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Lord increase our faith

People of the City of Detroit, people of God, we were privileged to attend our local church services on Sunday morning and were very blessed with the opportunity to hear a great sermon coming from Elder Curtis Simmons, M.D. of Detroit Michigan (now a resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan).

The essence of the lesson was: Lord, increase our faith.

Oddly enough, we attended a business meeting on the previous Friday evening in Dearborn Michigan at the prestigious Hyatt Hotel. This meeting was conducted by Mr. Robert Dean, Jr., a network marketing multi-millionaire (ranked no. 1 in the world) in his own right. 

The essence of the training was: Lord, increase our faith.

Now before we go any further, it is important to note a few things. First, the two messages by the Doctor and the world no. 1 ranked Network Marketer were one in the same: Lord, increase our faith. In addition, we are not presenting this lesson to say that we have a way for people to become financially well off.  WHAT WE ARE SAYING IS THIS: there is a system which God Himself created for people to reach their expectancies and goals in life. Whether our goal is to be healed like the woman with the issue of blood who sought out Jesus when he walked the earth, or to become a multi-millionaire like Mr. Robert Dean, Jr., God has prepared a way for us to succeed: Lord, increase our faith.

How were these two lessons, trainings, sermons or messages from two distinct sources one in the same?

We will address this question by initially directing our readership to review the 17th Chapter of the Book of Luke as a point of reference.  This lesson will briefly touch on the highlights of that particular chapter.

Secondly, it is fair to say that our current belief system, which was created from our past and present living environment and how we existed and will exist within that environment, constitutes our present level of faith.

We are a product of our environment.  We are where we come from.  Again, this is our current belief system, which is our level of faith.

Some may wonder: "why is my faith weak (unstable)?" "Why don't I realize the goals that I set for myself?" Simple.  As Elder Curtis Simmons explained, we grew up under unstable conditions.  Not truly believing in the preparation of a solid faith based belief system.  We don't believe in establishing a foundation (of faith).

Many of us find it "normal" to have mindsets which wander, to change from one random, unfocused purpose to another.  Never to be built upon a solid, stable belief system.

Why do we think this way?  Our experiences.  Throughout life, we have placed our trust in random, unfocused, illogically presented plans or presentations which were "in no way" based in fact.

We placed our trust in these rhetorical based ideas, traditions and customs.  When we began to build upon that system which we believed, the storms of life came and washed our hopes and dreams away:

Matthew 7:21-27 (King James Version)

21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
 

22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
 

23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
 

24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
 

25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
 

26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
 

27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

As the scripture states, many will tell the Lord how they did many works in His name.  But the Lord says that He knew nothing about what was done. Sounds like the Lord was telling us: "you haven't done anything!"

The same sentiments echoed from Mr. Robert Dean, Jr. as he told us of how some of his trainees in the organization/corporation would call him claiming to have done as Mr. Dean had told them, but they were not rich (or multi-millionaires) as he had become.  Moreover, something had to be wrong because they were doing as he had done.  Mr. Dean indicated to them that his success stemmed from the fact that he had recruited over 1500 members on to his team, some of which had advanced in the company, some others had quit the business, but he still believed in the system which was prepared as the blueprint for success.  He had faith.  At this point in the presentation, Mr. Dean indicated that he asked them: "well, how many members have you recruited?"  They responded: "five," "three," "six," respectively.  Mr. Dean raised his voice and said: " you haven't done nothing (anything) yet, how do you figure you should be rich?!"

It is the mindset  which Jesus Himself told to "depart from me, ye workers of iniquity." It is simply a sin to be lazy minded and to expect something of great recognition to be created or accomplished from the mindset possessed by a classification of people who are uncommitted, undriven or misdriven and are called drifters (people who are unfocused and have no set goals). ~ Robert Dean, Jr. Friday, May 21, 2010 at the Hyatt Hotel, Dearborn, Michigan.

Again, this mindset is illogical.

As Elder Curtis Simmons M.D. indicated in his sermon: "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1.  Faith is the solid material or foundation upon which we build our hopes (expectations) and our goals to be accomplished and realized.  Matthew 7:24-27.

If we can see this, we can have this. ~ Bishop William Duren, Teacher Detroit, Michigan.

To be continued. . . .

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