How to Succeed Every Time

By Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann

Nothing is too good for you as a child of God! When you realize this completely, you will be ready to claim all your heart's desires. …

The Bible is full of success stories. Many people became leaders of multitudes and achieved great wealth and power. Others found healing and answers to their problems. Still others learned to make that all-important contact with the “still small voice” within and were thus able to accomplish whatever was required of them as God's channels.

You too can be successful in whatever you want to undertake. You can, if you will learn the principles of success and work with them in your life. You can be healed. You can achieve business success. You can have prosperity beyond your greatest dreams. …

We may have to persist all the way through to achieve the good we truly desire. Our answer may not come forth as quickly as we would like. But, when we are ready, we may be sure that the good will appear. Persistence is a quality of the successful person, and it is a requirement in all prayer treatment. …

Consider the story of the battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites (descendants of Esau) in the wilderness. The people of Amalek had been harassing the children of Israel as they traveled. It was their habit to strike at the stragglers, picking off those who were weak, feeble, weary, or faint the ones who lagged behind the multitude. Their inroads became so great that Moses realized it would be necessary to fight. As the spiritual leader of the group, he instructed Joshua to choose men and prepare for battle. He, on the other hand, would stand on a hilltop nearby, holding the rod of God high. This rod was an ordinary shepherd's crook, but it represented spiritual power to Moses and to the people, for it had been used in many miracles. All went according to plan. The Israelites, under Joshua's leadership, were winning the battle.

Then Moses’ arms began to get tired, and the situation changed. Finally, a solution was found. Moses sat down on a stone, and Aaron and Hur, his brother and brother-in-law, assisted him, one on each side, holding up his arms so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. (Exod. 17:12) With the rod representing spiritual power held high and in clear sight, the Israelites prevailed in the battle. Their prayer was answered, and they were delivered from the Amalekites. They were successful. This is not only a story of answered prayer, but it is also a symbolic instruction in success thinking for us.

As in all metaphysical interpretation of Bible stories, the people stand for our thoughts, and the land represents the consciousness. The Amalekites are thoughts of selfishness, self-indulgence, doubt, and fear. They live in the valley—that great realm of mind called the subconscious. From there, they come out to attack our thinking whenever we are weak or weary or disturbed (the stragglers, the weakest part of the company). The Israelites represent the illumined thoughts in consciousness, which are undergoing spiritual discipline. But these thoughts, while they are trying to follow divine law, are by no means perfect yet, and they have their weak links. These wandering thoughts are most vulnerable to false concepts of selfishness, self-indulgence, doubt, and fear.

When we are aware that our spiritual aims and goals are being undermined by these negative dwellers in our subconscious minds, then it is time to put Moses in charge and get rid of the Amalekites. So Moses has to have assistance from his brother Aaron, and his brother-in-law Hur. Aaron always works very closely with his brother. He, as the will or executive power of the mind, must back up the understanding of God as law. On the other side, Hur stands strong as affirmative prayer. So, with the help of the will, rightly directed, and strong affirmations, we are able to maintain the high spiritual awareness that carries us all the way through to victory over those sneaky invaders, the Amalekites. …

This story gives us some instructions for successful living that apply today.

Don't give up.

How many times people start out with high hopes, seeking to solve problems or improve conditions in their lives through spiritual methods and prayer activity. Then they revert to old ways of thinking, letting the old habits pick off those lagging hopes and dreams, the ones that haven't yet attained full maturity in their minds. …

Then there is another question we must ask those who feel their prayers haven't been answered. And that is: how do you know your prayer wasn't answered? Perhaps you have sought physical evidence of the answer when you should have been sticking with the realization of the answer. It may take time for the success to show in your life; but once you have completed the necessary God—contact, you can leave it up to God to determine the time and place for the results to show, while you keep up your spiritual work, even if you must stand tall and affirm God's good all the way until the going down of the sun. …

Do accept God's encouragement.

Perhaps we haven't had the great success we have sought. Maybe we haven' t experienced the healing that was so important. But, if we have earnestly and sincerely held up the rod of God, refusing to give up and continuing with our affirmations of God's power and activity, then something has happened! …

As you look around, you may be surprised at the number of “small miracles” taking place in your life. Even something as simple as finding the perfect parking place is a sign that you are tuning in to spiritual power. Look at the answers you are receiving, give thanks for them, and let them reinforce your determination to keep your “rod of God” as high as you can hold it with the help of understanding, will, and affirmative prayer.

Do persist all the way through.

The greatest achievements require a great investment, and the most important resource that we can invest is ourselves. Actually, we are giving ourselves to life all the time anyway. But what are we giving? If we let those low thoughts of fear, doubt, and self-indulgence take over, we are investing ourselves in failure, letting the invaders choke our spiritual aspirations as they arise. And we will get back our failure thoughts with interest.

Life pays us in the coin of our thinking. Only we can choose to invest ourselves in high ideals and aspirations, spiritual aims and goals, visions of ourselves as joyous, free, and successful. Only we can stop those Amalekites when they come out of the valley, eradicating them completely from our minds as we stand on the high places of spiritual vision and positive, powerful prayers. …

Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann (1922–2012) was an ordained Unity minister and the author of six books. This article was excerpted from How to Live Victoriously.