A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart

“In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” (Pro 21:1)

God has the power to change a man’s heart. He has the influence to give you favor amongst men and a willingness to open doors for His children. As His follower, you have a right to ask for His influence and favor. He may say no, or he may open a door that seems stuck fast.

Why not ask and see him empower you and your business as you seek to serve Him? The right favor and the right time can bring breakthrough change. Sometimes we look at an option and say, “That would never happen.” But God is the God of the breakthrough, quite capable of moving a man’s heart and giving you favor. Ask Him; you may be surprised at the outcome.

Quick Prayer: Lord, would you incline the heart of those in authority toward me, please? Amen

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A Move of Heart

A Move of Heart

“‘And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?’ And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.” (Neh 2:8)

I like this Scripture because it says two things. Here was an audacious request for resources, but the answer was due to the gracious hand of God. This is the essence of what it is to walk with God in the marketplace—hearing from God, moving with passion and big goals, asking for favor, and seeing the hand of God move and work miracles in provision and outcomes.

Nehemiah was under no illusion about who is accomplishing the task and gave due credit to His Lord. Yet his hand was on the plough, working hard to achieve all he believed God was asking him to do.

Quick Prayer: Give me the courage to dare to ask and watch Your favor. Amen.

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Do You Know the Way Forward?

Do You Know the Way Forward?

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Pro 14:12 NIV1984)

Sometimes our natural tendencies can come to the fore. Pausing to seek God’s wisdom can often shift our view and may save us from an unseen consequence. It is worth considering that we are not always right and that God has a better view.

When we belong to God, we are in His kingdom, under His jurisdiction. To prosper in this realm, we need to follow the auspices of the King. Doing it God’s way should be our prime modus operandi, even when it doesn’t make worldly sense. But occasionally we need some specific insight. Asking God and expecting an answer is part and parcel of a walk with a personal Savior.

Quick Prayer: Show me Your way, Lord, that I may walk in it. Amen.

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Do You Listen – I Mean Really Listen?

Do You Listen – I Mean Really Listen?

“Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.” (Pro 15:22 NASB)

When we are in leadership, we often feel we need to be seen to have all the answers. Often we think we do have all the answers. The Scriptures are very clear that, despite our blind confidence, we don’t. We need others’ perspectives to get a holistic view.

Often in our business we are removed from the reality of day-to-day contact with customers and suppliers. Those on the front line will often have massive insights into our problems and opportunities.

Even when identified, open dialogue and input are desirable for a clear view. Proverbs 19:20 emphasizes the point, saying, “Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days” (NASB).

Quick Prayer: Lord, help me to listen to those You have placed around me. Amen.

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Hearing From God #3

Hearing From God #3

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psa 32:8)

It is almost mind boggling to try and understand why an infinite and almighty God would want to commune with His creation. He does so not as an odd event but on an ongoing basis with those who surrender to Him as Lord.

He will lead and guide you in many ways. A rhema word can be a Scripture that really impacts you. If you read your Bible regularly, ask the Holy Spirit to highlight His will for you. Often a verse will almost leap of the page or certainly draw your attention significantly.

Sometimes someone is speaking and you are struck by a phrase of sentence that is highlighted to you. These words are often a final confirmation of a decision of important direction that you already have peace about and the circumstances have all lined up. He can and does speak through prophecy, dreams, visions, and even angels. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. We are on an important mission and in a spiritual battle for souls. Don’t underestimate Godly people who can bring a word of wisdom born of experience.

Quick Prayer: Jesus, speak to me in my daily life as I go about the business You have called me to. Amen.

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Hearing From God #2

Hearing From God #2

“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.” (Act 16:6) If you have now surrendered or committed your business to God, He will arrange circumstances. Look for coincidences in your day, like unexpected answers or contacts. Look for the seemingly prearranged. Notice also the doors that will not open. Some are to be pushed and others to be left alone. Look of the hand of God. Paul was hindered from going into Asia and took that as God shutting the door.

Listen to the quiet sense of inner peace, the still, small voice in your spirit. Do you feel really uncomfortable about a deal or opportunity? Learn to take note of your sense of peace, both from a positive and from a cautionary view.

God will show you His will in more direct ways as well. You will be amazed at how directly He can guide you. It is no different from the first church and early apostles preaching the gospel in the marketplaces of the Middle East.

Quick Prayer: Jesus, help me to hear from You. Amen.

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Hearing From God #1

Hearing From God #1

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” (Joh 16:13 )

In order to be effective in our businesses, we need to hear from God. If we are surrendered to Him and recognize His want to be involved in the marketplace, then we should expect His guidance.

Throughout the Bible, people walked and talked with God. They heard instructions, affirmations, discipline, and words from and for others. Some were moved through circumstance initiated by God; others saw angels, dreamed dreams, had visions, or simply received Godly counsel.

If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then we should expect to hear from Him. Often He is guiding and leading, directing and initiating, and we are just unaware. However, He is calling us to intimacy, to walk with Him. We need to hear from Him and minister to those around us out of the resources He gives to us.

Quick Prayer: You are Lord of all. I surrender all I have and all I am to You. Amen.

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Who Keeps You Sharp?

Who Keeps You Sharp?

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Pro 27:17)

Who keeps you sharp? Who do you have in your life who you trust—who you can “do life with”? We all need people who love God who can keep us sharp.

Often in our busy lives those relationships have drifted away or may not even exist. Ask God today to bring someone into your life or reacquaint yourself with a true friend. Why not schedule in some time to stay sharp with good company?

Be careful of a life with many acquaintances and no true friends. We all need some accountability. In order to gain true friendship, we need to be a true friend. As in any relationship, we will only get out what we put in. Investing in friendship is a sure way to surround yourself with great friends.

Quick Prayer: Lead me to people who I can trust, Lord. Amen.

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