Hello to all of you who are interested in your life motivations! I am presenting for you a jewel for your spiritual health. It is a condensation of a small but precious book entitled The Golden Key, by Emmett Fox. Enjoy
The Golden Key
A revision of the text by Emmett Fox
Prayer will enable you, or anyone else, sooner or later, to handle any difficulty on the face of the earth. It is the Golden Key to harmony and happiness.
Prayer is the mightiest power in existence. You need not take anyone’s word for it:
Simply try it for yourself, and see.
Whoever you are, wherever you may be, the Golden Key to harmony is in your hand now. This is because in prayer, it is God who works, and not you, and so your particular limitations or weaknesses are of no account in this process.
Divine action takes place and your part is really just a willingness to give control of the final outcome of the matter to God and thank Him for how He is going to deal with the problem. Then the peace of God, which is beyond your ability to understand, will protect your heart and mind in Christ. It is absolutely essential to believe that God has your best interests in mind and will work all things together for the good of those who love Him.
As for the actual method of working with The Golden Key, it is simplicity itself.
All you have to do is this: After offering the difficulty to God in prayer, and thanking Him ahead of time for how He will handle it, stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead. This is the complete rule, and if only you will do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will presently disappear (or cease to trouble you, even if it does NOT disappear).
It makes no difference what kind of trouble it is. It may be a big thing or a little thing; it may concern health, finance, a lawsuit, a quarrel, an accident, or anything else conceivable; but whatever it is, just stop thinking about it and think of God instead—that is all you have to do.
The thing could not be simpler, could it? Work by rehearsing anything and everything that you know about God. God is Wisdom, Truth, and inconceivable Love. God is present everywhere, has infinite power, knows everything…and so on. It matters not how well you may think you understand these things, go over them repeatedly.
Remember, if you are thinking about the difficulty, you are not thinking about God.
To be continually glancing over your shoulder, as it were, in order to see how matters are progressing, is fatal, because that is thinking about the trouble, and you must think about God and nothing else.
If you can become so absorbed in the consideration of God’s absolute goodness, power, love, and commitment to your welfare, that you really forget for awhile all about the trouble, you will presently find that you are safely and comfortably out of your difficulty.
In order to “Golden Key” a troublesome person or difficult situation, think , “Now I am going to Golden Key John or Mary or that threatened danger.” Then proceed to drive all thought of John or Mary or danger right out of your head. By working in this way about a person, you are not seeking to influence his conduct in any way, except that you prevent him from injuring or annoying you, and you do him nothing but good.
You may repeat this operation several times a day with intervals between. Be sure, however, each time you have done it, that you drop all thought of the matter until the next time.
We have said that the Golden Key is simple ,and so it is, but , of course, it is not always easy to turn. If you are very frightened or worried, it may be difficulty, at first, to get your thoughts away from material things. But, by constantly repeating some statement of Absolute Truth that appeals to you, such as, “There is no power greater than God”, or “God is love” or “God is guiding me now”, or just “God is with me”. However dead or mechanical it may seem at first, you will soon find that this treatment has begun to take, and that your mind is clearing. Do not struggle violently; be quiet but insistent. Each time that you find your attention wandering, just switch it straight back to God.
Do not try to think out in advance what the solution of your difficulty will probably turn out to be. Leave the question of ways and means strictly to God. You want to have peace about your difficulty—–that is sufficient. You do your part, God will never fail to do His.
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Biblical references for the revision:
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is he that condemns? Christ, Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.