How do you tap into God’s Power?

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.” Psalm 105:2
Music is one of the greatest things in the universe. As a filmmaker the best kept secret in films is music. This is what really drives the mood of the scene. It will make you scared, angry or happy. Music is one of the most powerful triggers of dopamine release in the brain, among many, many other factors.

But what is music? Each note has a frequency, something has to vibrate in a specific frequency to represent that particular note. So music is vibration in a specific frequency.

Harmony is when two or more notes complement each other. They “sound good”. When something sounds bad we normally say “it’s out of tune” or is in dissonance. And it is not pleasant. It is scientifically proven that if you stay in a noisy environment for an extended period of time you can get sick, severely sick.

Now we know that there are good music vibrations (harmony) and bad vibrations (dissonance). What else vibrates? EVERYTHING!!! Your cells vibrate, your atoms vibrate, your brain functions in a specific frequency. While in pure meditation state (or sleep for some) is 6 Hz (Hertz the measurement of frequency. In panic mode 50 Hz. When your brain is in panic mode you can’t think, literally. And you guess it, it promotes bad health.

Now let’s go even further, light has frequency and so does LOVE! When you feel love you vibrate in this wonderful frequency that people around you can feel your joy. And it is also scientifically proven that love and laughter are a great medicine.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

Now, what frequency does God vibrate to? In the bible (depending on which version you are reading) the word Love is cited over 500 times!!! And we all know that God is LOVE.

If we love and let God Love through us we tap into His infinite power, but if we hate or feel fear we become dissonant from God. Wow!

If you want to harmonize with God you need to vibrate Love. So the more you practice love, the more you practice faith, belief and joy, the closer you will draw to God. But be careful because the opposite is also true, unfortunately . 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

I know we are living a challenging time but “8:28” we will prevail. We will survive and we will rebuild. 

Stay in love, practice love, seek love and you will tap into God’s infinite power. Don’t let the enemy convince you otherwise. 

Seek love everyday as passionately as you can and you will see your life transform before your eyes.

PS: Kid you not. this week after writing this I woke up naturally 2 days in a row at 8:28am

If you died today, would you be at peace?

Kind of a weird question but reflects what we are going through now.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

We are facing unsettling times, what does the future hold for us? So here is a thought; If you believe in God and you believe God is in control, then there is a reason for this virus to surface. All the consequences of this are impossible for us to even imagine, but why would God allow this to happen? He could have easily stopped the one guy that got the virus in the first place. Why would he allow this to spread to the whole world, literally?

I would love to hear your version, but here is mine; I read countless books where scientists studied dying people, specifically what was their dying wish. ALL OF THEM with no excuse said: “I wish I had spent more time with my loved ones”. Not a single one of them said I wish I had more money, or I wish I had built more things or I wish I had worked harder. The single concern was about love. Tom Ziglar talks about a Harvard study that researched happiness over 80 years (during 80 years, yes that long) found that the single factor to build a happy life is to build healthy relationships. Read it here https://bit.ly/2QDc8bp

So we are enjoying a historical opportunity to STOP and think what matters most. What do you really want from life? A good book is How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie https://amzn.to/3badbrc

And a book I have already suggested is The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren      https://amzn.to/2WCicoi

The LORD works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.” Proverbs 16:4

Enjoy this extra time and reflect over your life. What matters most to you? What is your purpose? Think hard on this one. When do you think something like this will happen again? Take this opportunity to draw close to God, to your loved ones and to be prepared to enjoy life to its fullest.

Remember that God is in control and that you have a purpose here. Seek your true purpose, love abundantly and I’m confident that you will feel that even if you died today you would be at peace.

Is anyone among you sick?

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:14”

We were talking about strategy and planning, but what happens when life throws you a wrench? This is the absolute perfect time to reflect on this, no? Why does God allow tribulation to happen? Why are we constantly being tested?

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

The only way to lose is if you quit. But If you face a challenge and win, God will trust you with bigger things. This is how He weeds out the unfit. 

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”. Matthew 7:13-14

So if you press on and find ways to continue God’s will despite circumstances, if you keep putting one foot in front of the other in faith, God will protect and provide.

So do not fear, for I am with you;  do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Lastly, remember Steven Covey 4 quadrants that we spoke about last week. Don’t get fooled by urgent but unimportant tasks. If the enemy can’t make you bad it will make you busy. Clarity, focus and perseverance.

And I ask you to join me in prayer so we minimize the impact of this pandemic on our great nation and resume life with minimal scars as soon as possible.

Lord I pray that you pick us up in your hands and shield us from evil, sickness and despair. I pray Lord that you will turn up the love on those who serve you so we can become beacons of your grace and pour your love and calmness on those who forgot about you, calm those who are in anguish and despair and shield our loved ones from sickness and disease. In Jesus name I pray Amen.

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28

And find the best way to do it and the right people? The bible is filled with verses that tell us God will provide, but WE have to do the work. I said this before, God is not a genie that you can rub the bible and pop come out Jesus to grant you 3 wishes. God is a father that wants to educate you. Would you go to school on behalf of your kids? Would you go to work on behalf of your kids? Would you break your heart, break bones, do everything for your kids? I’m sure you are quite tempted to say yes, and some may even be doing it right now. But when you do something on behalf of someone else, that someone else is not learning. Is not becoming educated.

God cares so much about you that He wants you to do it, to learn it, to experience it so you can thrive and help others thrive. And the best way to do something is by planning it. By establishing SMART goals. SMART is actually an acronym 

  • Specific: Well defined, clear
  • Measurable: You can track the progress
  • Achievable: Attainable and not impossible to achieve
  • Realistic: Relevant to your life purpose
  • Timely: With a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date

This is not a Goal Setting course, but if this is the first time you heard of SMART goals, I strongly suggest you go take one. Ziglar Inc has some great tools, as does Franklin Covey, Brian Tracy and others.

But two things I can tell you now from my 30+ year business career in corporate as well as business owner where I had the honor and privilege to film countless icons in the business world is: 1 – Nothing happens overnight (prayer warriors may disagree) but in general Success or achieving a goal is a sum total of hundreds of small little bitty successes or goals and 2 – Persistency.

And I close with this “The Hare & the Tortoise” It does not matter how fast and good you are if you are not persistent.

Isaiah 32:8 “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.”

Bonus, check Jim Collins 3 circles. The formula for acquiring ultimate clarity in business or life.

Prayer Strategy 2

Last Sunday I talked about Two Chairs. This Sunday I want to talk about another prayer strategy. The prayer Closet. The prayer closet is quite popular and became somewhat mainstream in the movie The War Room by the Kendrick Brothers. This has biblical support as in Mathew 6-6

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

A prayer closet not only gives you the privacy the Bible says, but also gives you the opportunity to create a vision board so you have your prayer strategy layed out. Instead of praying for what is most pressing, you can create a strategy to pray for what is important, and then for what is urgent. In the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey teaches us about the 4 quadrants. Quadrant 1 – Urgent and Important, Q2 – Not Urgent and Important, Q3 – Urgent and Not Important, Q4 – Not Urgent and Not Important. 

Often we fail to see what is truly important and as Stephen says we tend to spend too much time on Q3. And THIS is where the Enemy robs you of your time. Jennifer Sheehan likes to say “If the enemy can’t make you bad, he will make you busy”. 

And we tend to spend the vast majority of our time fighting for things that are completely unimportant, but look urgent. By creating clarity in your life, and focusing on what really matters you can pray for what matters and not for what is screaming at you.

Example: You need money to pay the electric bill or they will cut out your electricity. That looks urgent and you will consume your entire time finding ways to pay one bill. But money is temporary and will vanish again next month.

So instead of praying to get a few dollars to pay your electric bill, you really should be praying for God to give your wisdom. What!? Yes wisdom! Because when you have wisdom you will understand what your boss or clients really NEED, and in providing what your clients really NEED you will always have money and will never have to worry about bills. 

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Proverbs 90-12
Confusing? We will talk more about Goals and Strategy next Sunday.

“The PLANS of the diligent lead to PROFIT as surely as haste leads to poverty”.  Proverbs 21:5

How Much Would You Pay To …

If you could talk with President Trump for 10 minutes, how much would that be worth to you? OK, maybe you hate Trump, but what about Putin, Dalai Lama or Steven Spielberg? Priceless I would say, don’t you agree?

Now think of this, what if you could have private time with THE most powerful being in the universe? No, not Captain Marvel or Thanos (or the One-Above-All for the Marvel geeks), but GOD. Yes God himself. How much would that be worth? Beyond priceless, right?

What if I told you, you can, for real. The prayer strategy I want to focus on today is Two Chars. I had the privilege and honor to record Bob Bodine narrating his best seller book Two Chairs. A very simple concept. One chair for you, one chair for God. You sit down at a quiet time, pray for a little bit and shut up. Because when you pray is about what you want and when you LISTEN is about what He wants.

It works! No, He won’t give you the next winning numbers for the Lottery, bummer. But for me He gave me undeniable evidence that it was Him speaking. Ask me to tell you the stories and I will, gladly. And I’m confident He will do the same for you. God craves a relationship with you, yes! He wants to participate in your life. I thought, I’m too boring for God to want to do anything with me, but I was WRONG. He ENJOYS the simple things. Really.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Proverbs 3:6

Do you get it? In EVERYTHING you do. Not just the things you need help with. Everything! Bring Him along, enjoy His company. Yes, enjoy His company as much as He enjoys your company. Sit down, relax and even if you are just spending quiet time with God, it is still worth it.

Prayer Strategies 1

Prayer Closet (Matthew 6:6) , Prayer walk, Two Chairs, At Church (Luke 2:36-37), on the Battlefield (Joshua 10:12-13), have you ever asked yourself if there is a proper place to pray? What is the best strategy? Actually, do you even have a prayer strategy?

As anything else in life, if you have a strategy you are much closer to achieving your goals. By the way, did you know that only 3% of people have written Goals? It is probably fair to guess that even less that that have a prayer strategy. No wonder why so many people are frustrated and feel un-answered by God.

In sales we know that if you want one single sale it takes 10 client meetings, and to get 10 client meetings it takes about 200 cold calls (or emails, or text, etc.). 98% of a salesman’s time is spent listening to rejection and only 2% actually selling something, yet they are among the highest paid professionals. Not because they sell, but because they don’t quit. No I’m not a sales guy, but working with the Ziglar Corporation for so many years I got this down.

So if you are asking God for money or a job, God is asking you “Why?” Why do you want this money? And you would answer, “to pay my bills!!”. Then what? More money to pay more bills, God would ask? Then what? 

You are basically asking God to keep you in the hole you got yourself into. Getting money to pay your bills is not solving the big problem, it is just giving YOU a little bit of peace of mind. But Not God. He sees your future and He sees what benefit or harm your prayer may do for you.

God is not Santa Claus. He actually cares that you fix your stuff, just as a good father would. And if lighting a little fire under your but will make you move faster, He is all about that.

God is not in the Entertainment business, he is in the Education business.

We have a lot more to talk over strategy, so I’ll keep on this topic for a while. Meanwhile, ask yourself “why”

Tip: a good book to read is “The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren”

God GIVE ME MONEY!

I so wish I could rub the Bible, out pop’s Jesus and he would grant me 3 wishes. Wouldn’t that be awesome!?

Fantasy? Why!? Why can’t the all powerful God just grant me my wish? He created the universe and everything included, such as MONEY! Why wouldn’t God give me money? I’m a good person. I help others, I’m not a big sinner, I’m good! Why not!? I’ve been praying for money for ever and he just won’t give it to me.

Could you be praying wrong?

Let’s think about money for a second. Look at a bill, any amount. You will notice that each and every dollar bill has a serial number. God can’t just materialize money. It would be counterfeit. It would also not be good if he took the money away from someone else to give it to you (wait for it) without their consent.

Aha! Consent. So, when you pray for money you need to pray for someone to GIVE you the money. And remember a week or two ago I said that if God’s grace has not happened yet, something is missing, something is not finished, not ready.

Then, never ever pray for money, or a job, or any material thing. Pray for people to learn about your need and be moved to grant you your wish.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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.” Matthew 6:7-8

Pray for RELATIONSHIPS, pray that your relationships are blessed in abundance, that they are healthy, wealthy and happy and pray that you can love them as God loves you. And in doing so with a true heart God will see you and He will bless you.

Next week let’s talk about prayer strategies.

If you unplug a lamp from the outlet it turns off immediately. It has no power.

It can’t function as it was designed. People may even think it is broken. But it is not. It’s just unplugged.

When we pray and obey God we are plugged. Some have a battery that allows them to operate unplugged for a while, but as soon as we lose focus, we unplug. 

The only way God can bless you is if you (or someone else on your behalf) is plugged in. Praying, obeying with thanksgiving and faith.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:8 | NIV

I was walking on the beach last year and God gave me a vision of a puddle of sea water on the sand. We are the puddle that dries out fast. God is the sea. The tide is prayer. He asked me to make this little video so I could understand the power of prayer.

https://www.facebook.com/everythingchristianlife/videos/364046037510714/

I hope that helps you too.

Next week we will talk about prayer.

Are you waiting for God or procrastinating?

Super Bowl LIV. Imagine your dream is to win the Super Bowl and surely you would have to pray a lot for that. But God won’t magically give you a Champions ring. So it’s pretty clear that if you sit on your buttocks all day it WON’T HAPPEN.

To win the Super Bowl you need strength and conditioning (that is on you), you need discipline (that’s also on you), you need to be coachable (oh wait that is also on you), be perseverant, a good team player, be in good spirit, trust your game among many, many other factors that ALL FALL ON YOU before you can even be picked up to play on a team.

Put this in perspective and ask yourself:  “What is that I am waiting on God to do and what NEEDS to be READY so God can bless me? 

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Proverbs 14:23

“Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” Ecclesiastes 11:6

Remember, God is not a magician. He is not in the entertainment business, He is in the education business. And he is going to bless you through people. You don’t know which one of them are being obedient. (Remember Ecclesiastes 11:6)

So really, how can you help God bless you? What can YOU do now that would bring this need, this goal, this dream of yours closer to reality? How can you help God help you?

Next week, let’s talk about blessings.