FAITH - what is it, how do you develop it and why is it, perhaps, the most important component for success for so many people?
“Faith is a state of mind which can be induced by Auto-Suggestion”
Most of us, have been told by others in our circle of supporters, to “just have faith and [it] will work out”, especially when things may be going poorly in our lives. However, speaking from over 37 years of personal experiences from high school to professional life, I can say with great certainty that Faith is truly the magic mental chemical that when mixed with and backed by emotion, drive and action, leads to the attainment of personal desires and goals. That last sentence may be worth re-reading if you didn’t soak it all in.
Faith is soooooooo important. We hear this all the time, from the pulpit to motivational speakers & writers, from our next door neighbors and friends, and everyone in between. Just have faith. But, what if you don’t know how to have faith, or how to develop faith? Then, the plethora of counselors giving you the advice to just have faith are not giving you any direction that is helpful, because you don’t yet understand what Faith is.
Faith is the visualization and belief in things unseen. Faith is having a knowing in your heart and mind that something is going to come to pass, even before you know how it is going to happen. Faith is believing that there is a Higher Power at work in the universe and in the world that you have access to through prayer and meditation that will help you attain your desires.
Here in prayer and meditation is where you first start to develop Faith and begin to access the infinite intelligence that exists in the universe. This infinite intelligence source is the very mind of God, the Mighty Creator. But, how does one develop Faith in oneself that would gain access to this wellspring of intelligence?
Napoleon Hill once wrote:
“It is a well known fact that one comes, finally, to BELIEVE whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false. If a man repeats a lie over and over, he will eventually accept the lie as truth. Moreover, he will BELIEVE it to be the truth. Every man is what he is, because of the DOMINATING THOUGHTS which he permits to occupy his mind. Thoughts which a man deliberately places in his own mind, and encourages with sympathy, and with which he mixes any one or more of the emotions, constitute the motivating forces, which direct and control his every movement, act, and deed!”
Proverbs 23:7 King James Version (KJV) says “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Hill also wrote in Thing and Grow Rich:
“Have Faith in yourself; Faith in the Infinite”
Before we begin, you should be reminded again that:
FAITH is the “eternal elixir” which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought!
The foregoing sentence is worth reading a second time, and a third, and a fourth. It is worth reading aloud!
FAITH is the starting point of all accumulation of riches!
FAITH is the basis of all “miracles,” and all mysteries which cannot be analyzed by the rules of science!
FAITH is the only known antidote for FAILURE!
FAITH is the element, the “chemical” which, when mixed with prayer, gives one direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.
FAITH is the element which transforms the ordinary vibration of thought, created by the finite mind of man, into the spiritual equivalent.
FAITH is the only agency through which the cosmic force of Infinite Intelligence can be harnessed and used by man.
EVERY ONE OF THE FOREGOING STATEMENTS IS CAPABLE OF PROOF!
The proof is simple and easily demonstrated. It is wrapped up in the principle of auto-suggestion. Let us center our attention, therefore, upon the subject of self-suggestion, and find out what it is, and what it is capable of achieving”
This subject of Auto-Suggestion or Self-Suggestion is nothing more than simply telling yourself what is going to happen, often enough that the message begins to echo in your conscious mind and eventually finds its way into your subconscious mind. You will know when the movement of the thought has taken place into your subconscious mind in several ways. First, thoughts of your desire will be pervasive, meaning constant. You will begin to be almost obsessed with your desire at least in thought. Secondly, you will dream of your desire. And then, your thoughts will become magnetized by this movement. And like a magnet attracts metal, your thoughts will begin to attract to you whatever is needed for you to obtain your desire, almost like magic. Circumstance will begin to arise that seem like coincidence or luck, yet in reality, it is your faith accessing Infinite Intelligence, which is the source of all good things. And your Faith will be strengthened to the point that you begin to believe that the impossible is truly possible. Because your desire will manifest itself right in front of you!
Philippians 4:13, NKJV says, “I can do all things through Christ”
But, first you must access his mind. Then you and your faith will be strengthened and you will begin to accomplish more than you ever dreamed.
Matthew 19:26(NIV), Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."