Fox was born in Ireland on July 30, 1886, was educated in England,
spiritual career mostly in the United States, and died
in France on August 13, 1951.
Emmet Fox addressed some of the largest audiences
ever gathered to hear one man's
thoughts on the religious meaning of
life. His books and pamphlets have been distributed
to over three
people and it can be conservatively estimated that they
the hands of ten million. Read more about Emmet
is the Law that any difficulties that can come to you at any time,
no matter what they are, must be exactly what you need most
at the moment, to enable you to take the next step forward
by overcoming them. The only real misfortune, the only real
tragedy, comes when we suffer without learning the lesson.
is bigger than any problem. God in you is greater than any difficulty that you have to meet.
God cares for you more than it is possible for any human being to
realize. God can help you in proportion to the degree in which you worship Him.
You worship God by really putting your trust in him instead of in outer
conditions, or in fear, or in depression, or in seeming dangers, and so
forth. You worship God by recognizing His presence everywhere,
in all people and conditions that you meet; and by praying regularly.
You pray well when you pray with joy.
. . . prayer is the
only real action in the full sense of the word, because
is the only thing
that changes one's character. A
change in character, or a change
in soul, is a real
change. When that kind of change takes place, you become
a different person and, therefore,
for the rest of your
life you act in a different
way from the way in which you
have previously acted,
and in which you would
continued to act had you not prayed. In other words,
become a different person. The amount of difference may be
only very slight for each time that you
nevertheless it is there, for you cannot pray without
different in some degree.
are not happy because you are well. You are well because
you are happy. You are not depressed because trouble has come
to you, but trouble has come to you because you are depressed. You can change your thoughts and feelings, and then the outer
things will come to correspond, and indeed there is no other way of
is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
No disease that enough love will not heal;
No door that enough love will not open;
No gulf that enough love will not bridge;
No wall that enough love will not throw down;
No sin that enough love will not redeem. . .
makes no difference how deeply seated may be the
trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the
tangle, how great the mistake--a sufficient
realization of love will dissolve it all. . . if
only you could love enough, you would be the
happiest and most powerful being in the world.
a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you. . .
If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you, and even if it is
troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out, if you sincerely
thinking about your difficulties, whatever
they are, and start thinking about God instead.
art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make
that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we
are the instruments and expression of God Himself.
is an indirect form of self-boasting.
is the food which you furnish to your mind
that determines the whole character of your life.
must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell
on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
|You cannot be healthy; you
cannot be happy; you cannot be prosperous; if you have a bad
As thy days, so shall
thy strength be which, in modern language,
may be translated as thy thoughts so shall thy life be.
is a state of consciousness.
Have enough faith in the love of God to believe
that a short heartfelt prayer
is just as good as a long one. Too
long a session of prayer usually means
that in your heart you really doubt the love of God, and think that a
of effort and toil will be necessary to move Him.
Pray quietly and sincerely
for a reasonable time—and then leave the matter, expecting success.
must pray for yourself constantly.
could it be otherwise?
We worship God by
believing in him, trusting him, and loving
wholeheartedly -- and we can attain to
that only through prayer. The sole
our being here is that we may grow like him --
and we can
do that only through prayer. The more we pray for ourselves the more
will our prayers have for any other purpose
praying for ourselves is the reverse
of selfishness -- it is truly
is always the solution. No matter what kind of difficulty may be facing you,
no matter how complicated your problem may seem – prayer can solve
it. Of course
you will also take whatever practical steps seem to be indicated,
and if you do not
know what steps to take, prayer will show you.
Prayer is constantly bringing about
the seemingly impossible, and there is no conceivable problem that
at some time been solved by prayer.
When we remember
that God really is omnipotent, untrammeled by what we call
time or space or matter, or the vagaries of human nature, it is easy
to see that there
can be no limit to the power of prayer.
You can pray about a problem and solve it
at any stage, but of course the earlier you tackle it the easier
your work will be.
tragic mistake that is often made is to assume that the will of God
is bound to be something very dull and uninviting, if not positively
Consciously or not some persons look upon God as a
hard taskmaster, or a severe parent. . . . The truth is that the will of
for us always means greater freedom, greater self-expression, newer and
brighter experience, wider opportunity of service to others—life more
|The first thing that
we have to realize is a fact of fundamental importance,
because it means
breaking away from all the ordinary
prepossessions of orthodoxy. The plain fact is that
taught no theology whatever. His teaching is entirely
spiritual or metaphysical.
unfortunately, has largely concerned itself with
doctrinal questions which, strange to say,
have no part whatever in the Gospel teaching.
startle many good people to learn that all the doctrines
and theologies of the churches
are human inventions built
up by their authors out of their own mentalities. . . .There
no system of theology of doctrine to be
found in the Bible; it simply is not there.
Why not make the
following experiment, which will not only be thrillingly
but will certainly teach you more in one day
than you could learn from books or lectures
in many weeks.
Here is what you have to do: For one whole
day think, speak, and act exactly
as you would if you
were absolutely convinced of the truth of the statements
that God has all power and infinite intelligence, and
that His nature is
infinite goodness and love.
To think in this manner all day will be the
most difficult thing, because it is so subtle.
in accordance with these truths will be easier, if you
To act in accordance with them will be the
easiest part, although it may require
much in the way of
Christianity is an entirely positive influence. It comes
into a person's life to enlarge and enrich it,
to make it
fuller and wider and better; never to restrict it. You
cannot lose anything that is
worth having through
acquiring a knowledge of the Truth. Sacrifice there has
to be, but it is only
sacrifice of the things that one is
much happier without--never of anything that is worth
Many people have the idea that getting a better
knowledge of God will mean giving up things
will regret losing. One girl said: "I mean to take
up religion later on when I am older,
but I want to enjoy
myself for a while first." This, however, is to miss
the whole point.
The things one has to sacrifice are
selfishness, fear, and belief in necessary limitation
any kind. Above all, one has to sacrifice the belief that
there is any power or endurance
in evil apart from the
power that we ourselves give it by believing in it.
significance of the word "meek" in the Bible is
attitude for which there is no other single word
available, and it is
this mental attitude which is the
secret of "prosperity" or success
in prayer. It
is a combination of open-mindedness, faith in God,
the realization that the Will of God for us is always
joyous and interesting and vital, and much
better than anything
we could think of for ourselves.
This state of mind also includes
a perfect willingness
allow this Will of God to come about in
Divine Wisdom considers to be the best, rather
some particular way that we have chosen for ourselves.
A dynamic person is one who really makes a
difference in the world;
who does something that changes things or
magnitude of the work done may not be great, but the world
different because that person has lived and worked.
The real secret
of a dynamic personality is to believe that
God works through you,
whatever you may be doing; to put his
service first, and to be
as sincere, practical, and efficient as
you know how.
Human nature is such that humans can turn to
at any time, and by believing in His care and
and thinking in accordance with this belief, fill
with peace and poise, rebuild their bodies into
health and strength,
and surround themselves with harmonious and
has no office hours. There
is never a time of day when God is unavailable.
Day or night, summer or winter, God is always present—always
ready to heal, to comfort, to inspire.
It is not possible that you could turn to God in prayer without
It is not possible that you could ever find yourself anywhere
where God was not fully present,
fully active, able and willing to set you free from any
difficulty. The one
thing that is required is
that you shall turn to Him whole-heartedly, and that you shall
expect Him to act. . . .
If you turn to God in prayer, without tension, without vehemence,
steadily, and persistently, results will come.
is a place for analysis, but it is apt to be quite fatal in prayer
Do not dissect the love of God, but feel it.
Do not dissect divine intelligence,
but realize it.
Do not wonder how God can possibly solve this problem, but
watch Him do it in His own way—and He will if you will give Him
You know that God is Love.
So go ahead on that, and do not get theoretical about it.
present moment is never intolerable. It is always what is coming in
or five days that makes people despair. The Law of Life
is to live in the present,
and this applies to both time and place.
Keep your attention to the present moment,
and in the place where your
body is now. Do a fair day's work, and then stop.
Overwork is not
productive in the long run.
people look upon change with dread and foreboding.
But for those on the spiritual path—for those who believe in God
and the power of prayer—change is a fuller expression of life.
When a problem or condition arises in your life that indicates a
rely upon God, and realize that it is not so much that a door has
on a chapter of your life, but rather that a door has opened
on new and more interesting things.
All the old traditions tell
us that there is more than one path to the great Goal.. . .
and easiest pathway of all is the pathway of Love.
the one pathway that is open to all, irrespective of what
conditions or circumstances may be.
For every person, everywhere,
true attainment awaits through the
yoga of Love, for yoga means union
and it is our union with God that makes
the attainment possible.
importance of forgiveness may not be obvious at first sight, but
you may be sure
that it is not by chance that every great spiritual
teacher from Jesus Christ downward
has insisted so strongly upon it.
You must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter
but in your heart -- and that is the long and the short of it.
You do this, not for
the other person's sake, but for your own sake.
Resentment, condemnation, anger, desire
to see someone punished are
things that rot your soul. Such things fasten your troubles
you with rivets. They fetter you to many other problems
that actually have nothing
to do with the original grievances
Let us be merciful in our mental
judgments of our brothers and sisters,
for, in truth, we are all one, and the more deeply they seem to err,
the more urgent is the need for us to help them with the right thought,
and so make it easier for them to get free.
will change your mind concerning anything and absolutely
keep it changed, that thing must and will change too. It is
the keeping up of the change in thought that is difficult.
It calls for vigilance and determination.
is a truly spiritual mode of communication from which
nothing but good can come.
It is this:
Sit down quietly and
remind yourself that the one God really is Omnipresent.
reflect that your real self is in the Presence of God now, and
that the real selves of others are also in the Presence of God.
Do this for a few minutes every day,
and sooner or later you will get a sense of communication.
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