given destiny.

In the next blog, we’ll learn more about the practice of renewing your mind.

Julia Rosamund Brown

Reference
Osteen, Joel. Your Best Life Now. Time Warner International, 2005.

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All POWER has been given me

Jesus said in the Bible that all power is given unto you. I will be researching this subject and sharing these concepts in my blog on life success notes. Let me state that I am not an original writer. I simply put together what others have said on these and many other subjects that interest me. I have set in my heart to learn what God requires of me. I have found that as Christians we are confused about wealth. The general feeling towards this is that wealth is a dangerous thing sought after only by the greedy who risk losing eternal life.

Life is good. It is good to consider God’s plan for our life. It is good to learn how to master life. Is it not? To learn to live a life of achievement and prosperity. We are going to apply these principles to our life and when we do that our life will change. These are principles from the Life Giver. I am looking forward to applying them to me, myself and I want to change. Don’t you? I am on an incredible journey in my life. I am learning to master every are of my life.

leaderIs this possible? Well according to Jesus, it is. All power is given to me. I am going to tap into that power. I want to experience complete mastery. A total life of achievement? Of prosperity? I am the test case. I will walk this road with Christ. So let’s see. My life transformed? Incredible! Brand new power? In every area of my life? Take a look at some of the verses He has given regarding the power He has given me. Country boy from Africa.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the POWER…” Matthew 6:13

“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them POWER…” Matthew 10:1 I am to be like those disciple that are written about in the gospels that were ordinary people like me.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power …” 2Timothy 1:7. Not fear, but POWER. Wow!

Behold, I give unto you POWER…” Luke 10:19.

“Be strong in the Lord, and in the POWER of his might.” Ephesians 6:10.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he POWER…” John 1:12. Do you have that POWER? Dare I say that God has given me that POWER also.

“…that the POWER of Christ may rest upon me.” 2Corinthians 12:9. I claim this promise Lord.

“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in POWER.” 1 Corinthians 4:20. Over and over the Bible tells me that we have the POWER to live a great life.

incredibleFor I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the POWER of God.” Romans1:16. Wonderful! Yet so few of us tap into that POWER. I have gone through life tossed and blown by every wind. I submit to God. I say change me. Let me take the POWER that has been given.

Is success in life really simple? To go from emotional and financial and spiritual poverty to actually become wealthy in all those areas? Well according to the Bible the answer is, “Yes! Absolutely! ” It is very easy to do it. Well why do so few of us ever do it? I think that is a mystery. Why does not everybody in the world do it? I am 55 and broke. I am here and I realise I have only lived maybe even less than 1/10 of what I could have been. I could have lived 100% of my life successfully. I am intelligent. I could have done it. No decision making muscle in my mind and body. It was not clear what I wanted in life. So, I got stuck. That is not a position I want to be. Hence this search. Things are changing in my life. So join me in a journey to success.

With grateful acknowledgement – Leo Schriven’s amazing All Power Seminars.

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Joseph Walter Brown

June 14, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment