Master Key Experience – Week 3
There Has to Be More
I love God, and I believe the Bible. I know that scripture needs to be interpreted by scripture and not to be taken out of context. All this having been said, I believe that the Lord wants much more for me and my life than what I have “settled for” or produced on my own. Is it alright for me to say before Him “there has to be more?”
Psalm 37:4 (ESV) – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
John 10:10 (ESV) – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they (me) may have life and have it abundantly.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Because of verses like these, I believe that there can be more for me and my family. Not just spiritual blessings, but material ones as well. I’ve learned from scripture that the Lord wants us to trust him for everything:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Matthew 6:33 (ESV) – Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
But again, I’m not seeing the things that I want more of. Financial prosperity is probably the biggest want for me now. More money could mean a more dependable car (it’s 21 years old), repairs that need to be made on my home (to keep it livable), growing my tiny retirement fund (I’m 58 years old), having an emergency fund (for, well, emergencies). There are other things obviously, but you get the idea. And these are just basic wants that I don’t have. Wouldn’t it be great to have more money just to do things, go places, and help people? But money is not the only thing I would like to be blessed with. I have been listing others in a document written to myself called a Definite Major Purpose.
But now here’s the rub, if-you-will: there are more verses. They remind people (including me) not to chase riches, and to learn to be happy with what you have.
1 Timothy 6:6-10 (ESV) – But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Proverbs 30:8 (ESV) – Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me.
These often make people feel confused, and sometimes even guilty, including me. But why? These verses are warnings, and we should heed them. However, I think the Holy spirit speaks to each and every one of us differently. God made us uniquely in his image, so why wouldn’t he speak to us uniquely?
This is where the Master Key Experience comes in. I said earlier in the post that God wants to bless us. Sometimes scripture is very specific about things. Other times it is not, OR we just don’t see it. These are all things that I want for my life but I feel, for the most part, that they are missing from it. The thing is I’m a guy who likes structure. I like to have plans: blueprints to follow, a flowchart perhaps, down to the letter. The Lord has given us all things, including philosophies such as the Master Key System (my “plan” of choice). When I enrolled in the MKE, I hoped that I would find the “keys” to manifest these desires for my life.
In his book, Haanel says that the answers are found within. This is taking genuine work, as I’ve never been a on a journey this deep within myself before. What I’ve learned so far is amazing and uncomfortable at the same time. I will continue on this journey, using discernment, to achieve the unique goals that I believe are to bless me, my family, and others.
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