Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Power of Ideas

By Sam Adeyemi
Many years ago, in a small town in the United States, a doctor climbed his horse and rode to a chemist’s shop. He went in through the back door. He carried in his hand an old fashioned kettle and a wooden paddle. He brought these items to the shop clerk with a sheet of paper on which was written the formula for a drink. Both of them began to bargain and eventually the clerk gave the doctor five hundred dollars for the items that he had come to sell. What the doctor sold to the clerk was worth a fortune to the young clerk but not to the doctor who gave away the items for just five hundred dollars.

To the surprise of the clerk, the content of the kettle which has since become a household name in the world, began to pour forth gold. The content of the kettle has been heard of in more places on the earth than any gospel.

The Addition that Made a Difference
Somehow, the young clerk added something to the kettle, the paddle and the formula. That thing, I believe is an IDEA. Today, the content of that kettle is the greatest consumer of sugar in the world. It is sustaining sugar plantations, the workers and their families around the world. It is one of the world’s greatest consumers of glass and has turned the fortunes of many men around. The name of this drink is Coca-Cola, and the name of the clerk is Asa Candler. 
The same thing that the doctor placed a value of five hundred dollars on has today assumed a value that is difficult to estimate. The difference between the doctor and the clerk was one idea. The doctor did not realize that all the while he was holding the kettle, the paddle and the formula, billions of dollars were potentially lying in his hands. Unfortunately, he did not find the idea so he could not get the billions of dollars. But one young man caught the idea and was able to release the potential for the billions.

I share this story with you to make you understand one of the basic principles of life. Before creation, this whole world and the people in it were just an impression in God’s mind. Everything was sleeping quietly in an idea. When you understand that simple foundation, you lay hold on a principle that can see you through to the fulfillment of your destiny. A great future awaits all of us, but I want to tell you that this future is waiting for the thoughts that God wants to transfer into our minds. Some of us have caught some ideas. Some have not, but our future is sleeping quietly inside these ideas

Start From Where God Stopped
Ideas are simply thoughts, plans or mental impressions on the mind. However, they are more powerful than we may understand. It may also encourage us to know that God did not finish creation but only started it. He did not turn into physical reality all of the things that were real in His mind. He gave man the privilege and honour to help him translate into physical reality the remaining of those things that are reality in the spiritual realm. The rest of creation is waiting for us. Do you know God would have created 20 million people at the same time? He could have built the skyscrapers that we have around, the fastest air craft, the biggest ship and many more things. But He left all these to us because He wants us to have the fulfillment of being co-creators with Him. Creation begins with an idea. Since He built us in His own image, He has made us with the capacity to produce thoughts and ideas, and the capacity to turn them into physical reality.

The Potency of Ideas
Ideas are more powerful than the brains that produce them because they usually outlive those brains. I want you to understand that there are great destinies waiting for you in God’s mind. The day an idea is introduced into your mind, creation begins. Everything visible today, for example cars, microphones, clothes, buildings and so on, first of all existed in the form of an idea in someone’s mind.
Every human being is potentially wealthy and prosperous. The poor peson is one who does not have ideas because ideas are the seeds that guarantee a future harvest. A mango seed is ultimately a mango forest but this will never come into being until the mango seed is planted and it grows into a tree. This process, when consistently repeated, transforms the mango seed into a mango forest. I want you to understand that lying within the range of the faculty of your mind is a great destiny. You will not miss it.

An Idea is the Main thing
Paul prayed
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers”
The soul does not eat physical food but handles intangible things, that is, ideas. So the prosperity of my soul implies the prosperity of ideas in my mind. One major way through which the devil can get people to become poor is to make them have an idea problem. If people can get ideas, God says they will get the material equivalent of those ideas. So getting ideas is the main thing. I have found out that money flows in the direction of ideas. Whatever stops you from getting an idea has already stopped you from getting money. If a person is going to prosper, you will notice that the first thing he gets is prosperity consciousness. He begins to see himself from inside as a rich person.
“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he”

This write up is the chapter two of Sam Adeyemi’s book: “Ideas Rule the World”; published by Pneuma publishing.
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  1. I've read about the " kettle and a wooden paddle." in the book "think and grow rich" but this in an amazing article. thank you sir.