Nothing Is Impossible For Those Who Believe
Marnie L. Pehrson
Iím not sure whether it was this way back in 1910 when
Mr. Wattles wrote The Science of Getting Rich, but today the
words "Getting Rich" have a bit of a sinful connotation in
most Christian circles. Perhaps thatís because many who have
gotten rich over the centuries did so by stepping on the
backs of others.
Perhaps it comes from a misquotation of the Apostle Paul:
"money is the root of all evil." This wasnít really what
Paul said. He said, "the love of money is the root of all
evil." (1 Timothy 6:10) Money is not an end, it is simply a
means. Using money to gain power and dominate others is
evil. Using money to build up the kingdom of God and promote
virtuous, lovely, good and praiseworthy activities is what
God wants us to do (Philippians 4:8). Our love at that point
is not centered on the money but upon the light we shine
forth to the world as an example of Christ.
Jesus admonished us to "Take no thought, saying What shall
we eat? or What shall we drink? or Wherewithal shall we be
clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek)
for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these
things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His
righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you"
(Matthew 6:33). Jesus also admonished us to "Consider the
lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither
do they spin: and yet ...even Solomon in all his glory was
not arrayed like one of these" (Matthew 6:33).
So how does one resolve this admonition of the Savior with a
treatise on The Science of Getting Rich? At a glance, the
average Christian would be inclined to cast Wattlesí book
aside calling it sinful or at the very least adverse to the
Saviorís teachings. But on a more careful study of Mr.
Wattlesí work, one will find that Wattles actually teaches
the same principles the Savior taught. He just comes at them
a little differently. As a matter of fact, when I was first
introduced to Mr. Wattlesí work, I picked it apart. I cross
referenced it with scripture and the things Iíd been taught
in church and found that it did not clash with anything Iíd
To be honest with you, Iím not convinced that Wattles aptly
named his book. I think itís more of a how-to manual on
increasing your faith so that God can work miracles in your
life, rather than obtaining riches in the worldly,
competitive sense. Itís about learning the difference
between what you control and what God controls. It teaches
you how to ask intelligently so that you can receive, and
how to knock so that it can be opened to you (Matthew 7:8).
Once youíve asked, you simply retain your vision and
purpose, act upon the promptings of the Spirit and trust
that you will be clothed just as those lilies are!
Most Christians misinterpret these verses that relate to
wealth and riches to mean that we should resign ourselves to
getting by on a meager penance. But Jesus said, "I am come
that they might have life and that they might have it more
abundantly" (John 10:10)." Christ is about abundance. Heís
about clothing the lilies and feeding the sparrows and about
giving you everything you need to fulfill your mission in
life. He wants you to have joy, and He knows you can only do
that by filling the full measure of your creation. The
riches of eternity are in His hands and they are His to
give. He wants to share them with you. He wants to teach you
His mysteries and unfold the riches of eternity to your
view. But if you never ask, you can never receive. If you
donít have faith, then you canít unlock the treasure chest
of blessings that literally has your name on it!
Too many of us are like the servant who hid his talent for
fear that heíd lose it. Jesus taught "where much is given,
much is required" (Luke 12:48). If we have talents and gifts
and we do not use them to build up and glorify the kingdom
of God and promote righteousness in the world, then we have
failed. We are as the unprofitable servant whose talent was
taken away and given to another. It is our duty, our
obligation to develop to our fullest potential in mind, body
This is what Wallace D. Wattles teaches in not only a
"scientific" way, but also in a spiritual way. For you see,
you cannot reach your full potential in mind, body and soul
development unless you have the means and resources to do
it. An individual with a talent to play the piano will never
reach her full potential unless she has piano lessons, a
piano and access to good music and all the training she can
obtain. These things cost "money" in todayís world. But
really, money isnít even what The Science of Getting Rich is
about. Itís about getting the things you need to fulfill
your maximum potential. Money may never even enter the
Since using this material over the last few years, Iíve
found that many times money isnít involved at all. For
example, I have always had a desire to live on a farm and
have chickens, goats, horses, etc. We live on 24-acres that
weíve never developed fully, and Iíve put a picture in my
mind as to what it would look like developed with the
animals and barn and a fence for the horses. Itís something
I want not only for myself, but also for our children so
they can learn responsibility and how to enjoy the beauties
of nature and all that God has to offer. Two of our sons, in
particular, love animals and have a knack with them. My
vision in large part is driven by the desire that they be
able to fully explore and develop their gifts.
The fly in the ointment was that I wasnít sure where Iíd get
the money for all these things. In particular the fence and
the barn had me stumped because I knew those would be
expensive. In keeping with the teachings of Wattlesí book, I
didnít worry about the "how." I put that in Godís hands and
focused on "what" I wanted. I spent time visualizing what I
wanted so that I could ask intelligently, and then watched
things start to happen.
It all started about a month after I began working on my
mental picture of the pasture with a red barn and a fence
around it with horses inside. My nephew, who lives next door
(his parentsí house and ours are built on the same
property), called me and said,
"Hi, Aunt Marnie, I have some friends who raise horses and
they need some pasture for them to graze in. Would you mind
if we put them out in the field?"
My heart skipped a beat. Iíd said nothing to anyone about my
vision. I said, "That sounds great. But what about a fence?
Theyíll need a fence. Wonít that be expensive?"
"They have all the materials, and theyíll put it in for us,"
"Where would the fence go?" I asked.
His answer was the exact spot I had been envisioning! Of
course I agreed and shared with him my vision for the
property and how what he wanted to do fit perfectly into it.
A couple weeks later I found myself sitting on a hay wagon
watching two cars pull up, people pour out and set to work
building my fence! I paid for none of it. I didnít have to
figure out how to build it or what items would be needed for
its construction. I didnít even have to lift a finger! I
simply envisioned it and God, in perfect Matchmaker fashion,
found the people who needed what we had and were willing to
give me exactly what I wanted in return. A field looks so
much prettier with horses in it. Since then weíve acquired
some goats, and Iím excited to see how the rest comes into
I challenge you to open your mind and heart. Study Mr.
Wattlesí words and see if they donít ring true. Even if they
feel a little uncomfortable at first, donít let that bother
you. Just open your mind to the possibility that they could
be true and experiment with them.
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"Nothing is Impossible for Those Who Believe: A Christian
Perspective on Wallace D. Wattles' 1910 Classic, The Science
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