A Kingdom Law

A Kingdom Law

“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” (Pro 11:24 NIV)

In the world, we are taught that if we are tight with our money, we will get more, yet the law of the kingdom is the opposite. Give and it will be given unto you. Withhold and you will come to poverty. It sounds upside down, but how often is that true with the things that God asks of us? He had to die to bring life. Death led to victory.

There is very often joy in obedience. As we give, it changes our hearts. Have you met a happy person who is stingy or a very generous person who is not happy? The Bible also tells us that it is God who gives us the gift of enjoying wealth. I think this comes from having a generous heart.

Quick Prayer: Holy Spirit, please cause me to have a generous heart, a fruit of Your presence in me. Amen.

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Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost

“For which one of you if he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?” (Luk 14:28 NASB)

How in touch are you with your business finances? Do you know what your ‘break even’ will be on that upcoming project or new product? How is your cash flow, that vital air that keeps your business alive? What is the real bottom line by product line or customer?

So many great businesses have grown quickly and then died, simply by not counting the cost. You can easily outgrow your cash flow and get into trouble. If you are entrepreneurial like me, you will be emotionally attached to that new product, service, or business idea. Get the advice you need to truly count the cost. Take a calculated risk, not a stab in the dark.

A little time to assess risk and suitable funding requirements can make the critical difference between success and failure.

Quick Prayer: Help me to count the cost with wisdom. Amen.

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Free Ride?

Free Ride?

“If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” (2 The 3:10 NKJV)

This is an interesting scriptural standpoint on voluntary abdication from responsibility. It also shows us the regard with which God holds occupations and work in general. It talks to the rightful reward of work and the need to apply ourselves to the task at hand.

Our provision, while it comes from God, requires our alignment, surrender, and application to fully manifest. We also need to make sure our attitude is aligned to this principle that work is good.

When we recognize the value of something, it becomes more important to us. God places a high value on our employment and our attitude toward working. It is His mechanism for provision and much more besides.

Quick Prayer: I’m sorry for taking Your provision for granted. Amen.

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Need Some Grace?

Need Some Grace?

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Cor 9:8 NIV)

God will always give you all you need to fulfill His will. It would be very unreasonable to do anything else. Sometimes He will allow us to come to the end of ourselves so that we know we need a heavenly Father and that we cannot do it all in our own strength.

Sometimes I have been in situations where I had no idea what to do and found wisdom. At other times I have been in need of grace toward others and found a new depth of grace and mercy.

He provides what we need, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, to do what He has called us to do.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for Your abundant provision. Amen.

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Does God Give People Wealth?

Does God Give People Wealth?

“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.” (Deut 8:18)

God doesn’t give us wealth; He gives us the ability to produce wealth. This speaks to a responsibility of fruitfulness. We have to take the ability and use it wisely, in accordance with Biblical principles. The ability is a gift. The wealth, the fruit, and the responsibility come with not only a command to multiply but in how we use it.

The parable of the talents is often used as an analogy for gifts. The talent was a unit of currency, so this parable is about money. The command is to be fruitful with the resources we are given.

God is interested in our finances and how we create them and use His gifts to build wealth at work.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for the ability to produce wealth. Help me to do it Your way, for Your glory. Amen.

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We Walk a Fine Line

We Walk a Fine Line

“Watch out!…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 NIV)

How easy it is to be distracted with work, wealth, and possessions. Trust Jesus to cut through and tell it like it is. We need to be reminded of our priorities and of the things that can so easily ensnare us. Our life is more than what we do, where we work, and what we own. We are called to operate with excellence in our sphere of influence yet be untainted by its falsehood.

Jesus again exhorts us in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Our challenge is to run our agendas, schedules, focus, efforts, and resources on His mandate and His priorities. Only then will we truly be operating in excellence and building His kingdom.

Quick Prayer: Lord, show me Your schedule and priorities for my life and business. Amen.

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Powerful

Powerful

“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 AMP)

When we are at work, we sometimes assume that we can do it all ourselves—that somehow this is not God’s domain but ours. In our busy schedules, we find little time to contemplate on either God’s will or His agenda for our work day.

We trust in our own abilities, experience, and knowledge, and they probably serve us quite well most of the time. But there is another way where we will be anointed, appointed, and empowered by God.

When we ask the Holy Spirit to empower us, we receive power, ability, efficiency, and might. These four gifts are to achieve our purpose, and we will be witnesses for Him not only in our own city but also throughout the world.

Quick Prayer: Fill me afresh, Holy Spirit, and empower me to do Your work. Amen.

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Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.” (Pro 14:4)

Some people like businesses that operate with mechanistic efficiency and autocratic fervor. Personally, I think they lack soul and personality. More importantly, some cultures will alienate the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit by being overly authoritarian and controlling.

I believe we need to have clear vision and common purpose, but empowerment is an important component of sustainable growth. When we release our people, we unlock their potential. That can have a multiplier effect and create huge momentum.

Does it bring some chaos and mess? Oh yes, definitely, but it also brings success and an empowered workforce.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for creative chaos. Amen

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