A Word of Encouragement

A Word of Encouragement

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

We serve the God of the breakthrough—the God of the impossible! There is nothing you are facing today He was surprised by. He has the answer, and in many cases, it is already on its way. Please don’t try to cope on your own. Invite Him into your problems, small and large. Sometimes you will get an instant miracle and other times a slow recovery.

Occasionally we are put under pressure to produce fruit, change, and be molded in the furnace. We can face these things in the knowledge that He loves us and that all things work together for good for those who love Jesus.

Quick Prayer: Lord, help me to understand Your will in this situation and to pray accordingly. Help me in my time of need. Amen.

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Need a Straight Path?

Need a Straight Path?

“In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Pro 3:6)

What a great promise—a straight path, true, accurate, full of purpose and direction, with a sense of accomplishment. The required condition is surrender. Giving it all to God is a constant state, not a onetime event. We often see submission in a negative context, but here we learn that its outcome is positive and beneficial.

This is particularly true in business, where we are making decisions constantly and busy in a rapidly changing environment. Pause, take a moment, and submit your situation to God. You will be surprised by how straight that path can be.

Quick Prayer: I submit all I am doing to You, Lord. Amen.

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God Is in Control

God Is in Control

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Pro 16:9)

If we have given our lives to God, He will guide our paths. What a reassurance that He is indeed in control. So should we stop planning? No, of course not. But in our planning, let’s invite God to participate. He will anyway, so why not get an inside view? It can often be an easier journey.

We will plan and push out in a direction, but it is God who will establish our steps, God who will watch over the direction, and ultimately He who will determine the way. I take a lot of comfort in that.

Quick Prayer: Establish my steps according to Your Word, Lord. Amen.

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The Dedication of the Dedicated

The Dedication of the Dedicated

“Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” (Pro 16:3 NASB)

When you are making plans, please be careful. Invite God into what you are doing. He may well have a different agenda. Prayerfully consider any important decision, and seek the wise counsel of others.

Make a point of committing your works to God. Offer them up to Him in a specific way that you are comfortable with. Doing this will allow His blessing to fall and His wisdom to prevail. You will see opportunities you didn’t see before and be amazed at the way things begin to line up.

When times are tough, you will know God is with you as you have committed your business to Him.

Quick Prayer: Father, I once again commit my business to You. Lead me, guide me, and establish my plans according to Your will and Word.

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God’s Plan

God’s Plan

” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” (Jer 29:11)

Is God interested in our work? If He has a plan for our lives, I am sure it would include the place where we spend most of our time. Do we really think His plan is just for Sundays?

He plans to prosper us and give us hope and a future. How could He prosper us if He were not interested in what we do at work? He has every day planned for us, and that was done before we were even created.

You don’t need to wait for Sunday to experience His love and attention. You can walk and talk with Him today and every day at work. His plans for your work are to prosper you and not to harm you and to give you hope and a future. Why not invite Him into your workplace today?

Quick Prayer: Thank You for Your plan for my work. I invite You into my workplace. Amen.

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The Big Picture

The Big Picture

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Mat 28:19)

This is the ultimate vision and the ultimate goal—pure, simple, and compelling. All our efforts, focus, and resources need to be subjugated to this clarion call.

Alignment to this vision unlocks all the power and resources of God. Why? Because this is His command to us. He came to seek and save the lost. When we disciple, we move a person from hearing the gospel to living a life that demonstrates true transformation. We double our impact as others come to a level of maturity that ensures they are capable of leading and discipling others.

What are we doing to impact our businesses for God? As we influence those around us, we will impact communities, cities, and ultimately nations.

Quick Prayer: Let my life count and have an impact for You. Amen.

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Do Your Staff Members Know Where They Are Going?

Do Your Staff Members Know Where They Are Going?

“The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.” (Acts 19:32)

How cohesive is your team? If you asked them to articulate their main purpose or the company’s key goals, could they tell you what they were?

A creative environment with lots of open opinions should be valued. A culture where differing positions are not only tolerated but encouraged is rare yet desirable. However, a process of decision-making based on specific, demonstrable goals and outcomes, underpinned by clear jurisdictions and authorities, is critical to contain this vibrancy in a cohesive structure.

When you place potential in an enabling structure, there is a synthesis that produces a multiplier effect. Take the emotion, innovation, and creative passion and place it in a structure to guide and channel that power, not one to contain and constrain it. The motivation for structure is as important as the structure itself.

All this has to be undergirded by crystal-clear leadership, sounding a definitive note, bringing an end to confusion of direction.

Quick Prayer: Help me to give clarity of leadership. Amen.

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Do I Communicate Our Vision Well?

Do I Communicate Our Vision Well?

“And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly].” (Hab 2:2 AMP)

Here are some great aspects to how our vision should be presented:

Written: If it is in your head, no one can see it.

Plain: Keep it very simple so that it is memorable.

Everyone: Make it available to all.

Passes: Keep it accessible and in plain view.

Read: Did I already mention written?

Easily: You don’t need big words to be credible.

Quickly: Short is good.

How clear is your vision statement, company idea or purpose, or whatever you choose to call it?

Test it against the mandate above. There is a lot of Godly wisdom in a plain, simple, easily read, available, clear vision.

God gave us one: “Go into all the world and make disciples of all men.”

Quick Prayer: Lord, please give me clarity and the ability to articulate it effectively. Amen.

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