by Lawrence Powell
I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so, I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd…My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:14-16, 27)
Do you know that God has something to say that you need to hear today? God still speaks to man, and you can know His voice.
In Matthew 4:4 we read, …Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. I want us to focus on the word proceed for a moment. To proceed means to go forth, to go out, to depart, to come forth, to issue.Its Gods words, thoughts, affections, and sayings projected from His mouth to our ears. Bread, as you know, is a staple of most cultures. You’ll find bread in some form everywhere. So Jesus uses this global picture to explain to us that we cant live off earthly food alone. We need spiritual food every day to maintain health, and that spiritual food is every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
God reveals His will to us by His spoken word. He wants every one of us to hear His Word because He wants us to know His will. Ephesians 5:15-17 says, See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise… I need to stop here and share something with you: Years ago, I looked up the Greek word for unwise, and it said stupidly. So, God is warning us, Don’t be stupid; understand what the will of the Lord is. If I don’t understand what the will of the Lord is, I am stupid; I’m unwise, according to Scripture especially since the Word of the Lord is accessible and understandable.
Another reason God speaks to us is that He wants us to be found in the very center of His will. Don’t make major decisions without getting the will of God on them. Don’t jump into a job because it pays better than what you’re making right now. That job that looks so good might only have six months left to it. And don’t you dare get married without asking the Lord, Is this the one? You can know the will of God for your life, but you need to listen to His voice.
God speaks. He’s not mute, as the idols of various religions around the world. But, the truth is, sometimes we mute Him, don’t we? Sometimes God is speaking, but we’ve got the mute button on. Do yourself a favor: Don’t turn a deaf ear to the voice of the Lord when He’s speaking to you. We are so privileged to serve the true and living God. When we cry out to Him, He hears us, answers us, helps us, heals us, and delivers us from every one of our distress-es. He’s a prayer-hearing, prayer-answering God!
Yes, God still speaks and will continue to speak. I grew up hearing the saints talk about how God spoke to them, and, honestly, I’m not sure if everything they said was really from God. It might have been that late-night pizza! But people said it in a way that you could tell they were familiar with the concept of hearing Gods voice. When I came to know Jesus, I wanted to hear what they heard. I wanted to hear the voice of God. So when somebody said that God spoke to him, I’d wonder to myself, What does God sound like? When somebody talks to me, it’s spoken aloud, so I just assumed that when God spoke, it was in an audible voice. Now, I’m sure you know that if God wants to, He can certainly speak in an audible voice if He chooses to. He determines how He will communicate with you. So let Him! The important thing is, He will speak to you, through His Word, through the Holy Spirit, and you can expect to hear clearly what He has to say.
Acts 13:2 gives us an example of how God spoke to the early church: As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, having fasted and prayed, they laid hands on them and they sent them away. What were they doing when the Holy Spirit spoke to them? They were in prayer, praising and worshiping the Lord. In that atmosphere, the Holy Spirit spoke. If youre going to be a person who hears the voice of God, youve got to be a praying, worshiping person. Thats one of the reasons the enemy doesnt want you to praise and worship the Lord, because he knows that when you worship God, He will speak. If you need direction, guidance or help, just spend some time ministering to the Lord.
Keep those spiritual ears open so you can hear what God will say to you. It may be just a word or a paragraph; it may come in a dream. But know this: He will speak to you. Why? Because God wants to encourage you to trust Him and His Word, to know the sound of His voice. As you experience the fulfillment of His promises, He knows your faith will grow strong, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. He will direct you in your deci-sions and order your steps so you can experience what He has for you. But your ears have got to be open to the sound of His voice.
Matthew 7:24-27 says, ‘Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.’
When it comes to listening, are you a fool…or are you wise? I don’t want you to forget that question because it’s not just hearing His Word that matters; it’s doing His Word. My prayer for you is that you will hear the Word of the Lord and then go and do it! Amen?
September 16, 2016
From Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners: It’s back to Europe. Back to school. Back to work.
Let’s begin by bringing new readers into the discussion… and by reminding old readers (and ourselves) where we stand.
Small and Lonely Group
As a Diary reader, you join a small and lonely group.
But we know something others don’t.
We—and apparently only we—understand the real cause of our economic malaise.
What malaise, you ask?
Well… how could the richest, most technologically advanced, and most scientifically sophisticated economy stop dead in its tracks?
The rate of economic growth has gone steadily downhill for the last 30 years. By some measures, after accounting for the effects of inflation, we’re back to levels not seen since before the Industrial Revolution.
And how could such a modern, 21st-century economy make the average person poorer?
When you measure actual inflation, rather than the government’s crooked numbers, the median U.S. household income is 20% lower today than when the century began.
And why would our modern economy concentrate wealth in the hands of so few, so that only the richest 1% make any real progress?
You may also ask a question with an obvious answer: Why are the richest and most powerful people in the country overwhelmingly supporting Ms. Clinton in the presidential race?
You find the answer to all these questions the same way: Follow the money.
Ms. Clinton is raising record amounts of money—$80 million in a single month.
Big corporations, banks, military contractors, rich people—all are pitching in to make sure Hillary is our next president.
Because she promises to protect the status quo.
That, of course, is what government always does. A free economy is a precarious place for wealth. It is despised by nearly everyone—especially the rich.
In a truly free market, the process of “creative destruction” can’t be controlled. New wealth is born. Old wealth dies.
Naturally, people with wealth and power try to use government to get more wealth and power… and to stop the creative-destructive process. They want to protect what they’ve got already. That’s why the real role of government is to look into the future and keep it from happening.
Hillary stands like King Canute, promising to stop the tides of economic history.
What’s this got to do with money?
Let’s ask another question instead: What is the source of Ms. Clinton’s campaign pile? Whence cometh all this lucre?
“It comes from rich people,” you will say.
But where did the rich get so much money?
Ah… that’s where it gets interesting.
We remind you of the context: So far this century, only the rich have gotten wealthier. Naturally, they are keen to see the system that gave them—and them alone—such great wealth continue.
Old Money, New Money
The key to understanding it all is the money system itself.
The money you spend today is the money that President Nixon inaugurated on August 15, 1971.
That’s when he reneged on America’s promise to convert foreign creditors’ dollars to gold at a fixed price of $35 per ounce… and broke the last link between the dollar and gold.
Nixon’s new money looked, for all the world, like the old money. It seemed to work just like the dollar always did. And the most distinguished economist of the era—Milton Friedman—advised Nixon to put it in place.
Subtle… slippery—the difference between the old dollar and the new one went unnoticed for 40 years.
Old dollar? New dollar? Who cared?
Even now, most of the world has no idea what happened. But we, dear reader, are beginning to connect the dots.
Here’s the basic difference: The old gold-backed dollar represented wealth that had already been created. You got more dollars as you created more wealth.
Money was real wealth.
But this old money was hard for the authorities to control. They said it was uncooperative. Intransient. And stubborn. They wanted a new kind of money… and a dollar they could manipulate (to make a better economy, of course).
So, the new dollar was created. And this new dollar was not based on wealth, but on debt.
It was not backed by gold. And it was not connected to the real wealth of the economy.
Instead, it was brought into being by the banking system—as a credit. It increased as people borrowed and went further into debt, not as they grew wealthier.
The more they borrowed, the more they could buy. This gave the economy the appearance of growth and prosperity. It allowed millions of Americans to increase their standard of living, even as their salaries stalled.
But every purchase put people further into debt…
Between 1964 and 2007, credit expanded 50 times.
And in 2008, the credit bubble burst.
More to come…
Reeves’ Note: The big corporations, banks, military contractors, and rich people backing Hillary Clinton are just apparatchiks of what Bill calls the Deep State… a nebulous group of elites who have infiltrated the far reaches of the American government.
Bill exposes this unelected group of insiders, and offers a “prep guide” to protect your wealth and privacy from its intrusion… in this urgent warning.
How to Stop Holding Yourself Back
|You’re throwing the fight.
You aren’t giving your best.
You’re making excuses and taking the easy way out.
I can tell.
You see, thousands of clients have gone through my various coaching programs.
And I know when a person has real marketing problems…
…and when a person has self-sabotage issues.
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— Bedros Keuilian
In fact, and he won’t mind me saying this, our good friend, Craig Ballantyne, is one of those people. That’s right, Craig himself still has self-sabotage issues.
And you do, too.
I call this self-sabotage issue, “the E-brake problem.”
But it’s not your fault.
Let me explain.
I could give you and Craig a brand new Ferrari, but if the Emergency brake (the E-brake) is pulled, then it won’t go faster than a Honda Civic.
That’s because the car has been neutered.
Likewise, most people have a neutered subconscious mind.
They are holding themselves back.
They’ve got the E-brake on.
You might have a great idea and a hungry market that needs your help, but if you’ve got the brakes on, you’ll never get where you want to be.
But the only way for you to succeed and play up a level is to drop that E-brake.
You have value to add to the world.
You have lives to change.
You have the ability to make a massive impact on the lives of millions…
Just like Craig.
That’s one of the reasons he hired me as his coach — even though we’re business partners.
Craig was wise enough to know that he needed help.
He needed a mentor to guide him and to stop himself from holding back.
You need help releasing the e-brake, too.
It might be that you’re afraid of criticism, afraid of what other people might say, afraid of what your family might think, afraid of failure, and even afraid of success.
Instead of going all out, you hold back because you’re being selfish and protecting yourself from what others think.
So how do you drop the E-brake and accelerate down the road to success?
The answer is that you need to change your belief system.
For example, you might have a negative money mindset that your parents put in your head.
Perhaps they told you that money’s bad, money’s for the rich, that other people have success and we don’t, that we’re the working class and will never be anything else, or that the rich have knowledge that you don’t or ever will.
That negative belief system can be crippling.
It’s one that has held back Craig.
He’s slowly overcoming it, but let me tell you, the anti-abundance chains can be a heavy, heavy weight.
Our childhood experiences shape us, and they shackle us.
You might know the feeling.
There are other pains from the past that can keep us in a mental prison.
You might have been on the receiving end of a cruel comment from a schoolteacher.
Or you might have been abused like I was as a little boy.
Bad things happened to me when I was just a 4-year old kid in Armenia before our family immigrated to America.
Because of this trauma, I found a million reasons in my life to fail at things.
I failed at things on purpose.
Procrastination was one of my bad habits ten years ago before I released the brake.
I’d have a good idea and set aside for “the future,” and then never get around to it.
I went broke in my first business, an online supplement company because I didn’t feel deserving of success.
I didn’t believe that anybody would even want to hear from me.
But the truth of the matter is I had the knowledge to help people and yet I was too afraid to share it.
I pulled my punches.
I threw that fight.
It took years for me to get over it.
But eventually, when I started to work on my personal development, changing my belief systems and cutting out the negative people in my life, I was finally able to break free.
I gave myself permission to succeed.
The time had come to stop holding back, to go out and add massive value to the world, to be an evangelical believer in the message I am here to share.
That’s how I dropped the E-brake.
If you’re like I once was, you need to change.
When you drop the E-brake, ideas flow to you and all of a sudden you magically have the courage to take action and overcome the bad habit of procrastination once and for all.
Listen, you have an obligation to get your solution in the hands of as many people as you can so that you can make a change in their lives.
That is how you will free yourself — by first believing in yourself, and then giving of yourself to the world.
It’s the message that I’ve told Craig over and over again, and I can see him believing in it now more than ever.
And let me tell you, he’s a great student.
Everything I instruct him to do, he does.
He takes action.
He works on the skills he needs to improve.
He practices his presentations more than ever.
He asks for feedback.
More important, he is man enough to accept the constructive criticism and then goes back to work on his weaknesses.
And you can too.
Release the brakes.
It all starts with the belief you have a unique gift to share with the world.
And then you need to take massive action.
You don’t need more education.
You just need to take what you know and do it.
You just need to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.
Add your value. Sell your message. Do the work.
Get feedback. Fail forward.
And do it again and again.
Each time you do, the E-brake will drop lower and lower…
…And you’ll go faster and faster.
This approach to life is working for Craig, it worked for me, and it will work for you, too.
About the Author: Bedros Keuilian is the embodiment of the American Dream. Arriving in the United States from the communist Soviet Union back in 1980, his family went from being broke to eventually adding value to their new community. Today, Bedros helps over 45,000 fitness experts grow their businesses. Bedros knows the American Dream is NOT dead, because he is living it right now.