What Comes First?

What Comes First?

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” (Pro 3:9)

The principle of giving a portion is infused in the Scriptures. Honoring God with a holy portion, tithe, or sacrifice is a spiritual principle. If it is all His, why not honor Him with acknowledging His Lordship by bringing the tithe into the storehouse?

This is not a legalistic practice but a Godly discipline and acknowledgment that all we have comes from Him. It helps keep it all in perspective. We think so much about these things that a fresh perspective is probably not a bad thing.

He doesn’t need your money, but He does require your obedience. I have found that a surrendered heart moderates greed. Perhaps we need to give to receive.

Quick Prayer: I will give You the best part of all You have given me, for You are my Lord. Amen.

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Have Enough

Have Enough

“Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.” (Pro 15:16)

How much is really enough? What price are you paying for the extra you think you need? Is the ambition to be wealthier fogging your focus on God? That is a key question. Please think about that for a moment. Don’t dismiss it out of hand; it may apply to you.

Sometimes the price you pay is too much for the prize. What price are you paying? What price is your family paying?

Being grateful for what we already have can disempower the greed and consumerism that so easily ensnare us. Being content is a Godly attribute and reflects true priorities and a recognition that He has our best in mind.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for what I already have, Lord. Amen.

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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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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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