Look beyond Your Limitations

Thursday, March 11, 2010

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

"Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about His mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains" -Colossians 4:3, NLT

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Did you know that when Paul wrote this verse, he was in chains and in prison? He was arrested for preaching the gospel. Everything in his surroundings shouted "limitations," but instead of looking at his surroundings, Paul kept his eyes on the limitless God. He kept looking for the open door of opportunity that God would have for him next.

No matter what "chains" you may feel like you are in today, remember, we serve a God who's in the business of setting people free, and He has equipped you with His power. When doors look closed all around you, when your surroundings look limited, when you feel like you're in chains, remember, God is still at work.

He's promised to walk with you all the days of your life. Keep your hopes up. Keep expecting. Keep believing. Like Paul, pray for those opportunities to be opened to you. If you fall, get right back up and press forward with even greater determination because He promises to break the chains and open doors of opportunity in your life.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father in heaven, I choose to take my eyes off my surroundings and focus on You. I choose to focus on the passion and dream You've placed in my heart. I trust that You are working behind the scenes, opening doors of opportunity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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Mary Did You Know? - James Parmis

Wednesday, March 10, 2010



Mary Did You Know?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you kissed the face of God.

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb.

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am.

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Will You Believe God?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

By Dr. David Jeremiah

"Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."- Acts 1:11

Recommended Reading
John 14:1-4

When a jury listens to a witness give testimony in a criminal or civil trial, the witnesses' character--his or her record of truth-telling--bears heavily on their decision. Does this witness have a history of honesty? Of telling the truth? Of living a life above reproach? 

Does the witness have anything to gain or lose by not telling the truth? If all indications point to honesty and integrity, the jury has no choice but to believe the witnesses' words.

The same thought process applies to what Jesus Christ said about His own return to earth. Throughout three years of public ministry, there is no record of His saying anything that was not true, not demonstrable, or not believable. Indeed, "the truth" was a central part of His teachings (John 8:32; 14:6). 

So, put yourself in the place of the jury concerning His testimony: "I will come again and receive you." Since your future--indeed, your eternal destiny--depends on whether you believe His words or not, what should you do?

If you have not taken Jesus Christ at His word, now would be a good day to believe.
 
The truth of Scripture demolishes speculation. -R. C. Sproul

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Before Creation

Saturday, March 6, 2010

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

"For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight." -Ephesians 1:4, NIV

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Did you know God had a plan for you before the foundations of the earth? He created you to be holy and blameless in His sight. Why? He chose you to be His ambassador, His representative on the earth. God created you to reflect His glory. He created you to reflect His character, His righteousness, His holiness. Think about that for a moment.

Part of your purpose on this earth is to be a representative for the King of kings and the Lord of lords. That should make you want to walk a little differently. It should make you want to talk differently. It should make you think a little more carefully about the places you go and the things you do.

Are you representing God's holiness today? Remember, God will equip you to do whatever He's called you to do. If there are things in your life that you need to change, God wants to empower you to overcome those things. Receive His strength and might today so that you can walk in holiness as His ambassador and live the destiny He has prepared for you.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing me today. I ask You to search my heart and remove anything that is displeasing in Your sight. I accept Your holiness today. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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What is the Secret of Prosperity?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Do You Want To Prosper? Serve!
by Bo Sanchez

I got this crazy list from a friend.

It’s title?

The 9 Ways To Pretend You’re Busy At Work.

Here are 6 of them…

1. Always walk with 3 folders in your hands, even if the folders are empty.

People with folders in their hands look like people going to meetings. People with nothing in their hands look like they’re doing nothing. And people with a newspaper in their hands look like they’re going to the toilet.

2. Always leave your entire cubicle messy.

Build huge piles of folders on your desk. Build stacks of books on the floor, even if you never read them. People around you will think you’re overworked.

3. Always look harassed.

This will give your bosses the impression that you’re really stressed out because of work.

4. Send important emails to your boss at wee hours of the morning.

Set your alarm clock at 2 AM, send the email, and go back to sleep. Your boss will be so convinced you’re such a hard worker.

5. Sigh loudly when many other people are around.

Give the impression that you’re under extreme pressure.

6. In your conversations, say technical words even if you don’t understand them.
For example, if an officemate complains that the internet is slow, say, “It’s because of nanotechnology and the 2nd Law of Physics.” You can speak gibberish, and you’ll still sound impressive.

It got me thinking: This list was made by a genius. Why not use this genius to make work thrilling, fantastic, and excellent?

Which brings me to my message today.

Some people think that spiritual people should be poor.

I beg to disagree. I believe that spiritual people can be the most prosperous people in the world.

Why? Because spiritual people love to serve.

You see, there are two kinds of prosperity.

Happy prosperity and sad prosperity.

You can become rich by stealing and lying to people. But that’s the path to sad prosperity.

Do you want happy prosperity?

I believe the only path to happy prosperity is through service.

So yes, I believe you can prosper.

You can be rich.

Let me teach you how.

Do You Believe You’ll Prosper?

Last week, I talked about “Belief”. I said that if you want to prosper, you need to believe that you can prosper. But what is faith without works? The Bible says it’s dead. So if you want to prosper, you need to express your faith through action.

And for me, action is service.

My big message for you today: Increase your income by increasing your service. Because when you serve, you get rewarded. When you serve, you get paid. Guaranteed. That’s a law written in every atom of God’s universe. When you give, you receive. When you plant, you harvest.

Many times, you don’t get rewarded right away. Many times, the person you served won’t even reward you. That’s okay. Keep serving anyway. And God’s universe will see to it that you get rewarded in some other way.

“Hey, I’m Serving A Lot;

Why Am I Not Wealthy?”

I can hear your objection now.

“But Bo, I’ve been serving all my life! I’m still not rich.”

I know what you mean.

When I look back at my life, I experienced the same thing too. I started serving God at age 12. I preached, sang in the choir, played the guitar for them, organized events, washed dishes, mopped floors, cleaned toilets,… You name it, I did it.

Okay, I didn’t do everything. I didn’t join the kitchen ministry and the dance ministry. Kitchen, because I didn’t want anyone to die of food poisoning. Dance, because I didn’t want anyone to die laughing.

But for 20 years—from age 12 to 32—I was poor.

Why I Wasn’t Rich

For 20 years, I wasn’t rich despite the fact that I was serving people like crazy.

Why? Two reasons.

First, because I didn’t want to become rich.

Second, because I didn’t know how to become rich.

That’s why I talked about “Belief” last week and why I’m talking about “Service” today. Because I subconsciously believed that God preferred me to be poor, I rejected wealth.

Let me just give you three examples…

• I Had No Investments

I was receiving a small allowance as a missionary. But I never thought of saving 10% or 20% for my future. Because if I did that, I felt I wasn’t trusting God enough.

• I Thought Businesses Were All Bad

Through those 20 years of being poor, I got to know a lot of businesspersons. They became my close friends. But not once did I ask them to teach me how to create a sideline or another income stream for myself.

• I Didn’t Like Charging For My Services

There came a point in my life that big companies asked me to give talks for their employees. But when they asked me for my speakers’ fee, I told them, “Oh, I don’t charge. I speak for free.” I felt “awkward” and “icky” just imagining myself telling these companies I charge for my services. (In hindsight, it was also my pride that prevented me from charging. I wanted people to think I was holy.) And so for years, I would speak to these large and rich corporations, events held in 5-star hotels, where everyone got paid. The emcee got paid. The events coordinator got paid. The audio guy got paid. The waiters got paid. Except the keynote speaker!

So I remained poor.

How poor?

I remember that day when I was applying for a visa…


My Net Worth In My Pocket

I was 25 years old.

In the application form, it asked for my net worth.

I asked someone beside me, “What does net worth mean?”

He said, “Your assets. Do you own a house?”

I told him, “Nope.”

“Do you have a car?”

“Yes and No.”

“Yes and No?” he asked, “What brand? What model?”

“I don’t know what brand or model,” I said.

I shook my head. “It’s an old jeep. The one you assemble in the backyard. Model? 1943. Probably World War II.”

The guy looked at me with pity. “If you were to sell it now, how much will be your price?”

“P1500.”

“P1500? That’s all you’re asking for your jeep?”

“Actually, that’s what I’m willing to pay anyone who’s willing to take my jeep out of my hands. It conks out every other day. Because even now, I’m praying for its future owner. For patience amidst tribulations.”

He sighed, “Do you have money in the bank?”

“Uh, no.”

“None?”

“None.”

He looked at me in disbelief. “So your net worth is in your wallet?”

“I guess so,” I smiled.

I thanked him and went back to answering my application form. I opened my wallet, counted my money, and wrote the answer on my application form.

Obviously, my visa application was denied that day.

The Turning Point

But when I was 32 years old, I decided to become rich.

And like a giant dam that broke open, financial blessings entered my life.

Why? Because I was already serving. All I needed to add was belief.

Through the years, I discovered that service was the path to happy prosperity.

For 20 years, my problem was that I didn’t like to be financially rewarded. But the moment I cleared that out of my mind, I began to receive the financial rewards.

Let me repeat my big message today: Increase your income by increasing your service.

Which brings me to the next question.

How To Increase Your Service

How do you increase your service?

There are only three ways: Increase the (1) Scale, (2) Satisfaction, and (3) Spirit of your service.

Here they are…

1. Increase The Scale

Henry Sy is the richest man in the Philippines.

In 2009, according to Forbes Asia, Henry Sy was worth $3.8 billion. Not bad for someone who came to the country as a 12-year old kid owning nothing but the clothes on his back.

Why is the guy so rich?

Here’s one reason: Everyday, 2.5 million people walk into his 43 malls. 2.5 million people who buy stuff, eat meals, watch movies, drink coffee, or simply sit around in benches.

He’s rich because he’s serving 2.5 million people everyday.

Let me ask you: How many people are you serving?

Five people? Fifty people? Five hundred people?

Now you know why you’re earning what you’re earning.

This is what I mean by the scale of your service.

Let me give you another example.

I run a small school. I serve 150+ students.

My friend runs a big school. She serves 9000+ students.

So guess who earns more?

Sometimes, I speak to companies. Because my ministry work has multiplied tenfold, I usually can only give one corporate talk a month.

My friend Francis Kong, a fantastic business speaker, gives 2 to 3 corporate talks per day.

So guess who earns more?

If you want to increase your income, increase the scale of your service. Increase the number of people you serve.

Hey, if you’re employed, this principle is applicable too. The more responsibilities you have in your job, the more people you serve. The higher you go up the company ladder. And the bigger your salary becomes.

Increase your income by increasing the scale of your service. So ask yourself now: How can you serve more people?

But serving more people isn’t enough…

2. Increase The Satisfaction

I have a barber named Bench. From the moment I walk through the door, Bench makes me feel like a king. He greets me and makes me feel right at home. After the really nice haircut, he gives me a free shoulder massage that brings me to heaven. He also gives me a hot towel for my face.

Because I feel so satisfied, my tip is bigger than what I pay for the haircut.

More importantly, the next time I want a haircut, I look for him. By increasing my satisfaction, he has no problems retaining me as his customer.

If you want to become rich, you need to increase not only the quantity (scale), but also the quality (satisfaction) of your service.

Both are indelibly connected.

Let me give you another example.

My nephew Marco is a gifted photographer. He’s so good, Playboy was hiring him to work for them fulltime. He turned down the high paying job (Thank God) and put up his own studio, Shmile. It’s unique because it’s a mobile studio. He can go to your home, set up his lights, props, and backdrop, and start shooting world-class photos. (Check him out at www.shmile.com)

His little business is booming.

Why? Quality. People just love the creativity he puts in his photos.

In “Scale”, you ask, “How many customers do you serve?” In “Satisfaction”, you ask, “How many customers are happy with your service?”


Employees, Think Like Entrepreneurs

Are you an employee?

The Bible says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” (Psalms 22:29) If you raise the quality of your service, kings will seek after you—and pay you well.

If you’re an employee, satisfy both your external and internal customers. External customers are people who buy your end products. Internal customers are other departments who depend on your output.

Friend, it’s very possible that your boss won’t appreciate you. It’s very possible that your company won’t recognize you. Don’t worry. Serve with excellence anyway. Because one day, you’ll be rewarded. You’ll be appreciated by someone else! One day, others will hear about you and hire you on the spot.

And God will reward you for all the years you served.

Serve your boss the way you serve God. Yes, even if you think your boss is the brother-in-law of the devil. (Just kidding.)

And your promotion will come from God.

I repeat: When you increase the satisfaction of your service, your income increases too. So ask yourself now: How can I make my customers happy?

Finally, the extra magic in the pudding…

3. Increase The Spirit Of Your Service

By spirit, I mean love.

This is the magic ingredient behind real success.

I believe a real business is about loving customers. This is the best business strategy in the world.

Imagine two salesmen selling the same product and quality. One is someone you don’t know and the other is someone you know. Who will you buy from?

Second scenario: Two salesmen selling the same product and quality. One is someone you know and the other is someone you like. Who will you buy from?

Third scenario. Two salesmen selling the same product and quality. One is someone you like and the other is someone you love. Who will you buy from?

The answers are obvious.

Bottomline, business is about relationships.

Sometimes, when the scale (quantity) and satisfaction (quality) are lacking, the spirit (love) of your service can make up for your weaknesses.

In “Scale”, you ask, “How many customers do you serve?” In “Satisfaction”, you ask, “How many customers are happy with your service?” In “Spirit”, you ask, “How many customers have become your friends?”

How I Got Rich

My formula for getting rich is simple: Serve first and the money will follow.

From age 12 to 32, I was serving without much pay. But in reality, I actually earned two things more valuable than money. I developed (1) my talents and (2) my network of trust.

And that’s what happens to you when you serve unselfishly.

I repeat: When you serve, you get rewarded. Everytime!

30-Years Of Service

Developed My Talents

Let me give you one example.

For years, I was running 9 non-profit organizations. Only one of them was paying me a salary. So I led 8 of them without pay.

But I was paid in another way. I learned the skill of delegation, working with people, and empowering my leaders.

Today, using the exact same skill, I run 12 small businesses—all of them earning money for me while I sleep.

I wouldn’t be able to do this if I didn’t learn to lead many organizations in my ministry.

Another thing…

30-Years of Service

Developed My Network Of Trust

Robert Kiyosaki said, “Poor people go to work, Rich people build networks.”

But let me add: They must be networks of trust. Facebook users, having 2834 friends in Facebook is useless if these people don’t really trust you.

I’ve been serving God for 30 years now.

Honestly, I never realized I was building a network of trust.

I was just loving people.

11 years ago, when I started in business, I had no money.

One day, my favorite mother-in-law called me up and said, “Bo, I heard you’re going to business. I have P1M sitting in the bank. You can borrow it if you want.” That’s why she’s my favorite mother-in-law.

Soon, the Uncle of my wife called me up.

He said, “Bo, I have P1M here. I’m earning peanuts from the bank. I was wondering if I could invest it with you.”

Instantly, I had money to start my small businesses.

A year later, he invested P2.5M more.

I want to believe these wonderful people are lending me money because of my charm and irresistible good looks. But that’s not true. They’re lending me money because they trust me. Through the years, I’ve earned that trust.

I don’t search for the money. Money searches for me.

Keep Serving, Rewards Will Follow

When I was 32 years old, I decided to become rich.

That one decision changed everything.

The moment I decided, it was easy.

Friend, may I ask a question?

Have you already decided to become rich?

From my experience, there’s a difference between wishing to be rich and deciding to be rich. Everyone I know wishes to be rich. Very few have decided to be rich.

Wishing is simply hoping.

Deciding is committing to be rich. If you want to be rich, you’ve got to commit yourself to become rich using God’s way of becoming rich.

How? Serve others and the money will follow.

Be the best in your job.

Be the best in your business.

Love your customers.

Serve them with all your heart.

One day, a river of blessing will flow into your life.

May your dreams come true,
Bo Sanchez


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Choose This Day

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

"…choose for yourselves this day whom will you serve…" -Joshua 24:15, NIV

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Every day, we make thousands of choices. Some choices have more impact on our lives than others. Some require more thought. Some may even require the input of others. Making Jesus the Lord of your life is the best choice you could ever make!

However, once you do, you have the opportunity every day to make choices to support that choice. For example, are you choosing to serve the Lord with your attitude? Are you choosing to serve the Lord with your finances? Are you choosing to serve the Lord by what you say? What you watch on TV? What you listen to?

Today I encourage you to examine your thoughts and actions. Choose this day to serve Him in every area of your life. As you submit your ways to Him, He promises to direct your steps. Remember, He has good things in store for your future. He promises to empower you to live the life of victory as you choose Him each and every day.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, today I choose You. Search my heart and mind and show me anything in my life that is displeasing to You. Help me to serve You with my whole heart, mind, will, and emotions. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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Do You Want To Prosper?

Monday, February 22, 2010

by Bo Sanchez

Do you want to be free from financial worry?

Do you want to pay your debts?

Do you want to send your kids to good schools?

Do you want to buy a car that doesn’t break down every two months?

Do you want to buy your own house?

Do you want to, one day, walk up to me and give me a one million donation? (Yes!)

Friend, all this is possible.

For the next six weeks, my goal is make you prosper.

How? You’ve got to learn a new system.

The legendary business guru, W. Edwards Deming, said, Your system is perfectly designed to give you the results you’re getting.

What did he mean by that?

That if all the cars coming out of a car factory have inverted bumpers, then that factory’s system is perfectly designed to produce cars with inverted bumpers.

It’s the same with your finances.

If you have a mountain of debt,

If you can’t make ends meet,

If you’ve got more “month than money”,

It’s because your financial system is perfectly designed to give you your financial struggles.

In this next six weeks, I’ll teach you a new financial system.

This system is composed of six actions:

1. Believe

2. Serve

3. Grow

4. Duplicate

5. Invest

6. Tithe

By making changes in your financial system, you’ll be able to change the results you’re getting in your financial life.

Today, I’d like to share about the power of belief.

Prosper Your Mind, Prosper Your Money

My friend told me a funny story.

He said he was in the States, talking to a Fil-Am guy. The man was boasting about the technology in his country.

He said, “Here in the US, I have this gizmo in my car that tells me very accurate directions of where to go. When I hop in, all I have to do is type in where I want to go, and presto, that gadget will guide me. It’ll tell me whether I should turn right or to turn left, until I arrive at my destination. It’s really fantastic.”

My friend smiled and said, “I guess we’re not as lucky. In the Philippines, when I hop in the car, I say to my driver, ‘Jun, go home.’ I close my eyes and sleep. When I wake up, I’m already home…”

Oh, I know the feeling.

We just don’t know how blessed we are to have house helpers and drivers and gardeners.

But with that blessing comes a responsibility: I believe our duty is to help them prosper.

My Passion Is To Teach The Poor To Prosper

Each week, I preach to thousands. I preach on TV too.

I also lead a small group of very big businessmen—all multi-millionaires. We pray and study the Bible together.

But each week, I lead another small group in our home, composed of my driver and three helpers. In our small group, we do the same thing. We pray together, study the Bible, and share our lives. Last year, I taught them how to save, invest, and tithe.

In last week’s meeting, they thanked me for teaching them how to prosper. They were crying tears of joy! I was so touched by their gratitude.

My driver said, “Sir, for the first time in my life, I now have savings. I’ve never saved before. Now, I have P20,000!” He said he has P5,000 in the bank, and another P15,000 invested in a business.

My driver lives in the slum area. To him, P20,000 was like a million pesos.

My helpers? Last week, the three of them opened an account in citiseconline, an online trading platform. Yes, my helpers will be investing in the stock market under my guidance. (A year ago, one of them already invested in a Euro Mutual Fund—and earned very well.)

I shocked them. I told them, “If you’ll continue the investment program I taught you, you’ll retire as millionaires!”

You should have seen their faces. I wish I took their picture!

Awe. Joy. Disbelief. Most of all, it was hope shining through their eyes.

In other words, I was changing their beliefs.

Once they prosper their minds, I knew their money will prosper too.

I Want To Give You Hope

Six years ago, I started preaching on how to be truly rich.

I knew it was controversial. A few people were turned off. They asked me why I kept talking about money. It’s so unbecoming of a preacher, they said.

One person even emailed me and said, “Bo, you’ve become worldly. I wish you go back to your old self and talk only about prayer, faith, and love. Stop talking about money!”

I’m sorry. I can’t do that.

Let me give you two reasons why.

First, the Bible talks about money more than any other topic. Goodness, it talks about money more than prayer and faith combined. Jesus spoke about money more than Heaven and Hell.

Second reason? I love you. (Sorry for being mushy.) I really do. I want you to prosper. I want you to have financial freedom.

My heart breaks when I see God’s children suffer in want. And I know this pain I feel in my heart isn’t just mine. And I know that God’s heart breaks as well. I believe God wants you to prosper in all areas of your life—including your finances.

It’s possible! There’s hope. You can prosper.

And the first step of becoming financially free is by changing what you believe. Prosper in your mind, and you prosper in your money.

Is Money Evil?

Yesterday, I showed my audience a crisp P1000 bill in my hand. I asked them, “Is this evil?”

There was a split-second pause. And then some people answered, “No!” But it wasn’t convincing.

I knew it was their subconscious at work.

Consciously, they knew money wasn’t evil. But deep within, their old programming was pulling them.

That’s our problem.

I said, “If this is evil, why does Anawim, our ministry for the abandoned elderly, need P700,000 every single month to feed and care for the poorest of the poor?”

“And if this piece of paper is evil, why do our two orphanages (Tahanan and Grace), our scholarship fund (Pagasa), and our streetkids ministry (He Cares), need another P700,000 to do God’s heavenly work on earth every month?”

I gave them my punchline: “And please tell me, how can this P1000 bill be evil if the person holding it is very good? And handsome?”

And everyone laughed. (They thought it was a joke!)

I Want Good People To Prosper!

Friend, money is evil only if the person holding it is evil.

But money becomes very good if the person holding it is good.

That’s why I want you to prosper!

I know you’re a good person.

Read carefully: If good people won’t be wise investors and entrepreneurs, then all the money of the world will go to hands of selfish men. Then God can’t use that money.

Banish the idea in your mind that money is evil. Drive it away from your subconscious. This warped idea had already robbed you of so much wealth!

Remember, every object in this world triggers an emotion in you. Everything has what I call an “emotional association”.

For many people, money’s emotional association is this…

“Money = Evil”

If this emotional association is branded in your subconscious, you’ll never get rich.

Because we don’t like to be evil.

So we’ll reject money like it was the devil itself.

Unless you change your emotional beliefs about money, you’ll never become rich. It’s impossible.

Here’s the truth: You’ll gravitate towards what you subconsciously want, and avoid what you subconsciously do not want. If you believe that money is evil, you will subconsciously avoid money.

Remember the people who criticized me for teaching about money? They’re very few. So I made an informal survey. I discovered that 80% of them were financially struggling.

Why?

Because in their minds, they believe a spiritual person shouldn’t be talking about money or focusing on money. So subconsciously, they avoid it. And inwardly, they actually feel more holy because of their financial struggles. I pitied them so much.
But the idea that “money is evil” isn’t in the Bible.

Instead, let me quote three passages for you to change your emotional association of money.

Create A New Meaning For Money

I’m a father of two fantastic boys.

That’s why I understand this next passage.

Jesus says, “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” (Matthew 7:11)

This is so true! I’m not perfect, but I love to give good gifts to my kids. Instead of “Money = Evil”, burn this new emotional association in your brain…

“Money = God’s Provision”

Next. The Bible says,” It is God who gives you the power to create wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

Question: If God thinks that wealth is evil, why would He give us the power to create wealth in the first place? Pretty illogical, right?

Create this new emotional association in your brain…

“Money = God’s Power”

When you earn money, you’re using God’s power. When you work, God’s power is working within you.

Confess this, “I have the power to create wealth.”

Say this Faith Declaration everyday!

One final passage. The Bible says, “The Lord takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” (Psalms 35:27)

Wow. God is happy when He sees you successful. He claps. He sings. He hops. He does the boogie when He sees you blessed.

I think I know the feeling.

Last year, through her savings program, one of my house helpers built a small house for her family. My other helper bought a piece of property in her hometown.

Despite those expenses, the two of them still had P15,000 in each of their bank accounts—now ready to be invested in the stock market.

Gosh, I was so proud for them. Yes, I felt pleasure in their prosperity!

And I believe God takes pleasure when we prosper too.

So burn this emotional association in your brain…

“Money = God’s Pleasure”

Some people think God wants us to be poor because Jesus was poor. Yes, Jesus was poor. But I believe poverty is a special call He gives to very special people, like celibates in religious orders.

But the Bible also says that you need to provide for the needs of your relatives and immediate family, or you’re worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8)

If you’re like me, you’ll understand what I’ll say next: My heart is big and I have a very big family!

Oh, this topic is very close to my heart.

Let me tell why…

How I Changed My Belief About Money

Once upon a time, I was a poor missionary.

I had very little money.

Once, my hair was growing long. People were telling me, “Bo, you need a haircut.” I said, “I want to look groovy.” Actually, I didn’t have money for the barber.

One of my joys was eating in a restaurant and reading a book. But many times, before I entered a Jollibee (Yes, there was already a Jollibee then. I’m not that old!),

I had to first count the coins in my pocket. Many times, I had to turn around—because I couldn’t afford even one burger.

I couldn’t even buy the things I needed for my preaching.

For example, I couldn’t afford books. I would go to a Bookstore, read a book, return it, go home, and go back the next day to continue reading it. If the sales lady or the security guard looks at me in a funny way, I’d just go to another branch.

But all that was nothing. What was most painful to me was my inability to help the people I wanted to help…

“Why Don’t I Become Rich?”

I remember a friend who called me in the middle of the night. He said, “Please pray for my baby, Bo. She can’t breathe. We’re in the emergency room of a hospital now. They’re asking for a deposit, but we don’t have money.”

I realized they weren’t just asking for prayers. They were asking for money. But I didn’t have any! So I called up a friend who I knew was rich. But no one was answering the phone. (It was 2am.) I tried another friend.

As I dialed, I remembered he was abroad. I called up a third person. And a fourth person. And a fifth person. All night, I was trying to call up my rich friends.

And then it hit me, “Why don’t I become rich myself?”

And little by little, the wrong emotional link of money was replaced by new emotional links. I began to see money as God’s provision, God’s power, and God’s pleasure.

Soon, I was praying a new prayer: “Lord, prosper me so that I can prosper others.”

God Planted A Seed Of Prosperity In You

I don’t know what you’re financial condition is now.

You may be in debt.

You may be in a financial famine.

You may be without a job or stuck in a low paying job.

You may be where I was 12 years ago—wanting to help people but not having enough to help.

Friend, here’s my message to you: There’s hope. Prosper your mind and you prosper your money.

When you were born, God planted a seed of prosperity into your life.

Yesterday, I gave our Feast attendees (that’s what we call our gathering) a small potted basil plant as a symbol for the six weeks we’ll be talking about “Prosper!”
I also showed them what the plant will look like six weeks later—it was a large plant in a large pot.

I told them that if they want their plant to grow, they needed to do one thing: Transfer the plant to a bigger pot.

If they don’t, their plant won’t grow. It’ll become a bonsai.

Friend, the container of the plant is a symbol of your belief.

And the seed of prosperity will grow to the size of your belief.

The reason why many people don’t prosper is because their wrong beliefs prevent them from prospering.

They don’t believe that they will prosper.

They don’t believe that they deserve to prosper.

They don’t believe that God wants them to prosper.

Their container is too small!

Inside You Is A Giant

Yesterday, I also placed the tiny seed of the basil plant on my hand. I showed it to my audience. It was smaller than a mongo seed. I told them, “But inside this seed is the tree.”

I then looked at them and said, “You are a seed. And inside you is a multi-millionaire.”

I may have been imagining it, but I really felt that right at that moment, people were changing their beliefs.

I then shared a powerful story of someone who created a new wealth by creating a new belief about herself…

The Story Of A Champion

When Marion Luna Brem was thirty years old, she was diagnosed to have cervical and breast cancer. She had her cervix removed. And then her breasts.

And then the very painful chemotherapy.

Even with the chemo, doctors gave her only two to five years to live.

That wasn’t all. She had other problems.

First, while taking her chemo, her marriage ended. Cancer had taken its toll not only on her body but on her marriage. Her husband divorced her.

Second, she was in a financial hole. She owed $500,000 in medical bills.

Third, she had no job. She was a housewife most of her life. How could she now feed her two boys?

One day, she was having a really bad day with the chemo. She was mostly on her knees, kneeling on her bathroom tiles, hugging the toilet bowl. She was vomiting the entire day. She felt absolutely awful.

Meanwhile, she could hear her two kids making a lot of noise in the kitchen. And then she smelled something burning.

Her two kids entered the bathroom, holding a pan of macaroni and cheese. “Don’t worry Mom,” the oldest said, “only the bottom is burned. We can still eat the top part.”

Right at that moment, something clicked in Marion’s heart. She knew that dying wasn’t an option. She grabbed a powerful belief in her heart. She believed she must not die. She cannot! And she pulled herself from the floor.

That was a defining moment for her.

Though still weak, she put a cheap wig (because she was bald) and a prosthesis on her bra, and went out to apply for a job.

She knocked on a car dealership and applied to sell cars. She literally begged for a job, explaining her situation to the man.

She couldn’t even enter the dealership. She was told to go away.

After two weeks, and after 16 rejections, she was inside her car, crying. She was losing hope.

But she held on to her belief.

This wasn’t the end of her story. She wasn’t going to end it this way!

And she got out and tried one more time.

And that was when she changed her strategy. “I won’t tell them that I need a job,” she said, “I’ll tell them that they need me!”

She knocked on the door of one more car dealership and said, “I can do something for your company. I can sell your cars!”—and she was accepted on the spot.

Once upon a time, a doctor gave her only 2 to 5 years to live.

Today, she’s is strong and healthy—twenty-five years later!

Once upon a time, she was not only penniless, she was buried in a mountain of debt.

Today, Marion has built a business empire with revenues of $45 Million a year. And a part of this empire is her very own car dealership!

Nothing Is Impossible!

Marion was a 30-year old jobless housewife, stricken with cancer, divorced by her husband, and in debt. Yet today, she’s a multi-millionaire running many companies.

Friend, there is hope for you.

You don’t have to be poor.

You don’t have to be buried in debt.

You don’t have to suffer financial struggles.

You can be financially free.

How?

Change your beliefs.

Prosper your mind so you can prosper your money.

May your dreams come true,
Bo Sanchez

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What Defines Your Future?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

"You will also declare a thing, and it shall be established…" -Job 22:28, NKJ

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In the Old Testament there was an Israelite woman who was about to give birth. She had just heard that the Ark of the Covenant that housed God's presence had been stolen. She was so upset about it that she named her baby boy Ichabod, which means "the glory has departed."

Notice what she did; she named her future by what was happening in her present. She could have just as easily named him "the glory will return," but she was so focused on the negative, so caught up in where she was at that moment that she defined her future by it.

Friend, don't ever name your future by your present day circumstances. You may have had some hard times in the past, but get that "Ichabod" spirit off of you. It may look like you're stuck in a rut and you don't really see how you could ever rise any higher, but don't speak defeat over your life.

Instead, name your future: blessed, prosperous, successful, victorious, healthy, whole, strong, talented, creative, wise. Declare what God's Word says so that you can move forward in the destiny He has prepared for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, thank You for the good future that You have prepared for me. Today I choose to come into agreement with Your Word and declare Your blessing over my life. Keep me close to You as I surrender every area of my life to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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How To Follow GOD?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Follow Him Daily

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE

"Then he said to them all: 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." -Luke 9:23, NIV

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Every day there are things that come against us, distractions that would try to pull us away from our faith in Christ. That's why Jesus said that every day we have to make the choice to follow Him. Sometimes it's easy to think, "Well, I go to church regularly" or "I read my Bible on Sundays."

But really, the Christian life isn't about how we live on the weekends, it's how we live every single day. Are you spending time with Him, daily? Are you reaching out and putting others first, daily? Are you sowing seeds to help those in need, daily?

If you know you need to make some adjustments in your daily walk with Him, the good news is that you can start right now, today. Just simply turn to Him and make the commitment to follow Him moment by moment. Let Him direct your steps and follow that inner prompting of the Holy Spirit. Make the choice every day to follow Him and watch what He will do on your behalf!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, thank You for another day to serve and follow You. Search my heart and mind right now and remove anything that would keep me from Your holy presence. I choose to keep my mind on You as I follow Your steps. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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The Judgment Seat

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

by Dr. David Jeremiah

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” - 2 Corinthians 5:10

Every week there seems to be a new "awards" program on television, honoring celebrities, actors, or personalities in the entertainment world. Every sporting event leads to some kind of championship in which trophies are awarded. Many executives receive bonuses at the end of the year, some of which have recently created disparaging headlines.

None of those rewards or honors has any eternal value; but the Bible talks about awards that are eternal, crowns to be given out at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

The apostle Paul discussed this in Romans 14, saying we should get along with our brothers and sisters and not condemn those who have different opinions on non-essential matters, for "we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ."

In 2 Corinthians 5, he warned us to please God and to persuade men, "for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ."

We may not fully understand the nature of the "rewards" and "crowns" that God promises to His servants, but the knowledge of the coming Judgment Seat of Christ should propel us to faithful service today.

Our eternal destination is the consequence of what we believe on earth. Our eternal compensation is the consequence of how we behave on earth. -Bruce Wilkinson

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