April 14, 2016

Since I am now almost forty- five years older than when I got married, I am interested in learning about what I can do to improve my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  I now tell people, when it is my time to die, I want to die healthy rather than weak and sickly. The more I look into the topic of what it means to be healthy, the more encouraged I am there really are things we can do to improve the quality of our life even as we get older. At the same time I am growing increasingly aware of the fact many people either do not have the desire or commitment to take the necessary action to make a difference, or do not believe there is anything they can do about their circumstances and health issues.

In the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament the writer tells about Jesus meeting a man who had been paralysed for thirty-eight years. In the sixth verse of that chapter Jesus asked this man a question, “Do you want to get well?”  What an interesting inquiry of a man who lived with health issues for almost four decades. The man’s response was not an overwhelming yes, but rather he gave a list of excuses why he could not be healed. He, like many people today can tell you exactly why they cannot do . . . .  Excuses abound and the reality is, they are right, because they truly believe they cannot. Their minds have shut down to any possibilities causing them to believe they must simply accept what is, leaving them with little or no hope.

What I would like you to understand is, your attitudes, your thoughts, your beliefs in what is possible in your life play an important role in the outcomes of your life. If you believe you can’t do anything about your situation, or your health (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual), you will not attempt to change your situation and you will be right. If you believe Jesus will not or cannot do anything about what you are dealing with in your life right now, you have created the block hindering Him from actually doing anything. You are right again. You must answer the question of Jesus, “Do you want to get well?” In His hometown of Nazareth, Jesus was limited in His ability to perform miracles because the people there chose not to believe He could or would do anything for them. Choose to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you to new and exciting possibilities in your life, because you made the decision to believe “all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

April 13, 2016

(Part 2) Yesterday I asked the question, “Who am I?” and spoke in terms of my personal faith and beliefs. Today I want to address this in terms of how this applies at the practical level of living my daily life. My passionate cry to know truth opened the door for the Holy Spirit to lead me to the training opportunities and people I have met, appreciate and love through the Global Information Network. I did not go looking for this opportunity, it showed up in my life. Some might say it was just a coincidence. I believe it was God’s response to my prayer through the leading of the Holy Spirit. This event has opened doors to information and understanding beyond what I could have even imagined a decade ago. Where do I even begin? Probably with an apology to all those who have influenced and impacted my life in so many positive ways who are not, because of time and space, mentioned in this article. Thanks, love, and blessings to each one of you.

I am who I am today, because of the training of people like, Fred Van Liew who said to me, you need to go to Joel Bauer’s Passion2Profit course and I will help you get in. Joel Bauer’s training benefited our 17 year old family business which was on the verge of bankruptcy at the time. It changed our thinking which turned our business around. Joel also taught me that if you have God in your life, then He is to be part of all your life including your business marketing strategy. Then there is my dear friend, Mary Miller from I-Ching Systems. Mary helped a very judgmental preacher understand the power of particle physics and its application into the world of mental health. She helped me understand in new ways that truth and science do not have to conflict with Biblical foundations. She challenged me to take areas where many Christians do not know what they do not know and so just outright reject it and instead with discernment be able to bridge truth for the benefit of people around the world. What a wonderful day when a man name Joe (name changed) who would never allow anyone to speak about spiritual things said yes to allowing a piece of his DNA to be placed on an I-Ching instrument because he was dying.  Within a short time His attitude changed and my wife had the privilege of seeing him ask forgiveness and invite Christ into his heart and life.  His final days were significantly impacted mentally, emotionally and spiritually with this technology. Then there was the Morter Family who introduced us to the Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.).  This is a clinically tested procedure, by the way. Our family went to a weekend Living Your BEST conference in 2012. My wife shuffled into the event with the help of a cane barely able to walk. At the end of the event after the training and BEST treatments she walked out with a full stride and has not used a cane since that day.  Why would we not be excited about the benefits of these tools and want others to know about them?  Energy is just that. A medical doctor tests for it when he/she taps your body looking for reflex action. The Apostle Paul references the energy of Christ within him in Colossians 1:29, “To this end I labour, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me” (NIV). Looking at the original language it confirms the NIV use of the word, “energy” here.

I have also been introduced in new ways to the importance and value of defining your dreams and getting a burning desire for their achievement. In other words setting goals and putting together the steps to make it happen. I currently have the privilege of working with Trish Devitt and Don Boyer who have together provided an exciting opportunity for people to be able to focus on what they want to see happen in their life through their intentions. If you do not understand the power and impact of your beliefs and intentions on your daily actions, then take the time to learn about it and you will see the benefit of having focussed intentions.

It was Troy McClain who introduced to me to his definition of “ego.” He describes it as “exiting God out.” The Energetic Intention Program designed by Trish has nothing to do with exiting God out, it has everything to do with taking tools which are available and using them in ways that benefit and help people to be the best they can be. For me this means being a good steward of our life.

To those who would say, all we need is God and the Bible to do this. I respond, do you go to a doctor if you are sick? Do you take a prescription if the doctor gives you one. Do you allow for the doctor to check your reflexes by tapping your knee? (that is a check on the flow of electrical energy in your body). Do you allow the doctor to listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope? (that is a tool). AND the list could go on. I trust you get my point!

Who am I? I am a person who is prepared to investigate things and to look for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in discerning truth. I am a person who is working on being more discerning and open in discovering that which benefits humanity and glorifies God.  Just because there are atheists, New Agers, or people of other religions endorsing some thought or concept does not mean Christians should avoid it, if it is truth. When it is truth, it is time for Christians to engage and reclaim it for the Kingdom of God. Understand have a valuable opportunity in that area of common agreement to bridge the gap to demonstrate the source of truth. That is who I am, who I want to be, and what I seek to do.

April 12, 2016

Who am I? (PART # 1) I am an individual who believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I am a person who believes Jesus Christ was both full man and fully God. I believe His death on a Cross and His resurrection was a plan fulfilled in time to provide a relationship reconciliation between a Creator and His creation. I believe this God desires our best and wants to work with us to make that a reality both now and in the future. We have, should we chose to accept His help, the Holy Spirit in order to reach the full potential offered to us.

Who am I? I am an individual who believes we have choices to make in this life. Each day provides us opportunities to decide what direction we will go. Thank you Ed Foreman and Earlene Vining for teaching me the steps in making this possible in my life. Will we be positive or negative in what we think, do and say? Will we look to improve our lives and the lives of others in love, or will we drift along indifferent to the opportunities available to us or the possibilities of encouraging those close by, or will we focus on bitterness and anger with an attitude that seeks to get even?

Six years ago, I made a choice that changed who I am. The choice came as a result of a passionate desire to know truth, gain understanding and pursue it with wisdom. I was not prepared to abandon my spiritual foundation in the process. But I was willing to see that foundation expanded should that opportunity open up me.

Looking back, this choice really was congruent with who I had always been through my life and now, with hind sight it is easy to see the whys of where I am in this moment. I must continually remind myself of the fact I have six years of study, experience, perspectives and blessings, which other people are not privy to. My passion and desire is to help people seek truth and understanding and apply it with wisdom and therefore move closer towards utilizing more of the potential with which they have been created.

That being said, it is invaluable to understand the tools which are available to help us in our journey. Let me share a secret with those who declare themselves to be Christians or believers. You have specialized knowledge and information that has the power to potentially change lives forever. Most of the world does not know what you know nor do they understand its value. This information is found in a book called the Bible. If this information is so important and valuable to the process of changing lives for the better, why are you not marketing this specialized knowledge and information in a way that will meet the needs of the target market? This is certainly something I want to work at improving in my life.

Who am I? I am an individual who desires people to be healthy in every area of their lives. This includes, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. I believe Jesus Christ demonstrated that concept during His ministry. Why shouldn’t we?

April 11, 2016

On the day I originally wrote this article, I took note of the various themes represented on the National Post website for the day. What was reflected there was also being broadcast on the television news.  I wonder whether there is any significance to the recurring events and attitudes being expressed and what the overall influence and impact these reports have on those who take it all in. Is this about the reporting of news, or is it about the development of attitudes and emotions that are conditioning the minds, responses and future actions of large numbers of people around the world? We are bombarded with information related to civil unrest and human tragedy in various parts of the world. On top of that we hear of world economic difficulties, murder, hatred among world peoples, political corruption and mismanagement, and many other areas designed to give you an unhealthy dose of negativity. You can take the time yourself to find the multiple instances recorded in each of these areas if you so desire.  What is your overall response? Are you allowing yourself to be conditioned to feel powerless and hopeless? Are you developing a greater sense of fear, worry and discouragement? Are you becoming more frustrated and angry, noticing less contentment and peace in your life?  Have your attitudes towards moral issues been affected and moulded towards greater political correctness and universal acceptance of “what is”?

Events and circumstances in your life, when they are being repeated over and over again, as reported in the media, will influence and impact how you think, feel, respond, speak and act until you acknowledge you alone are responsible for how you think and what you do. For example, no one can make you angry unless you allow them to. It is up to you to make the conscious choice to be aware of both the external and internal influences impacting your life at any given moment and then to decide what you will do and how you will respond or proceed.

It really would be a good idea to think about and assess how you are feeling about yourself, your relationship with others, and your relationship with God. To what degree are you operating out of fear, worry, frustration, anger, overload, tiredness or any other of the negative emotions of life? Then, it would also be worthwhile to ask about your levels of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control and the other positive emotions of life.  Having done that, are there things that may need to change in your life to bring you to the place where you become consciously aware of how you want to live out your life, thereby empowering you to follow through successfully?

It is time to stop living your life on autopilot with no thought to what is ready going on around you. My goal for this article is to help you become consciously aware of influences and powers affecting your life on a daily ongoing basis and to start you thinking and moving towards taking positive action to compensate against the negativity flowing your way.  Only then will you be able to unleash your God given potential and fulfil His destiny for your life. I trust you can see the obvious – you will need God’s help to do this – right?

April 10, 2016

In Matthew 7:7-8 it is recorded Jesus said, “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.” James 4:2 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” Why do we not ask when Jesus tells us to? Could it be fear, or lack of belief we would actually get it?

Hebrews 11:6 records, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” AND we do know Jesus spoke of the importance of faith to the process of receiving, right?

We read in Matthew 9:27-30, “As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ {28}  When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. {29}  Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you’; {30}  and their sight was restored.” So, what do we believe about the words of Jesus in John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you”? In the original Greek, Jesus actually used the word, “wish” in the context of remaining in Him and His words remaining in us. Our wishes, desires, goals, dreams and intentions need to align with His will for our lives, but what is His will?

His Word provides some indication, His character provides some more help. Also to be taken into account are the specific gifts, talents and graces He has provided for us. Holy excellence and holy love, would be words which would describe His intentions for our lives, right?

In Jeremiah 29:11 we read, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” We do know Jesus declared, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). So we know Jesus wants us to pray, He wants to provide abundant life, not like the enemy of our souls who seeks to steal and destroy, right?

That being the case, how are we to pray? In Matthew 6:7-8 it records Jesus saying, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. {8}  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” How often have you prayed for something or someone and then prayed and asked again, maybe many more times? Have you done that? What is important for us to understand is, if we have asked and have faith to believe, do we need to keep asking?

In Matthew 7:9-11 Jesus said, “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? {10}  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? {11}  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” When you ask, thank God for the answer and keep thanking Him as if it has already happened, because if we truly believe, in fact it has, in God’s timing.

If you received an envelop and when you opened it there was an unexpected cheque or money order for $500.00 would you consider yourself $500.00 richer than you were before you opened the envelop even though you haven’t cashed it yet? The cheque of money order was in effect a promise of the money, right? Faith in the Word and promises of God are a promissory note. When we keep asking over and over we are declaring our doubt rather than our faith AND doubt blocks the fulfilment of God’s promises. Faith and belief regarding prayer is all about immediately moving to the place of gratitude, appreciation and thanksgiving. It is about the confident expectation of God answering prayer and being flexible enough to be grateful for an answer that may be better for us than that for which we asked.

Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Some people approach prayer with a hope God will answer, but the place we want to be is a place of knowingness. We know because of who God is, what He says and the principles He has put in place with the creation of our world.  “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)