Dennis Waitley in his book the ten seeds of greatness defined luck as .Labour.Under.Correct.Knowledge. He says those who are considered lucky are those who labour i.e work hard under the influence of accurate information. The information here would not only be in the form of natural intelligence but also that which is spiritual in nature. Natural intelligence is acquired through study,while the spiritual is imparted through our personal experiences. Successful living is a combination of faith and intelligence.
Real confidence when mixed with accurate knowledge produces results. The head must be made to work with the heart. Natural intelligence must work with your intuition, your inner instincts that determine the direction you take. Every great achievement is initiated in an individual while they are going through some form of test in their lives. He or she emerges not bitter,hating life but with a positive mental attitude, a vision for the future and with a heart filled with love for their fellowman. The challenge you face appears as a direct assault on the confidence you have developed right from your childhood days about your future. It threatens the expectations you have about life.
If handled wrongly it would weaken the enthusiasm you have about life and people and it would also establish a negative belief system in you. If we really understand the depth of the message Christ brought to humanity we would not weep or complain about our tests and trials neither would we live in perpetual heaviness. The real threat to our future are the elemental things of this world that distract. The cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches that make us misplace our priorities.
Trials and tests that assault our confidence and heat up our lives are some of the best things that can happen to us. In every adversity lies a seed of equal and greater benefit. We must never be afraid of tests and trials. They should not intimidate us. We should receive them as opportunities from the Hand of our Sovereign Lord giving us the opportunity for inward development,expanded vision and growth.
There is really nothing 'negative' about the loss,pain and the other elements of 'death' these problem situations create around us. The solutions are there in the form of thoughts and they are accessible. What we should really be careful about is how we are going to invest and not waste the blessing that would come to us after the test. That is the greater challenge. Christ in giving man His understanding about life likened [in His parable of the kingdom]trials and troubles to the sun that arises over a seed that has been sown.
He said many would receive ideas about their future that would increase their level of enthusiasm about life. Concepts and dreams that would gladden them. No sooner would troubles arise for the sake of these concepts and dreams and then they get offended, misunderstanding the purpose of the tests and they allow their dreams wither away. The sun that can scorch with its heat primarily carries light for growth and development. The situations that cause some heat in our lives also carries light for our eyes. The vision for our future.
It is during these times that you can develop your intuitive facaulty. This would give power and direction to the information you have aquired naturally. Your intuition is that small still voice in your heart that you access through meditation.
You spend time meditating upon God's thoughts in the Word until quietness is established in your mind and a heavenly conversation of thoughts can begin. These thoughts are the power of your future.
Pastor Poju Oyemade