What are you thankful for?

If you could have anything, what would you ask for? The answer will depend on your age and where you are. Here in the US, if you are 5, a doll or a bike. At 15 a gaming console or a phone. At 25 a house. At 35 a family. At 45 financial success. At 55 stability and health. At 65 grandchildren and retirement. At 75 health, happiness and peace. At 85 whatever life throws at you, as you are just happy you got that far.

But if you live in the 3rd world, at 5 you just want food. At 15 a roof over your head. At 25 a stable job. At 35 health. At 45 some stability. At 55 whatever life throws at you, as you are just happy you got that far.

Mr. Ziglar was able to summarize the 8 things we all really want. We want to be happy,  we want to be healthy, reasonably prosperous, be secure, have friends, peace of mind,  have good family relationships,  and hope in the future.

If you have lived enough, by now you figured out that things don’t make us happy or fulfilled. Relationships do. And one in particular is the mother of all relationships. The one with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

So this thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” 1 Timothy 1:12 NIV

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Is there such a thing as just a little sin?

Sometimes we lie to protect our loved ones. And we don’t even call it a lie. We call it omitting the truth. 

When we hear a bad medical prognostic we tend to “lie” to our loved ones to protect them from the harsh truth. When your wife asks you if she looks fat (this one is a lost cause, because either way you go to hell). 

So if lying is a sin and we lie to protect others, are we condemned to go to hell?

Sugar! The delicious temptation we invented. (Hang in there, there is a purpose for this side talk)

Who does not like sugar? Not the pure version of if but what we make with it. Sugar, milk and coco and you have chocolate. Probably the most desired sweet in the world. Or you freeze this mixture you have ice cream. Mix it with flour and butter and you have the most amazing pastries your soul desires. Put it in ice cold carbonated water, add some flavors and you have the drinks of choice for almost the entire world population. It’s almost unlimited the choices we have to consume sugar. It’s cheap, readily available and widely accepted. We give it to our babies! It is a reward. Nothing better than a “little sugary treat” when we are stressed, tired, worried, bored … well pretty much any mood state deserves a sweet treat.

And I am addicted. I love any sort of way we come up to disguise sugar. BUT I have a problem. I have a mild version of rheumatoid arthritis and sugar makes it worse. Everytime I go out on a sugar eating spree I feel it in my bones, literally. Now the secret of health is moderation, right? 

Would you drink arsenic? Of course no. It’s poison and you can die. But what if I diluted a tiny amount and fed you in a delicious treat? Some even believe that it has health benefits. But if you take it daily, what if this tiny amount builds up in your body and ultimately kills you? This happens a lot with metals. Aluminium found in deodorant, mercury in fish, etc. A tiny little amount that if you continue to ingest will ultimately kill you. Just like sugar.  Everytime you eat sugar it damages a tiny little piece of your body. If you stop it will recover, rebuild, redeem. But if you keep eating the problem will only grow till you are dead.

And that is how sin works. A tiny little sin is not enough to kill you spiritually, but if you continue to sin eventually it will.

But it is hard to avoid sugar!!!!!! I don’t have an answer on how to avoid an addiction but I do have one on how to avoid sin.

“pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

The more you fill yourself with God, the less space you have for sin. Is that simple.

What is best, Sacrifice or Obedience?

You sacrifice a lot in life. You sacrifice sleep to get more done, you sacrifice to your boss to get a promotion, you sacrifice eating to get slim, you literally hurt your muscles and joints at the gym to build more muscle.  When you commit a traffic violation and get a penalty you have to sacrifice your budget to pay for your mistake and some people think that they can continue making mistakes and they will be forgiven if they sacrifice.

But in the same way that if you commit too many traffic violations you won’t be able to pay for your mistakes any longer (you will get your driver’s license suspended and you may end up in jail) you can’t just sacrifice your way to heaven.

I remember as a kid that some hard core Chatolics in Brasil would voluntarily suffer penance by kneeling on corn for long periods of time. I never tried myself, but I can imagine the pain it must inflict. In the movie Davinci Code Silas, the antagonist, torture himself to repent from the crimes he commits. And just a side note the Numeraries from Opus Day do wear a cilice, a chain with points, to inflict pain.

Think of this: let’s pretend that heartburn is sin. To relieve it you take medication.  But then you go eat foods that cause more heartburn so you need more medication. The medication will never save you. This “sin” cycle will never end until YOU STOP doing what is causing the heartburn in the first place.

So by merely sacrificing you money, your time or your body will NEVER bring you salvation. This is why in the bible it says that obedience is better than sacrifice.

What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.1 Samuel 15:22

And I close with the fable of the boy who cried wolf.

Once a boy was given instructions to care for the sheep. Should a wolf come and try to attack the sheep he should call for help yelling wolf from the top of his lungs. The whole town would come to the rescue.

But the boy decided to play a trick and cried wolf, wolf when there was none. The town rushed to aid him but only found him LOL telling all the villagers how foolish they looked. He made a tik tok video and got millions of views. He then decided to make another one to see how many more views he would get. So he cried wolf, wolf! The villager once again rushed to aid him just to find him once again LOLROTF he got hundreds of millions of views.

Then at night a pack of wolves came with evil in their eyes and they approached the sheep growling and drooling. The boy then cried as loud as he could wolf, wolf, wolf! But the villagers knew it was a prank so they ignored his cries for help.

In the morning the villager saw that the whole flock of sheep was decimated. Blood was everywhere, including the boy’s blood who was also eaten.

Do what is right and obey the word. Don’t try to pay your way to heaven through sacrifices. The enemy knows what it is in your heart and one day it may sneak up on you and your sacrifices won’t be enough to hold it back.

What Matters Most

This week God put in my heart a very simple, yet extremely powerful message. I was listening to this song. If The World Was Ending, you can see the lyrics here https://bit.ly/3juuyXi

I ask you now to do this exercise. It may change your life, seriously.

Close your eyes and imagine that a huge comet is in a collision course with Earth. In 8 hours the World will end. There won’t be pain and suffering. It will just disintegrate almost instantaneously. But you have only 8 hours. What would you do?

I would get my wife and daughters and I would hug them tight. I would kiss them and tell them how much I love them. I would pick up photo albums and remember all the good moments we had, and I would kiss them and kiss them and tell how much I love them. I would enjoy every second of those 8 hours.

Then God asked me, why do you have to wait for the world to end to do what is important?

Studies about dying people’s wishes found that they don’t ask to see their bank account balance, or pictures of the things they accomplished. The number one thing dying people ask for is to see their loved ones, get in touch with friends, see their pets one last time.

The most important thing in the world is readily available to us everyday, Love.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.1 Peter 4:8

And of course my favorite bible passage 1 corinthians 13:4-8

And if you heard of the big rocks exercise (you can see it here) remember to take care of your big rocks first, because truly nothing else matters.

Who are you going to love today?

How Relationships are Key to Success

If you have been in business for more than a few months you probably heard the saying: “People like to do business with whom they like and trust.” And this is absolutely true. Tom Ziglar has a saying about this. “Would you hire an accountant that is 99% honest?” Stephen M. R. Covey has an interesting book called Speed of Trust. How building trust is fundamental to speed up business transactions. 

Trust is a consequence of a solid relationship. Can you imagine doing business without lawyers, and contracts? Would you invest money into a company without legal agreements? In 1998 Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a $100,000 check to Larry Page and Sergey Brin the founders of Google after an informal conversation in a cafe, rumour has it. Google Inc. was not even incorporated yet. Andy just gave Larry and Sergey $100,000 out of trust. And he got $1.5 billion back by helping create one of the largest and most profitable companies in the history of the human race, simply out of trust.

In my movie “Zig You Were Born To Win” Available on Amazon Prime and all retails stores, I explain how the 6 steps Mr. Ziglar identified as being the fundamentals of success can help you become successful through the words of people who became extremely successful. The steps are: Strong Self-Image, Building Winning Relationships, Setting Goals, Positive Attitude, Work Ethics and Passion. On his book See You At The Top, Mr. Ziglar explains each step in detail.

Building relationships is fundamental for success in business, in personal life and in the spiritual life. Imagine you are good friends with Larry Page and Sergei Brin? How many doors do you think this would open for you? What if you were good friends with the President of The United States or anyone with a position of power?

Shocker Alert!!! The most powerful being in the universe wants to have a deep and sincere relationship with you. What do you think this relationship can do for you?

Jesus when asked what was the most important commandments of all, answered:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.Mark 12:29-31

While working with Operation Care International, a nonprofit that cares for the homeless, I learned that when you give to a homeless person you are doing something much more impactful than you think. If you give them a piece of bread you are not just feeding them, you are telling them “I see you, I care about you”. 

Caring for one another is the most important relationship building we can build and when we care for the least of these, we care for our Father God.

whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for meMatthew 25:40

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honorRomans 12:10

Keep building a relationship with God and as his heir you will inherit all His blessings. And one of the best ways to do so is to build relationships with his children.

Why we Keep Making Mistakes

A football quarterback makes mistakes because he is under pressure to throw the ball. A business person makes a mistake usually because he or she is also under pressure to deliver. 

But in general we make mistakes because we believe that the outcome of our actions outweighs the risks. If the belief that we will benefit is stronger than the belief that we will fail we push through with our actions.

So what this has to do with a Christian Blog?  The outcome of our action outweighs the risks, if we think like this, we sin. A little white lie will avoid me having to work harder or having to face an uncomfortable situation.

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers”. Proverbs 6:16-19

If you look at this verse closely you will notice that 7 of the things God hates have to do with lies. So yes sins are mistakes and we sin for the same reason we make mistakes. And yes, making mistakes is human, and yes, if you don’t fail enough you will never succeed, etc. And this is correct, mistakes are the best way for us to learn how to avoid making new ones. And God knows we will sin as we will make mistakes, this is why He sent His son to forgive our sins. But that does not mean we should keep making mistakes over and over again. If you constantly make mistakes you will fail so miserably that you may not ever recover. Yes we will sin, yes we will make mistakes but we should LEARN from it and stop it.

Here is why sin is a big problem. Just like drugs, we believe that the outcome of our actions will outweigh the risk. An addict firmly believes that whatever he or she is doing is more valuable than prison or death. Yes, they have impaired judgement because of the drugs. But the parallel I’m making is, unless you are demon possessed, no one willfully sins. We sin because we have an impaired judgement.

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left” Hebrews 10:26

God sent me a vision about sin and why He is so concerned with sin. I grew up in Rio de Janeiro Brasil and I used to go to the beach almost everyday. When you are on the warm sand life is good. You relax, you watch beautiful people come and go, you refresh yourself with a cold beverage, etc. But then you decide to go in the water which is cold, murky and tricky. When you are under water, no one on the beach can see you. They know you are there, but they can’t see you. And this happens to God too. When you are deep into sin, He can’t see you. He knows you are there, but He can’t see you.

And the water is tricky. There are underwater currents that pull you deeper and deeper into the sea. I remember once I was swimming and I was about 20 ft away from the beach. I felt a current taking me further away and I decided to swim to the beach. I swum for 20 minutes and I did not move one foot closer to the beach. I began to panic and decided to swim harder to no avail. I got tired to the point I could not stay afloat any longer. I was going to drown. Just like that. I was going to go so deep into the waters that there would be no point of return. This is a true story, by the way. Ask me how I was saved, it was a little miracle.

And this is how sin works. We think we can control it, we think we are just 20 ft away from the beach but when we get comfortable with sin is exactly when the current pulls us further down to a point of no return.

Mike Tirone from Operation care opened my eyes to the fact that we cannot free ourselves from sin. We need to acknowledge that we don’t have control over it. We need to surrender our sin to God so He can break this chain. We can’t do it alone!

Just like an addict needs to acknowledge that he or she does NOT have control over the drug and he or she needs help, so do we with sin.

I also remember “losing” two nephews at the beach. They were 3 and 5 years old. Me and my sister were watching them less than 5 ft away playing in the shallow water and in a split second they were gone. We felt the worst feeling ever. We don’t know what happened to them, we can’t see them. I imagine God feels like this when we are deep into sin. Thank God we found them a few minutes later. They looked back, could not see us (don’t know why) and decided to go look for us up the beach which had THOUSANDS of people. No, no exaggeration.  

This is why Luke 15:1-7 God tells us that He would leave the 99 sheep behind to go after the one lost. That is how much He cares about finding us.

Don’t play with sin. Don’t try to learn from it. Is dangerous, murky and tricky.

How To Raise Your Stakes

We first think, then based on our thoughts we develop emotions that generate actions. So good and bad starts in your mind.

Can you imagine if God was to stop every mistake we are about to make? Again, mistakes begin in our thoughts and we have 6,000 per day on average. One unique thought every 10 seconds. The human race has 42 Trillion thoughts per day! So if God were to stop 42 Trillion thoughts per day, the universe’s energy would be drained on the first day.

God wants us to figure out how to raise our stakes so we can control our thoughts and actions and help others do the same. Now, we are blessed to be on a physical world because we can’t stop thinking stupid, but we can chose not to ACT stupid. I believe this is why God has us on earth so we can train our thoughts. If we want to kill someone we have to physically do it. If we want to commit adultery, we have to physically do it, and so on. By having this physical “barrier” it gives us the opportunity to monitor our thoughts and act according to our values or stakes. Then, when we get to a non-physical world (Heaven) we have a bit more control over our thoughts because I believe that in a non-physical environment what you think becomes reality instantly. And you can see how this can be dangerous.

We talked about how believing becomes reality on my past blog (click here to read) so it is clear that feelings originate in your head. It all begins in your mind. The fear, the admiration, the respect or lack of all begins in the way you think. But how the heck can you control your thoughts? 

One way is to fill your mind with only good things. Police your inputs and only allow the good stuff in.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.Philippians 4:8

And you may be saying: “In the world as we live today this is impossible I would have to stare only at my walls all day for the rest of my life, to avoid bad input!” 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 

You don’t have to conform to this world (conform = do what everybody else does) you can be different. Remember who is your heavenly father. Did you not listen to your parents? So do the same with your heavenly father.

But how to know if a thought or idea is good and Godly? One way is to test it. I remember my corporate days in Marketing our rule for posts about a client were simply “If you need to ask someone if this post is offensive, most likely it is.” If you doubted yourself if that post would be offensive or inappropriate, you had to err on the side of caution. Don’t do it. So if you have doubts in your heart if a thought is from God, it is because it may be not. When God gives you a thought He will give you peace around it. Even if it is a crazy idea but you have peace about it, most likely it is from God. 

Another question to ask is: “Does this idea bring me closer to God or further away from God”. This is also a good question for your personal Goals. This idea, opportunity, etc. brings me closer to my Goal or further away from it.

And lastly, does it take me out of my comfort zone? (ouch). Yes, unfortunately God rarely gives us more of the same. He is always, always putting us in situations where we have to stretch and grow. Earth is a school for Heaven and everyday is a new lesson. So even if you don’t agree with a thought, but it brings you peace, it is not offensive, brings you closer to God or your goal and scares you, yep that came from God.

How Consequence Awareness Leads You To Success

The brain prefrontal cortex is responsible for decision making. Understandably it is only fully developed after the age of 25. This is why teenagers engage in so many poorly thought situations. They really don’t understand the consequences. But after we develop our brains choosing the wrong path becomes something different.

Even a dog understands consequences. My very smart Golden Retriever knows exactly what he did wrong. He has a very distinct guilt body language. But if a dog understands consequences, why do they do it anyways? OK a dog has about 530 million neurons but, how about humans with 16 billion neurons? Why do we select the wrong behaviour? 

Studies show that people tend to “do the wrong thing” when the consequence is not severe enough.

I’ve talked to a number of inmates for my 2nd Chance documentary project and I learned that for some prison is normal. I heard once: “Almost all my family went to prison, so prison is not that bad”. I work with a nonprofit that helps at-risk kids (kids that do poorly in school) and 99% of the time the kid does bad in school because the parents did bad in school or don’t value education, so bad grades are not a severe consequence. It is also easy to see that people become a lot more aggressive when they are behind a computer. People that normally would not be mean and rude feel comfortable doing so when they believe that there won’t be consequences for their venting. This is also why people lie. They don’t want to face the consequences of the truth, and so on.

I remember my mom telling me that as a toddler I was fascinated with power outlets. I always wanted to stick something in the openings. I don’t remember if I got spanked or yelled at, but whatever she did was not enough to deter me from that dying desire to stick a bobby pin in the power outlet, until the day I did. By the grace of God somehow I managed to short circuit the outlet and I was not harmed. But a loud explosion, a blinding flash and a house blackout came immediately after my “experiment”. That was enough. I NEVER stuck anything into an outlet ever again.

You see that when the consequence is severe enough there is virtually no bad behaviour. I have not heard of any person who was aggressive towards a grizzly bear or intentionally stepped on a rattlesnake tail. Have you? If there was, they are dead now. 

For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.” Colossians 3:25

Now, If you believe in Heaven and hell Are your stakes high enough (on both ends) to guide your actions?

Are you considering the consequences of your actions in terms of eternity? If you died today, where do you think you will end up? I’m not trying to use scary tactics here as some priests love to do. I know God is love and I know God wants you in Heaven by His side, but you need to make up your mind because ultimately YOU are the one who chooses where you will end up.

And sorry to break this up to you, but death is a one way ticket. There is no free trial offer. Once you die, you will be dead for good. You can’t ask for a 2nd chance. But you can change your behaviour now. Please read Romans 12:2

I would love to hear from you. How do you fight temptations? How do you raise your stakes?

The Perfect Planning Tool

God give me patience, and give it to me NOW!

I remembered my days of corporate IT. 20+ years working developing IT solutions for Sales and Marketing. Very dynamic to put it nicely. Everything needed to be rush, rush. Everything was last minute and extremely important. CEO would ask us for a solution, we would tell him 12 months, he would say “I need to be done in 3 months!!” We would say, IMPOSSIBLE! They would hire consultants, charging a buckload of money, promising to be done in 3 months. I remember working 80 hour weeks for months, just at the end to have an obsolete solution done after 12 months (despite the hype from consulting firms) simply because there was no planning AT ALL. Trial by fire. 

I remember a funny colleague of mine saying he constantly wanted to take his pants out, paint his butt red and run down the halls yelling FIRE! That is pretty much how we felt. No one thought about planning long term. And I understand why. CEOs are paid in bonuses and if you don’t look like you are making progress you don’t get a bonus. And after a few dozen million dollars in bonuses if you get “fired”, who cares. You go pretend  you are making progress someplace else.

OK, sorry I’m being overly bitter here but this is somewhat how we conduct our lives. We have this constant internal pressure to be making progress, to pay the bills, to move forward.

But what if forward is not the right direction?

In management training I heard many jokes. One that really stuck to me is as follows: “A group of people was braving through a forest. Chopping branches, clearing the path so the rest of the group could walk through. The guide stopped the group, climbed on a tree to look at the terrain. He suddenly yelled – WRONG FORREST! The group below went quiet for a while and then yelled back – SHUT UP! We are making progress. So we are trained to make progress, to make money, but not to stop and think if we are making progress in the right direction.

But if you Trust the Lord for progress we dread God’s timing, right? 

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.

Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.Habakkuk 2:3

At least for me it always looks like everything happens at the very last possible second. Always!!! Why Lord, why? The reason is simple. When people that knew what would take to get something done say 12 months, it will take 12 months. Don’t matter how much money and effort you put into it, it can’t be done in 3 months. And we are talking about an infinitely smaller operation that involves a few hundred people and some dozen locations. To get all people, all systems in all the locations ready and right, takes time. It’s like a giant puzzle.

Now think of your own desires. “Well, that is different. It’s just me!” – No it’s not!!

Everything you want to accomplish in your life depends on other people. EVERYTHING!! Think about it. And each person that may be involved in your life project depends on other people and so on and so on. Think of The Butterfly Effect where an insignificant change in a remote location can have a devastating impact elsewhere. Now think of God’s Plan complexity where thousands if not millions of people will somehow be affected by what you want? He can’t afford leaving things to chance, so He crafts His plan for things to happen precisely at the very last possible second because if He does not all hell breaks loose. Literally.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6

But you CANNOT abandon your way.

If you do all His efforts that took an incomprehensible amount of time to create all goes to waste. 

“But I don’t know if I really want this?” Well then it is not God’s problem. It’s yours. Find out what you really, really, really want. Plan to achieve it. As God for wisdom on how to achieve it and work for it diligently until God’s promises come to pass.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.James 1:5

Do this with all your might and God will give you the desires of your heart.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.Psalm 37:4

How To Get Anything You Want

“You can get anything you want, if you help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar

Sorry, I had to put this one here based on the catchy title. And yes it is true, if you help enough people, eventually people will start to help you. But the real secret sauce to success is faith. And funny it is that this belief is expressed in all fields, athletic, business, medical, you name it. They just call it different things.

For Athletes is common practice to visualize how the competition will go. Michael Phelps attributes his athletic success to visualization. But he does not just dream of Gold medals, his visualization is very detailed. He “sees” every detail of the competition and how he is excelling in every one of those details. Sports Psychologists say “You are quite literally fooling your brain into believing that what you are mental rehearsing is real. This is the power of visualization—the brain has great difficulty distinguishing between real and imagined events.” And it shows. Harvard conducted a study where two groups of students were tasked with a set of bodybuilding exercises. Although one group they just had to imagine doing the exercise. Don’t be fooled. The imagination group were thought to visualize doing the exercise exactly how they would do it in real life, in every detail. They were thought to “feel” the weight, to feel the muscle burning, to feel the pain, etc. etc. After 30 days the imagination group showed 30% of muscle mass increase while the “real” group showed 60% of muscle increase. And I may add that only 30% because they were probably cheating and not really imagining every detail.

The military report stories of how combat soldiers have been shot repeatedly but were not aware of it until the fight was over all due to mental preparation which some call combat mindset. Moreover, I met soldiers that told me the only way they survived being shot was to have a strong belief that they were built strong enough to sustain the injury and that they would recover fully and quickly.

You heard countless stories of sick people that were told by their unbelieving doctors that they were terminal and nothing else could be done, and miraculously they survived. But why only a few do?

Because faith goes both ways.

The book How Full is your Bucket? By Tom Rath and  Donald O. Clifton starts with a brief history of a North Korean POW camp which held 1000 U.S. prisoners.  The prisoners had adequate food and shelter. They were not physically tortured. And yet, this camp had the highest POW death rate in U.S. military history. The weapon of choice was subtle psychological warfare, which eroded trust among fellow prisoners and broke their sense of hope. In essence, the cause of death was extreme negativity. 

The book goes on to describe that some prisoners would go to a corner, cover their heads with a blanket and die in 2 days by the simple belief that life was so miserable that it was not worth being alive. No suicide, their minds would kill their bodies.

And doubt is so powerful that even Jesus was affected by it. In Matthew 13:53-58 and Mark 6:5  says that Jesus was unable to perform miracles because the people in his own city doubted he could do such things. The people’s doubt impacted Jesus (Tha man!) to do miracles.

Folks, look at what is happening now? Extreme negativity everywhere and yes many people are dying mostly because they don’t think they can survive. People are committing suicide at alarming rates because they don’t see a future. It is happening right now! 

But yet again, the reverse works. If you believe, you can achieve. But you have to believe, and VERY IMPORTANT people around you need to believe it too. 

The power of God is turned on, permanently. 

There is not a proper way to tap into it, not a specific time and place. It is ON ALL THE TIME. And all you have to do is to accept it and believe in it. Call it what you want. Visualization, Combat Mindset, Faith they are all the same and it works, surprisingly enough even if you don’t believe in God. It’s on, all the time.

Now, if you do believe in God this power takes a whole new level.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23

So, what are you going to believe in?

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford