The Prosperity Secrets Of The Ages by Catherine Ponder
As stated by Catherine Ponder in the book, The Prosperity Secrets Of The Ages, there are certain laws that govern the universe. The knowledge and understanding of how these laws operate will help you in channeling prosperity your way.
This book shows you how you can operate these laws and have prosperity and abundance filling your life. Itâ€™s really a great book that teaches you how to tap into divine prosperity. Here is an excerpt from it:
Plan Your Way To Success: The Power Of Planning From Esau and Jacob
What do you want to accomplish and experience during the next week, month, or the next five years? What are you doing about those dreams?
If you have just been living from day to day, taking life as it comes, then you have been pouring large portions of your potential success down the drain of failure, and you have been living a mediocre life. You have also been missing the exciting adventure that comes from planning your way to success.
Here is one of lifeâ€™s greatest success secrets: You have the power to plan your way to success! When you do plan your way to success, you organize all the powers of heaven and earth to help make your plan a reality.
If you just rock along with the title of daily events, you automatically attune yourself to unnecessary and unwanted experiences. You live on the surface of life, exposing yourself to the disappointments, delays, frustrations, pain, financial difficulties and inharmonies that always follow surface thinking and surface living.
There is nothing new about planning your way to success. Great men of all times have dared to do so. Over and over in the face of insurmountable obstacles, they have succeeded while others without a plan have failed. What they planned for they achieved. You can plan for success and achieve it, too!
Famous Master Planners of History
Much of the phenomenal success of Franklin D. Roosevelt could be attributed to a success plan. Twenty years before he became President, a master plan for his success was worked out, not by Roosevelt, but by a friend named Louis Howe. He became so convinced of Rooseveltâ€™s potential as a great leader that he mapped out a timetable for the future success of F.D.R. He even began to address him as â€œMr. President.â€ He refused to become disturbed about his success plans for Roosevelt even when the latter became ill. Instead he continued to work on his master plan.
Twenty years later when Roosevelt became President, Louis Howe opened a bottle of sherry he had purchased many years earlier, which he had been keeping for a celebration when his friend was elected to the highest office in the land. On that day, Louis Howe had the satisfaction of witnessing an achievement for which he had been planning for 20 years.
Perhaps you are thinking, â€œYes, but it was a lot easier for Roosevelt to achieve his goals than for the average person, because he had wealth and influence to assist him.â€
A master plan for success works even if you have nothing more than a definite plan. If you can conceive what you wish to accomplish, you should work out a timetable for your success, hold to that expectation, and quietly get busy working toward it. Your master plan will draw to you whatever else is needed to make your life as you wish it to be. That is the magnetic power of a master plan.
We find this was also true in the case of Adolph Hitler, who used the master plan idea destructively. In the 1920â€™s he was unknown. He had no money, no friends, no influence, nor was he trained for any skilled work. But he did have a plan which he began to invoke while in Jail as he wrote the book Mein Kampf, in which he outlined his master plan.
A recent biographer has said that World War II might have been avoided had the proper authorities taken seriously Hitlerâ€™s master plan as outlined in his book. Because he was an unknown, with nothing but a jail record and some fantastic ideas, it hardly seemed reasonable to believe him. But his master plan worked anyway â€“ to the destruction of millions of people.
One of the most famous people of the twentieth century who planned his way to success was Winston Churchill. Early in his career he decided he wanted to prepare for public life, but he was a political unknown. He succeeded in getting some English newspapers to allow him to write for them from the trouble spots of the world. His vivid on-the-scene newspaper accounts attracted a large following, and he became popular with British readers. He then ran for various political offices. Each time he was defeated for an office, he would just run for another one!
Robert Lewis Taylor wrote in his book, Winston Churchill: A Biography of a Great Man, that the most mystifying aspects of the elections was Churchillâ€™s attitude when he lost. His manner was no different from those who had won! After one election in which Winston Churchill had lost, he turned to the winner and said, â€œI donâ€™t think the world has heard the last of either of us.â€ This remark, coming from a man who had just been defeated, confused the winner so much that he rushed out to recheck the election returns to be sure that he and not Churchill had really won. The biographer wrote of Churchill, â€œHe was a master planner.â€
Your Twin Powers For Success
The earliest master planner in the Bible was Jacob, the son of Isaac and Rebekah. As he planned his way to success, like his father and grandfather, he became a millionaire.
Historians have often described Jacob as a shrewd individual, stressing his faults and mistakes with merciless severity. To be sure, Jacob was no saint, but be became a great man, the father of the 12 tribes of Israel. As he struggled to overcome his faults, as he was patient in disappointment, he turned to God for guidance in his extreme experiences. Jehovah never reprimanded him for his shrewdness, which was a spiritual gift. Instead Jehovah helped him to learn how to use it rightly and he went on to outstanding success. We can learn several important success attitudes from Jacob.
Like so many people who are eager to get ahead in life, Jacob first tried to force his good to him when he stole his brother Esauâ€™s birthright. Actually they were twins, but since Esau was slightly older, under the Hebrew law he was heir to his fatherâ€™s material riches, as well as his spiritual blessings. The word Esau means â€œone swept awayâ€ or â€œone who rushes forward wildly and impulsively.â€ Esau symbolizes manâ€™s physical nature.
The word Jacob means â€œsupplanter,â€ symbolizing manâ€™s mental nature. Jacob was holding Esauâ€™s heel when they were born, showing that the mental is directly connected with the physical and attempts to hold it in check at all times, even from the time of birth.
Jacob need not have cheated to get the rich spiritual blessings his father intended for Esau. The mental realm (Jacob) is always the connecting link between the spiritual and the physical (Esau) phases of man. Had Jacob been more patient he would have eventually received a spiritual blessing. Esau, in his physical approach, as one who rushes around wildly and impulsively, as one who is easily swept away by appearances, could not have fully appreciated that spiritual blessing, and it doubtless would have been passed to Jacob anyway.
You are like Esau when you are swept away by the challenges that face you, when you rush around impulsively trying to make things right on the physical, visible plane of life only. If you handle challenges from the physical level of life alone, you are often cheated out of your birthright of good, just as was Esau.
Instead, resolve to use more fully your mental powers to claim your birthright of good. Begin to supplant your surface methods by working things out on the mental plan of life first.
However, do not underestimate the importance of Esau, who quietly went his way after Jacob took his birthright. Esau became rich, he had many possessions, and he was the head of a race. Donâ€™t forget that Esau and Jacob were twins. The physical is just as important in your success as is the mental, and you should constantly bless and care for your body, as well as for your mind.
I know of several people who upon learning of the power of thought, decided the body was not important. In their zeal to become mental and spiritual saints they became very pious and self-righteous; they criticized and denied the body its rightful functions in life. In each instance, instead of becoming mental giants, they became nervous wrecks with both mind and body affected.
When cheated of its rightful place in manâ€™s development, the body rebels. Mental hospitals bear witness to the fact that a neglected body will destroy the channels through which the mind is meant to function perfectly in man. The physical cannot be ignored. It must have its place in the fully developed person. Bless your body often, praise it, appreciate it and give thanks for it. Such an attitude heals fatigue, often heals serious disease, and makes way for the mind to work more effectively through the body to produce complete good in manâ€™s world. That mental and spiritual giant, the apostle Paul, emphasized the importance of the body when he said, â€œKnow ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God?… Glorify God therefore in your bodyâ€ (I Corinthians 6:19, 20).
The importance of the mind and body working together is shown by the fact that years later the twin brothers, Esau and Jacob, were reunited. It was a happy occasion and a time of great rejoicing for them. Your physical and mental powers are your twin powers for success, too. When you use both for planning your way to success, the results can be happy and fruitful.
Master Planner Becomes Millionaire
After Jacob took the birthright from Esau, he was forced to leave home. This proved to be a tremendous blessing because it gave Jacob an opportunity to develop his mental powers and to become a success on his own. As he made his way to a new land to seek his fortune, Jehovah did not reprimand him for what he had done, but made him a promise, similar to the rich promises He had made earlier to Jacobâ€™s father and grandfather: â€œThe land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give itâ€¦ And behold I am with thee, and will keep thee whithersoever thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave theeâ€ (Genesis 28:13, 15).
In return for these rich promises, Jacob made a success covenant with God which proved to be his master plan for success: â€œIf God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my fatherâ€™s house in peace, and Jehovah will be my Godâ€¦ Of all that Thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto Theeâ€ (Genesis 28:20-22).
In this success covenant, Jacob clearly indicated what he would do and what he expected a loving Father to do toward his master plan for success. Jacob boldly asked for definite prosperity, protection and reconciliation with his family. That Jacob received these blessings is clearly shown through later events. He was not only given bread to eat and clothes to wear, but he became a wealthy man. One of his sons, Joseph, became the prime minister of Egypt. Years later when Jacob decided to return from Haran to the land of his birth, he was reconciled with his brother Esau as he had decreed in his success covenant.
Even as did Jacob, you can make a success covenant with God as a powerful invoking of the master plan idea. The marvelous thing to realize is that you and I have access to the same rich promises for a good life which the Lord made to Jacob and to his father and grandfather before him. Knowing our rich heritage, we should not hesitate to get busy claiming it by planning our way to success!
First: A Simple Success Plan
There are six simple methods you can use to plan your way to success. Perhaps the easiest way to invoke a master plan for success is to sit down quietly and write out your desires for success for the day, the week, the month, or the coming year. I suggest that you write down your long-range desires for success for the coming year on one list, and then regularly write down your desires for the current day, week, or month on a separate list which you view daily.
The ancients knew the power of doing this. They found that by putting in writing how you want your life to be, you reach past all fear and uncertainty into a higher realm of accomplishment. Through your definite written words, you dissolve all obstacles and barriers on the visible and invisible planes of life. Your written words go out into the ethers of the universe to work through people, circumstances, and events to open the way for your desired good to become a reality.
By writing down your desires, you are getting definite in planning your success, and you make contact with the friendly visible and invisible forces all about you that wish to help your dreams come true. Your written words move on the spiritual ethers, above time, space, and circumstances, to produce successful results for you.
At one period in my life the words I constantly wrote down describing my desire for a more successful life were these: â€œI CLEARLY SEE THE PROSPERITY OF MY NEW LIFE NOW. MY LIFE IS FREE, GLAD, POWERFUL. SOME BLESSED GOOD IS COMING TO ME NOW. RIGHT PEOPLE, RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT POSSESSIONS, RIGHT PROSPERITY APPEAR NOW.â€ This definite description for success seemed to move out into the ethers and bring my good to me.
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