Listen

Listen

“Where there is no counsel, plans fail; but in a multitude of counselors, they are established.” (Pro 15:22)

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. It is a call to humility that unlocks the collective wisdom in our organisations.

Often in our business as leaders 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 receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end”.

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

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Forward

Forward

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

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.

Make sure God is included in your plans, or more correctly make sure you are included in His. He will put desires in your heart that align with His will, but we need to be in close relationship with Him for that dynamic to work well. Often what we think is right may not be, listen and learn and be obedient to the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.

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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Wisdom

Wisdom

“Don’t forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you.” (Pro 4:6)

There are two kinds of wisdom: worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom. The worldly kind is fine, but in Godly wisdom we gain an eternal perspective and the wisdom of ages—the wisdom of a Creator who knows us intimately and formed us individually.Pressing into God and seeking His wisdom has great benefit in all we do as we serve God in the marketplace. Godly wisdom is often in contrast to worldly wisdom, and the truly wise can discern the difference.We live and lead in the real world, but don’t underestimate the practical application of Godly wisdom.

True wisdom always originates with Him Who is wisdom. He is not only the origin of all true wisdom; He is wisdom itself. Wisdom is a characteristic of who God is. When you seek wisdom, you are seeking Him.

Quick Prayer: Help me to truly seek Godly wisdom, Lord. Amen.

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God’s Timing

God’s Timing

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecc 3:1)

We all have desires in our hearts we would like to see fulfilled. Many of these are God given to help propel us to where we need to be, but there are multiple parts to every call that may be on our lives.

There is a time to sow where we prepare and invest time, money, and effort in getting ourselves ready and equipped. There is a time of winter where absolutely nothing seems to happen. We just have to wait in expectation of spring. Then we move into all He has for us, and we have to put aside what we will need to sow for the next season and reap the reward of our labors.

What we are and more importantly what we do has a specific timeframe. If we leave too early, we will only fail. If we discern the season, we will act appropriately. There is no point in trying to reap in winter or plant in summer.

Quick Prayer: Show me the when as well as the what. Amen.

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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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