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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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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