"For we walk by faith, not by sight"
This week I'm pleased to share with you the second principle. The topic is "Faith." Although you’ve read my reflections on the subject of faith often in this column, please understand what I’ve learned. It has helped me in my thinking process, and it will help you too. During author Napoleon Hill’s 20 years of research, he traveled across America interviewing successful leaders, and could not emphasize enough, the need for faith.
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In his book, “Think and Grow Rich,” Hill, who died in 1970, reminds us of how he had absolute faith that his own son, born without ears, would indeed hear someday, and although it was many years later, it worked, Hill’s son did hear. The Heavenly Father has said in His word "My peace I give you." When you worry about tomorrow you're not operating in faith, and you don’t have peace.
All we have ladies and gentlemen is one day at a time. What we do today will shape our tomorrow. Do you want more of the same? Then keep doing what you've always done, and you will continue to get the same.
Those without faith are very much like the mice in the book, "Who Moved My Cheese." Pick up a copy and read it several times. You might see yourself.
When one mouse realized all of his cheese was gone, he went into shock. He cried and pouted. The mouse was determined to find out (for example), why he got laid off his job. Do you hem and haw, feel paralyzed, spend much too much time trying to understand what happened to you? Do you say, why me? Or you might say, “But I was doing so well, now this!"
Other mice in “Who Moved My Cheese” started to scamper when they discovered that all of the cheese was gone. They were determined to find a new income source, maybe multiple streams of income. That’s what the quick thinking mice did in this story. They did not waste one moment. They immediately got busy and made attempts to find their way. They searched in the dark, they explored unfamiliar alleys. It worked for them.
First, they found a small amount of cheese, just enough to keep them alive and working. They continued to work, and found more cheese. Eventually, these busy mice, doubled their cheese supply, or it may be income to you.
In the bible, we have many examples of women and men of faith. These individuals were prepared to sacrifice their lives for their faith in God. If you look around, you will see many men and women today who are walking by faith and not by sight.
In the book of Job, the scripture tells us Brother Job’s story of patience and faith. He was a very wealthy man who lost everything. He lost thousands of cattle, he lost land; he lost his health – to the point where most of the flesh had fallen from his bones. In fact, his wife said "why don't you curse God and die."
Brother Job said "Naked I come into the world and naked shall I return. All the days of my appointed time, will I wait until my change comes."
In the end, God rewarded Brother Job for keeping his faith no matter what happened. He got his health back, and his wealth doubled. What a mighty God we serve.
Hebrews 11:1 states "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and it is the evidence of things not seen." Believing, even when you see absolutely no signs!
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