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“I want God to do it all for me!”

“I want miracles without the work!”

I get letters.

Some of those letters are people thanking me for what they learned in my courses. Some of those letters are people asking questions on what to study.

Some people want something for nothing.

There’s no such thing as something for nothing.

I had someone ask me for answers on how to get a result, but they don’t want to DO anything to get that result.

“They want God to zap them and give it to them.”

Sorry, Buckwheat. It don’t work that way.

There is no “magic button,” there is no “magic pill.”

The good news is there are simple steps you can take to gain mental abilities that most people think are “supernatural.”

They’re not really supernatural; they’re just how the universe works.

There was a military commander in the Old Testament who had leprosy, a nasty, contagious, and DEADLY disease – and there was no cure for it back then.

He heard of a prophet who could help him.

So he want to the prophet and said “Help me, and I’ll give you anything you want!”

The prophet gave him a simple step-by-step process.

The guy was offended.

He didn’t want a simple process.

He wanted something “spectacular”.

He stomped off in a rage.

His servant had the good sense to point out to him “If the prophet told you to do something difficult or to spend all your money, you would have done it. This is something simple, why not at least try it and see if it works!”

So the commander went and did the steps, and he was healed.

Well, there are simple steps to gaining more of your natural abilities you were created with.

People want to believe something spectacular – like if God zaps them, or if they get struck by lightning three times in the same spot or if they’re somehow “gifted” that they’ll be able to access these abilities.

The simple truth is you and I have access to abilities we have not yet begun to tap into. We were created by God with the potentials to access abilities most folks think are “miracles.”

They are not “supernatural.”

You do got to do the simple drills to get the skills.

No one else can do it for you.

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Matthew 13:12

Matthew 13:12 “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”

I found something interesting I wrote almost 19 years ago. I’ll edit it down to what’s “relevant” to this post. I wrote it in November of 2001 in reply to a post Doc (Dr. John M. LaTourrette) did.

“The ocean never gripes because some of the water evaporates into the sky.”

“It always comes back. And the rains of blessing always pour down, where there is plenty, but almost never on the desert.” [Edited for this post.]

End Of Quote From Post.

This reminds me of “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”

Even then, though, there is STILL “water in the desert” for the person who knows how to FIND it – and do you know what is so interesting about that?

…In the desert places where they have found a way to get water from the air and plant a garden, and take careful care of that garden for just a couple of years where they are very mindful of what they do and how they do it…

The plants start to take better root.

The area where the garden is planted gets its own “micro-climate.”

And…

The garden starts to grow and thrive almost “on it’s own.”

What have you chosen to do with your garden? Do you let it grow by default? Or do you cultivate it “on purpose?”
Jim Knippenberg

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Can prayer be a bad thing?

“I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” Isaiah 45:5-7

I am studying some very interesting research on prayer.

You have most likely heard the saying “Be careful what you pray for!” (I could give some humorous examples that illustrate this.)

Many of the people I know claim it is not possible to accidentally (much less on purpose!) harm someone with prayers.

Yet the Bible does not say this. (In fact, the Bible is full of examples of people “cursing in the name of the Lord.”)

Consider the rather obvious fact that in order to pray for a person to heal, the disease itself must be cursed.

Looking down on someone else while “praying for them,” is a curse.

Many people accidentally CURSE others with their prayers by reinforcing the unwanted condition – with mental pictures and with feelings of doubt, fear, and dread.

(“Don’t die! God, don’t let them DIE!” Or they completely misunderstand and misuse the saying of Jesus “Thy will be done,” so they pray “God, if IT’S not AGAINST YOUR WILL…” and they pollute their prayer with the doubt as to whether or not the thing they pray for will be able to happen. Or rather they pollute their prayers with the certainty that it will NOT happen. And they think they are being “spiritual” by doing so. Notice that the people flocked to Jesus because instead of speaking with doubt and uncertainty, He spoke with AUTHORITY, and not like the “teachers of the Law.”)

Many people who are praying for a spouse or loved one pollute their prayers with fears and mental images of the person leaving them. They do not know that the “groans that words cannot express” combined with the sloppy mental images are a powerful prayer for “what they DON’T want to have happen.”

Many well-meaning people accidentally pray for their loved ones to get sicker and sicker instead of better and better.

But you might say “God could never fulfill that type of prayer! God knows what I mean…”

Sorry, but the research on prayer suggests otherwise. Those same people are completely unaware as to what they themselves actually mean with their thoughts – they do not understand that their doubts and fears are powerful thoughts.

The research on prayer suggests that these negative prayers DO have a negative effect on those we are close to.

So does the Bible.

This is why Jesus put much emphasis on what you think in your heart and mind, not just “what you say out loud.”

And it is not just “what you think,” but also HOW you think it – how you represent those thoughts in your mind, how you speak to yourself and others, and “what you choose to do as a result.”

Jim Knippenberg

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He Was Right There With Them

He Was Right There With Them

Luke 24:13-35 tells an interesting story about two followers of Jesus on the first Easter Sunday.

They were walking to Emmaus – about 7 miles from Jerusalem – when Jesus approached them and began traveling with them. Except they did not recognize it was the Master.

They thought He was dead.

Jesus called them “foolish men and slow of heart to believe.” (Luke 24:25)

They did not recognize He was there with them until the event was over, then they were amazed how they did not notice sooner.

Do we sometimes, in the midst of life’s problems, make the same mistake? Do we get bogged down in our disappointments and what seems to be setbacks, instead of noticing the Truth that meets us and walks with us?

We always have the opportunity to choose where we place our focus and attention. We can focus on what seems to have gone wrong, what seems to have been destroyed, or we can focus on the Example who overcame death and showed the way to new life.

The good news is once we begin to change our focus, our eyes start to open, and we can see and live a newer, better reality.

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Doubt vs Belief

Doubt vs Belief

I know someone who likes to binge-watch tv preachers on Sunday. One of those tv preachers was going on and on about doubt.

Except what they described as “doubt” was not doubt at all.

Let’s talk about that for a moment…

When you hear someone say they “doubt” something, what they usually mean is “I’m certain it ain’t gonna happen.”

If I were to say to you “I doubt I am going to win the lottery this week,” what I’m actually saying is “I believe it is not going to happen.”

That belief is further backed up by the fact that I am not going to throw my money away on the lottery ticket. That is called faith accompanied by action.

Doubt, on the other hand, is what James describes as being “like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed…” (James 1:6 NIV)

It’s a going back and forth between alternate possibilities.

If someone says “I doubt my relationship will work,” they are usually already believing a fear that it will not work. Doubt is when they go back and forth between the hope that it will work and the fear that it will not. Thus, they are unstable.

There are a lot of people right now who have doubts and fears about their future. First the health crisis, then the financial crisis many are experiencing, along with the other frustrations people have while their social activities are put on hold and things are sometimes difficult to find in the stores.

I have talked with people who are experiencing real fears and doubts about their financial situation. They “hope” this all ends soon so they can go back to work, pay the rent, pay the bills, feed their babies, feed themselves.

I have talked with other people who are actually doing something in a positive direction to get money.

One group has doubts and fears about whether everything will get fixed in time for them to be able to make it.

Another group – albeit a small one – has people who believe there are things you can do to get where you want to go.

I know people who are praying for God to fix things so they can get on with their lives. I also know people who thank God for creating opportunity for them to be able to do something to get on with their lives.

What do you believe is possible for you? For your relationships? For your financial situation? For your career? For your personal development?

Even though there’s a lot of uncertainty right now, there is also a lot of opportunity.

Today is Palm Sunday – the Sunday leading up to Good Friday and Easter.

It is easy to get bogged down in the fear and disappointment of what seems to go wrong.

But there is something better just beyond that.

These difficult times will always pop up. Even Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble.” He also said “Take heart, for I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33 NIV)

James goes on to say “I will show you my faith by what I do.” (James 2:18 NIV)

It is easy to get frustrated and grumble and complain while stuck at home, not being able to do the things we would normally do. This is what doomed the Israelites in the desert.

What are some things you can do instead? Here are some possibilities, and you might also come up with some of your own:

1.) Keep a journal of “What I am grateful for.” Focus in there only on what you are thankful for an appreciate. Got relationship problems? If it’s a relationship you would like to keep, choose to focus on what you like, appreciate, value, and treasure about the person, including shared experiences, personal qualities they have, etc.

2.) Limit the amount of “news” you watch. I know someone who is glued to the bad news. That stuff cycles over and over again and again – I won’t even get in to the topic of how much of it is propaganda.

It’s important to know what’s going on.

It’s also important to keep your focus and stay centered and keep your positive outcome in mind.

I used to enjoy spending a lot of time online with the political posts and the funny memes – and I still like some of those things…

But I had to make a conscious choice to stop dwelling on those things. They were bringing me down. They were were getting me angry about things I could not change or do anything about.

So I chose, on purpose, to do something else instead.

3.) You can’t go many places right not – except the store, and maybe to work if you’re an “essential employee,” so instead of binge-watching tv programs and news and movies, find something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do. Find a skill you need, and go study and get good at that skill. Find positive ways to prepare yourself for the future ahead.

It’s interesting how I know of people who are in a panic because they cannot make any money right now, and yet I know people who are actually making money right now – helping others in the process in a way that is fair and beneficial to those other people.

4.) Watch and listen to things that inspire you, things that lift you up, and also things that make you laugh.

A good sense of humor is much healthier than wallowing in fear and doubt. Proverbs says “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

This is so important. When people have given up hope, they dry up on the inside. I hope that’s not you right now. If it is, though, you can choose to do something about it.

I was doing a remote healing case recently, and I sensed the person’s spirit was shriveled and dried up, looking almost like a dried up raisin. In order for them to heal, that has to be fixed first. And they can heal. They can get through the challenges and difficulties they are currently experiencing. I believe the very best for them. They have to make the choice for themself, though.

5.) When you get frustrated with those people you love and appreciate, choose to focus on positive solutions. Choose to work together to go over what you like, appreciate, value, and treasure about each other. Choose to find positive solutions to the things that seem to get in the way.

6.) Are there people or situations you are stuck with that you do not like or appreciate? Instead of getting bogged down in grumbling and complaining and griping about it, take this opportunity to choose something positive you do want instead. And create a plan of action of how you can begin to create the kind of life that attracts the type of people and circumstances you do want.

Would you like to know a little secret here?

When you start to focus on what you like and appreciate and the type of people and the qualities of your relationship that you want to experience, as you change your belief about yourself and what it is you are capable of experiencing, many times the others around you will change how they relate to you. This is a whole set of posts on it’s own. Maybe I will come back to this in a future post.

I know someone who was suffering from a really bad relationship. They kept praying to God to “change that other person so we can get along with each other and have a good relationship.”

They finally got the idea to pray “God change me so this relationship will work.”

Wanna guess what started to happen?

And that is called leaving behind doubt and starting to act on faith.

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Thank you, and I will talk with you again soon.

Sincerely,
Jim Knippenberg
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So Great A Cloud Of Witnesses

Hebrews 12:1 in the NIV (New International Version) says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Now a lot of folks have ideas about that word “sin” and before I get to the “secret hidden in plain sight” here, let’s go over that word “sin.”

“Sin,” in the Bible, is “to miss the mark.”

Something that hinders is a sin. Something that holds you back is a sin. Something that keeps you from doing the good you know you ought to do is sin. Something that gets in your way, yet you choose it anyway, that is a sin.

If you want to run a race, but you sit on your butt drinking beer all the time, or eating potato chips or whatever stops you from running the race – that is “sin.”

The good news about that is you can always choose to do something better instead.

The context the writer of Hebrews gives is in the context of the ideal of being like Jesus.

Just a quick word here. Lots of people will try to shame you in the name of religious beliefs. They will tell you to “be like Jesus,” yet they themselves cannot do ANYTHING that Jesus did – some of them do not even know how to forgive.

The question here is not “what do other people think of me?” Or “Do other people approve?”

The question is “What is my Ideal, and am I pursuing that?”

Onward

I mentioned a “secret hidden in plain sight.”

I have loved reading Hebrews – especially Hebrews 11 for many years, and yet I did not notice what was “hidden in plain sight.”

I saw it, I thought I understood it, but I didn’t really.

The writer talks about the great Bible “heroes of the faith” and how they kept on their path of faith and held to their values and ideals (even those who fell flat on their faces at times), and even in the face of great difficulty.

And he calls up “witness after witness after witness.”

Stick with me for a moment here, while I mention what “some folks do.”

Back over 100 years ago, during the Spiritualist Movement, people were doing seances and things like that to try to contact the dead – it is actually nothing new. It just was kind of “popular” back then.

You might have seen ads for “psychic mediums” who promise to do something along those lines.

Those people temporarily volunteer to be “inhabited” by an outside entity for the purpose of gaining information.

What the writer of Hebrews is talking about is something completely different.

Those who study this from a different point of view would call it “Overshadowing.”

Or perhaps you’re familiar with the idea of a “Mastermind Group.”

When we focus on something – whether it is on purpose or by default – we attract attention on the other side.

Don’t believe that happens? Read Daniel – where the angel told him that the answer was delayed in getting to him because of spiritual warfare.

What the writer of Hebrews does here is to choose – on purpose – to focus on people with specific character traits – perseverance, running the race to the end – even in times of difficulty – and sets up their story of endurance and holding on to what they truly value.

Well when you surround yourself with the CHOICE – and yes, it IS A CHOICE – to focus on things that you value, it draws to you assistance, it draws to you encouragement, it draws to you perseverance, it draws to you COURAGE to do the thing you know you ought to do.

Most folks choose by default.

They sit in front of the tv and soak it in. Or whatever they surf on the web.

You can choose on purpose to fill your mind with those things that help you get to where it is you want to go – your goals, your hopes, your dreams, your ideals!

One of my best friends – Dr. La Tourrette – told me a long time ago that most people’s hopes and dreams are dead by the time they are between the ages of 25-35.

It does not have to be that way.

You can choose!

Go read Hebrews 11-12, and notice how the writer there shows you how to choose in ways that help you keep on keeping on.

Have fun!

Talk with you again soon!

Jim Knippenberg
Author, Speaker, Minister, ESP Trainer, Musician, blab, blab, blab…

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What does trust in God mean?

I suppose “trust in God” might mean different things to different people.

I like action, though. I do not care much for the idea of sitting around and “waiting on God to do something that you should do for yourself.”

I know people who say “But doesn’t the Bible say to ‘wait on the Lord?'”

That is not a lazy waiting. You “wait” by entering the silence.

There’s a parable from Jesus about the servants with the talents.

The two who DID something with what they had were rewarded for being “good and faithful.”

The fearful servant who dug a hole in the ground, buried what he had, and “waited” for the master to return was called “wicked and lazy.”

He lost everything – even the little that he had.

Edgar Cayce said “Trust in the Lord, and work like thunder!”

My friend Mary likes to say it “You need to put feet to those prayers!”

There’s a story my friend Doc told me about a circuit preacher out west who saw a farmer working on his fence. As the preacher rode his horse closer to the farmer, he heard the farmer praying to the Lord to keep the cows in.

He asked the farmer “I hear you praying to God to keep the cows in, so why are you working so hard to mend your fence?”

The farmer replied: “It just seems to work better that way.”

In the New Testament, James said “Show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by what I do!”

I used to know someone who said “If you really want to know what you believe, take a good look at the last few days, weeks, and the last 6 months. WHAT have you done in the last 6 months? That will show you what you truly believe!

The good news to that is “you can always choose to do something better, you can always choose to do something new.”

Sincerely,
Jim Knippenberg
Author, Speaker, Minister, ESP trainer, Remote Healing, etc.