"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he’ll direct your path." I am real fond of Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. I really have to do what I tell everybody to do. The Word of God is like medicine for the soul. I don’t recommend when you have a problem to read from the Bible randomly. I think you need to go to the areas that will minster to your specific need believing that word is going to be like medicine. It’s like when somebody hurts my feelings and I’m having a difficult time forgiving. Even though I’ve written a lot of books on forgiveness and I [may] set my mind that I’m not going to live in unforgiveness, but that doesn’t mean that my emotions don’t flair up.
You talk about staying right with God in your book. How important is it to stay right with Him?
One thing that comes to my mind is what the apostle Paul said that “I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man [Acts 24:16].” So Paul was basically saying one of the most important things to him was keeping his conscience clean and not trying to function in a relationship with God where he was feeling guilty most of the time about things he was doing, and [the] choices he was making. We have a conscience. Our conscience can either be our best friend or our worst enemy. If people would stop doing things that they don’t have peace about or doing things that their conscience is telling them it’s not right, that in itself would give them a more peaceful and right relationship with God.
How has revamping your thinking changed your life and helped you stay the course with the pressure of having a world-wide ministry?
I spend the first couple of hours a day in the word, praying. You know when I say “praying” I don’t want to give the impression that I’m on my knees for the first two hours everyday. But I communicate with God, talk with Him. I read. I might even write something in my journal. Just like a person that gets hungry and eats breakfast until they’re full--I can tell for me when I’m full spiritually. Then I’m kind of released to go on with my day. We need to come to Him for what He is, not what only He can do for us. Eventually we need to learn that He’s our life.I think some people in ministry make a big mistake that everything they do is to give out, give out. If you’re empty you have nothing to give. I have to make sure that I stay right with God. I tell people all the time [that] I spend a lot of time to keep myself right with God because I have nothing to give to them if I’m a mess.