How to Get Everything You Want in Life

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. ~ Mark 11:24

How much do you want from life? What dreams do you secretly dream for yourself and your family? If you hit the lottery tomorrow, what grand thing (or things!) would you like to do for the world around you? What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Now, let me ask you another question. What dreams and grand things do you think God wants for you? After all, you’re His kid, adopted into the family of Almighty God, joint heir to everything He has through Jesus. And He doesn’t need to fix a lottery to get it to you! What He needs is for you to trust Him to lead you into His grand plan for your life. No matter how big you can dream, God can dream bigger! And He has the wherewithal to bring it to pass. You only need one thing to get everything you want in life.

If someone handed you a key and told you it opened a safe deposit box full of money in X-Bank, I’ll bet you’d head to that bank quickly. You’d want to know what you had to do to put that key in the lock and get your hands on the wealth inside the box.

Faith is the key that unlocks every blessing of heaven and makes it a reality here on earth. Those gold streets, and pearls the size of buildings, are just an example of God’s wealth. The Bible tells us that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Ps. 24:1, I Cor. 10:28); He owns every beast of the forest, and the cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10). In Exodus 9:29, Moses told the people that the earth is the Lord’s. God has more than enough to meet your needs, and everyone else’s.

You’ll be happy to know that, in addition to wealth, your ‘box’ includes healing, peace, joy, satisfaction and success. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above (James 1:17). They come to us from an unchanging, ever-loving, merciful Father whose heart’s desire is to bless His children. John explained that above all things He wants us to prosper and be in health, even as our souls prosper (v. 1:2) In other words, as you seek His ways and His wisdom – in faith – everything else falls into place. Faith is the connection to Divine Blessing.

Genesis explained that Abram was counted as righteous because of faith (v 15:16). When Jesus met the woman with the issue of blood, He said, “Your faith has made you whole.” And when Jairus was told his daughter was dead, Jesus told him, “Fear not, believe ONLY,” (emphasis mine), and she was restored that same day. He rebuked the disciples in the midst of the storm, “Why are you so fearful; have you so little faith?” Later, He told two blind men, “According to your faith, be it unto you.” (Matt. 9:29) and their eyesight was restored.

Faith was the key – the connection – to whatever blessing or help they needed. There are dozens of examples in the Bible: the jar of oil that never stopped flowing; the bit of oil and meal that fed Elijah, the widow and her son through a famine; the axe head that floated to the surface of a pond; the Centurion’s servant who was healed with a word.  So, how do you develop that kind of faith?

Listen and hear:

If you’re going to church on Sunday, but not spending time with God the rest of the week, your faith will be the same – weak. If you leave church and can’t remember at least one or two specific points from the sermon, you listened but didn’t really hear. We all do that – listen with one ear while our mind is off on another subject. Faith takes our full attention. It is strengthened by hearing the Word properly taught, by reading the Bible aloud, and by listening to good teaching on TV and tape. It takes study and effort.

A stool that will hold 100 lbs. isn’t safe for a 250-lb. guy. Don’t even try to stand on it until it’s been reinforced. If you suspect that your faith isn’t strong enough, start building, strengthening, reinforcing. Faith requires t-i-m-e. There is no magic-wand formula. If you want stronger muscles, you have to do want it takes to get them. It’s the same with faith.

In addition to time in the Word, you need to become aware of inner leadings. Some call it conscience. Others may call it intuition. The Bible calls it a still, small voice: quiet thoughts that come to you – maybe telling you to turn left instead of right, or reminding you to be patient. Maybe you happen to remember a specific Bible verse or teaching.

There is no such thing as coincidence. Always, it is God setting up circumstances to accomplish His will for your life. He is always leading and guiding, bumping you into His perfect plan. Don’t ignore those quiet messages. Watch for them. Ask God to clarify what you’re hearing. Pay attention.

The sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name … and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. (John 10:3-4)

I stopped at the printer’s yesterday. I don’t usually need printing services so I only ever see the man once or twice a year. Yet, when I walked in the door, he said, “Hi, Ruth, what can I do for you today.”  He knew my name. Jesus is like that, too. Every morning when you wake up, He’s there, saying, “Hi, *|FNAME|*, what can I do for you today?” How do I know that? Because, the Bible tells me so!

Consider these promises:

                Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

                My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

                Cast all your care on Him for He cares for you.

If there is so much clutter and clamor in your life that you can’t hear His voice, you will miss His wisdom and protection. If you won’t trust God with your cares and dreams, He won’t be able to help you very much. You’re like a two-year old. “I can do it myself!”

Have you ever tried to help a stubborn child? The fight isn’t worth it. God feels the same way. If you want to try to do it all yourself, He’ll let you. But if you want some help, He’s asking – all the time – “What can I do for you today? What will you trust me for?” There is no problem too big or too small for God. He wants you to ask for His help in everything.

Speak and stand:

When faith is strong enough to bubble out of you (filling your consciousness with a knowing that God’s Word is true for you), it’s time to take a stand. Strong faith pushes you into action. You want to do something positive, to take steps toward the fruition of your goal or dream. The most important ‘action’ you can take is speaking out loud what God has said over your life and circumstances.

Speak what you want – faithfully. Call those things that be not as though they were! Believe God, who said nothing is impossible if you believe. Don’t waver or say anything contrary to the results you want. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances look like. God can change them in a heartbeat. What matters is keeping the key in the lock. Turn it – put pressure on the Word. Stay in faith.

In addition, take whatever action seems appropriate and in line with your desire. If your goal is health, join a gym or work on a new eating plan that will support good health. If your desire is to travel, research your destination; begin to make plans. If you want to be an author, devote time each day to writing. Research possible publishers, or outlets for your material. Do what you can to convince the Universe that you’re serious about your goals.

Faith is more than wishful thinking. “I wish I could lose weight,” has no power. Within that statement is only doubt and unbelief. Instead, begin to say, “My body is the temple of God. I maintain my body at my ideal healthy weight and I eat no unnecessary food.”  See the difference, *|FNAME|*? One is a sigh. The other is affirmative action in words.

Sometimes, your dreams seem so far away, you don’t even know where to start. In that case, start with your words. Find God’s promises for your situation and claim them as your own. After all, He promised. That’s why it’s called a covenant (or testament). Jeremiah 1:12 says He hastens, or hurries, to perform His Word. Psalm 34:10 declares that we will not want for any good thing if we seek His wisdom and plan.

It’s like being pregnant. There may be no evidence at all – no weight gain, no swelled tummy. But you’re telling everyone you meet, “We’re having a baby!” Why? Because something wonderful is about to happen! You’re speaking in faith that the baby will arrive, even if you don’t know exactly when.

Wait and obey:

Sometimes, we try to have the baby, the want or dream, prematurely. We force the issue, make it happen, buy it anyway. The problem with our plans and schemes is there’s always a down side. We create problems we didn’t anticipate. We go into debt to get the thing we want, then have years of payments-plus-interest before we finally own it. With faith and patience, there are no down-sides. God’s perfect plan unfolds in His perfect timing.

Wait. Be patient during your stand of faith. James explains, let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire (whole, complete), wanting (or lacking) nothing (v. 1:4).

Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith paints a mental picture for you at the same time it’s creating a spiritual blueprint for heaven to authorize and send. Jesus, your advocate in Heaven, looks at your words and says, “Yep. That’s consistent with God’s Word, so it’s authorized to happen.” You may not know the delivery day, but you can rest assured that if God said it, and you’ll agree with His plan, you can have it. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. For you have need of patience that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise (Heb. 10:35-36)

Obey. Following any promptings you feel in your spirit. Do this. Don’t do that. Speak the promise. Oops, shut up; don’t say that! Walking in love, peace and forgiveness are critical to keep the channel open between you and heaven’s bounty.

Have you ever had a pipe clog up in your kitchen or bathroom? It got blocked by gunk and you needed a major cleaning to fix the flow. Now, imagine a big pipeline from heaven to your house. Anger, fear, unforgiveness, impatience, doubt, and unbelief gunk up your pipeline. Clean it out. Get rid of the blockers. Keep your pipeline open for heaven’s blessings.

It is true, you know. You can have everything you want in life. All you need to do is decide what you truly want. Of course, it has to be consistent with the Blessing and not the curse. But if you’ll decide and take a stand of faith, God has guaranteed that you can have whatever you are willing to believe and say (Mark 11:22-24). That’s faith, the key to everything you desire.

 

 

 

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