November 30, 2016

Quantum physics (the physics of possibilities) suggests that what is happening on the inside is happening on the outside. What we think, believe, say and intend is impacting the invisible and bringing it into reality. Matthew records the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. {8} For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” There may be some individuals who will not like what I am going to say, but the truth is Jesus did say in verse 8, “everyone who asks receives.” This is a universal principle which applies across the board to all people.

We are connecting to the invisible spiritual realm constantly, whether we know it, or acknowledge it, because we are living in a world where we are constantly putting out vibrational frequencies which are returning to us. This is true both in a positive and a negative way. Your asking impacts your receiving. If you are focussed on the lack of what you want, rather than the belief you will get it you will receive more lack . This is important information to know in terms of the physics of possibilities.

Notice our accountability to the understanding of the power of the universal invisible principles which God has put in place in our world. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

Paul also wrote about Jesus in Colossians 1:15-17 declaring, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. {16} For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. {17} He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

The Advent (Christmas Season) is about the invisible becoming visible and the unknown being made known. The Apostle John declared in John 1:1-5, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. {2} He was with God in the beginning. {3} Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. {4} In him was life, and that life was the light of men. {5} The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” Even though, as John wrote in John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us and we have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth,”many people do not understand what has been revealed (the physics of possibilities).

I encourage you to take a new look at what God’s Word says regarding the impact of what is happening on your inside and its impact on your outside. You might discover something that is very current, relevant and in alignment with the physics of possibilities. Take the time to learn what you don’t know to develop the possibilities of a greater future than you thought possible, as the invisible becomes visible.

November 29, 2016

If we are looking to be successful in any area of life, being aware we can only express what we possess is an important principle. As Charles Hannel has written, “We must ‘be’ before we can ‘do’ and we can ‘do’ only to the extent which we ‘are’ and what we ‘are’ depends upon what we ‘think.’” Thoughts transmit vibrational frequencies which are attracted back to us and have the potential to impact our lives in tangible, physical ways.

For someone to be an effective follower of Jesus Christ, that individual must possess the presence of God in their life. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; {20} you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body.” The power to honour God within the context of the life we live comes from His presence within us.

We can only express this power if we possess His presence. This becomes possible through the reconciliation made possible by Jesus’ death on the cross of Calvary. In 2 Corinthians 13:5 the Apostle Paul writes, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?”

If you pass the test, then it would be good to understand, as Charles Hannel also says, “There is a world within – a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty and, although invisible, it’s forces are mighty.”

The Apostle John identifies the way in which we determine whether the power within us is for light or darkness. Because it is good to be aware that there is power within everyone based upon what we possess and what possesses us. 1 John 4:4-6 reads, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. {5} They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. {6} We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

The choice of what is within us is ours, but the outcomes are based upon our choices, because we can only express what we possess. This is a universal principle we cannot avoid.

November 27, 2016

This article is coming out to you a little later than normal today deliberately. Some of what I am sharing here will be part of the sermon I will be preaching today and I did not want those in my congregation to read this before they heard the sermon.

Yesterday, in “The Thought For The Day” article, I wrote about the importance of accurate thought. Today being the first Sunday of Advent 2016 I would challenge you to put into practice an exercise of discernment. What you think and what you believe and what you say and the intention of your heart matters, because it impacts your actions which determine the outcomes in your life.

Tom Ward, in his “Daily Dose of Design” newsletter shared a story I want to present to you today. As you read this story, look for the impact of thoughts, beliefs, words, and intentions in it and then make the deliberate choice to pay attention in terms of how they impact your own life.
“At the prodding of my friends I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Honor. I am a former elementary school music teacher from Des Moines, Iowa.
I have always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons…something I have done for over 30 years. During those years, I found that Children have many levels of musical ability, and even though I have never had the prodigy, I have taught some very talented students. However, I have also had my share of what I call ‘Musically Challenged Pupils:’ one such pupil being Robby.
Robby was 11 years old when his Mother (a Single Mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer that students (especially boys) begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby, but Robby said that it had always been his Mother’s dream to hear him play the piano, so I took him as a student.
At the end of each weekly Lesson he would always say ‘My Mom’s going to hear me play someday.’ But to me, it seemed hopeless. He just did not have any inborn ability. I only knew his Mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled, but never dropped in.
Then one day Robby stopped coming for his lessons. I thought about calling him, but assumed that because of his lack of ability, he had decided to pursue something else. I was also glad that he had stopped coming. He was a bad advertisement for my teaching!
Several weeks later I mailed a recital flyer to the students’ homes. To my surprise, Robby (who had received a flyer) asked if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current Pupils and that because he had dropped out, he really did not qualify. He told me that his Mother had been sick and unable to take him to his piano lessons, but that he had been practicing. ‘Please Miss Honor, I’ve just got to play,’ he insisted. I don’t know what led me to allow him to play in the recital – perhaps it was his insistence or maybe something inside of me saying that it would be all right.
The night of the recital came and the high school gymnasium was packed with parents, relatives and friends. I put Robby last in the program, just before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he might do would come at the end of the Program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my ‘Curtain Closer’.
Well, the Recital went off without a hitch, the Students had been practicing and it showed. Then Robby came up on the stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked as though he had run an eggbeater through it. ‘Why wasn’t he dressed up like the other Students?’ I thought. ‘Why didn’t his Mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?’
Robby pulled out the piano bench, and I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen to play Mozart’s Concerto No.21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys. They even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from Pianissimo to Fortissimo, from Allegro to Virtuoso; his suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent! Never had I heard Mozart played so well by anyone his age.
After six and a half minutes, he ended in a grand crescendo, and everyone was on their feet in wild applause!!! Overcome and in tears, I ran up on stage and put my arms around Robby in joy.
‘I have never heard you play like that Robby. How did you do it? Through the microphone Robby explained: ‘Well, Miss Honor, remember I told you that my Mom was sick? Well, she actually had cancer and passed away this morning. And well… she was born deaf, so tonight was the first time she had ever heard me play, and I wanted to make it special.’
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house that evening. As people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed into foster care, I noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy. I thought to myself then how much richer my Life had been for taking Robby as my pupil.
No, I have never had a prodigy, but that night I became a prodigy… of Robby. He was the teacher and I was the pupil, for he had taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself, and maybe, even taking a chance on someone and you didn’t know why.
Robby was killed years later in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April, 1995.
A footnote to the story: If you are thinking about forwarding this message, you are probably wondering which people on your address list aren’t the ‘appropriate’ ones to receive this type of message. The person who sent this to you believes that we can all make a difference!!!
So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice. Do we act with compassion or do we pass up that opportunity.

May this Advent season bring you closer to the One who will guide your thoughts, beliefs, words and heart intentions if you will allow Him to. Blessings to you and your family.

November 26, 2016

In chapter ten of the 1925 edition of “The Law of Success” written by Napoleon Hill he writes about a very important principle. He describes this principle as “the most important, the most interesting, and the most difficult to present.” He goes on to write, “Most of us disbelieve that which we do not understand, and it is with knowledge of this human tendency in mind that I caution you against closing your mind if you do not grasp all that is in this lesson at the first reading.” The principle to which Napoleon Hill is referring here is, “Accurate Thought.”

Napoleon Hill has this to say about “Accurate Thought.” “Accurate thought involves two fundamentals that all who indulge in it must observe. First, to think accurately, you must separate facts from mere information. There is much “information” available to you that is not based on facts. Second, you must separate facts into two classes: the important and the unimportant or the relevant and the irrelevant.”

I would encourage you to give thought to Napoleon Hill’s principle in relation to what Jesus has to say to us. I suggest He would agree with the importance of this principle.

When you study what Jesus had to say and what He placed emphasis on, you will find He was focussed upon accurate thought. He wanted those who would follow Him to do the same. In fact, I discovered in my NIV concordance, Jesus is recorded as using the phrase, “I tell you the truth” seventy-seven times in the first four books of the New Testament. When He emphasizes something this often it would be a good thing to pay attention, because it is likely important. What He was sharing was so radical from what people were used to hearing and believing, He wanted them to clearly understand the validity of what He was saying. It was “Accurate Thought” which they just might not understand the first time they heard it. This is also true for us today as well. Therefore He emphasized, “I tell you the truth.”

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all recorded in their Gospels that the people who heard Jesus speak recognized the authority with which He spoke. In fact Jesus told His disciples as recorded in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Jesus was speaking facts (truth), not passing on information or offering an opinion. He was the Source of all truth.

In John 1:1-3 we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. {2} He was with God in the beginning. {3} Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” Then in John 1:14 we find, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus was that truth. This is the reason for His ability to speak with “Accurate Thought.”

If we are interested in developing accurate thought so we can separate facts from opinion and identifying the relevant from the irrelevant, we would be wise to seek to live close to the Source of truth.

November 24, 2016

Each person has a stewardship responsibility to make sure they are using their gifts and talents to live their life to the best of their ability not just for themselves, but for the benefit of their family and in fact for the whole world. Far too many people respond to that statement with the words, “Who me, what can I do? I’m not important!” These individuals simply don’t know what they don’t know.

This is not what God thinks about you. You were created with purpose and uniquely designed to accomplish that purpose. Unfortunately many individuals lose sight of that in their journey through life. They are discouraged by others who seek to steal their dreams. They come up against situations which cause them to become distracted and lose sight of their goals. Many simply drift through life like a ship without a rudder towards an ending which is not desirable.

Each one of us is called to look out for those around us. In a sense we are to be “Look Outs” for others. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 24:11-12, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. {12} If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?”

We are accountable and responsible for out thoughts, beliefs, words, heart intentions and actions. God knows, even if no one else does. There will come a day when we will reap what we have sown. When we have an opportunity to help others in some way, we should make an effort to do so. That person is then responsible to accept or reject the offer. The outcome is not our responsibility.

Also, it is important for us to learn what we need to know in order to offset the negative influences and programs being transmitted into the ether, or heavenly realms, so people can become aware of their situation and respond appropriately to change things in their life. This is embedded within the command in the Scripture quoted above. If you do not see this, then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the importance of this, opening the eyes of your heart to the truth, to bring about an energetic and spiritual transformational change in our world.

This is part of the stewardship responsibility of your life for which you will given an account. Make the decision to be the best version of yourself, not for yourself, but for others.