20 June 2013
The Darker the Days, the More We Must Have Faith
Economic uncertainty, pending inflation, devaluation of the U.S. dollar, operating federal government without a balanced budget, astronomical federal debt, persecution of Christians and conservative groups, expanding Islamic influence – all these may seem insurmountable obstacles to your personal success, but your personal success is a function of the choices you make.
At any one point in time, your life represents the sum of all the choices you have ever made. If you truly want a different life, you must think differently and you must change your choices.
Zig Ziglar famously says, “You need a checkup from the neck, up.”
True, there are a lot of negative influences in America today. Yet, there is one influence that dissolves all opposition to your joy and success: faith.
Napoleon Hill, in his famous book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ wrote, “FAITH is a state of mind which may be induced, or created, by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through the principle of autosuggestion.”
The Bible speaks to faith as no other book. Read Hebrews chapter 11.
Blaise Pascal, Christian, scientist and philosopher said, “Faith affirms many things, respecting which the senses are silent, but nothing that they deny. It is superior, but never opposed to their testimony.”
My personal definition of faith: “Having faith, is the act of accepting something as true on the authority of another.”
You cannot and must not act by faith under false or misleading authority.
Steps to success:
- Validate authority – What’s the person’s ‘track record’? How do deeds match words? How do the person’s values compare with Biblical doctrines? This principle applies to investment counselors, politicians, employers and family elders.
- Act on the object of your desire with faith.
- Be persistent. There will be opposition, but you don’t have to be overcome by it. “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” – Proverbs 13:4