Are You a Promise Keeper?
“It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.”
(Ecc 5:5 NASB)
Our integrity is always demonstrated by what we say. Do we offer more than we can deliver? Do we paint a picture that is overly rosy? Do we dangle a carrot in front of our staff that will be hard to meet? The Scripture says our yes should be yes and our no, no (see Mat 5:37). There is no grey, just black and white.
Sometimes it is not easy to say it like it is. Often when circumstances change, we struggle to meet our commitments. Perhaps we should do what we said we will do and let God sort out the consequences. He will honor a stand that is done in line with His requirements of us.
We can live by the Word of God, keep our promises, and run a successful, growing, profitable, influential business.
Quick Prayer: Jesus, You always demonstrated absolute integrity. Help me to walk like You. Amen.
“When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.” (Acts 16:19)
Whether we like to admit it or not we often find ourselves serving God for what we can get rather than who He is. This is reflected in our prayers that are often “help me I want something.”
There are consequences for following Jesus that none of us would choose. We will get ridiculed and sometimes persecuted. We can take some comfort in the fact that Jesus was continually being taken to task and ultimately killed.
When we receive opposition take it as a compliment. Our enemy only has limited resources and when he allocates some to your life you must be having an impact.
Quick Prayer. “I know I will pay a price for standing with you. Help me be strong and protect my heart at that time.” Amen
“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matthew 25:29)
Ouch, this is quite a warning. We all have been given a set of gifts, talents, personality, an allocation of time and resources. The question is how have we taken what we have been given and applied it to being effective in the Kingdom of God? Have we reaped a return from what we have been given?
These are big questions. Do we have adequate answers? It is worth taking some time to take what we have been given before God, and to ask Him for His wisdom in applying what we have, to seeing His Kingdom established.
Quick Prayer. “Help me to be faithful with what you have entrusted to me Lord.” Amen
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)
Would you like to share in the happiness of God? He is the creator of all happiness, pleasure and joy. Shared happiness is sign of intimacy, and of a close relationship. What a beautiful picture of our Fathers love for us.
It is out of an understanding of that love and the overwhelming gift of His sacrifice, that our faith and works are grounded. Not out of appeasing an angry capricious being, but in serving faithfully a loving and giving God.
Plus, when we have been proven faithful with a little, we will be given much more. It is spiritual principal that is outworked so clearly in our work in the marketplace.
Quick Prayer. “I want to share in your happiness Holy Spirit.” Amen
“Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.” (Mark 1:20)
Will we be ready for a word from God? Do we spend any time with Him to allow us to hear? An instruction from God can come suddenly, swiftly and without warning. We would do well to spend time with Him, and to become familiar with hearing His voice.
Often we will need to act in the confidence that we have heard from Him. Our hearts should be tuned and our lives surrendered, so that when we hear we will be obedient to His word, and act swiftly. What could we accomplish if we were truly surrendered to God?
Quick Prayer. “Here I am Lord ready to obey.” Amen
“And if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:3)
Imagine the smartest guys in the world all in the same room? The business worlds who’s who. Buffet, Jobs, Gates, Morgan, whoever you want. You have absolute access. How exciting would that be?
We have access to a mind, an understanding, a power of change, a foreseer of all, with an infinite capacity, and all the time and individual attention we want. Yet sometimes we loose the comprehension of such access. It cost a lot. More than money can buy. Let’s not take it for granted.
There is an essence in the scripture that understanding and wisdom need to be toiled for, as searching for gold, or silver. There is a measure of discipline, sweat, dedication and work required. Will we pay the price for insight beyond our realm of understanding? Will we seek the wisdom of God? Wow, what a privilege to have access to to the throne room of unfathomable grace.
Quick Prayer. “Please give me insight into those things that prevail against me.” Amen
“Roll your works upon the Lord, commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)
If only my thoughts were aligned to God’s will. Take a look at this scripture. If we cast our works onto Him, commit and trust them to Him, He will make us think along the lines of His will. Why? So that your plans will work, and you will have success!
That is staggering in it’s significance. Trust Him and He will turn our hearts to His will. We know that if we are in His will, He will guide us and lead us. How comforting to know that as we commit our works to Him, He will turn us to not only hear from Him, but our very thoughts become His thoughts. Truly the mind of Christ.
Quick Prayer. “I commit my business to you, please align my thoughts to your will that my plans may succeed.” Amen
“Surely there is a future and your hope will not be cut off”. (Proverbs 23:18)
Sometimes, life is tough. Often very tough. But we serve a God who is a redeemer.
Regardless of what you face today, there is hope in God. Even self inflicted trouble can be redeemed by Him. King David the adulterer and murderer, who took another man’s wife and had her husband killed, was forgiven and his situation redeemed. The fruit of this relationship was Solomon, the greatest and wisest of all. God created a future and hope; and was David’s salvation.
There is a future and God loves you, cares about you, died for you.
He still has a plan and purpose for your life, regardless of your circumstances.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you for hope, you are my salvation.” Amen