Principles of Success 26 An Example in Dreaming

I want to try and help you in the most practical ways on how to do what God has called you to do and be a success in life. Now, let’s use finances as an example, as it is universal. Let’s say it is January 20th and you need £10000 on January 31st. Maybe it is a debt you have to pay, maybe it is payroll for your staff, maybe it is rent for your business. In the natural, you have absolutely no idea where you are going to get £10000 from. You have £35 in the bank. And that is that.

How do you deal with a situation like that? Hopefully by now you realize the solution to this problem is in your imagination, but what do you dream, what do you think? What thoughts will solve this problem?

Most people do not try and solve that problem with imagination, they try and solve it with effort. Their first thought is “I will give it all I have and work hard” – but every second they are working hard they are worrying, they do not expect the money to come in, they are full of doubt and are battling fear.

The main image in their mind is what they do not want. Even if they are working hard to get away from that image, that image of poverty and lack is still the domination thought in their mind. Recognize that?

If the image in your mind is of lack, and you then reinforce that image by working hard out of fear and anxiety, then your image of who you are – someone who is in lack – will manifest, and by January 31st you will not have the money. The gauge is anxiety. If you are anxious, your imagery is wrong! You have to realize that the wrong images will affect your body – even making you sick.

So if that is not the approach, what is? You have nothing in the bank and 11 days to get it in our example. Firstly, let’s understand clearly the problem is not a lack of money. That is a symptom of the problem, the problem is a lack of knowledge. People are not destroyed through a lack of money, but a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4.6).

Now the first think you need to know is this: you can put whatever image you want in your mind, so why put an image of lack in there. Think something better than that. There is no excuse for a lack of knowledge because all the knowledge is out there. You can have an image of lack, so why not have an image of success. Start to imagine yourself with the money, start to see yourself paying that bill, start to see yourself with the money doing what you need to do to increase and walk in victory.

You could have less than £100 in the bank, but as soon as you can see the money in your mind, it will be there. You do not need to know where it is coming from, but you can form an image of it being there to the point where you are not worried about it.

Life is not what happens to you. It is what you see when what happens to you happens. The people who fail to be fruitful, it was not their circumstances, it was their image that was the problem. Hold the image of success in your mind and heart until there is no anxiety just peace. Keep it active in your mind, and that image in your spirit and soul will produce the money in your life and bank account. You have faith, you are a born again and have the power to see the invisible and do the impossible. You can walk in what most of the world, and most of the church sadly, say is impossible. You can go through the fire and not even smell of smoke, not even be anxious.

What image you hold in your mind is up to you. The choice is yours. It’s what we call free will. I get very concerned when people tell me that their life is out of control. It is entirely up to you to choose life and love and light. If you are in the dark, dying and feeling anxious, depressed and selfish, then you are the one who has the power to do something about it. Do not blame God – dream of what you want, expect it, image it, and it will manifest in your life.

Nothing else matters more than who you think you are in your heart. Are you the person who has the money in your heart, if so that is who you will be. Are you the person who has no money, working hard to get what you know you do not have, then that is who you will be.

Choose to be the dreamer. Choose to have the right image, and watch the harvest come in, watch your dreams come true. Focus on the right image, and the good will flow in your direction.

Now, this will work for anyone But that story is not a parable, it happened to me about three years ago, and I spent three hours praying in tongues, holding that image in my mind and heart, knowing that I had the money I needed. At the end of that time of prayer, I went to the gym, and by the time I was home, I had nearly £7000 come in within two hours. Within the next 48 hours, I was holding the money in my bank account that I held in my heart. That is how you walk in success.

Principles of Success 25 Get More Money

One of the goals of Billy Epperhart’s Money Mastery Course is once you have got your income above your expenses every month to create enough passive income that it is more than your active income. Active income is trading your time and energy for money. Passive income is trading your money for more money. With active money, you work for the money. With passive money, your money works for more money.

In the UK, less than 4% of people have any form of passive income. That’s not wise. Listen, it does not matter how much you are paid per hour, if you are paid for your time, you are doing life wrong. Charge by the job, not the hour, and learn how to invest money to make money.

Think just 3 people in every hundred are using money to make money. Most people do not even have money to invest, so that’s the first step. Start expecting money to come in, deal with your over-spending and get yourself to a place where you can invest money, even a little every month. Then learn how to invest.

Starting to do this gives you more time to do the most important things – read the Word, pray, dream, expect, imagine, developing faith and wisdom. As Christians we should be in the top 3% of the population as a minimum – dream right now of having passive income, of having income from investments, of walking in your dreams.

DREAM BIGGER! Imagine yourself as a rich person because as you think in your heart so are you – paint the picture in your mind and see it! Your ability to imagine and dream is the most powerful force on earth! Imagine yourself out of debt and get yourself where you need to be!

Principles of Success 24 How to Earn More

I believe God wants you to earn more in 2023. I believe God wants you to be a success in every area of your life – and your income is one of those areas!

What you get paid is a combination of the demand for your skills, how well you do what you do, and how hard it would be for your employer to replace you. Now the only one of those that you have direct and total control over is this: how well you do what you do. If you want to earn more money, do whatever it takes to become a master of your thing. God has designed us so that everyone of us has a superpower – something that if you develop that skill and do it, other people will think it is somehow beyond the level of the supernatural.

So here is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself: how good am I at what I am doing? And what am i doing to improve. I would break your job into maybe four or five main sections – and plan to improve on each of those sections in 2023. Get a course, read a book (or two or ten), find a mentor and LEARN HOW TO DO WHAT YOU DO BETTER THAN YOU DO NOW.

That will make your life more successful – not just income, but in a whole lot of other areas. Become the best in the world at what you do and you will never even have to waste time thinking about money again! That is another form of success. Some of you need to imagine having no more creditors! That will change your life!

If you want to earn £1million in 2023, you need to provide something to people worth £1million. It does not have to be one thing worth £1million, though that would work – but a million things worth £1 to people would do it too. When you walk in to that kind of flow, it multiplies – everything in your life multiplies. You have to do what it takes to get into the flow of success – and it will flow more. Dream big, expect increase and do what God calls you to do and LEARN HOW TO DO IT WELL.

One element of fulfilling your call is not just capability but character. Work on being humble, learning to follow instructions, be kind, work with other people, have integrity, maintain a close walk with the Lord, don’t lie, don’t gossip – you might be the best widget maker in the world, but if you cannot be left alone with the widgets – you will never be a success. You might be the greatest pastor in the world but if you cannot handle pressure and betrayal – you are not going to succeed. More people fail because of lack of character than lack of capability, but you don’t have to choose – work on both!

Principles of Success 23 Understand Free Exchange

There seems to me that many Christians favour socialism over capitalism, but capitalism is based on one of the Biblical ways of becoming a success – the principle of free exchange. When I have something someone else needs and they have something I need, then when we freely exchange those things I am better off than so are they.

Last Tuesday, I got my hair cut while I was up in Scotland ministering. Now here in the UK, I go to a barbers that is a short walk from my house. In Scotland the price of the hair cut was half what it is in London! But I paid the man London rates because I wanted to be a blessing to him, but also because it was worth that value to me.

I was happy to do it because having tidy hair while I was preaching in Scotland Wednesday, doing a live stream Thursday and recording eight programmes Friday – not to mention three services at the weekend – was worth more to me than what I paid. He got a deal and I got a deal. That’s how we can add more value to the whole universe and make everyone better off! Most people are looking for a bargain, but that is not what we should be looking for – what we should be looking for is value. Then we make free exchange work for us. It does not matter what a pair of jeans was worth last week, or next week – but will they add value to your life now. That’s how things work, not by chasing bargains.

This is a blog post that I offer to you for free – but I also sell books and I am about to sell some courses too. What if you bought my Healing Book for £19.99 and while reading it you could now walk properly and sleep properly? You gained something worth a lot more than what you gave me for the book, but I am already healthy, so I gain and you gain. The principle of free exchange is what has developed and built civilization and we have to learn to work on the right side of it.

You can get on the wrong side of it – you can rip people off, stitch people up, give people something useless for money. But if what you are selling or exchanging adds to people’s lives then you are making the world a better place, and enrich everyone. Your motto should be: if I sell something, I will give every person more value than I take from them. Then you are bringing life and prosperity wherever you go.

Most people do not realize how powerful this principle is because they operate in a lack-mentality. They think that if they want more sweets, someone else has to have less sweets. No – we can make more sweets through the principle of free exchange. We can share ideas, concepts, systems and increase the prosperity and abundance in the world.

If you are working for an employer right now, your salary is based on a combination of three things: how much demand there is in the world for your skills (who needs what you do), how good you are at doing it, and how hard it would be to replace you. People in jobs where anyone can do it and they can be replaced get minimum wage! Now, the one that you can control the easiest is how good you are at doing it. Want to be paid more? BECOME A MASTER OF WHAT YOU DO!

Now – when I say that – your next question might be – how good am I at doing what I am doing? I’ll answer that next week!

Principles of Success 22 You Need More Money. You Need LOTS more money. No, you need more money than that!

It must touch your imagination that you need a lot more money. Big money. Lots of money. Loadsamoney. That idea must not seem crass to you because it is a kingdom idea. God made a whole planet for Adam and Eve – He is extravagant, generous, kind, and big when it comes to finances and natural resources. I dare to say that there is not a single person reading this blog who is believing for, expecting and dreaming of enough money. We need to realize this. To do what God has called us to do is going to need so much more money than we currently have.

You need to be dreaming of saving more, spending more, giving more, investing more and using more money for the kingdom. You need a big dream when it comes to finances. If we do not dream it, it will never manifest.

There is a stream of finances, of supply, that God has prepared for us – big money, lots of money, loadsamoney, extreme wealth, financial freedom, financial increase, wealth that you would be embarassed about, ridiculous prosperity. It is powered to you by your expectations and hope and dreams. If you get your expectations sorted, if you deal with all the negative ideas you have about finances, if you stop thinking “it’s not all about money, why is he talking about money again” – when this is the 22nd post in a series that is not all about money – when you deal with your limited thinking you will start to move that river of unlimited supply towards you.

Sadly, some of us have more faith in poverty than prosperity. Even though prosperity comes from God and poverty comes from satan! If you are expecting poverty more than prosperity, you have more faith in satan and misery and loss than God and peace and abundance and the kingdom!

One of the reasons why so many Christians are poor is that obtaining wealth requires two things: work and a plan. Poverty needs no work and no plan. Napolean Hill says “Poverty needs no plan… for riches to take the place of poverty, the change is brought about through well-conceived and carefully executed plans”. That is an essential truth you need to think about. What are your plans for 2023 to increase in wealth? How much money have you planned to save in 2023? How much money have you planned to invest? How much money have you planned to save? Every wealthy person I have ever met has had thoughts and dreams that have led to plans – plans that have impressed their heart so much it has changed their whole soul – their thinking, their decisions and their emotions.

There is a river of abundance heading to you – powered by your dreams. If it has not reached you yet, dream bigger. Stop listening to the small-minded, stop dreaming tiny dreams, stop speaking out your doubts and poverty mentality. You are praying God to pay your electric, try dreaming for enough to pay for the electricity for the whole street and your whole church. You are believing for this month’s car payment – start stretching yourself so you can believe to pay the whole car off, and an extra 3 cars to give to 3 others. You are dreaming of having enough to pay this month’s mortgage off, why not dream of paying the whole house off, and having ten properties all generating passive income for you? It’s time to change the world – and we need finances to do that.

So you need to dream of big money. Bigger than that. No, bigger than that. Try again. Bigger. Now hold that amount in your mind until you can see the river of prosperity bringing that to you. Let it affect your decisions, your thinking, your plans, your emotions. And get ready – make plans to save, spend, invest, grow, develop, spend – it’s time!

Next week, I am going to share about the principle of free exchange and why it matters so much to the kingdom of God.

Principles of Success 21 Focus!

Last time, I spoke on the power of memory and using your memory to remember the good things and not meditate on the bad. It’s so important you learn how to work your memory. Now, when I go to the gym, I don’t just work out let’s say my biceps, I will also work my triceps. I will work different muscle groups because I want all of my body to be stronger. It’s the same with your mind, do not just work on developing a good, strong, godly memory, but work on the power of focus.

It is hard to focus your mind because your body is basically an information gathering machine. As I am typing this I am in a hotel room in Albania, the chair is slightly shorter than I would like and I can feel that, it’s nearly dinner time and I feel hungry too, in front of me is a giant hotel room TV, my phone is to the right of me flashing notifications, I can see a lot. Outside I can hear people walking about, and the air con is rather noisy too. My body is an information gathering machine! That’s just my senses, that’s not me even using my memory to remember something, my mind to imagine what dinner might taste like, to think about how to solve a problem or how to bless someone or whatever. We need to learn to shut down all the streams of information coming our way and focus on one thing at a time – for me right now it is this blog.

When I started this blog today, when I go to the website to type, it’s just a big empty page and I choose what to write. Life is like that too – it’s just a big empty page, and you choose what to write. But here is the thing, if you try and write everything at once you will write nothing that is meaningful. If you try and do everything at once you will fail, if you try and dream every dream at once, you will fail, you need to develop the mind-muscle of focus. You need to learn how to concentrate. I have seen many young people who would be awesome doing something if they just learned to focus. The main reason your walk with God is not where it should be is that you do not focus. The reason your dreams do not come true is you do not focus. Focus increases power, it’s that simple.

What is the number one way to achieve a goal quicker? Focus. What is the number one way to gain energy? Focus. What is the number one way to achieve anything? Focus. When Kennedy asked von Braun “can we reach the moon”, Braun said “All it will take is the will to do it”. In other words, if we focus on getting to the moon we will get there. What you can focus on you will get to.

Learn how to focus. Learn how to spend time doing one thing and doing it well. Learn how to dismiss other things vying for your attention and do the one thing that is needful, whatever that is for the moment, be consistent in your prayer and Bible times and learn to focus.

Principles of Success 20 Do Not Forget!

Part of your soul is your memory. Your ability to remember things. Your memory is actually a superpower that every human has. You can remember good things, remember the Word, remember the truth. When our emotions overwhelm us, we can remember good times, remember God’s faithfulness, remember the Word.

But like every muscle, you need to use your memory. You need to remember good things to be a success in life. When I see someone who is struggling in their mind, I know they are not using their memory well.

When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, Moses actually tells them to remember that day (Exodus 13.3). That sounds silly – surely if you walked through the sea split in two you would never ever forget a day like that. But I know people who have forgotten their miracles, their healings, their financial provision. They have forgotten what God has done for them. They have forgotten how good God is. That kind of weakness of memory means you need a memory workout.

You need to start remembering all the good things God has done for you. You need to remember that He brought you into the kingdom, that He turned your dead spirit into a living spirit. You need to remember that you were a slave to sin and now you are free. You need to remember that the Lord is your healer and provider and helper. If you have forgotten those things – and you can tell if you are not happy today – if you are overwhelmed by depression – you have forgotten God is your joy! If you are overwhelmed with sickness, you have forgotten by His stripes you are healed. If you are overwhelmed with grief, you have forgotten that He bore your griefs! You need to remember!

One of the reasons the disciples were told they had a hard heart and struggled to belief in miracles is that they did not remember the miracles they had seen (Matthew 16.9). I believe one of the reasons I see so many miracles is that I remind myself of all the miracles I have seen. I work my memory out – not to remember the tough times and bad times, but to remember the good times. Sometimes someone will tell me about a tough situation they have been through, and I say “I have been through the same thing”, and it astounds them, they cannot believe it! Because I don’t use my memory for that, my memories do not dominate me – I dominate them, I use my memory as a tool to remember the Word and the miracles I have seen to keep my heart soft.

It is a key to success – learn to harness your memory.

Principles of Success 19 Think About It!

I was at a church in America a few years ago with Amanda, and Richard and Jacqui Waller. During the preaching, one man in the back responded regularly by crying out not “amen”, “come on”, “preach it”, or even “yee-haw” but with a loud cry of “Think About it”.

The more I think about “think about it”, the more I realize that thinking about it is the most powerful tool we have for walking in success. Thinking about things is the only way to success. You can develop your mind, your power to think and dream, to change your whole reality, to move mountains, to walk in victory and health and abundance. Every problem can be solved by good thinking.

Yet very few people think. And very very very very very few people think about thinking. When was the last time you thought about how you think. Are you thinking great big thoughts? Are your thoughts pure? Are they even right? Are they true? Are you thinking about what you think and how you think? Are you hitting the same problems every single day because you do not think about it beforehand?

We all sense everyday – we see things, we hear things, we smell things, we taste things and we touch things every day. Our senses are part of our body and part of how we interact with the world. That is right and correct, but we need to then think about what we sense. But most people are far more aware of what they heard than their thoughts about what they heard. They are far more aware about their feelings than how to think about them. If something makes you sad, or glad, or mad, you are supposed to think about why, consider and use your mind to analyse that feeling. If you are going to walk in success, you are going to have to think about it – think about what you desire in life, think about the words you use, think about who you are spending time with, think about your habits, think about your feelings, you are going to have to do a lot of thinking.

Remember your spirit is perfect, it does not need to change or be altered or improved. Your spirit is a mirror of Jesus Christ’s spirit. You are made in the image of God Himself. You have His power and life inside you.

What needs to change is NOT YOUR SPIRIT if you are born again. What needs to change is what you think about when you think about yourself. Do you think of yourself as unlimited spiritual power? Do you think of yourself as holy, kind, true, pure? Or do you see yourself as only human? Are you the victim in life, or the champion of God? Are you the head or the tail? What you think determines where you end up – so open your Bible, learn some things and think about it!

You go to school for years, and you learn things, but you are never really taught to think about things. Yet spritual power flows into your body and your cupboards and your driveway and your life and your friends through your mind – through your thoughts, your dreams, your ideas and imagination! You need to think big thoughts because as you think – that is who you are! You use your mind to create pictures and they start to appear outside our mind in our lives!

Your spirit provides the desire, it wants you to win, to love, to walk in health and wealth, to be a success, to have good friends, to forgive, to submit to your husband, to love your wife – and if you get quiet enough you will feel that desire. Jesus say “what things you desire, when you pray”. Spend time in prayer until godly, spiritual, full of life and energy and power desires rise up inside you and let those desire paint a picture in your mind! Think About it!

By dreaming consistently, speaking your dream, dreaming your dream, sowing finances to people walking in your dream, acting on your dream, believing you have received the dream, living the dream – then the dream manifests from your spirit to your life through the pipe of your thoughts. Think about it!

As you start to think like this, you start to become a genius. Think about it. I think most Christians would rather die than think though, I really do. You need to become a thinker.

I have had many people come to me with a problem, and I always ask “What do you want to happen?” – most people will not tell me, either through shyness or embarassment of sharing a dream, but mostly because they have never prayed or thought about it. I think everyone who comes to me for help is really smart, because coming to me is a smart thing to do. So what you tell you me your dream is is not going to make me thing you are dumb, I already think you are smart because you came to me. I think you are a genius, but I want to help you express that spiritual life on the outside, and to do that I need to provoke you to think. Think about what you want your life to be like, how you want to life, what you want to do, what you want to change, what battles you want to win. THINK ABOUT IT!

Henry Ford once said “Thinking is the hardest thing to do in the universe, which is why so few people do it”. I agree with Henry Ford, I hear people talking about things and I think “Why are you even talking about that? Why are you letting that be in your heart? Why are you becoming that? Why would you let that dominate your heart?” I know why – they are not thinking. They are not realizing what the Bible say about thinking and speaking.

Principles of Success 18 Develop a Sense of Grace-Entitlement

A sense of self-entitlement is ugly. I deserve this because I am more awesome than others is an arrogant and divisive attitude. But we cannot replace a sense of self-entitlement with a sense of self-unworthiness – that is just as ugly. We need to stop thinking about self entirely and think about grace. When you think about grace, you are entitled to things, not because you are good but because God is good. You can have health and wealth, because God is good. You are entitled to wisdom and peace, because God is good.

Whatever your dream is, whatever your goal is – if it is in the realm of holy and good – you can have it, because God is good and God has shown you grace.

“I can do all things” is ugly talk. “I am nothing” is ugly talk. “I can do all things through Christ” and “I am nothing without Christ” is truth talk. Tie everything to Christ, not self, and dream accordingly.

Principles of Success 17 Money is Useful

I don’t want more money to have more things – I want more money to do more things. I don’t want a pile of money to sleep on or cuddle. I want it so I can change the United Kingdom.

In the modern world, money is the single medium of exchange for products or services. Want to hire a hall? Money. Want to heat that hall? Money. Want a projector to put some words up on the wall of that hall? Money. Want a laptop to have some nice words and pictures? Money. Want to play a guitar? Money. Want to put a poster up to let people know you are there? Money.

We no longer live in a barter system – with a few rare exceptions. It’s not like you don’t like hunting and I do your hunting if you make my arrows or whatever, we use money to exchange goods and services.

The more money I have, the more churches I can plant, the more TV I can on, the more people I can reach, the more materials I can produce. Money gives me power to do God’s will. I want more money because I am alive and I want my life to impact the world in the biggest way possible.

Money has no character, it is not good or bad, it is useful. For an evil person, more money could help them be more evil and sin more, they could buy more drugs, they could pay a prostitute, they could buy all sorts of selfish things. But for a good person, money is useful in being good.

Every goal or vision you have, it needs some money. Take time to deal with the poverty mentality and learn how to handle money and how to generate it, save it, spend it, invest it and sow it. You will never regret learning how to master money. Selah.